Anyone applying for university this year has some quick thinking to do! I can’t tell you what is best for you individually, but I can tell you about my experiences and what was best for me, and my thoughts looking back two years later…
One thing that helped me massively when making my decision was attending different university open days. Luckily, my dad was able to either drive or accompany me on the train for a number of them. Being able to physically experience the university and the surrounding area was a huge aid in my decision making process. I visited both campus and city universities, and honestly most of the city uni’s weren’t for me. Living just outside of London for most of my life, and taking frequent excursions into the capital, had got me used to the bustle of the city. But as a place for me to study in a university setting, the cities I visited weren’t for me, and I would never have known that if I didn’t visit them personally.
Then again, some of the campus uni’s felt too secluded. Edge Hill felt like great middle ground. Despite being a campus university, it is only around 10 minutes from Ormskirk town centre (and although Ormskirk is small, it has good character) and only 30 minutes on the train from Liverpool – a city I’ve also come to love. As soon as my open day at Edge Hill was over, it already felt a tiny bit like home – I knew it had earned a place as either my firm or insurance choice.
In the end, I chose Edge Hill University as my firm, and a uni with much lower entry criteria as my insurance. Now, I don’t regret my firm choice for a second, as Edge Hill is a fantastic uni and I know I’ve already grown as a person just from my year and a half studying here. However, I do regret my insurance choice. I should’ve aimed a little higher and been more confident in myself to achieve the grades I had set out to acquire. After all, if I did end up falling below my expectations, I could’ve always looked at Clearing.
Like I said earlier, I can’t know which decision is right for you. Ultimately all I can do is wish you luck, and hope that you found some of my experiences helpful and worth reading. So with that in mind… Good luck!
So as you will know Edge Hill is located in the North West and is in a pretty decent location because it is situated in-between a lot of different places, Liverpool, Preston, Manchester etc.
I don’t really class myself as an average student as I don’t go out ‘partying’ a lot which is what Liverpool and Manchester are great for. Liverpool and Manchester are also really great for shopping as I think everyone will be aware. But as I am not such a party animal my personal experience of the region is very different. I’m a lot more family orientated and I love photography etc. so my weekends are a lot quieter than most peoples!
When I was in my first and second year of uni, my boyfriend lived in Preston as he was studying at UCLAN (he’s the year above me so he has graduated now) so most weekends I would get the train to Preston. It’s 30 mins away on the train so it’s really quick and the train line is a direct one so it was really easy to get there and back. I spent a lot of time in pubs in Preston and around the UCLAN campus so I got to nosey about the place a lot. We also went to the cinema, ate out at restaurants a fair bit too and wandered around the high street as well. Which always resulted in me spending too much money. Preston also has a lot of big parks such as Avenham Park which is really lovely!
I also travel back home a hell of a lot too. I’m from Blackpool and I love it so I spend a lot of time there as well with my family. It takes about an hour on the train to Blackpool and you usually just change train in Preston. Blackpool has a lot to offer. If you are into all of the going out there are a lot of clubs there. But there is also the seaside, arcades, attractions such as the Sea Life Centre, the Tower of course and the Pleasure Beach and a big high street ans shopping centre So with all that about there is always something to do. There seems to be something for everyone in Blackpool.
On the weekends that I do stay in Ormskirk I do like to walk along the high street and do a bit of shopping. I also go to the library when I have a lot of work to do which I know is boring but you may have to do some work over the weekends too! I also like The Hub that is now on campus. It has a really good atmosphere and you can get food there, check your emails and just chill out!