Hello everyone, for today’s blog I thought I would talk more about Edge Hill and why I chose to come here, bear in mind these won’t be the same reasons for everyone but I thought they might help provide some extra insight at least.
The accommodation: While to some this may not be a big factor, to me personally it was, I would be spending a lot of my time there including weekends since home was in Northern Ireland. The halls I stayed in were very modern and featured a good-sized shared kitchen, own en-suite and high-speed wi-fi. They are also on campus as well which is especially convenient for getting to classes in the morning.
The location: Edge Hill is located outside of a major city but that was something that suited me fine as I came from a town area back home. The uni’s location next to Ormskirk town means there are plenty of options shop wise and the convenient rail links into Liverpool city centre and Preston allow for easy and cheap travel especially with a rail card to these and other places.
The Course: I chose to study Film and TV production, and a big part of that choice was down to the fact it was focused around both Film and TV whereas other courses I had looked at were just film. I wanted to keep my options open for the future and choosing a course that had both seemed like the most logical choice. The facilities available at Edge Hill including the famed Creative Edge were also another factor in why I chose the course.
The Campus: Edge Hill offers everything you need on campus including a bar, nightclub, shop, subway etc which are all useful things to have especially as a first year student who will probably be spending a lot of time on campus.
These are some of the main reasons I chose to study at Edge Hill and hopefully they have helped provide some insight for you as well! Any more questions just let me know and thanks for reading!
Hey guys, for this blog I’m going to talk about visiting Edge Hill as a prospective student what you can expect and what is available to you.
Chances are if you are looking at university as an option you have probably selected five universities to put down on your application, or maybe you are looking to change university, if you have selected Edge Hill, you might now be thinking about visiting the place soon to get a proper feel for it. So I’m just going to give you a few different pointers on when you can visit and what will be going on.
Applicant Visit Days: These vary in times and nature between courses but they are generally available to people who receive an offer that doesn’t require an interview or audition. Visit day’s are a good way to get a feel for your course specifically as they are tailored for it, with relevant tutors and subject taster sessions.
Open Days: These are days where the whole campus is opened up to people to come see the inner workings of the university. People are given the chance to see the campus, the accommodation, as well as experience more course-related things like subject presentations.
Campus Tours: If like me you live further away, open days and applicant visit days may not be on at suitable times for you. So Edge Hill also offers the opportunity to visit for a campus tour. These are held every month with additional dates over February as well. Tours are another great way to look around the university, they offer the opportunity to be taken around the various facilities and areas by a guide, with a presentation on aspects like student finance and a Q&A to follow. Edge Hill also offers Ad Hoc campus tours which can be arranged for a time and date suitable to you if coming from abroad and can’t make any of the other dates. These also offer the chance to be shown the campus by a guide, with viewings of some accommodations although these won’t be as in-depth as the usual campus tours, they are still a viable option.
Whatever you choose, just know that seeing any university including Edge Hill first hand will help make any decisions in the future a lot easier! I will include useful information links below and thanks for reading!
So… It’s less than a week until A-level results day! Along with A-level results comes the news surrounding university choices and we hope that you’re coming to Edge Hill! I’ve spoken before about Ormskirk’s striking familiarity and how Edge Hill University almost felt like home from the first time I visited–and with the developments that have been made over the last 3 years, this home has been refurbished!
Improvements made over my time studying here include the addition of new halls, from Chancellors South being completed just before my arrival, through Palatine Court being built whilst I studied, to Woodland Court being finished just before I begin my final year (in which I will be living soon)! Other improvements have been made in the form of the new Tech Hub, where I have been working during my summer internship, and the Catalyst – which is receiving its finishing touches as we speak – it’s been an exciting time on campus, that’s for sure.
I remember this week being pretty nerve-wracking but that many people adopted almost a “win or lose, we’re on the booze” mindset. If you get into your first choice: great! If you get your insurance choice: still great (I remember all my top five choices I was pretty equally favouring). Then, if “worst comes to worst” and you don’t receive an offer and you still want to attend university, there’s always clearing! I’ve heard many anecdotal tales of people going through clearing and attending a university they either hadn’t previously considered or brushed off their list early and absolutely loving it. The sister of one of my friend even ended up studying something a little different to what she had originally planned and ended up enjoying it so much that she’s changed her career path.
All this is to say, the direction of your future isn’t set in stone, and unexpected circumstances might lead you to consider options you’ve previously dismissed or never had the opportunity to think about!
As I’m sure you are all aware (but I thought I would just throw out a little reminder) firm and insurance decisions about which university you wish to attend need to be made by the 4th of May in two days time. This can be a really tough decision so I thought I would share some tips about how I chose which university was right for me, just incase you still haven’t decided!
– Make a pros and cons list – literally write it out so you can see it all out in front of you. Consider everything about the courses, for example which one has the modules you’re really excited for or do they offer industry placements or the opportunity to study abroad? Consider the amount of students they accept onto the course, what the facilities are like and what the learning style is like. This can all help you work out which place is right for you.
– Consider the distance. Originally I really didn’t want to go to university far away from home, but now I’ve done it, it was honestly the best experience for me. It forced me to get involved in everything I could, and make loads of new friends because I couldn’t go home often. I did get quite home sick in the beginning but that’s normal and I think it’s really helped me grow in confidence and independence.
– Also think about the local area, what you can get involved with in your spare time, which university is going to give you personally the best all round experience and what do you wish to gain out of them? What societies exist, what are the sports facilities like? These things will all count to your university experience so going somewhere you know you can get involved with lots will really make a difference.
– Think about what your gut instinct tells you, league tables and stats can only do so much. I knew as soon as I arrived on the Edge Hill campus it was the right university for me, I felt at home immediately and knew it had everything I wanted from a university. You too will probably get that feeling, so don’t listen to your parents or be persuaded by friends, just go with what feels right for you.
To find out more about how to make the firm and insurance choice check out the UCAS WEBSITE.