The Bare Necessities

Hi everyone!

Hope you are all having a good week.

This blog post is just to give you a bit of a heads up about what kind of things you will need to embark on your university adventure.

I’ll try to break it down as much as possible, here we go!

Kitchen
This might vary depending on if you live in catered or self catered halls. Some flats will decide to all pitch in for essentials like pans and crockery, so this is something you can talk about on facebook before the big moving day.

-Saucepan and frying pan
-Dinner plate, side plate and bowl
-Knives, forks, spoons
-Baking tray
-Scissors
-Glasses and mugs
-Tea towels
-A recipe book!

There are a few other things you should probably bring with you, but these essentials will keep you going a while. Especially if you are a newbie in the kitchen.

Bathroom
Again this will depend on whether you are in en suite accommodation or have a shared bathroom.

-Toilet roll (even if you all pitch in having a spare is useful)
-Toothpaste
-Toiletries
-Paracetamol (do not underestimate the notorious freshers flu)
-Towels

Bedroom
Especially if you live in university halls your bedroom will be the one place where the space is all yours, so personalise it any way you wish!

-Bed sheets
-Duvet and pillows
-Mattress Protector
-Laundry Basket
-Alarm clock
-Door stop
-Clothes (for all seasons, just in case)
-Coat hangers
-Posters/photos to make your room your own space

Academic Essentials
These will be invaluable whether you are living on or off campus, and things that would be really useful to already have with you when you start university.

-Pens
-Pencils
-Highlighters
-Textbooks (Some second and third year students will sell their old textbooks relatively cheap, but if not amazon has pretty good deals)
-Notebook (for all those lecture notes)
-Folders and dividers
-A laptop
-Sticky notes

Life at university will be a lot easier if you have access to these essentials. For a definitive list click here.

There are a lot of websites that will give you guidance on what to take to university with you. I would advise that you use your own judgement, and don’t doubt the knowledge of your mum and dad! When they ask you for the third time if you need a vegetable peeler they have your best interests at heart. Trust me, there will come a time a few weeks down the line when you will wish you had taken them up on that offer.

Quote for the day: “The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” P.S. I Love You –H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Hope you all have another excellent week, until next time! 🙂

Home Away From Home

Hi everyone!

Today I’m going to do a really quick post about accommodation on campus.

I live on campus in Chancellor’s Court, which was the perfect choice for me. But Edge Hill offers such a wide range of accommodation you are sure to find something that suits your needs.

Catered, non catered, en suite, shared bathrooms these are all things you should consider before you apply for student accommodation.

Also consider the rent. What you’re going to be able to afford will be a major factor when deciding where to live. Although the accommodation at Edge Hill is all reasonably priced for the quality.

The best way to find out more about accommodation is to visit an Edge Hill open day, but if you have any questions or concerns then you can find out more through the accommodation team here.

Here’s a video detailing the accommodation on campus, I hope you find it useful and informative!

 

If you have any questions about accommodation don’t hesitate to leave a comment!

Quote for the day: “Where we love is home – home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.” Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Have a nice day, until next time! 🙂

Campus Living

If you’re planning on moving into halls, you may be wondering exactly what it’s like to live on campus. When I was in first year, I lived in Chancellors Court which was a brand new build that year. Since then Edge Hill has got tons of new accommodation so there’s a high chance you’ll be living in one of the new halls of residence too! The great thing about these halls is that they’re so modern. You get loads of extra luxuries included with your flat, like your own TV/computer, your own mini fridge and fancy induction hobs. However, if you’re in the older accommodation you will still have just as much fun. I’ve heard that people who live in those halls really bond with their flatmates because there is such a community feel to the halls, which can only be good really!

Chancellors Court!
Chancellors Court!

There’s also plenty of things to do whilst you’re living on campus, such as night outs at The Quad, the on campus bar/club. The number of events going on there has increased dramatically since I was a first year, with something happening pretty every night. I guess that means every night can be party night! If you don’t fancy that, you could always visit the on campus cinema for film nights, or go to the Rose Theatre, located in the Arts Centre, for a variety of shows, ranging from plays to comedy nights.

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Something really great about the Edge Hill campus is that I’ve never once felt unsafe, even if I was walking alone in the dead of night. Everywhere is pretty well lit with security patrolling the campus 24/7. If you ever need them, they’re only a phone call away.

Campus is also equipped with everything you need. Edge Hill has its own laundrette for all that washing that you will put off doing until you absolutely have to. There are also a couple of food shops, should you need anything from there (although I’d recommend going into town and visiting one of the big supermarkets for a bigger range of items/cheaper prices). Edge Hill also has quite a few food outlets to choose from, in case you don’t feel like cooking. They’re located all round campus and are all reasonably priced.

Summer Preparations

Now that we’re in to June hopefully for most of you your exams will be over, or at least coming to an end very soon – congratulations! Now all there is to do is to sit back and wait for your results, which I know is a lot easier said than done as I’m sure you’re probably very nervous. It’s best to just try and remember that you’ve done all you can for now and so you should enjoy your time off whilst you can!

Those of you starting university this September will probably be thinking about what you can do to prepare over summer. It’s still early on right now, but in the next few months universities might start publishing reading lists, so if you want to get a bit of a head start you can do. This is especially useful for those of you studying courses that involve a lot of reading, as it will mean you don’t have to bury yourself in a mountain of books as soon as you start in September if you’ve managed to get a few read over the summer. Although this is a good idea, I wouldn’t worry too much about it if you don’t have time or want to wait until you definitely get your place before you start buying books.

The same goes for buying things for your flat if you’re planning on living in halls. It can be tempting to start buying a few bits and bobs already, and if you really want to then go ahead. Personally, I waited until I knew I definitely had a place at university and until I knew which halls I was going to be staying in so that I would have a better idea of what things I needed to buy. There’s plenty of time after results day to buy everything you need.

Your last summer before you start university is a really special one. It’s a great time to spend time with friends before you  go off to different universities all over the country. It’s also a time of freedom before you gain a few more grown up responsibilities, so really make the most of it and have fun!

 

Moving, Cleaning and Job Hunting

I’m back home in Kent now, but I’m most definitely missing Ormskirk. I loved being able to walk into town within three minutes of stepping outside my front door, and I most definitely adored living with my best friends because that meant there was always something to do. And, now that I’m home, I’m wondering how on earth I managed to fit all my stuff into my bedroom when I used to live here, because no matter how hard I try there is absolutely no way all the things I’ve brought back from uni are going to squidge in here!

As I’ve just moved out of my student house, I thought I’d give you an idea as to what to expect when it’s your turn to move out. If you’re living in halls at Edge Hill you have to book a room inspection for the day you’re planning to move out (some landlords will also require this). A member of staff will come round and assess any damages (if there are any) and let you know how much of your deposit you should expect to get back. In preparation for this, it’s very important that you clean! The aim is to leave your room in the condition you’d like to find it in. This means cleaning bits of your flat that you often forget about, e.g. the oven, and those grimy little corners of your room you pretend aren’t there. If you’ve kept your flat/house in good condition over the year, and haven’t caused any damages, you should get your deposit back in full.

I’m still feeling sad about leaving uni, but now it’s time to knuckle down and find a job. I always thought I would immediately go back to Liverpool and try and find a job  there when I graduated from Edge Hill, and whilst that’s definitely still my main aim, due to personal reasons I’ve decided to spend the next year in Kent. It’s tough, because it’s not a prospect I’m particularly excited about, but it is a good opportunity to get some experience and save up a bit of money. It will also be nice to spend the next year with my family and friends who I haven’t been able to see as much of over the past three years.

My First Day

Starting at university, and especially living away from home for the first time, can be really daunting for some people so I thought perhaps it might be interesting to write about  the day I moved into halls and everything that happened.

I arrived at Edge Hill on Welcome Sunday with my parents and we parked in our designated car park before making our way to the Health and Social Care building where I registered (lots of important documents required for this – keep an eye out for any information packs letting you know what you need to bring with you), got my student ID card and collected the keys to my flat. This process takes a little while and you do get your picture taken for your ID card so you might want to prepare yourself beforehand!

I then went to look at my flat for the first time. I was quickly introduced to the lovely cleaners who would be working in my building, and also my Student Advisor (SA) who I could go to with any questions.  I also had a quick chat with a couple of my new flatmates who were already there. My parents stayed to help me unpack and even bought me a few bits for my first food shop, but soon it was time for them to leave and I realised for the first time that I was really living on my own. But I honestly barely had time to feel sad or nostalgic; new flatmates were arriving! I spent the next few hours getting to know people in my building, grabbing some food and exploring campus. We then had a welcome talk, and once that was over, everyone started getting ready to go out for the evening.

During Freshers week there is a great range of events put on, and I think most people will probably find something to do that appeals to them. On that first evening, myself and other people from my building went to the club on campus and had a really great night.

This picture was taken in the on campus club on my very first night at Edge Hill!
This picture was taken in the on campus club on my very first night at Edge Hill!

Time to do Laundry

As much as some students hate to admit it, after wearing the same t-shirt way more times than is socially acceptable, we have to do a load of washing. Before I went to university, I’d done my own washing a few times, but this was the first time I’d felt truly responsible for it all.

Edge Hill has its own launderette on campus which is really handy (I have friends at other universities who have complained about having to haul their clothes on buses and through towns – as if they needed another excuse not to do laundry!). Our launderette is located down ‘the street’ which is pretty near the centre of campus, right near The Quad, our student bar, so if you really wanted you could stick on a load of washing and then pass the time by having a drink…

The launderette has loads of washers and dryers, but despite this it can still get really busy. Luckily, if you’re thinking of doing a wash you can check online to see if any machines are free so that you don’t have a wasted journey, or don’t end up waiting round for ages (if you’re interested you can see that here). This is also really useful if you want to go away and do something else whilst your wash is on, because you can easily see how long it has left or when it’s finished.

When you first want to use the launderette, you have to buy a card from the vending machine located near the door. This has a small cost, but comes loaded with enough credit for one wash and one dry (if my memory serves me right it costs £2.20 per wash and £1 per dry). Your card can then easily be topped up online. When you want to do a wash or dry, just insert your card, choose your settings and you’re sorted. Also,  as far as I remember, there’s no tray for any washing detergents so it’s recommended that we use washing tablets instead.

The Luxuries of Chancellors Court

During my first year I lived in Chancellors Court and I honestly couldn’t recommend it enough. It’s pretty luxurious as student accommodation goes, but that is of course accompanied by a slightly higher price than the less lavish halls on campus. I found my room to be really spacious, and the best part about it was all the extras that came with it.

Each room has its own flat screen, which works as both a TV and computer. This is really handy for working on, or if you want to relax and watch some TV. That said, you have to purchase your own TV license if you plan on watching the TV.  There’s all the ports you need (USB, HDMI) but just note that there is not a disc drive (although friends of mine did get USB disc drives and that worked fine). Each kitchen also has a TV in it (but you don’t have to pay for a TV license to watch this one).

Additionally, all the rooms have their own mini fridge. This is great if you want to keep some snacks or drinks in your room, or to keep any food in that your flatmates might covet…(because at some point someone WILL “borrow” something you were really looking forward to – it’s just a fact).

All of the rooms also have a huge window covering most of the far wall which makes the room really light (although if you’re on the ground floor like I was you might fear people looking in…).

Here's a really awful picture of my room that I took the night I moved in
Here’s a really awful picture of my room that I took the night I moved in

In the kitchen, every person gets their own lockable food cupboard which is really big; great for buying things in bulk (a top way to save money!) You get loads of equipment, but I thought that the hobs were particularly fancy because they are touch activated and are induction hobs which, if you’re about to start your university shopping, require special pans.

If you want more information about Chancellors Court or the other accommodation at Edge Hill it can be found here.

 

Living with Strangers

For those of you moving into halls for your first year, it’s more than likely that you won’t know any of the people that you’ll be sharing a flat with. For me this idea was really daunting and before I moved in to halls I had a lot of concerns about how I would be able to feel comfortable and relax in a place where I didn’t really know anyone.

As usual I was worrying for nothing. I can only speak from my own experiences of course, but I found that the first few days were a bit weird because I was settling in to a new place, there were a bunch of people with accents I couldn’t quite understand and it was just overall a big adjustment. That said, I got to know my flatmates really quickly, and before the first week was up I felt utterly at ease in halls.

Something that made this transition easier was getting to know some of my flatmates before I moved in. When everyone was allocated their room over summer, a lot of people took to the Edge Hill social media pages to try and track down people living in the same halls as them. This way I found quite a few of my flatmates. Even just having one conversation beforehand let us get to know each other a bit, and gave me confidence because I knew that we’d have things to talk about when we did finally meet. That said, I got on just as well with the flatmates that I didn’t talk to previously, but if you’re nervous about meeting new people it can sometimes help to know what their interests are beforehand.

As much as I liked my flatmates, things weren’t always perfect. It’s very likely that the people you live with will all do things slightly differently to the way you do, ranging from how clean they like their kitchen to how loud they like to play their music. Good communication and compromise are key here.

I found living in halls to be great fun and, as intimidating as it seemed at first, I am so glad that I had that experience.

Some of my first year flatmates and friends at the Freshers Fair during our first week at Edge Hill. Can't believe this picture is almost 2 years old now!
Me and some of my first year flatmates and friends at the Freshers Fair during our first week at Edge Hill. Can’t believe this picture is almost 2 years old now!

Accommodation – Keeping Clean and Tidy

Hello All
Well, It’s going to be happening soon. Your all going to be moving far away from home for the first time, and some of you will be moving onto Campus to stay in our lovely accommodation .
As I have already said in a previous blog, we have Founders Court, Graduates Court, and Chancellors Court along with my own Accommodation, Forest Court.

Your Room is your own little private space.
It is your to fill with what you wish and what you want. You can do what you want (within legal reason) in your room.
Of course however you are going to (hopefully) want to keep it clean.
A good clean and tidy room, with plenty of organisation means that you as an individual will be able to make your thought processes organised.

Lets face it, there is nothing worse then trying to work and being surrounded by junk and rubbish and being unable to move.
Lets face it, you do not want to particualry have to wade through rubbish just to get in and out of your room.

This is why bins are provided in every room (so you can throw all your spare junk in it), there are designated recycling bins in your kitchens (for those who actually have kitchens) and there is a set of large bins outside.

There is also a hoover and mop set in your kitchen cupboards, which is communal. You take good care of it, and it will take good care of you.

I recommend from personal experience, that you should give your room a hoover at least once a week, bare minimum. At the very least, it picks up all the dust and tiny stuff.

Speaking of, I need to go do mine right now

Speak soon

 

— Quote of the Day —

The world’s a mean place. It’s unfair, then it’s fair. It’s hateful, then it’s loving. It’s a very peculiar place on philosophical and metaphysical and religious levels.” – Tim Allen