Setting up your Console in Halls – Gaming at Edge Hill University [Part 1]

Connecting your console at EHU


Connecting your console at Edge Hill can seem complicated. The number one question that I hear is how to make X work with the network. So this blog hopefully will clear some information up on getting your Xbox, Wii, or PlayStation connected to the network. Before I continue I have to include this disclaimer:

I do not work for IT Services. If you break or use their network in any way that is against the terms and conditions they will be mad. Keep it fair and fast for all.


What halls can connect?

At the moment, not all halls across campus have access to the Ethernet network. This applies to older halls. For example Back, Main and Forest, you’re out of luck for a wired connection, we’ll discuss wireless options later.

Halls that are currently supported:

  • Chancellors Court
  • Founders Court
  • Graduates Court
  • Palatine Court
  • Woodland Court

You will also need an Ethernet cable the cheapest one will suffice, check these out.


Information you need before applying

It’s important to gather all the information you need before you submit your application, there are two pieces that are essential to apply to register your games console on campus: the MAC and the port number.

The port number can be found on the Ethernet ports in your room. Like this:

As for your mac address this is where it gets complex. Luckily the great people over at IT services have a guide for the most common systems, you can check it out here!


The final steps

Once you have your information and you are ready to apply you can follow the form here: https://servicedesk.edgehill.ac.uk/wssp/DetailWebFormNew.aspx?Webform=RegisterWiredConsole

Once submitted you should get an email about a new case being opened. They aim to register the console within 10 days but it is usually a lot sooner.

Once registered you can plug your console and start to play! Some ports may be locked down but in my experience it isn’t many. For technical minds the blocked ports I found were 25 (SMTP) and most of the Microsoft Remote Desktop ports.


A few more tips for wired connections:

  • Your bandwidth gets limited to 100mb/s, you wont notice it
  • You are on a different network from the regular network, things like Microsoft glass might not like this.
  • Don’t register your Computer as a Console. IT will be unhappy.
  • The console registration lasts for a year, that means you will need to do it again if you move back on campus.

That’s all I have for you on this blog but please stay tuned.

Part two will cover connecting consoles to WiFi and Gaming on a PC.

And if you want more free and great information email think@edgehill.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!


 

Sean’s Random Encounters – Welcome Sunday 2018


Working on Welcome Sunday 2018 as a member of the Campus Life team gave me the opportunity to talk to many of the incoming first years at the university. You would think that this blog would be about freshers moving into halls. Or even a 3rd year returning to a new style townhouse in Woodland Court. But I have a much more interesting person in mind for this month’s edition of random encounters. Michael the student helper.


Image result for edge hill welcome sundayOn Welcome Sunday you will see about 40 or so students running around wearing yellow high visibility vests. Michael was one of these ‘student helpers’. He had given up the last Sunday of his summer to help students move into their on campus accommodation. I had the chance to ask him why.


Image result for edge hill welcome sunday‘I like helping people and I know it was hard for me to start out, so I want to put a smile on someone’s face.’ was the reply when asked why he wanted to work on this stress filled day. He also had no complaints about helping move boxes up and down stairs. ‘Someone did it for me, and i’m doing for them. Circle of life!’


As I thought about the day itself I realised that the student helpers around me were not tired, stressed or burnt out. They were smiling. These people had just spent a full day helping people move into their new homes and it gave most of them a sense of good karma. People like to help other people, and I honestly can say that the people that study, work and volunteer at Edge Hill University are some of the most helpful that I have ever met. The people make the place.


If you want to read more about Welcome Sunday check out my other blog here:

3 Tips for moving to Edge Hill University – Getting ready for Welcome Sunday



That’s all I have for you on this edition of random encounters but if you want to find out more about what to expect on campus you can check out Campus Life at EHU here. And please leave any questions you have for moving in below. You will get a personal response, fast.

And if you want more free and great information email think@edgehill.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!

Parking at Edge Hill University- Yellow tickets don’t add power


Parking at Edge Hill can be a tricky one for new students and sometimes existing. Due to a lack of parking space available on and around campus parking permits are as rare as a sober first year in Alpine. With this in mind if you need to park and have a good reason to do so the university will try to accommodate you as much as possible. So here are 3 great tips to get your car in a space in or around the University.


Get a parking permit.

The best way to get your car near your classes is to register for an official EHU parking permit. These are rare because parking is so scarce on campus due to limited space. To get your permit you can fill out a form here: https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/services/parking/ . Be aware that you might not get one if you live close to the University.


Find parking in Ormskirk.

If you live in Ormskirk it may be possible to find on street parking outside your house. Usually streets are signposted with times that you can park on the road, however if you live on a ‘permit’ road you can, just like on campus, register for a permit here: https://www.westlancs.gov.uk/more/your-community/roads-and-travel/parking-permits.aspx . Again be aware that you might not qualify for a parking permit but it is worth a try. You can also try and find off street parking. Ormskirk Co-Op offers this for a set fee and you can find out more here: https://horizonparking.co.uk/ .


Car share or take the bus!

The only way to guarantee parking on campus every day is to book a car share parking space. With two people and two permits on display you are 100% sure to take a space on campus. Edge Hill is proud of its excellent transport links and offers a free bus service from Ormskirk town centre to both sides of the University. I would encourage all of you to consider taking the bus or other public transport to save on costs when trying to get to University. Parking is cool but trust me the bus is just easier.


Hopefully this blog answered all your questions about parking on campus. If you want to read more you can check out the university page here. The only other advice I can give you is this:

Don’t park on St. Helens road. You will be ticketed, clamped and possibly towed. 

If you want more free and great advice email think@edgehill.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!

Living Off Campus at EHU – Three things to consider about housing in Ormskirk [Part 2]

Off Campus Living


Living off campus can be a daunting experience. Most first years tend to stay on campus but a growing number choose to stay in off campus houses and flats. Yesterday I gave you 3 very important considerations to take into account when moving to a new home off campus. But what about those of you living at home? I have you covered. Here are 3 more great tips about off campus living at Edge Hill University.


Image result for travelTransport is a massive consideration to make when living off campus. You dont know if that train strike is going to fall right on the day of your exam. Did you know that there are already over 2 weeks of planned disruptions to the rail network at Ormskirk? Make sure you master your transport and plan routes out and backups just in case.


Image result for financeFinances can easily be affected when living at home. For example my finance would decrease by 60% if I decided to live at home opposed to campus or living in Ormskirk town. Make sure you understand all the implications of living at home and how this may affect your financial situation.

 


Image result for relationshipsFriends are the best and while you are sure to make plenty at University it is important to consider that living at home may mean you miss out on some nightlife activities with students on campus. Getting home at 2 or 3AM is easier when you live on campus. So make sure before you make up your mind you open it to the possibility of missing out on parties.


Living Off Campus at EHU – Three things to consider about housing in Ormskirk [Part 1]


That about sums everything up from me. If you want more advice about accommodation at edge hill you can check out this webpage.

And if you want more free and great information on any topic email think@edgehill.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!

Living Off Campus at EHU – Three things to consider about housing in Ormskirk [Part 1]

Off Campus Living


Living off campus can be a daunting experience. Most first years tend to stay on campus but a growing number choose to stay in off campus houses and flats. It can be easy to see cheaper prices as a better deal, or chances to live with your friends more exciting than living with strangers, but it is important to take some time and understand the differences between living on and off campus and consider these three things about off campus living that you may not be aware of.


Image result for time imageTime is important, and living off campus means it takes longer to get to your classes and on campus activities. You might be less likely to join a society or club. But you might find yourself closer to shops, transport and the town centre of Ormskirk. When you are walking back from a night out at 4AM this is important, trust me.


Image result for house or apartmentChoosing the type of accommodation you want to live in is also important. You’re main choices are House, Flat or Student Dorm. A house can usually be shared with a few of your friends, flats are more personal but possibly more expensive and a student dorm is similar to on campus. Research each and take your time before choosing.


Image result for billsBills can soon mount up. Living off campus can leave you open to a range of extra costs. Everything from Electricity to Broadband needs to be paid. Websites, such as uSwitch and GoCompare, can help you find the best deal in your area. It is important to explore all options to find the cheapest price. And make sure to avoid long contracts. You won’t be there all year!


That’s everything for this blog. Stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow as well as a special blog exploring one of my projects over the summer and how my education at EHU has influenced my work.

And if you want more free and great information on any topic email think@edgehill.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!

Walking out the door – Getting ready to leave home for Edge Hill University

Walking out the door


Getting ready to leave home can be a daunting experience. Trust me, I am about to do it for the second time. University is a big step, not just for your education but for your life and independence too. An important part of getting yourself ready is thinking about how walking out the door of your house is going to affect yourself and those around you. It’s easy to think it will be easy to take that step but trust me it never is.


Related imagePacking is important. You cant really afford to arrive to your new home forgetting all your socks. Taking the time to figure out what you will need and what you can get in the shops will give you a lighter load on your back. Remember to plan according to your transport. You wont be able to take a lot of your essential liquids.


Image result for irish transportTransport is another aspect that you need to spend time planning and organising well in advance of leaving. I have wrote extensively about this in a blog that I will link down below. It is worth spending time deciding what is the best method of getting there. It could be plane or train, so check the link below.


Image result for goodbye waveGoodbyes are the hardest thing to prepare for. You can’t really get ready to say ‘see ya’ to someone you’ve spent most of your life with. And it’s not going to just be your family, but your friends. The best way I have found to help with this is to plan your first trip home before you leave.


Related Blogs:

Getting between home and Edge Hill University – Or how not to miss your flight

How to deal with missing home at Edge Hill – The awkward ‘goodbye’ hugs


So that’s all there is to it. If you plan and prepare you can make moving out as easy as possible for yourself.

And if you want more free and great information on any topic email think@edgehill.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!

Food on Campus – Eating at EHU [Part 2]


Eating on campus will be a massive part of your first year and it helps when you know that there is more than just a Subway to cater for your hunger needs. From McColls to Sages there are many offers of great food at decent prices every day. Last week I gave you 3 great places to eat and i’m going to do the same this week. So without anything else here we go.


McColls

It might be a shop, but it has some great food to go. The deli counter is packed full of home cooked pastries, baguettes and a few sausages. Worth checking out especially at the price. And if you call in after 8 o’clock most of the hot food is 50p. Perfect if you’re on a tight budget, bad if you’re on a tight belt. And don’t forget the fresh sandwiches.


Grab-and-Go

Grab and go is a small outlet just at the far end of the hub, nearest the new catalyst building. It offers a selection of always freshly prepared sandwiches and paninis. But that’s not all. They also have pasta to go that is always full of flavor and a great way to kill hunger. Lunchtime specials are great and cheap here always.


Food Carts

Various street food vendors visit the hub throughout the week. Everything from candy floss to Nutella crepes can be found in the multitude of carts throughout the hub. They also offer farmers market like stalls with fresh fruit and veg on occasion. A must visit for anyone who enjoys fresh produce straight from the farm.


That’s all for this weeks blog. If you want to find out more about EHU food and more information you can check out here!

And if you want more free and great information on any topic email think@edgehill.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!

Food on Campus – Eating at EHU [Part 1]


Eating on campus will be a massive part of your first year and it helps when you know that there is more than just a Subway to cater for your hunger needs. From McColls to Sages there are many offers of great food at decent prices every day. So if you want to know the best place to get a hangover-cure-breakfast or a hunger-beating-brunch this is the blog for you.


Sages

Sages at EHU (Check them out here) is open during the week and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. During the term they tend to stay open late on weekends (9PM) for pizzas and chicken nuggets. Worth checking out for their 5 item breakfast deals and variety of wholesome dinners if you are sick of fast food.


Subway

A personal favorite of mine. Standard Subway chain. Serving the usual great food at affordable prices. The campus Subway is also operated by the Students’ Union so when you eat here you are supporting your campus and union. Try the cookies in the morning when they come out of the oven. Melt in your mouth goodness.


SU Bar

I’ve written about the SU bar before. It does in fact also serve decent food. Wings and burgers. Well made and delivered straight to your table. Again buying your food here is putting cash right back into your union to improve and make your university experience better.


That’s all for this weeks blog. If you want to find out more about EHU food and more information you can check out here! And stay tuned for part 2 of this blog with 3 more great places to eat on campus.

And if you want more free and great information on any topic email think@edgehill.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!

Computing at Edge Hill – Turning Education into Cash

education to cash


First year at university is great. You get to meet new people, do new things and have a real sense of freedom. But what if I told you, and brace yourself for this, that your education can make you some extra cash even if you’re only in first year. In this blog I will focus on my own course, computing. So here are 3 ways you can turn your 1st year at EHU into cold hard cash.


Website Design

In your first year of EHU computing you will be exposed to several modules. Everything from Networking to Security. But a module that you can take and turn into real world cash with little to no previous experience is Web Design. Everyone needs a website. If you have the ambition and drive you can very easily start designing websites for local companies and enterprises for cash. Not only will this make you richer but it will build on your knowledge. It’s like getting paid to study.


Server hosting

Servers run the internet and much more beside it that we use every day. In your first year of university you will learn how they are used and networked to provide services like file storage, websites and even game hosting. It may seem daunting but to get started you can use any computer and install some basic software. If you want to host a website check out Apache. If you want to try a file server google “FTP Server”. Before long you could be hosting servers for websites across the globe.


Admin and office work

Office work can be a pain but small businesses are always looking out for someone with a keen eye for detail and style. In my first year at university I have worked with many small companies who cannot find anyone to draft and create documents like invoices and receipts and even type out emails. It might be boring work but it usually pays well and anybody can do it. So get out there and do it.


That’s all for this weeks blog. If you want to find out more about EHU computing and more information on different courses you can check out here!

And if you want more free and great information on any topic email think@edgehill.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!

Driving to Edge Hill University – 400 miles in 8 hours [Part 3]

LK to ORMS


We’re coming to the end of the 4 part blog series on driving from Ireland to England and its been fun sharing my experience with you over the last 4 weeks. I think before I sum up everything that happened in the few days of driving between here and there I should give you 3 more practical tips for driving itself. Just like last week they pretty much apply to any long drive that you undertake.


Related image1. Check your car

Long trips can be hard on a cars engine. Make sure you take spare fluids with you. Water, oil, windscreen fluid etc. When you stop off take a few moments to pop the bonnet and take a look. If you don’t know how to check, read your cars handbook.


Image result for traffic report2. Listen to the Traffic Reports

Traffic reports on the radio will give you a good idea on what is up ahead. You can use this knowledge to pick times to stop and have a break while letting the traffic clear ahead. Make sure you also have a look at roadworks and road closures on your route. Google Maps is good for this.


3. Use a good sat navImage result for sat nav

It might be your phone or a classic Sat Nav. Make sure you have something that is going to give you good, reliable and constant directions to where you need to go. I use my phone paired with Android Auto. It works well.


You can read PART 2 of this blog here:

Driving to Edge Hill University – 400 miles in 8 hours [Part 2]


That its everything for part three of this blog. I’ll post more on my trip with in depth photos and advice tonight in the last part of my blog. And please leave any questions you have for me below. You will get a personal response, fast.

And if you want more free and great information on any topic email think@edgehill.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!