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.

Edge Hill Laundrette – Doing your washing is loads of fun


Washing at Edge Hill University is possibly the one taboo that we all will have to take part in, but nobody wants to talk about it. I remember moving in, at that time most of the flat didnt know each other that well, and everyone managed to bond over trying to make the washing machines work so we could get some clean clothes to wear. It took about a week for us to get a system going, longer to realize that you need to have WiFi or 4G to actually use the phone app to pay. So here are a few things that you might want to remember when you come here in September.


Edge Hill LaundretteThe SU runs the laundrette, and it is managed by an external company called ‘Circuit’. There is a few things to understand about first doing laundry here. One of them being that you will either have to download the app on your phone, called Circuit Laundry, or get a card at the SU Shop and top it up or wait around for the one coin operated machine to be free. It costs 2.70 for an eco wash and 1.50 for the dryer.


Drying clothes at EH
Once you have your app downloaded or card at the ready you can start by loading up your laundry into one of the many free washing machines. Remember not to overload as this will waste your time. Your clothes will come out wet and smell. Put in only to the maximum line and no further. Ensure you follow the instructions on what type of detergent to use, all-in-one capsules are popular.


Washing Controls at EHWhen loaded up it is time to pick your wash cycle. There are a number of different options for temperature and types of clothes, such as colours and whites. I usually leave this on 40 – Colours and an Eco wash. The washing controls are to the left. If you accidently start using the dryer dont worry you wont be the first or last.


Washing machine screen at EHOnce everything has been setup you can take your phone out, and using the APP scan the QR code displayed on the screen, this looks like the image to the right. Once scanned follow the onscreen instructions and make sure you have WiFi or 4G enabled. You will need some form of internet connection to use the app.


And that’s it! You are washing your clothes. It takes around 40 minutes or so to complete a full cycle on the wash and repeating the procedure on the dryer will set you back another 50 minutes. You can check out some of circuits informational posters in the gallery below!


Finally the opening times for the laundrette are:

Monday – Sunday: 7:30AM – 11:30PM (Last wash – 10:30PM)

If you want to find out more about Edge Hill laundry you can read more on page 5 of the halls handbook here.

And if you want more free and great advice email [email protected] 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!


 

Things I Learnt in my First Weeks at Uni

It’s a known fact that you learn a lot at university, you don’t need me to tell you that. But a lot of the more practical aspects of your university education will often go unnoticed. Over the years I have learnt so much about how to effectively adult, but a lot of that actually cropped up in the first few weeks. Uni turned out to be a whole new world to what I was used to and I had to adjust to it. I’ve compiled a list of the this you can expect to encounter when you first start uni.

Cleaning

I’m a self-proclaimed neat freak, but I still struggled with trying to get my head around proper full-on cleaning. I wasn’t sure what each different cleaning product did, I mean I’m still not sure what all of them do. However, I gradually figured out how I would go about cleaning the spaces I was responsible for and came up with a sort of cleaning timetable that helped me figure out what to do when, this really helped me get my head around something I hadn’t always had to do in such depth.

Doing Laundry

I still laugh when I think about the first time I did my own laundry, I spent ages sending my mum photos of my washing asking if this top was light or if these jeans were dark. I hadn’t a clue! Laundry is a risky business, if you mess up you could end up with some really dodgy looking clothes. But it’s nothing to worry about once you get the hang of it. My advice for this is to ask for help, don’t risk messing up because you’re too shy, once you do it once, you’ll know what to do for next time.

Food Shopping

The food shop was one of the first things I had to conquer. On my second day at uni I set off to Aldi with no idea what I needed or what I even wanted to eat, that was a great start… I urge you to make a list when going food shopping, maybe even think of what meals you’d like throughout the week and get only the ingredients for them. This method will not only save you time and money, it will also stop you from buying random foodstuffs that don’t go together which will eventually end in you producing more waste.

Having to make important phone calls

This was the part of adulthood I was always dreading. I’ve never been good on the phone and the idea of booking an appointment for something or sorting out something important like bills over the phone still give me the creeps. But University has alleviated some of my fear, even in the first few weeks of uni you may have to deal with people over the phone – i.e. maintenance people, doctors, dentists etc – But there is nothing to worry about, these people are on the other end of the phone to help you, and you know, as they say, practice makes perfect!

Until next time! 🙂

How to adult- a crash course in University life

One of the things most people worry about when it comes to University is the independence that comes with it if you choose to live away from home. But if there’s one thing I’ve learnt from my first year at this University, once you’ve settled in and you’ve figured your routines out, you take the responsibilities in your stride!

Below are a few examples I’ve come across through the past 6 months:

Budgeting (and shopping)

Budgeting is probably the biggest responsibility students come across. Not only do you need to ensure that you have enough money to have a healthy and happy social life, you need to ensure you have money for food. It takes most people some time to get used to the different things you need to budget for as a Uni student, but once you’ve been shopping a few times and figured out your usual expenditures you’ll get the hang of it.

Below are a couple of articles on budgeting that might give you some tips and tricks that can prepare you for September!

All things budgeting…

Money Makes the World Go ‘Round: Budgeting for Students

Laundry

I know, it seems like something that would be low on the list, but I underestimated the time I would have to put into ensuring I had clothes readily available to wear and didn’t budget for paying for it either! Some people I know were already doing all of their laundry back home, but I only operated an iron and ironing board as I was worried I would damage either my clothes or the washing machine itself! If there’s something I’ve learnt a lot about this year, it’s how to ensure I can clothe myself;

  • Lesson 1: Don’t spend your laundry money on Domino’s pizza… oh, and that includes your money for washing tablets, you need them to actually wash for starters!
  • Lesson 2: Laundry takes time. Don’t wake up an hour before a lesson thinking you’ll be able to put the clothes you wanna wear on and turn up on time…
  • Lesson 3: It’s not a one step system… as well as the time taken to wash the clothes, you need to dry them too, and iron them if they need it. I usually dedicate a day over the weekend to get it done without distractions or timing issues!
  • Lesson 4: … Don’t stick flannel/gym kit/delicate material in a dryer unless you want it to fit your future children… it shrinks!

Although it’s an added thing for your to-do list, the joy always comes after a wash day when you get to throw yourself onto your laundry bag which is full of lovely warm, freshly dried clothing… it’s my biggest adulting guilty pleasure!

Sleeping

An eternal struggle for most students… you either sleep too much and get nothing done, or sleep too little and zombie-walk your way through life! I have a habit of not watching the clock, and without my parents to ensure my bed is actually getting slept in, I can sometimes be doing assignments or (more realistically) watching Netflix till the early hours of the morning!

But it’s important to get into a habit of sleeping a decent amount and at a fairly regular time, as you can slip into some really bad habits that could affect your studies and your ability to adult in general.

 

So, I could list a few other things in this post, but trust me, once you get into the swing of things and start to stand on your own two feet life gets easier and I actually find the independence brings me so much more from life than when I was trying my hardest to escape responsibilities!

If there are any questions or worries you have, please don’t hesitate to pop me a comment 🙂

And on that note, I’ll leave you with this:

The Laundrette

We can’t help but deny that at least once, we’ve all let our washing baskets overflow, convincing ourselves that those jeans we threw in there over a week ago doesn’t actually smell all that bad and not even considering to wash our clothes until we are 100% certain that we have ran out of all underwear options.

Edge Hill has it’s very own laundrette facility near enough central of campus – directly next to The Hub and the Student Union. So if you live a mooch across campus and don’t want to head back to your flat to finish that all important assignment (you know, the one that you haven’t actually even started), then why not grab yourself a meal deal from McColls, a Starbucks Frappe or a pizza with a side of chips from the SU?

“I need to do my washing, but there are probably no machines available” – no, no. There are no excuses. You can view the laundrette online! This is a total time saver, seriously. It tells you when a machine is either waiting to be emptied, is vacant, or how long a machine has left to run before you can either go and nab it or better yet, stand by it, starting at the machine waiting for a good while before the owner comes to collect their sobbing  wet clothes after having sent that anonymous yak “Washer number 34, please come and empty the machine”. We all encounter desperate times requiring desperate measures. This is available for you to check out here.

Each wash costs £2.20 and each dry costs £1. How to go about paying for this you ask? Well it’s simple! When you first arrive at the university, near the entrance to the laundrette is a card vending machine. You simply choose between 3 priced cards (£5, £10, £20). Simply put the correct amount of cash in the vending machine and select which one you want. Then this card stays yours! To use it, you pop it in the machine and press the easily understandable buttons for us naive and non-capable children. To top your card up, it’s done easily enough online by following some easy online steps before paying and being provided with a code. Take note of this code, slot your card in the ‘top-up’ machine inside the laundrette, enter the code and the amount you paid prior is transferred onto your card directly- ready to use instantly!

 

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.