Post and parcels – Wrapping your head around getting your Amazon delivery.

Getting my deliveries was something I was confused by when getting ready to go to Edge Hill. As an avid Amazon orderer I usually had some kind of delivery every week back home, but prior to starting in September I wasn’t sure how that was going to work. If you’re in the same position however, worry not, I’m going to break it all down in this blog.

Let me paint the picture; you’ve moved into campus, you’ve been here a few days, you’ve been taking part in your Freshers week activities. Perhaps your room in the morning while getting ready is a little too warm, or you need to buy some academic textbooks so you bookmark important sections and keep one for your entire academic studies. What you will want to do is head to the Edge Hill Website and find your unique postcode first!

Screenshot from the Edge Hill website.

Once you’ve formatted your address as Edge Hill request it, you’re good to go to input the address into Amazon and begin shopping.

Now let us paint a new picture; a day or so has passed and you’ve received an email from titled “Post Received at Durning Centre”, you will learn to love this email. Whenever you receive this email it’s a call to arms to head to the Durning Centre and collect your mail. Where is the Durning Centre? Just behind the Catalyst, near the sports fields, it’s pretty hard to miss.

The Durning Centre, situated behind the Catalyst.

As of writing this blog, the Durning Centre is open only during weekdays, 7AM to 7PM, so if you’re using this blog for guidance in September, remember those are your holy hours for collecting the tat you order online.

Of course you’re not limited to just Amazon deliveries, in my first year I ordered clothes, makeup, many more things and had them delivered to the Durning Centre. Another great thing about Edge Hill’s mail system is as long as you give your family back home the correct address, they can send you things if coming to give them to you yourself is a little tough due to work schedule. I got my family to send me my PS4 at one point, and it arrived perfectly with no damage, and was handled well by the Durning Centre staff.

Getting used to the post system can be a bit confusing, but after your first time it becomes second nature. Just make sure you always remember your Unicard when collecting something!


IT Support and Student Services

In the two years I’ve been at Edge Hill University, I’ve had to use the various support systems a few times, and I’ve always had a positive response from them. The Student Services at EHU are well renowned and really are there for the benefit of the student.

During first year, I went to the IT Services in the Durning Centre for help setting up my PS4. I was staying in Chancellor’s Court, and no-one had managed to connect their consoles to the wifi or ethernet ports in their bedrooms. Soon, the problem was fixed for Microsoft consoles, but the issue still presided for the Sony counterparts. This was an issue with Sony servers – from the gist of it, Sony wasn’t realising that the halls of residence were multiple addresses and had assumed we were one address trying to connect huge numbers of consoles. After the off-site issue was resolved, I worked with IT Services to help them connect my PS4 to the network; it took a couple of tries over a few phone calls, but we soon had it working. As far as I know, I was one of the first, if not the first person in Chancellor’s Court to get their PS4 connected. Soon after, IT Services set up a system via email to get everyone online a lot easier.

I’ve also had to go to IT Services and Academic Registry to alter some personal details, these were also easily remedied and proved no hassle at all. The support systems in place for technical issues is quite robust.

Also during first year, I made some trips to Milton House, for a different kind of support. Although I only attended a few sessions there, it was a great facility and the people there were extremely supportive of me. The Counselling team at Milton House offer a wide range of support from bereavement to anxiety in one-on-one sessions as well as groups and workshops for uni stress.

Some questions, answered!

When will I get my timetable? You usually get your timetable on Welcome Sunday. When I got to campus, I had until 5pm to go and speak with a staff member on my course, talk through any worries, and get my timetable and seminar group. This may differ depending on your course. It’s worth noting that your first week timetable and your normal timetable may be different. I know that some people had maybe 2 lectures in that first week, whereas we had a full 10-5 day for all of that first week.

What if I get lost? The very first night I spent at Edge Hill, I remember wandering around campus trying to find an accommodation block with my flatmates. It was pouring with rain, it was dark, and we just had no clue where it was. The wandering round campus really helped us to become familiar with everything, even if it did look very different in daylight! In all honesty, this isn’t something to worry about. There are various maps and signs spotted around campus and if you’re really worried, you can download the Edge Hill app, which has a map on it too. As for finding classrooms on campus, it really just takes a bit of common sense; E is for Education, H is for Health and Social, CE is for Creative Edge, M is for Main building and so on.

Can my parents send me post? Absolutely! Make sure they include your name, room number and hall block on the envelope, as this makes it just a bit easier for the lovely guy in the Durning Centre who sorts our post.

What if I really need a book and I haven’t got it yet? First things first, check the library. However, this is where Amazon prime comes in handy. Once you get your university login and you can sign into your emails, make sure you get a free student prime trial. It’s free for 6 months, and then £36 a year and it is well worth it. Not only do you not have to pay postage, you can get next day delivery (either to the Durning Centre, or the Amazon locker in McColl’s). Additionally, you also get the Amazon Video, music and other benefits that come with Prime. This is especially good for some downtime, which is important!

If you have any other questions, feel free to leave a comment and I will answer as best as I can.