What To Bring To Halls

Deciding what to take to university may seem like an overwhelming task and you may ask yourself many questions: How many socks are too many socks? Will I ever use this piece of kitchenware? Are you sure I can’t bring my dog/cat/fish/bird/etc??? The answers are: You can never have too many socks; No, you will not; I wish you could bring a pet, but we’re sure you can’t 🙁 But in all seriousness, here’s my advice, anything too big or inexpensive can be bought locally – don’t bother with the hassle of transporting an inconvenient number of things when you can just buy it from Ormskirk or even Liverpool.

Kitchenware is something that you’ll need but will undoubtedly end up having too much of. Since you’ll be sharing space with a number of other students, you could organise yourselves to buy only the right amount of cutlery, pans, etc. This is easy if you communicate and set up a groupchat on facebook via halls pages when they are set up for you in the summer. Basics here include: cutlery, kitchen knives, chopping boards, small oven tray, glasses, mugs, plates, bowls, saucepans – maybe a wok or a frying pan (both come in handy), also tupperware is useful too (but can be acquired through ordering takeout!)

A room in the Back Halls accommodation

Bedding such as your duvet, mattress protector, pillow(s), and sheets are essential. If you’re from the south then you may think you won’t be able to bear the cold winter ahead of you and be tempted to buy a high tog duvet – don’t. I found the halls to be well insulated and heated, but if you do find yourself cold, you can always buy a blanket – which will liven up your room and make you feel at home anyway! Other bedroom supplies include a doorstop (to make your time at uni just a bit more social), a laundry basket (or you could just use one of those big IKEA bags and save yourself the time it takes for you to inevitably transfer your clothes over), and a clothes horse/airer. You won’t need to bring a TV if you get into Chancellors, Graduates, Founders or Palatine, since they have TVs in the rooms (you’ll need your own TV licence for watching live shows though) but if you want to bring a TV to any other hall, don’t bring a big one – it’ll be too big for a university room anyway.

Chancellors Court

When it comes to clothes, it’s really a matter of opinion. You need casual clothes for lounging and everyday life, at least one smart outfit for formal occasions, and nice clothes for going out or if you just feel like putting extra effort in one day! The British weather is forever fickle, so be prepared, and you’ll be fine. Bring as much underwear and socks for a week, two – max. This will set how often you have to do laundry, although if you have an en-suite then you could just do them in the sink by hand – saves a lot of money and is convenient. For the bathroom, you’ll need your regular toiletries, as well as at least one towel. Again, if you have an en-suite then a small bin is useful to have too.

Finally, considering you’re going to university to study, you’ll probably need some stationery supplies too! Apart from the usual stuff, I found a binder with dividers was helpful during revision.

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Before it starts…

In my blog post earlier I spoke about what happens when Uni finished, but for all you lucky people this is miles away!

So what will you need to bring to uni when you’re living in halls? Well all your necessities… unfortunately this is not a holiday where you can pack a suitcase and be done. I would highly recommend you start gathering these things ASAP to reduce your panic and stress nearer the time! There’s a lot you will need to pack that you don’t think of, you will need everything from toiletries to pans!

  • Toiletries- shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothpaste/brush!
  • Kitchen pots and pans, knives and forks, spatulas, spoons etc. Plates and trays.
  • Towels, bath mat, toothbrush holder, soap and toilet roll. (If you’re lucky enough to have an ensuite, don’t forget toilet roll!)
  • A single quilt, pillows, a fitted sheet, duvet cover and pillow cases.
  • Maybe a lamp for your bed side table.
  • Clothes, pyjamas, underwear, socks, shoes (even your winter wear i.e. a coat, gloves, hat, scarves etc.) Do not forget coat hangers!
  • A bag for your uni things, folders, paper pads, stationary, calculator and a laptop!
  • Don’t forget your makeup, straighteners etc. girls or drama students!
  • Sports wear if you fancy heading to the gym or joining a sporty society!
  • General bits and bobs to make your room more homely/cosy!
  • Oh and food essentials! Bread, milk, sauces, pasta… the staple student diet!

You may forget somethings or think you don’t need them, then change your mind! However at uni there are plenty of shops in Ormskirk where you can pick bits up from! With your uni card you can get the uni bus from Edge Hill to the town centre which is extremely convenient, especially if you have a lot of shopping to carry!

So if you’re moving from far away and you know your means of travel will not allow you to transport a lot of items, then you can always go shopping for it! So either way you won’t go without!

Good luck packing!

A Welsh Person in an English Uni

When you move to university, not only are you leaving behind the place you grew up in, you’re taking on a whole new way of living. Let me explain; although my experience is not quite as extreme as might be had by an international student, I have noticed a lot of significant differences between how things are done at home (in my case Wales) and ‘up north’ in Ormskirk. So, I thought I’d share with you a few of my experiences as a Welsh Student in an English Uni.

The Great Bread Debate (Dialects)

One of the main arguments that characterise uni students is the ‘great bread debate.’ If you’ve never heard of this, run, run away now and never get involved! Basically, there will come a point in your life when you order a bread roll/bun/bap/batch/barm whatever you call it, and spark a debate with your friends that will span centuries. The thing is, every region of the UK seems to have a different way of describing the crusty roll that is the king of the bread world and that is a BIG deal for students. Personally, my rule is it’s a chip bap, burger bun, bacon butty and for all other uses a bread roll. Yes, I am that indecisive. The reason why a lot of students get so up in arms about what to call bread is because when you’re surrounded by people with different dialects, you become exposed to loads of different ways of saying things. Therefore you may find yourself becoming far more assertive about the ‘right’ (your) way of saying it. It’s important, however to be open to different dialects and you may even find yourself adopting some great new phrases – I know I have!

No One Understands the Struggles of Welsh Bacc (But that’s part of the fun!)

Anyone from Wales will agree with me that the Welsh Baccalaureate, whilst very useful for gaining an all-round knowledge and extra UCAS points, was by far the most stressful course you will ever undertake! But nothing compares to the excitement you feel when you find another Welsh student to share your sixth form horror stories with, because unfortunately no other student will quite understand the pure struggle. Again, because all your uni mates will come from different educational backgrounds, not all of them will have experienced school/college the way you have. But do you know what? That’s okay! One of the easiest talking points when you first meet your uni friends is to talk about their experience of education and comparing what you loved and/or despised about your school. This can also be helpful when doing assignments as your friends may have a totally different understanding of a subject than you do and therefore bring new ideas.

‘You can speak Welsh? Go on then.’

Okay, so, the most frequent thing I’ve had to encounter as a Welsh student, which is probably true for a lot of international students also, is the fascination with your ability to speak another language. I have to admit, I’ve been guilty of this a bit myself, so I’m coming from both sides. The only problem I have with this is that I haven’t spoke Welsh since my GCSEs and I’ve dropped most of the more constructive words from my vocabulary (though Sboncen and Sglodion will always remain as my favourites), so that makes stringing together a few simple sentences quite the task. I tend to just opt for the obvious ‘Dwi’n hoffi coffi’ but that doesn’t tend to cut it these days (Thanks Gavin and Stacey). I mean, on the upside it motivates me to actually brush up on my Welsh and try and slip it into everyday conversation to confused the non-welsh speakers – that’s always fun!

I hope that gave you a bit of insight into the funnier parts of moving to a totally different part of the UK, and that it will, perhaps, help my fellow Welsh applicants to prepare for uni. Until next time! 🙂

 

What to Bring!

Ok, so coming up to uni you’ll probably be gathering your essentials already… and if you’re lucky enough, some luxuries too! So in September you don’t want to be in a mad rush to gather your things together or get the things you’ve forgotten a few days before you’re due to arrive-  or even in Ormskirk on Welcome Sunday as you’ll be so busy!

So you will need AT LEAST the bare essentials such as:

  • Single Bedding (Quilt, pillows, bedding, mattress protector)
  • Kitchen Essentials (Cutlery, Pots/Pans, Cups, Mugs)
  • Clothes and shoes for every occasion… hopefully this is presumed!
  • Food (enough to keep you going until you find your feet)
  • Laptop and Stationery… DO NOT FORGET YOUR CHARGERS!!
  • Any Documents you may need (ID for going out, Student ID doesn’t always suffice)

Also, if you’re lucky enough to be staying in a room with a TV and you have enough room/can manage it, bring your Xbox or Playstation with you too! Home comforts are the best and if you’re living far away from home the more you have the better – you’ll definitely appreciate them.

Basically you can  bring anything to uni… except for pets *sad face*… oh well, you can always Skype them courtesy of your family, if that’s not too weird ahah! Just make sure you don’t overpack or acquire a collection of junk/things you don’t need because this will be a huge pain when you move out in June next year, especially if you don’t live nearby as multiple trips will be out of the question!

So basically… keep to only what you need – have fun deciding!

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.