Moving out of Campus Accommodation.

I’m writing this on Sunday 7th June 2020, and yesterday I moved out of my university accommodation, it was a lot easier than I expected.

So, background before I retell this story. I am a first-year student and I spent my first year in Chancellors Court accommodation, on campus. I took home my essentials (Which equated for about a half of my stuff) when my lectures were switched to online in light of the current pandemic in March. A week or so ago the university invited me to book a slot to collect the rest of my items, and my timeslot was this Saturday at 9 AM, exhausted was an understatement by the time I was done.

The view from my room on campus

I realise I jumped ahead of myself there, so in an effort to ensure whole experience it recapped for yourself, let’s go from the top. My quarantine sleep schedule is 2/3 AM to 11 AM, sometimes 12 PM.. I had to wake up at 7 AM for my car journey back up to uni. That car journey truly makes me wish I lived close to Edge Hill, every time I take it. My parents and I arrived at the university just before 9, but seemingly since no one else from my building was moving out, we could start early. It was only two people at a time in the building, so we created the system where one of my parents waited outside and took bags, boxes, anything we could put stuff into, to the car, and my other parent and myself packed my belongings. Like I said before, having packed up half my room in March, it was a lot easier of a process.

A candid shot of my desk just before I moved out in March.

In all it took about an hour to pack my remaining clothes, my kitchen stuff, all the things you wouldn’t really think you’d need back home. When all was packed into our car, I had to do the sombre walk of handing my keys in. It felt odd to be wandering through a very quiet campus, I wasn’t going to be staying in the room again and this would be the last time I saw Edge Hill until October, however it was good for me, I’ve gotten one of the last pieces of closure I needed for my first year.

Much like most things at the moment, I can’t say you’ll experience the same as myself, given the circumstances my move out took place in. If you’re a current student still waiting to do this task, maybe this will help. If you’re a prospective student reading this, I hope my recollection of how the university is handling things serves as interesting reading.

Alice.

Moving Out

Hi guys, considering it’s what most students will be doing around this time, I thought it would be a good idea to  talk about moving out of accommodation for the summer and what to expect when it’s your time to do the same.

Whether you live on or off campus you will probably be expected to have the place tidy for when you leave, obviously out of courtesy but also because it’s usually in the contract to leave the place in the state you first found it and naturally you would want to avoid any possible dispute. This can be tedious, especially if your room’s a bit of a mess come summer time after being bogged down in work but just take it step by step and you should end up with a floor you can actually see! I always take photographs of the place before I leave just in case any issues arise afterwards you can say “yes it was left tidy”.

Throwing away food will probably be necessary, in my experience no matter how hard I tried I always ended up having to throw away food because I keep buying stuff. Just make sure you  make sure it needs to be thrown away, certain stuff can be fine to keep onto next year if your in the same flat. Additionally if you are in  uni halls it’s worth offering spare food to your flatmates who may be staying longer, who can argue with free food?

In terms of travel, coming from Northern Ireland I have brought stuff back by car on the boat as I have too much stuff to take on the plane so that will be an option for some if you live somewhere overseas.  If you don’t have that option there are moving companies which will transport your boxes of stuff for a fee.

Also, if living on campus you have to let the uni know when your leaving and most importantly remember to drop your keys off to the security hut, or if off campus, return to the estate agents/landlord.

Hope this helps, thanks for reading.

Jordan

 

Moving Out Tips

It’s that time of year, you’ve finished uni and everything is starting to wind down on campus. It’s time to think about moving out, whether you’re moving from halls to a house, back home or somewhere totally different, here are a few tips to make the process a little easier.

Multiple trips

I’m not the best authority on packing light, last year it took two trips to take all my stuff home at the end of the year and even then, there wasn’t any room for me in the car! However, had I not made multiple trips home to deposit my stuff in advance it’d be even more chaos. My first piece of advice is to, if you can, take multiple trips home or even start bringing things back with you during Christmas and Easter. The best thing to do is sort through your things and figure out what you definitely aren’t going to use again until the summer and take them back with you, it’s as simple as that! This then gets rid of the strain of trying to take back masses of stuff at the same time and finding you don’t have enough room for it. This also helps you keep organised as you aren’t just dumping all of your stuff in the house at once and having to swim through mounds of miscellanea figuring out where to put them.

Categorising

Keeping your belongings organised is a must if you want to have a stress free moving period. I find putting my things into categories (clothes, books, DVDs etc.) and packing them accordingly in labelled bags/boxes helps a great deal. This way you won’t have to go searching through a million unmarked bags to find that one small thing you are looking for. It may also help to make a list of everything you’re packing so you can make sure you have it all when you arrive at your destination.

Big bags and boxes

It is so much easier to use a small number of large bags and boxes than lots of little ones that hardly hold anything. Cardboard and plastic storage boxes are best for this as they have a definite shape, making it easier for them to be packed into a car boot. Boxes also help keep your things from being damaged as they might in a bin bag, they offer more protection and keeps everything in the right place.

 

I hope these tips helped you some and relieved some of the strain of moving out. Until next time! 🙂

Goodbye College. Hello University.

Goodbye Widnes. Hello Liverpool.

Even though I live approximately 14.9 miles from Liverpool, the thought of moving out was beyond scary. I didn’t know if I was ready to look after myself and leave all of my friends and family behind, but it was the best decision I’ve ever made!IMG_3145

I remember the day I moved in. I didn’t manage to secure accommodation on campus, so Edge Hill combined with Unite accommodation in Liverpool to allow 180 students the chance to live away from home. I unpacked all my things, hugged my family goodbye and nervously went to meet my roommates.

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Thankfully my roommates were amazing and we clicked instantly. EHU’s block of flats became really close, with flat parties and social events occurring regularly throughout the year. It’s weird how quickly you become close to the people that you’re living with. One minute it’s all “sorry, what’s your name again?” and then the next you know each other’s life stories. Everyone told me that the friends you make at uni are friends for life. I thought this was another cliché, but I honestly believe it now.

As much as I love my family, I’m so happy I made the decision to move out. Even when I’m down from having a bad day, everyone at uni goes the extra mile to make me feel better. We’re constantly having a laugh and I’d be a little lost without my uni family. Moving away from home allowed me to gain the independence that I needed, along with enough memories to last me a lifetime.

Until next time…:)

 

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!

Student House

Moving in to a student house is really exciting. Whilst halls are a great way to get settled in to living away from home, I think living in a student house is a brilliant next step. Choosing who you live with, having more responsibility for keeping everything clean, watching how much you spend on bills; it’s all quite different from halls but I’ve really enjoyed the experience this year. Rather than possibly boring you all with tales of my shenanigans, I thought it might be interesting to show you what my student house looks like.

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This is our little bungalow from the outside. I think it’s kind of cute.

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Our living room, somewhat tidier than usual. This is where I spend most of my time, normally watching Jeremy Kyle.

IMG-20140506-00187.The kitchen. It gets in a state every now and again but that’s students for you.

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My room which is one of the smallest of the 6 in our house but I love it anyway. I couldn’t take a picture of the other half of the room because I’m too ashamed of the mess but I also have a chest of drawers and a shelf buried somewhere under all the clothes.

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One of our two bathrooms (the other one is pretty much identical).

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Our garden: which is…garden-y?

In case anyone wants an idea of how much a house costs, we each pay £90 a week which includes bills, but obviously this will vary between houses.

A Hard Days Work

This year I’ve been very lucky in that I haven’t needed to work, but next year, as I will be living in Liverpool, I’ll need to get a job to support myself.

Getting a job is really difficult; there’s so many people looking and so few places hiring that the whole process can seem quite demoralising. When I dropped out of my first university it took me three months of handing out CVs and applying for jobs online before my persistence paid off, and there were quite a few times when I thought that I’d never get a job. In the end I received a phone call from a place that I’d handed my CV in to a month earlier, and after the interview that they offered me went really well they offered me full time work.

I soon found out that all my co-workers were mad.
I soon found out that all my co-workers were mad.

I think that one of the most important things to consider when applying for jobs is the strength of your CV. With so few jobs and so many applicants it’s key to ensure that if you’re CV is stacked with lots of others it stands out, and in a good way; it’s all too easy for a potential employer to start by discarding CVs with messy layouts and typos.

While I’m applying for jobs I’m being really careful to save money and have been finding ways to earn a little extra on the side. Today I helped out in my mum’s office. It was nice to be working and earning a little, but eight hours of typing up addresses and stuffing envelopes made me miss the stack of coursework that I have waiting at home.

My 'shiny clothes budget' is suffering the most. MUST. STAY. STRONG.
My ‘shiny clothes budget’ is suffering the most. MUST. STAY. STRONG.

 

Moving Out

Last week I made the big decision to move in with my best friend. As I’m slightly older than most first year students and have experienced student life before, I had planned to live at home throughout my three years at Edge Hill so that I could save money. Unfortunately, I have missed student life and felt that I’m missing out, so when a room opened up at the house that my friend Holly is living in next year I jumped at the chance. The house is in Liverpool, as Holly attends John Moores University, so while it will add twenty minutes travelling time to my journey each morning, it should be worth it.

Holly and I have known each other for ten years.
Holly and I have known each other for ten years.

Now that I know that I’ll be moving out I’m really excited and can’t stop planning things in my head. A trip to Ikea is definitely in order! This has inspired me to write a list of things that are essential for living at uni but often get forgotten:

Multi-plug adapter

Two wall plugs just won’t cut it when you need to charge your phone and laptop, and straighten and dry your hair. Simultaneously.

Some form of fancy dress

Whether you like it or not, at some point somebody is going to convince you to get dressed up and go on a night out. Best to be prepared!

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Me as Bellatrix!

Posters and photographs

Majority of rooms in halls have blank walls just waiting to be covered. As you can’t do anything permanent, posters and photos are the way to go.

A camera

Because if you’ve been talked into wearing fancy dress so has everyone else, and chances are you don’t look the funniest.

Proof of this! When we dressed as fairies we met a gnome!
Proof of this: When we dressed as fairies we met a gnome!

A door stop

If you’re living with friendly, sociable people it’s always nice to keep your door open during the day.

A onesie

About 3 days into freshers week you’re going to stop caring about what you look like the morning after a night out. When wandering round the kitchen looking for coffee like a zombie a onesie is the perfect attire to do it in.

MUST.GET.MY.HANDS.ON.THIS.ONESIE
MUST.GET.MY.HANDS.ON.THIS.ONESIE