Laundry at EHU: Some Lifesaving Tips!

My blog this week is for those readers who live on campus or are going to be living on campus at the start of the next academic year. Prepare yourselves for a dive into the laundry system at EHU, from how it works to a few tips I’ve picked up along the way.

My laundry routine was weekly when on campus. Saturday or Sunday I’d wake up early, pack my washing into my suitcase, and haul it from Chancellors Court, Binns, down to the laundrette. Those of you who end up in Binns will realise that journey can be quite something during the winter. The washing machines take around 30 minutes, dryers 40-50 if my memory serves correct. During those waiting times, I always made use of the Hub or Catalyst, getting a coffee or something to eat. Generally, I’d save the coffee for the long wait so I have more time to enjoy it.

The reason I’ve told you my routine is because a lot of the tips I’m going to make are nestled within it!

Firstly, use your suitcase to transport your washing to the laundrette on campus, it’s a lot easier to move it and if it rains none of your clothes get wet again after being in the dryer.

Regarding the wait time, the Circuit app has timers but its always wise to set a timer of your own so you get a notification when its time to go back to your clothes.

If you’re a bit of a walk away from your accommodation, use the Hub or other facilities and treat yourself. If you time it around the weekend like I did, I always viewed that coffee and maybe cake as a reward for getting through another week at uni.

Moving past those tips now however, the Circuit app is essential for doing your laundry. The app is pretty simple to grasp and there are signs in the laundrette on how to use it, so I won’t go into that. Instead, I’m going to talk about how much money I put on my account per week and why. Each week before I went down to put my clothes in the wash, I’d put £5 in my Circuit account. £5 each week was a little over the required amount for a wash and clean if my memory serves correct, so I was leaving a little in my account each week. Over the weeks you’ll build up the amount in your account until you get a ‘free’ wash, and you can use that £5 on something else!

A screenshot from my Circuit Laundry app.

Laundry isn’t the most exciting topic, but it’s one I wished I knew more about before going to EHU. I hope if anyone is in the same boat I was, my blog this week can work to alleviate any concerns you may have had!

Alice.

Best places to study around the Ormskirk campus

If you’re joining Edge Hill in September, here’s a few of the best places to study around campus to give you a little head start. If you’ve not visited the campus yet, I would highly recommend attending the June open day as they provide a fantastic insight into what goes on around campus.

The Library – soon to be moved to the Catalyst Building

During my first year at Edge Hill, I’ve spent many hours studying in the library and just know when it moves over to the Catalyst then I will enjoy studying there too. It is more than just a library, the different levels of quiet were great for different types of work and it is home to so many wonderful resources that will make your university life so much easier.

 

The Hub

The upstairs of the Hub is a great place to study, especially if you prefer to learn surrounded by your friends. The pods are a fantastic space to work in, especially if you are working on a group presentation. You’re never far away from that all important mid-study snack too, with various food outlets available downstairs and even a Starbucks too!! Downstairs, the comfy sofas are great to wind down and relax or catch up with friends too.

Front reception to the Ormskirk Campus

Outside around campus

During the warmer months there are many very pretty places to go and study outside or to unwind and de-stress after a long day of working. From Edge Hill’s own little beach area to the trim trail up by the sports centre, there is something to suit many interests. There is a beautiful area just outside the Hub to study which seems to be a little sun trap, especially in the warmer months. If you’re looking to combine studying and eating then why not try out Waters Edge, where you can grab a bite to eat, watch the ducks as they swim past and study outside or inside, all at the same time!

 

If you’re already at Edge Hill, where are your favourite places to study? Drop a comment below to let me know 🙂

Computer Science and Edge Hill – If you leave Windows open your computer will get cold

Computer Science Students at Edge Hill


Computer Science is a wonderful, broad subject that covers every aspect of computing. It can range from database design all the way to systems administration. I am a first year student in Computer Science (Network, Security and Forensics) and there is a few things that I would have liked to have been told before I started the course. If any of you are thinking about taking this pathway in higher education then these might just help you along the way


Computer Science students have a joint first year

No matter what you specialise in, if you are a computer science student (Without Math) then you are lumped into a joint first year. That means that although I am taking Networking, Security and Forensics as my specialisations within computing science I will still be exposed to other elements of computing such as web design and computing with business.


Edge hill has just got a new tech hub

The £13 million tech hub was opened with the idea of bringing state of the art technology to the computing students of Edge Hill. It features the UK’s first super immersive 3D virtual environment (C.A.V.E) and computer labs spread throughout its 3 floors. It also houses the staff of the computing department.


All computing courses are BSC accredited

Edge Hill computing courses are accredited by the British Society of Computing aswell as The Chartered Institute of IT. They meet all the latest requirements of employers and are ever expanding to keep up with the fast changing environment of Computing.


These are just some of the things that make studying computing science at Edge Hill amazing and enjoyable. If you want to learn more about computing send a email to think@edgehill.ac.uk for advice or leave a comment bellow and I will get back to you personally.

Make the Most of it!

Now, for your first year you’ll probably be living on campus, however in second/third year you leave halls and move to a house in Ormskirk. So as I am in second year I currently live in Ormskirk town centre. As much as I genuinely love living in Ormskirk occasionally I do miss living on campus!

Whilst you live on campus you’ll find yourself interacting with the uni more so than you would in second year. What I mean by that basically is that it’s so much more convenient to pop down to the SU, go to the library and HUB, not like you’ll never go- but it’s much easier in first year! So I would really push you to make the most and enjoy the everything that goes on at uni! So for example this week there loads of stalls in the hub on Thursday, there was even a mini petting zoo! Things like this shouldn’t be missed out on!

Now in second year you’ll find yourself tapping into Ormskirk a bit more, as now it’s easier to go to the pubs/clubs in the town than it is from uni. Seen as Ormskirk is a market town, there is a market in the town centre on Thursdays and Saturdays. This is great if you need any cheap bits and bats or for a general browse… the food is definitely the most tempting!

Basically just make the most of everyday you have at uni, because even though three years sounds like a long time- it goes soooo quickly! You’ll have graduated before you know it!

Computers on Campus

When you start your degree, it’s more than likely that you’ll be using a computer a lot, whether that’s for research, writing essays or even just accessing emails and notifications from tutors. Edge Hill has hundreds of computers, most of which can be used whenever you need them.

Whenever I require the use of a computer on campus, the first place I normally check is the library. There are computers available on every floor, and of course working in the library is great if you also need access to books at the same time. The different floors with their different noise levels mean you can really find the right environment to suit your studying needs too.

The LINC (Learning Innovation Centre) also has a few computer rooms, and what’s especially great about the computers in the LINC is that they are accessible 24/7. This is definitely useful if you have a deadline coming up and you find yourself working really late, or if you’re just someone who likes to work during night hours.

The LINC computer room
The LINC computer room

The Hub also has its share of computers, mainly on the upper floor. However, with it being the centre of campus and where students spend a lot of time during the day, it’s always very busy in there and so not the best place to get work done if you need peace and quiet. That said, a bonus of using the computers in the Hub is that printing in there is absolutely free (thanks to the work of the SU a few years ago). Of course, you can print everywhere else on campus too and although you do have to pay it only costs a couple of pence per sheet at the most.

Most buildings around the university have their own computer rooms, although each building and department has its own rules about accessing these so it’s best to check first. Also, some of the halls on campus have rooms that come equipped with their own computers which is wonderful for getting work done in your own room.

And finally, everywhere on campus is covered by wifi so if you want to bring your own laptop to uni with you, or if you just want to access the internet on your phone, tablet etc, you can!

The Hub

2663255_8ba965e3Located in the centre of campus is the very modern-looking Hub. It’s always busy as it is the main place students use for socialising during the day because.  There’s lots of seats, sofas and tables and there are also a few eating places, including a sandwich bar and a place that serves hot food. If you live in catered halls you can buy your meals from here.

There is also a Starbucks for all your coffee needs, and McColls which is useful for picking up any last minute groceries, although it’s not as cheap as the things you find in supermarkets. As well as this, most days during the week there are also little stalls selling things, ranging from clothes to sweets (‘Cake Man’ from Cottage Cakes has become a campus legend!).  Next to McColls you can find a couple of ATMs, should you need to withdraw any money.

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Upstairs in the Hub is home to the SU, where you can find the President and Vice Presidents should you ever need to get in touch with them about anything. There’s also lots of computers upstairs which are always available to use, and printing from them is free.  Additionally there are a few booths which can be used for group work or even for watching a movie. There’s one giant screen which is used to broadcast big television events, such as the Superbowl, or you can just play Xbox on it!

I went to the Hub a lot during my first year as it was somewhere to relax at weekends with friends. Recently I’ve been using it as somewhere to meet friends before lectures and often grab a bite to eat there when I’m on campus. The thing I love about going in there is that, because it’s such a popular spot, I always bump in to someone I know and it’s such a nice place to stop and chat.