Accommodation Guide!

So the weather is looking up and the last thing you want to be doing is revision inside away from the sunshine. But don’t worry it’ll all be over with soon and you’ll wonder where the time has gone! I’ve nearly finished my second year and it’s gone so fast it’s scary to think this time next year I’ll be done!

Enjoy this summer, collecting your bits and bobs that you’ll need for halls, equipment for lectures and being at home! The things you need will probably depend on the halls you have opted for. Such as if you have chosen Forest Court, Back Halls or Main Halls you will have to bring your own pots and pans and maybe a TV if you want one (remember to get a TV license); though in the other halls these will be provided (not the TV license though!).

For more information regarding halls watch the video below or look at the link here:

 

I hope this helps you to either choose what accommodation you would like or what to bring! If you’re not sure or want more information please do comment!

Hope to hear from you soon!

Snippit of my Experience

So everyone’s uni experiences are different so it would be unfair to say that certain things will or won’t happen to you! I can only tell you about my personal experience and hope that you enjoy your time at Edge Hill as much as I have so far!

Before I came to uni, as I don’t live too far away I was contemplating commuting to uni instead of living in halls. However I still applied to halls to keep my options open while I gave it come careful thought. I came to the conclusion that I would stay in halls for first year to meet more people and then commute during second and third year.

So by moving into halls I made some amazing friends that lived in the came cluster and accommodation (Forest Court) as me and looking back now it was definitely the best decision I could have made. I loved it that much that this year I am living in Ormskirk with the people I lived in halls with and I have also signed up to stay in the same house for my third year.

I also landed on my feet with my course, I really enjoy the subject content and find it extremely challenging. I have also made a few good friends on my course too, which is nice as it means that you can discuss lectures e.t.c with friends outside of the uni timetable.

I’d say that being sociable is a vital part of university and when you come you definitely need to throw yourself into this social scene to get the most out of you time! If like myself you are an introvert and do enjoy putting your pyjamas on and having a movie night, invite your housemates along- you’ll definitely have more of a laugh!

Not long now until you’ll be making your own uni experience.

Food for Thought and Thought For Food

Hi everyone!

Hope you are all doing extremely well this week!

My lectures start again this week, and I’m feeling ready for them all after the little rest I’ve had over Easter. Like me, most of you have probably started back at school/college again now.

I hope you all enjoy it! Although it can be a stressful time try not to let it overwhelm you, play as hard as you work every now and again.

Since being at home I had all my meals cooked for me, but now I am back at uni it’s back to cooking for myself.

This week I am going to give you a little bit of advice when it comes to making your own meals, doing your weekly shop and budgeting wisely.

Even if you’re not moving away from home to go to uni, these tips will probably benefit you at some point in the future. And you can always surprise your parents or friends by cooking them a little meal.

My number one tip is find recipes that are quick and easy. This doesn’t necessarily mean investing in a recipe book (although you might end up with one as a leaving present.) I use google, and have a special Recipes bookmark tab. This makes it a lot easier, especially after a long day of lectures.

It can be tempting to just order in instead of cooking for yourself, but that’s not exactly sustainable on a student budget.

Another tip is to plan your meals ahead of time. This will make your weekly shopping easier, as you already know what you have to buy.

There’s also less chance of ordering one too many domino’s, as you will already have all the ingredients to make actual food.

Cooking for one person can be a bit of a chore, but if you make extra then you always have leftovers for later in the week!

The other major tip I will give you is make sure you have the right equipment! Pots, pans, knives, a casserole dish. It will be difficult to make anything without the right tools, so make sure your kitchen is well equipped.

You can always make a deal with your friends or flatmates to all cook and eat together. That means you’ll have more fun making the food, and maybe even a hand with the washing up (if you’re lucky!)

Quote for the day: “No one is born a great cook, one learns by doing.” My Life in France -Julia Child

Hope you all have an amazing week ahead of you. Maybe go try to make a meal other than beans on toast to prepare for university life!

-Becki 🙂

Home Life

Hi everyone!

Hope you are all enjoying your holidays, and that you had a good Easter.

It’s been weird being back at home for a few weeks after so long at uni. I  know a lot of people worry about not fitting in at uni, especially if they live in halls, but you adjust before you even know it.

I was surprised at how quick I managed to adapt to the independence of living alone. Granted there are moments when you need a comforting word from home, but they are always a phone or skype call away!

You grow a lot as a person when you have to learn new things. I remember the days when I would cry at the thought of making something more complex than a sandwich. But remember even the greatest chef started out as just a beginner!

Of course many people like living in halls because they can come and go as they please, with a university schedule this can be a blessing. But with that independence comes a lot of responsibility: cooking, cleaning, washing your own clothes and doing your own shopping.

Being at home is always a strange experience once you adjust to those things (but now you can appreciate how much work your parents do each day!)

I’ve also missed the friends I’ve made at uni, and even the lectures! It’s been nice to have a break, but I can’t wait to dive right back into university life next week.

If you’re planning to go to university this year, you’ve probably heard a lot of people tell you that it’s one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. You might be a bit wary at first, especially since it’s such a big change, but it’s definitely the truth.

I’m going to enjoy my last few days at home, and spending a little more time with the family. I know I’ll be back from uni again before I know it!

Time really does fly when you’re having fun.

Quote for the day: “There is a kind of magicness about going far away and then coming back all changed.” New Chronicles of Rebecca – Kate Douglas Wiggin

 

Hope you all have another great week, until next time 🙂

Let the Preparations Begin!

So hopefully by now you’ve heard something back from Edge Hill and if not…. do NOT worry – there’s plenty of time and no news is always good news!

So in preparation for uni there’s a lot of things to consider that you need to take that you might not think of! First of all is just your everyday things… like clothes, toiletries, towels, then you’ve got things like bedding, quilts, pillows, cushions, blankets. AND don’t get me started on the kitchen essentials!

There’s a lot that you need that I never actually thought of before I applied, I don’t know what I thought would happen. So here’s a warning that it’s never too early to keep your eye out for bargains – trust me in September you’ll be thankful for it!

Another thing to bear in mind is how you’re going to move all your stuff from home to halls – so be mindful of transport, you’ll be gutted if you can’t fit your TV in the boot because you forgot your sibling is coming to see you off!  Hopefully you’ll be able to sweet talk your family and friends into helping transport you and your necessities to Ormskirk.

If you do forget anything do not worry though, you can get things sent to your Uni address (you will get an email alerting you to this and instructions on how to collect your post) or you can always pop into town and pick up whatever you need.

Good luck collecting!!

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.