Here at Edge Hill, everyone understands that some times things just don’t go quite as planned the first time around – especially when it comes to living space.
As written about last week, Palatine was my first choice accommodation and I was lucky enough to get it when I first arrived at Edge Hill. Despite absolutely loving my room and all the facilities it provided, being central on campus and close to my subject building and making some very good friends in the flat, I also had some disagreements with others in the building and decided over the Christmas break that I would be happier somewhere else.
The procedure was incredibly easy and simple. I emailed the Accommodation Team and they sent me a Request to Transfer form to fill out and send back. When I arrived back at Uni after the Christmas break, because I had filled out the form, I could go straight to the Student Information Centre (SIC – where many student services are housed, including Accommodation) to arrange a move.
I was offered the choice of which cluster on campus I would like to move to, if I wanted single sex or combined flat, if I wanted self-catered, and if I wanted an en suite. As my previous flat had had most of these things, I decided to stick with a similar cluster at the same price as the previous.
I managed to move the majority of my stuff over that day, with the help from some friends. I’m now in Chancellors South, which is an incredibly pretty area of the campus as it overlooks one of the lakes, the beach and several fountains- which all mean we get to see plenty of famous Edge Hill ducks! The new flatmates I live with have been incredibly welcoming and friendly, but have also managed to stay connected with friends I had made in the first few months in my old flat.
The moral of this story is that although moving in with new people as a fresher can be scary, there will always be people ready and willing to help you out with any concerns, no matter how big all small.
Sometimes being at university and far away from home and your parents, there are a few questions that need to be asked but you can be a little unsure as to where to turn. This is where Student Services comes in, it’s a whole team of really lovely people dedicated to the students to help and guide you in so many different ways! The team is situated in the Student Information Centre (S.I.C) which you can find just to the right of the library in the centre of the campus. The team are there to help and advise in a number of different ways from career advice to financial support and counselling, they are a lovely team and are always happy to help however they can!
Here I have put together a little summary to show you the kinds of things Student Services help students with all over campus, to show you there’s really no need to sweat the small stuff! The titles are links to the website if you want more info!
Accommodation Support and Advice
This is for both students that live on campus and off campus! Say for example you’re having problems with your landlord, or perhaps the people you’re living with in halls, there is a team of people dedicated to making sure you’re totally happy in your living situation and will help you any way they can to do so!
Careers and part-time Jobs
There is a careers centre based in the S.I.C that will be able to help you with part-time work in addition to graduate employment. Just by signing up they send out weekly emails with current part-time vacancies, and if you make an appointment with a member of the team they are more than happy to help you with job applications and CV writing! It’s also great to note they can help you up to 3 years after you graduate!! I went in looking for advice on internships and placements and they were really helpful.
Whether you’re in a tiff with student finance or struggling with the cost of living, student services are here to help, whether that’s helping you secure part-time work or helping you out with a stress free budget plan!
Counselling and Wellbeing
I think this is a really important one, especially when you’re embarking on a new adventure like moving to university, it can all be very overwhelming! The counsellors are there to help you with any concerns or worries you may have and will help you find solutions to problems or ways of coping, or even just someone to talk through your problems with! They also offer a range of sessions such as relaxation sessions to help tackle stress!