Sean’s Random Encounters – Welcome Sunday 2018

Working on Welcome Sunday 2018 as a member of the Campus Life team gave me the opportunity to talk to many of the incoming first years at the university. You would think that this blog would be about freshers moving into halls. Or even a 3rd year returning to a new style townhouse in Woodland Court. But I have a much more interesting person in mind for this month’s edition of random encounters. Michael the student helper.

Image result for edge hill welcome sundayOn Welcome Sunday you will see about 40 or so students running around wearing yellow high visibility vests. Michael was one of these ‘student helpers’. He had given up the last Sunday of his summer to help students move into their on campus accommodation. I had the chance to ask him why.

Image result for edge hill welcome sunday‘I like helping people and I know it was hard for me to start out, so I want to put a smile on someone’s face.’ was the reply when asked why he wanted to work on this stress filled day. He also had no complaints about helping move boxes up and down stairs. ‘Someone did it for me, and i’m doing for them. Circle of life!’

As I thought about the day itself I realised that the student helpers around me were not tired, stressed or burnt out. They were smiling. These people had just spent a full day helping people move into their new homes and it gave most of them a sense of good karma. People like to help other people, and I honestly can say that the people that study, work and volunteer at Edge Hill University are some of the most helpful that I have ever met. The people make the place.

If you want to read more about Welcome Sunday check out my other blog here:

3 Tips for moving to Edge Hill University – Getting ready for Welcome Sunday

That’s all I have for you on this edition of random encounters but if you want to find out more about what to expect on campus you can check out Campus Life at EHU here. And please leave any questions you have for moving in below. You will get a personal response, fast.

And if you want more free and great information email or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!

Welcome Week Wonder

Are you wondering what your first week at university will be like? I certainly did! Welcome week (or freshers week) is the time to make the most of new pals and new places. Welcome week at Edge Hill was beyond my expectations. Not only do you get to enjoy nights out in Ormskirk and the students’ union, you have the option to spend nights out in Liverpool too.

How should I prepare?

You can read about Edge Hill’s welcome week here. On your first day (welcome Sunday) you will receive your student ID card which will allow you entry into the students union on campus. You can also buy wristbands which will get you free entry before 9:30pm on certain days. Beforehand, I also made sure to have an NUS student card which makes entry cheaper on social nights.

How much money will I spend?

The welcome week outline gives you an idea of entry prices. Yoyo is a great app to get as you can earn points in the students union when you buy drinks from behind the bar. With points, you can select vouchers for food, drinks and Edge Hill merchandise throughout the year. If you want to give yourself a budget for each night, I suggest you get the cash out beforehand instead of relying on your contactless card (that can be dangerous!).

What if I don’t want to go out every night?

Of course, welcome week is not all about going out each night; it is about meeting new people and joining new things. Examples of different events in the evenings/nights are as follows:

Board Games

Free Film Nights

Campus Sport Pool Party


Roller Disco

The Stickmen

SU Quiz

What can I do during the day?

I advise that you have an explore! Take a walk into Ormskirk, use the train to get into Liverpool, or simply have a wander around Edge Hill’s beautiful campus. One of the most exciting parts of welcome week is the welcome fair on the Wednesday. This is your chance to learn all about what Edge Hill has to offer, join new societies and, of course, grab all the freebies! Other events are put on each day for you to enjoy such as:

Vintage Folk Clothing Sale

Giant SU BBQ

Campus Scavenger Hunt

DIY Room Decorations


The Big Student Resale

When I think of my welcome week (which was waaaay back in 2016) the paint party comes to mind. My flat mates and I were dancing in each others sweat when we hardly knew each other… 2 years down the line, we are closer than ever. As cringey as it sounds, the people you meet will change your life and your university life will change you, SO ENJOY EVERY MINUTE OF IT!!

Wishing you all the best of luck! Feel free to ask away if you have anything in particular you would like to know!

Anna 🙂

Welcome to Edge Hill… Class of 2019!

So tomorrow is Welcome Sunday, so WELCOME! I hope tomorrow that you have a smooth transition onto campus and into uni life!

Tomorrow you will enrol on campus and receive your Uni Card, don’t lose this! You can use it for many things, such as: student discounts, your exams/entry into the uni library at night, entry into your accommodation (depending on your accommodation) the free uni bus to-and-from town which is a lifesaver after shopping with bags!

You will also get your keys to your accommodation… do not lose these! However, if you do end up locking yourself out (don’t worry – it happens) and nobody is inside to let you in, you can always contact security who will lend you a set as long as you return them.

Basically, there’s nothing to worry about. Any problem you may face has a solution… you just need to know who to contact if you encounter a problem! Tomorrow there will be a lot of university staff members, including student helpers, who will be more than happy to help you with anything you need.

So double check tonight you have everything you need, and if not… don’t worry you can always pick whatever you need up in town.

If you have any worries or concerns feel free to post a comment and ask!

See you tomorrow.

So what is Freshers Week?

The line up for Welcome Week aka the infamous ‘Freshers’ Week’ was announced a few weeks ago! Are you ready for mini golf, headphone discos and Scott Mills!?

So what is Freshers’ Week? Well, it’s a time to get used to uni life. By that I mean, your classes, the location/your whereabouts, the people you’ll associate with and probably newfound cooking skills! Freshers’ Week is like an induction week, where you’ll go to a few classes that give you an insight into the course you’ve chosen as well as helping you use the facilities open to you.

During Freshers’ Week, as well as introductory classes, you will experience the infamous nights out at the Student Union on campus, in Ormskirk or Liverpool! Whatever you end up doing, even if it’s a movie night in with your new flatmates it will definitely be a night to remember!

There’s also a Freshers’ Fair which is my personal highlight as there is basically a lot of freebies from lots of companies and other businesses! This is also the time where you will have the opportunity to sign up to societies, whether you’re sporty or not there’s a society for you! On the Wednesday come to the hub and have a look around, grab some freebies, talk to societies and make new friends!

Can’t wait to see you!

Welcome to Edge Hill!

Hi everyone!

I’m so excited, this is my first official blog post. I thought I would use it to introduce myself and to introduce Edge Hill, so here goes!

I’m Rebecca, a first year English Literature student and I live on campus here at Edge Hill. I could tell you all day about how lovely it is here, but a picture says a thousand words so here goes!

The campus boasts a huge range of facilities. As a Literature student the library is probably the place I visit most often (although no matter what your degree you will probably be spending a lot of time there.) There are lots of lecture theatres and classrooms too, this may seem a bit daunting in your first few weeks but there is always a friendly face to point you in the right direction.

Don’t worry though, it’s not all work and no play! In your free time you can always go grab a coffee from the Hub, or head over to the Arts Centre to watch a good show- the range of productions on offer there are incredible.

And of course, not all University’s can boast their very own beach, one of the many things that sets Edge Hill apart. Great for a sunny day with friends. Or (more likely) a good place to cheer yourself up when the English weather is not as bright as expected.

I look forward to telling you more about all that Edge Hill has to offer in future posts, but if you can’t wait you can go find out more here.

Quote for the day: “Once again…welcome to my house. Come freely. Go safely; and leave something of the happiness you bring.” Dracula, Bram Stoker.

Have a nice day, until next time! 🙂