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.
Edge Hill University is well known for its student services, being voted 3rd in UK for Student Support in 2017. In my experience, this holds true. The IT support, Careers Advice, and Counselling services at EHU really are great. But today I want to tell you about the Money Advice Team.
I’ve worked for the Money Advice Team in the past, as a Money Buddy, presenting to and answering questions for prospective students on Open Days and other events. The Money Advice Team also informed me of the Student Opportunity Fund, which has helped me to spend my sandwich year in the United States!
The Money Advice Team are open for drop-ins Monday and Friday, 10am-1pm, and Tuesday and Thursday from 1pm-4pm. They offer a range of services for different purposes – if you’re worried about finances, they can help you. All queries from budgeting to funding are supported. A resource that many students might not know about is the Student Support Fund, which can help students who “have serious financial difficulties or whose access to higher education might be inhibited because of financial reasons.” There is an assessment process, but if you are eligible, you won’t have to pay back the money you receive.
The Money Advice Team is currently situated in the Student Information Centre (SIC) and can also put you in touch with Edge Hill Works, who can help you find a part-time job. There are numerous on-campus jobs, but of course, there are more in Ormskirk and the surrounding area. Even Liverpool (particularly Liverpool ONE) has some part-time jobs that are available for Edge Hill Students.
Also of use is the Money Matters website, which has information relating to the above, as well as tuition fees, bursaries, scholarships, etc. So if you’re unsure of the difference between the maintenance loan and your tuition fee loan, check it out! A particularly useful tool is the Scholarship Calculator, which can inform you, after five short questions, if you are eligible for a scholarship.
It’s all well and good having a paid job to help you throughout your time at university, but I would also advise looking for voluntary or work experience when you have a week or two free. (like now during Easter!) It really looks good on your CV and without a shadow of a doubt, you will learn some extra skills.
The only problem is finding the time to get to look for it to fit it in. But that is where the ‘Student Information Centre’ at Edge Hill comes in! They are really helpful if you ever want to look for any volunteering or work experience work. They can also go over your CV’s and cover letters too, to make sure it promotes you at your best, before you send them off to potential employees.
Work experience really sets your CV apart from everybody else’s when it comes to looking for jobs! I’ve been lucky enough to have done a couple of weeks work experience in a Law department, which allowed me to gain valuable knowledge of how the Law I’ve studied works in day to day cases.
But, of course the work experience or voluntary work you want to do doesn’t necessarily have to be relevant to your degree! Your CV is there to show all different types of skills and qualities that you possess. For instance, I’m studying Law here, but the summer of 2013 I did ‘Camp America’ for 3 months, which is really nothing law related at all, but it shows a little bit of my personality, which is something employers want to see too!
I sometimes forget that in just over a month I will have finished my exams, and I will be looking for full time employment! Between now and then, I’m still pushing myself to get some other voluntary work done. But, just a little advice, try and do as many things as possible that make you you!
Good luck! 🙂