A-Level Results Day and EHU Campus

So… It’s less than a week until A-level results day! Along with A-level results comes the news surrounding university choices and we hope that you’re coming to Edge Hill! I’ve spoken before about Ormskirk’s striking familiarity and how Edge Hill University almost felt like home from the first time I visited–and with the developments that have been made over the last 3 years, this home has been refurbished!

Chancellors Court

Improvements made over my time studying here include the addition of new halls, from Chancellors South being completed just before my arrival, through Palatine Court being built whilst I studied, to Woodland Court being finished just before I begin my final year (in which I will be living soon)! Other improvements have been made in the form of the new Tech Hub, where I have been working during my summer internship, and the Catalyst – which is receiving its finishing touches as we speak – it’s been an exciting time on campus, that’s for sure.

Tech Hub

I remember this week being pretty nerve-wracking but that many people adopted almost a “win or lose, we’re on the booze” mindset. If you get into your first choice: great! If you get your insurance choice: still great (I remember all my top five choices I was pretty equally favouring). Then, if “worst comes to worst” and you don’t receive an offer and you still want to attend university, there’s always clearing! I’ve heard many anecdotal tales of people going through clearing and attending a university they either hadn’t previously considered or brushed off their list early and absolutely loving it. The sister of one of my friend even ended up studying something a little different to what she had originally planned and ended up enjoying it so much that she’s changed her career path.

All this is to say, the direction of your future isn’t set in stone, and unexpected circumstances might lead you to consider options you’ve previously dismissed or never had the opportunity to think about!

Edge Hill Accommodation – Palatine

After applying to Edge Hill, you’ll soon be asked to rank your choices for on-campus accommodation, if that’s what you chose to do. For me, it was an easy choice. My family live about 200 miles away from Edge Hill, so it was important for me that I knew I had somewhere to live that I would feel safe, comfortable and secure in – so on campus was the obvious answer.

Other than those requirements, I didn’t really need much else- but I did want my own bathroom, and fortunately for me, Edge Hill has a range of accommodation types, which include the option to have an en suite. I also knew that (as I like to eat, and therefore cook) I would want to be in a place that was self-catered, rather than have money on a card for the different food outlets on campus- which is perfect if you’ve never cooked before and are worried about surviving on just pot noodles and beans on toast!

I then, on my audition day for my course, asked some questions about accommodation and had a tour round, found out which clusters where the newest built, and therefore had other little comforts, such as a shower door instead of a curtain and white wardrobes and cupboards instead of bright colours, and used that to help in whittle down where I would want to be.

For the rest of my decision-making, to help rank my preferences on my accommodation application (because yes, Edge Hill has that much accommodation that even after splitting it down into self catered and en suite- there’s still plenty to choose from!) I decided to take the geography of the campus into consideration. As I study Musical Theatre, I knew I would mostly be based in the Arts Centre, so would like to be close to there to be able to roll out of bed for a 9 am lecture as late as possible.

This all led to me having Palatine as my first choice, and luckily for me, when the email arrived in August, that was where I was placed, and despite having to climb three flights of stairs to be on the top floor of out building, the views alone were worth it! It was also a joy to find out (especially during fresher’s week!) that we had a cleaner come into out flat every week day morning to clean the communal areas, and take the rubbish out for us.

Having looked around other universities accommodation on other open days that I visited, nothing ever quite matched up to the high standard the Edge Hill has in all of the clusters- it definitely deserves to hold the title of Best Accommodation in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards, and the winner of Best Value for Money Student Accommodation in the UK.

 

Life at Edge Hill: On-Campus Accommodation

Hey all, I hope you are doing well and are having a great start to a new academic year so far. Some of you reading this will be thinking about university now, and if you are considering Edge Hill University (great choice, by the way!), one of the things that might influence your choice is the on-campus accommodation. Edge Hill has lots of lovely types of accommodation, with their own personality and with everything any student attending lessons here could need. Regardless of if you want an en-suite or are happy sharing a bathroom, or if you need a cheap accommodation alternative or don’t mind spending a bit more money on accommodation, there’s something suited to everyone!

There are two different types of accommodation that I will split this post into – catered and self-catered. I have also listed these different types in order of most expensive per week to the cheapest per week;

Catered

Main Halls- £109 a week

Main Halls is part of the probably the first beautiful building you will see upon entering the Edge Hill campus. The two sides of Main Halls link to the Main Building, which gives you great access to the Hub’s services, including the Sage Hall food court, Starbucks, computers and printers. It is also very close to the library. As this is catered accommodation, there is only a small kitchen area in which you can grab snacks and make yourself hot drinks and such, however you are given a Unicard which has money on it from what you pay towards your rent. This can be used to buy food from the various places on campus serving food, such as the Red Bar in the Arts Centre or Sage Hall.

In the kitchens there’s a fridge, freezer, cooker, microwave, toaster, kettle, iron and ironing board, and a cupboard to put any extra food you do buy. As well as the shared kitchens, there are shower cubicles and bathrooms which are shared with your specific cohort within Main Halls. These are kept clean throughout the week by a cleaner, so despite them being shared, they’re kept clean! I know some people worry about sharing bathrooms, but if everything else about Main Halls appeals to you, honestly don’t let bathrooms change your mind, it won’t be the nightmare you might be imagining!

In your rooms you get a single bed, desk and chair, wardrobe, drawers and bedside storage, everything you could really need! The bedrooms are great, especially for the price, and once you get your stuff in there will definitely feel homely.

As with all the other accommodation types, there is free WiFi, 24/7 security walking around campus and on call if needed, and the contract is a 40 week contract.

 

Self-Catered

Chancellors Court and Chancellors South- £124 a week

The Chancellors accommodation buildings are in probably the most beautiful part of the campus. They are close to the Creative Edge (the building most of the film and media based courses are based in) and Sporting Edge (the building that the gym and swimming pool reside in and sports lessons sometimes also occur) buildings, and also surrounds one of the two beautiful lakes on campus – perfect to walk around and chill, and even has its own little beach!

This is a self-catered type of accommodation, so you do not get money to spend on campus from the University and have to cook your own meals in a kitchen you share with your cluster (either 6/8 people). The kitchens include a fridge, freezer, oven, induction hob (with induction pans and such), microwave, kettle, iron and ironing board, and a TV with a license paid for by the Uni!

Unlike Main Halls, in your rooms you get an en-suite shower room. So, if sharing a bathroom really is a deal breaker for you, then this would be perfect for you. In your room you also get a single bed, desk and chair, wardrobe, drawers, bedside storage and mini fridge. If you need an adapted room, call this number: 01695 584190.

As with all the other accommodation types, there is free WiFi, 24/7 security walking around campus and on call if needed, and the contract is a 40 week contract.

 

Founders Court and Palatine Court- £119/£124 a week dependent on the hall

Founders Court is situated very close to the Arts Centre, so is perfect if you’re doing a creative, performance based/orientated course and want to get to your lesson quick (lets you stay in bed those extra minutes!). Palatine is a little further away, closer to the Creative Edge building, however, the same principle applies!

Again, this accommodation type is self-catered, so you have a shared kitchen (shared with 6/8 people in your cluster) in which you can store and cook your meals. The kitchens in these buildings also have the same things as the kitchens in the Chancellors buildings (fridge, freezer, etc).

Also, similarly to the Chancellors buildings, the bedrooms have the same layout and things in them, and an en-suite shower room (perfect for people not keen on sharing bathrooms).  If you need an adapted room (only available for Founders Court), call this number: 01695 584190.

As with all the other accommodation types, there is free Wifi, 24/7 security walking around campus and on call if needed, and the contract is a 40 week contract.

 

Graduates Court- £119 a week

Graduates Court is located close to the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Health and Social Care buildings, and is also close to the other wonderful lake on campus. It’s also a very short walk away from the centre of campus, library and the Hub, so its services are easily accessible, which can often be useful!

Again, this accommodation type is self-catered, so you have a shared kitchen (shared with 6/8 people in your cluster) in which you can store and cook your meals. The kitchens in these buildings also have the same things as the kitchens in the Chancellors, Forest Court and Palatine Court buildings (fridge, freezer, etc).

Also, similarly to the Chancellors, Forest Court and Palatine Court buildings, the bedrooms have the same layout and things in them, and an en-suite shower room (perfect for people not keen on sharing bathrooms).

As with all the other accommodation types, there is free WiFi, 24/7 security walking around campus and on call if needed, and the contract is a 40 week contract.

 

Forest Court- £99/£88 a week

Forest Court is more or less next to Palatine Court, and so would be great for anyone in Creative or Sporting Edge. It is also just on the very edge of the centre of campus, which means you can easily get to the Hub and the library.

Again, this accommodation type is self-catered, so you have a shared kitchen (shared with usually 6 people in your cluster, some halls in Forest Court are slightly different though) in which you can store and cook your meals. The kitchens in these buildings have a fridge, freezer, cooker, microwave, kettle, iron and ironing board.

The bedrooms are a little different to the more expensive accommodation on campus, but is still homely and provides you with everything you need; a single bed, desk and chair, wardrobe, drawers and bedside storage. There is also an en-suite shower room option, so again, perfect for people who worry about sharing bathrooms. This option cost £99, but if you don’t mind sharing you can save an extra £10 and share a bathroom. There are also accessible rooms available upon request.

As with all the other accommodation types, there is free WiFi, 24/7 security walking around campus and on call if needed, and the contract is a 40 week contract.

 

Back Halls- £74 a week

Back Halls is the most cost efficient accommodation on campus, but is still lovely to live in (known from personal experience! Keep checking back on the blog for another blog on my first year experience in Back Halls and on campus). It is also just behind the SU Bar and the brand new Subway that has been built on campus, and is in front of the Durning Centre where you pick up your post – so super convenient! It’s also a short walk away from the Hub, like Graduates Court.

Again, this accommodation type is self-catered, so you have a shared kitchen (shared with the people in your cluster) in which you can store and cook your meals. The kitchens in these buildings have a fridge, freezer, cooker, microwave, toaster, kettle, iron and ironing board and individual food lockers. In this accommodation there is also only shared bathrooms, however, as in Main Halls they are regularly cleaned and are never an issue in terms of cleanliness.

Again, the bedrooms are a little different to the more expensive accommodation on campus, but is still homely and provides you with everything you need; a single bed, desk and chair, wardrobe, drawers and bedside storage. You also have a sink basin in your room, which is great for brushing your teeth before bed without having to go to the bathroom.

There is also a common room area within Back Halls, which is perfect for hanging out with your flatmates and friends and meet new people on Freshers’ Week.

As with all the other accommodation types, there is free WiFi, 24/7 security walking around campus and on call if needed, and the contract is a 40 week contract.

 

And that’s all the different types! All the different types are all great and lovely to live in, but if there are specific things you want then I hope this info has helped! You can also request to be in all female accommodation, quiet accommodation and alcohol-free accommodation if you so wish.

If you want a little more information on living on campus at Edge Hill, then click here to follow a link to the Uni’s official page on accommodation and living on campus. Otherwise, feel free to drop me questions in the comments below also! Hope you have a great week!

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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