Moving Out

Hi guys, considering it’s what most students will be doing around this time, I thought it would be a good idea to  talk about moving out of accommodation for the summer and what to expect when it’s your time to do the same.

Whether you live on or off campus you will probably be expected to have the place tidy for when you leave, obviously out of courtesy but also because it’s usually in the contract to leave the place in the state you first found it and naturally you would want to avoid any possible dispute. This can be tedious, especially if your room’s a bit of a mess come summer time after being bogged down in work but just take it step by step and you should end up with a floor you can actually see! I always take photographs of the place before I leave just in case any issues arise afterwards you can say “yes it was left tidy”.

Throwing away food will probably be necessary, in my experience no matter how hard I tried I always ended up having to throw away food because I keep buying stuff. Just make sure you  make sure it needs to be thrown away, certain stuff can be fine to keep onto next year if your in the same flat. Additionally if you are in  uni halls it’s worth offering spare food to your flatmates who may be staying longer, who can argue with free food?

In terms of travel, coming from Northern Ireland I have brought stuff back by car on the boat as I have too much stuff to take on the plane so that will be an option for some if you live somewhere overseas.  If you don’t have that option there are moving companies which will transport your boxes of stuff for a fee.

Also, if living on campus you have to let the uni know when your leaving and most importantly remember to drop your keys off to the security hut, or if off campus, return to the estate agents/landlord.

Hope this helps, thanks for reading.

Jordan

 

Things I Learnt in my First Weeks at Uni

It’s a known fact that you learn a lot at university, you don’t need me to tell you that. But a lot of the more practical aspects of your university education will often go unnoticed. Over the years I have learnt so much about how to effectively adult, but a lot of that actually cropped up in the first few weeks. Uni turned out to be a whole new world to what I was used to and I had to adjust to it. I’ve compiled a list of the this you can expect to encounter when you first start uni.

Cleaning

I’m a self-proclaimed neat freak, but I still struggled with trying to get my head around proper full-on cleaning. I wasn’t sure what each different cleaning product did, I mean I’m still not sure what all of them do. However, I gradually figured out how I would go about cleaning the spaces I was responsible for and came up with a sort of cleaning timetable that helped me figure out what to do when, this really helped me get my head around something I hadn’t always had to do in such depth.

Doing Laundry

I still laugh when I think about the first time I did my own laundry, I spent ages sending my mum photos of my washing asking if this top was light or if these jeans were dark. I hadn’t a clue! Laundry is a risky business, if you mess up you could end up with some really dodgy looking clothes. But it’s nothing to worry about once you get the hang of it. My advice for this is to ask for help, don’t risk messing up because you’re too shy, once you do it once, you’ll know what to do for next time.

Food Shopping

The food shop was one of the first things I had to conquer. On my second day at uni I set off to Aldi with no idea what I needed or what I even wanted to eat, that was a great start… I urge you to make a list when going food shopping, maybe even think of what meals you’d like throughout the week and get only the ingredients for them. This method will not only save you time and money, it will also stop you from buying random foodstuffs that don’t go together which will eventually end in you producing more waste.

Having to make important phone calls

This was the part of adulthood I was always dreading. I’ve never been good on the phone and the idea of booking an appointment for something or sorting out something important like bills over the phone still give me the creeps. But University has alleviated some of my fear, even in the first few weeks of uni you may have to deal with people over the phone – i.e. maintenance people, doctors, dentists etc – But there is nothing to worry about, these people are on the other end of the phone to help you, and you know, as they say, practice makes perfect!

Until next time! 🙂

Looking After Yourself at Uni

University tends to be where most people learn to become independent and start fending for themselves. However, this can be a shock to the system for some people and prove to be incredibly difficult. It is very important to keep yourself healthy and happy, especially at university as poor health can affect your participation and performance, so I’ve compiled a few tips that will hopefully help you look after yourself.

Register with a GP

Whether you are a relatively healthy person or have an on-going illness, it is important to register with a local GP when you start uni. This way you don’t have to keep going home whenever something happens and you can have all your prescriptions where they need to be. Information about registering with Edge Hill’s local surgery – Beacon Primary Care – can be found here. The health and wellbeing centre also offer a lot of health support, including mental and sexual health, this information can also be found on the health section of the Edge Hill website.

Seek emotional support when needed

Following on from the health side of things, it is also important to seek emotional support when you need it. University can be very stressful at times and being away from home doesn’t always help. Always make sure you have someone to talk to whether that’s a friend, family member or a counselling program. Edge Hill also offer a range of workshops, relaxation sessions, support group and one-to-one counselling if you’re struggling with personal problems, or any aspect of uni life. Further information can be found here.

Cook proper meals

Moving to uni means that you will have to cook for yourself. Come on, we all know take aways are not a sustainable way to live, as yummy as they are. If you’re nervous about what to cook why not get together with your friends and take it in turns to cook for each other? I did this with a friend throughout first year and I picked up so many new recipes that have now become the things I eat on a regular basis. It’s important to keep a balanced diet for physical health, as well as concentration reasons, Rhiannon Thomas has recently written a great blog post on this subject and I urge you to check it out. 

Keep things clean

Cleaning is, unfortunately another essential part of looking after yourself. Keeping your room tidy and dust-free can have so many health benefits from reducing allergic reactions to making you feel cleaner and happier. Leaving your bathroom to stew in its own filth for a month is not only disgusting but detrimental to your health. I recommend putting aside a couple of hours a week to do a full clean of the areas of your flat you’re responsible for, it won’t take all day and it will leave you feeling happier and more productive.

Until next time! 🙂