Fun things for students on campus!

Hey all, I hope you’re having a good week.

One of the main things that students look for when applying for a University is what they can do in their spare time, both on and off campus. Below is a link to a blog post by Eleanor Wilson about the night-life, but this post is going to be about what is specifically on campus and what you can do during the day on your days off!

Ormskirk night life

Sports

If you’re a fan of sports, Edge Hill’s sports centre is a fantastic place to spend your free time. If you fancied getting a group of friends together and renting out one of the courts to play badminton or football together there are spaces available, and you can even take part in the activities the centre organise for students, such as Yoga, Netball or Table Tennis. If this would be something you’d be interested in, I’ve linked the pages where the activity price list and the membership prices are explained:

Activities price list

Membership

As well as activities and such, if you wanted to simply use the gym facilities then they have some top-of-the-range equipment for your use!

Campus Life Activities

Campus Life are the campus team that makes sure students get the support they need whilst at University, but they also put on some really cool events!

Some of the past events that they’ve put on include Nature Walks to places such as the Formby Red Squirrel Reserve, Easter Egg hunts, and awareness events such as Food and Feminism. Below I’ve linked to the events page on the Campus Life Facebook page so that you can have a look at these events, both past and planned, for yourself!

https://www.facebook.com/pg/EHUCampusLife/events/?ref=page_internal

Theatre, Film, Dance and Music

The Arts Centre is personally one of my favourite places on campus, and I know that that might seem biased because I’m a Performing Arts student, but I’ll just let you in on a few reasons.

If you love theatre, the Arts Centre get some of the best shows around, they’ve had the likes of Reckless Sleepers, Elf Lyons and even screenings of the National Theatre’s latest productions. As well as Drama, there are also a lot of dance and music shows for you to check out if you enjoy them, and there are also the Open Mic Nights and Talent Shows that you can both watch or take part in!

As well as this, there are film screenings that you can go to, which I did a blog about recently:

https://blogs.edgehill.ac.uk/insideedge/2018/04/16/film-screenings-at-the-arts-centre/

So that was just a few things that you can do on campus for fun! If you wanted to know more or wanted to ask if something you enjoy is catered for, you can pop me a comment down below and I’ll reply as soon as I can!

My experience of student accommodation

Hey all! Hope the beginning to your week has gone well so far!

I recently uploaded a blog on the different types of accommodation, which I will link below now;

Life at Edge Hill: On-Campus Accommodation

This blog is a more general view of the accommodation that is on offer on campus at Edge Hill, so I wanted to offer a more personal view of the accommodation I was living in; the Margaret Bain (all female) Back Halls!

When applying for accommodation, you get to choose 5 different halls in which you would be happy with, in order of your first to last choice. Obviously, as a lot of students apply there’s the odd chance you might not get your first option, but they try their hardest to fit everyone where they want and both me and most of the people I know who lived on campus actually did get their first choice! I made Back Halls my first choice for a variety of reasons; it was fairly close to the centre of the campus, I didn’t mind sharing a bathroom, it was the cheapest option (so I could spend more money on food and social things!), and when I went on an accommodation tour when I auditioned for my course I loved how spacious the rooms were!

I don’t have any decent pics of my room last year, but it basically looked like this, but with the bookcase on top of the desk and the bedside cabinet at the end of the bed!

The great thing about Back Halls is that although it’s the cheapest option for on-campus accommodation, it’s not a dump! I know a lot of people worry about cheap Uni accommodation but I was more than happy with the building and even miss the homeliness of my room last year! The only real big different to the more expensive accommodation options, for example Founders Court and Chancellors Court/South, is that you share a bathroom with your cluster and you don’t get an ensuite or TV/computer in your room. Every accommodation has a shared kitchen, so that’s not any different to other buildings! The kitchens and bathrooms are maintained throughout the week by a cleaner that the Uni hire, the only time you have to keep it clean is throughout the weekend. So, it’s always clean, and to be honest I rarely even had an issue of waiting for showers or the toilet! There are also so many pros to not spending more money on accommodation:

  • You have more money for food (and Dominos… I know what you’re all thinking!)
  • You have more money for shopping and general student habits
  • You have more money to go to restaurants etc. on nice occasions
  • You have more money to go on nights out!

Another thing that I found amazing about Back Halls is that it’s the only accommodation on campus that has a proper declared common room area. There is a TV in this room that has a license paid for by the Uni and sofas for you and your flatmates to all sit and talk, get to know each other at Freshers’, and enjoy some TV together. It’s just such a wonderful atmosphere!

There are also even more perks this year than there was last year. Here are some of the new and old things I loved about its location:

  • Last year I loved the fact that Back Halls is right next to the SU bar! Not only is this good for going to the events, as it’s literally a 2 minute walk, but there is also the SU takeaway there too, the SU shop where you can buy clothes and Edge Hill merch and there’s now even a brand new Subway!
  • You just have to walk through the corridor that links all of these together and you’re right in front of the Hub. This is super useful if you want to use the computers on the top floor or drop in to get a Starbucks! It’s also a 5 minutes walk away from the library, which was useful when I’d forgotten to grab a book or two.
  • It’s just around the corner from the Durning Centre, where you collect post. Just round the corner from that there is also an exit to the Uni which takes you just outside Ruff Woods- the beautiful woods that are just outside the Uni. I loved just popping up there for a walk when I was stressed or just needed alone time.

Another great thing you’ll find about living in student accommodation is the friends you make! Of course, living with strangers can be nerve-wracking, and you might not be best friends with everyone, that’s just the nature of getting to know people, but you will find friends for life on campus. I’m living with two girls I was living with next year this year too, by choice, because we got so close last year! And I wouldn’t have met either of them if I wasn’t living in that building, so I’m forever grateful for the chance to meet likeminded and fun people that the on-campus accommodation and Back Halls gave me!

If you want to know any more about my experience, any questions you want, drop me a comment! I hope this has given you an idea of what it’s like and the pros of living in student accommodation!

Pro’s of Living Away for Three Years!

So living away from home is a big deal when choosing which University to go to! You have to make sure you choose a University where you will enjoy the course and every other aspect of the Uni! One of the most important things is the accommodation if you have chosen to move away from home! This isn’t a decision you need to commit to for the full three years (if you live close enough to commute that is!), so don’t worry if you think you may change your mind for years 2 and 3!

So what are the pro’s of moving into halls in first year?!

  • Halls is sooo convenient for uni! Sometimes you don’t really value this until you move off campus- so enjoy it!
  • You can wake up later than you would it you decide to commute (you will be thankful on those frosty mornings!)
  • The cost for accommodation includes bills (something you might not get if you move into private accommodation).
  • This is one of the places where you’re likely to make some good friends for life!

And, is there any reason to move into a house in your second or third year? Here are the pro’s I found┬ámoving into private accommodation!

  • You can walk to and from uni, meaning your getting your steps in, keeping healthy when you might not be cooking (or ordering!) the ‘right’ things!
  • You can choose who you live with, if that’s friends from your course or halls from first year!
  • You might even be lucky enough to have a washing machine in your house (posh!), instead of going to the launderette!
  • You can still have that independent lifestyle away from home.
  • If you move into Ormskirk you’re near to the night life! (No more three pound taxi fares!).

Either way, whatever you choose, make sure it’s the right decision for you!