Being Vegan or Vegetarian at Edge Hill University!

Hey everyone! With the rise in veganism, vegetarianism and just the general rise in people eating less meat in their daily lives, I thought that I would put a simple post together on how this can be done at Edge Hill and in Ormskirk as it is a small area with a much more limited choice than you would get in a city. I myself don’t consider myself vegan or vegetarian as I still eat fish and eggs but no dairy, red meat, chicken, etc. When I moved into university and was living on my own, I began to make more plant based and vegetarian meals which were quite easy. I know that this lifestyle can be quite tricky for people but hopefully this post will help some of you!


This was what I found the easiest when I first started eating more plant based. I shop in Aldi and Iceland because they are cheap and I can get everything I need for a week for under £20! Iceland have a whole section of plant based foods such as pizza, sausages, meatballs, burgers, pies and chicken strips! Aldi have the most amazing beetroot burgers and sweet potato burgers that go amazing with some frozen and roasted veg and potatoes! I also bulk buy the cans of chickpeas and butter beans because these can be so amazing in a curry or in a salad. Leading a more plant-based lifestyle does not have to be expensive!

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I would also shop a little in Holland and Barrett for things I might not be able to get in the main food shops such as tofu, tempeh and Linda McCartney items (if you know, you know) and these items would usually last me a couple of weeks as they can be frozen. Morrisons is also a good place for vegan, vegetarian and free from options but if you want to stick to a cheaper option, I would opt for Aldi or Iceland.

Eating Out!

I thought that when I moved to Ormskirk I would never be able to find anywhere with vegan or dairy free options but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was way easier than it was in my own home town. I will compile a little list of all the places that have a vegan menu or that I find are really accommodating to this type of lifestyle;

  • The Fat Italian – has a full vegan menu
  • Cobble – really good carrot and hummus bagel, just saying
  • Nordico Lounge – vegan-friendly
  • The Bagel Deli – vegan bagels, need I say more?
  • Wetherspoons – vegan meals on a budget? Perfect.

You can also treat yourself to going into Liverpool if you want even more options but for Ormskirk being so small, it is amazing what you can get.

Take Outs!

This is what I have found to be the hardest part about living this lifestyle because there is cheese or milk in A LOT of takeaway places however, I did manage to get a vegetarian dominoes pizza delivered to my flat with the rest of my flat mates which was really really nice but not vegan. Also, in terms of getting a Chinese takeaway, there is no harm in asking what they have that you could eat. I got a black bean dish from a local Chinese takeaway which was dairy free and full of veggies!

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Ordering food to the flat and getting a takeaway is a lot harder on this lifestyle but if you know that your flat mates will be having food like this, be prepared and have a frozen pizza in the freezer just incase so that you don’t feel like you are being left out.

I hope that some of you found this useful and are not so worried about having difficulty with continuing your amazing vegan/vegetarian/dairy free lifestyle. It was only when I started university that I cut out a lot of meat products and started cooking plant based meals and I would not have been able to do that if Ormskirk had not made it as accessible as it has.

Thank you for reading, Lauren x

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”

-Albert Einstein-

Here’s to your next chapter!

So today will be your first ‘proper’ day of university lectures, seminars and tutorials! I hope it’s everything you want it to be and you’ve embraced your new found independence.

The thing about today is that you’ll probably realise that (if you aren’t already) you’re going to have to be organised, because as much as the staff at Edge Hill want you to do your best…. it’s now up to you.

So if you haven’t already these are the main things that you’ll probably need are:

  • Stationery (pens, pencils, highlighters, rulers, sharpeners etc.)
  • Files
  • Notebooks.

Talking of organisational skills… you might also want to make yourself a lunch to have inbetween lectures instead of buying one. This will save you quite a lot of money over the year that you can use for other things that you need.

So it’s now up to all you year 13s to work hard so you can be here this time next year… making your own packed lunches. It’ll fly be so enjoy your time at college and enjoy the challenges it brings.

See you soon!

Moving in week?

So, what to expect when moving in…

Packing takes forever and unpacking is even more annoying, but once your room is set up you’ll be ready for freshers week. To be honest, you’ll probably forget more than one item but either your roommates will have it or you’ll be able to run the shop, so don’t worry. Truthfully, the biggest hassle will be getting your parents to leave and if they’re anything like my parents they’ll most likely cry.

Top tips:

  1. Take a door stop- This will help you socialise will the people around you easier and lead to more friends.
  2. Make a list- You can always check online for lists that have been premade, but it helps to do this a few days before packing so you can add anything that you remember over the days.
  3. If you have contact with your new roommates it may be helpful to decide who should bring certain items such as a toaster or kettle.
  4. Remember to bring your ID (passport/driving licence) for when enrolling, along with getting your student card.
  5. Familiarise yourself with your surroundings- whether this be your local town, city or the university itself, make sure you know where to go when you need something.

Apart from anything, moving in day can be stressful but it is also the start of your university experience so make sure you enjoy yourself! EHU is looking forward to seeing you and enjoying the next three years.

Until next time…:)

Good to be Back!

Yesterday was my first day back in lectures and seminars and it’s safe to say that I’m feeling a bit like a first year again. I feel like I’ve been off for so long that I need to get back into the routine of things and as some of my lectures now take place in rooms that I haven’t yet been in I’ve been wandering around looking as lost as some of the freshers! I’ve also been feeling a little nervous about meeting new lecturers, although if it’s anything like last year I’ll be feeling right at home again after a week or two.

One of the biggest adjustments for me this year is going to be travelling in from Liverpool instead of Southport. This morning I learnt the hard way how bad the traffic can be and from now on will be allowing a lot of extra time! The drive in from Southport was definitely a lot easier, but I know that it’s worth it to get to live in the city with my friends.

The most exciting thing about living in the new house is that our landlady has allowed me to get a hamster. I’ve named him Mushroom, and in spite of one quite painful bite to the finger that bled a lot I’m pretty enamoured with him. I realise that most hamster owners are young children, but as I grew up in more of a cat/dog house I’m finding this whole experience very exciting!


Overall, I’m really glad to be back at uni. First year went so fast, so I’m a little worried that I may blink and find myself in third year. Until then my plan is just to take each day as it comes and to work as hard as I can to do well.