Health and Fitness is Key :)

Health and Fitness are essential to good lifestyle. While students are stressed with coursework and deadlines, it is difficult to stay motivated. However, Edgehill makes it very convenient for its students to provide a campus place filled with sports facilities and fitness amenities. As a newly enrolled student like myself, you do need to checkout Edge Hill Sport Centre located in far end of campus closer to the football fields. You would be able to access the fitness centre and get student discounts on membership. Click on this link to learn more: https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/edgehillsport/


You can also enroll in university lead sporting initiatives such as the intramural games which are fun recreational opportunities for students, staff, and adults from the local community! The Campus Sport program gives you the opportunity to enjoy sport in a social non-competitive environment. To learn more, click on : https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/edgehillsport/campus-sport/

Keeping fit is a challenge for most individuals but one step at a time, one day at a time and you will certainly accomplish your goals. Some of my favorite fitness centers are around the town that you can explore based on your convenience:

1. Active Nation Gym – Ormskirk  https://activenation.org.uk/venues/ormskirk/

2. Unite Health & Fitness – Moorgate, Ormskirk L39 4RT

3. NXG Fitness – Malthouse Business Centre, 48, Southport Rd, Ormskirk L39 1QR

4. Volt Gym – https://voltgym.co.uk/

You can also talk walks or jogs in a park, or go bike riding because any activity counts towards your improving your health and wellbeing

Campus Blog – Part I

For any international student upon arrival and moving to campus for the first time seemed to be little uneasy, confusion will occur as it first time moving and roaming around the campus.

This problem usually occurs for few days unless you are familiar with the place environments and campus. In this blog I have tried to cover few places which will help you, support and assist upon your arrival and during the initial days of stay.

University entrance

Campus Support Team

Once you enter through the gate, the first point of contact should be the campus support, they will be helping with your ID accommodation key or any other services required. They are available 24/7 to ensure the safety and well-being of all of students, staff, visitors and partners. 24/7 support system is provided to residential students to ensure safety on-campus. One can contact them directly via phone – 0169 58 4277

Front entrance
Campus Support Building

For any other queries related to the any department, faculty or services you can directly contact the receptionist at edge hill. One need to just walk through the main entrance of the building, to get in touch with the receptionist.

Receptionist / waiting area

Hale Hall

Next reception there is Hale Hall, a room full equipped and furnished with sofa. It’s one of most comfortable places to relax and work. Many cultural as well as social events are held in hale hall

Life as an international student at EHU – Exploring and learning!


For this article, we have our very own Indian student ambassadors sharing their individual experiences of their life as an international student at EHU. We hope their stories help you get a deeper international perspective.

Ambassador 1
It is strange how life can put you through various adventures and challenges, but I believe that the right mindset can get through any course. Over the 2 years that I have lived in the UK as a student, I have learned to have an open mind with a positive approach towards every situation I face on the daily. This could be going to class or meeting friends, assignments or part-time employment.

Living abroad can be intimidating but having the right support system around you can play a big role and enhance your international student experience. I live in a private accommodation in Liverpool, so for me it’s a train to catch in the morning at 7:40AM from Liverpool Central to Ormskirk and make it to class at 9:00AM. This simple act may introduce you to some intricate time management skills.

My most exciting moment at EdgeHill was the first day of orientation as I was able to meet so many students from different backgrounds and cultures. It was also a delight meeting with the university faculty and making new friends. It was a challenge to socialize out of my comfort zone. But again, I thought to myself that it’s now or never, I need to have a positive mindset and go beyond my comfort zone in order to make friends. As an international student it is very important to have a good social circle around you. I was able to explore a new identity which made me feel very confident and made every experience at EHU enjoyable 🙂

Ambassador 2
Our life as an international student is one most exciting journey one goes through , apart from your academic life it’s an  incredible mix of cultures and contemporary thinking .Especially if this is your first time in the UK you will be encountering new people, their  culture, tradition and living lifestyle.

The most exciting part for any international student is after a couple of  months of hard work ie -the day to start your application to the day you arrive in university is itself a journey that one goes through . Once you arrive at the campus it has such a vibrant atmosphere and positive environment that it will motivate you to bring out the best in

you. Meeting with new people learning their culture tradition and making friend globally drives you to think out of the box 

For any international student the biggest challenge anyone will have to face is being far away from home and missing your family ,friends and loved ones .But as the time goes one needs to learn and move on , also you will be making a lot of new friends here as well .

Also as  I stay on campus. I would like to share a picture of my accommodation 


Fancy Indian Food? We have got you covered :)

When it comes to food, We would like all students to make the most of Ormskirk and Liverpool. For your immediate cravings or reminiscing of Indian flavors within a 5 mile radius , you will be surprised to find a variety of options which can fix your appetite. However, being a 35 min train journey away from Liverpool, a multicultural hub for food, fashion and lifestyle; it is impossible to miss out on Indian restaurants in the city center . In this article, we present to you our favorite list of Indian restaurants in Ormskirk and Liverpool which will make it easier for you to navigate your way to your favorite food spot .

Please share this with your friends as well and be sure to attend any of the options for an authentic Indian cuisine 🙂

Let’s have a look at your options in Ormskirk:

The Shamraat
https://theshamraat.co.uk/order-now
48A Moor St, Ormskirk L39 2AQ, United Kingdom

Passage to india
http://www.passagetoindiaormskirk.co.uk/
40A Moor St, Ormskirk L39 2AQ, United Kingdom

Anukha Indian takeaway
https://anukha.co.uk/online-ordering/
101 County Rd, Ormskirk L39 1NL, United Kingdom

Spice House
https://spicehouse-ormskirk.co.uk/
38 Church St, Ormskirk L39 3AW, United Kingdom

Nellie Indian Restaurant
http://www.mynellie.co.uk/
560 Southport Rd, Scarisbrick, Ormskirk L40 8HQ, United Kingdom

Banglish
https://www.quandoo.co.uk/place/banglish-38290?aid=63
63 Liverpool Rd N, Burscough, Ormskirk L40 0SA, United Kingdom

Your options in Liverpool:

Bandobust
http://bundobust.com/liverpool
First Floor, 17-19 Bold St, Liverpool L1 4DN, United Kingdom

Mowgli Street Food
http://www.mowglistreetfood.com/
69 Bold St, Liverpool L1 4EZ, United Kingdom

Sultans Palace
https://www.sultans-palace.co.uk/
75-77 Victoria St, Liverpool L1 6DE, United Kingdom

Spice City
https://spicecity.co.uk/
Ground Floor, 18 Stanley St, Liverpool L1 6AF, United Kingdom

Spice Lounge Bar & Grill
https://spiceloungebarandgrill.com/
130 Duke St, Liverpool L1 5AG, United Kingdom

Yukti Indian Street Fusion
http://www.yukti.co.uk/
73 Renshaw St, Liverpool L1 2SJ, United Kingdom

eastZeast
https://www.eastzeastlvp.com/storemenu
King’s Dock, Port of Liverpool, Keel Wharf, Liverpool L3 4BX, United Kingdom

Rumi
https://www.rumi.rest/
46-48 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool L3 5SD, United Kingdom

Meet the Indian Student Ambassadors at Edge Hill University :)

Hello everyone! We are Indian student ambassadors at Edge Hill University (EHU). We are very excited and would be happy to assist you with all your enquires about EHU. We would be posting weekly blogs about things we feel that are important to student life and make your international student experience memorable!

You can ask us anything about life at EHU, sports, favorite food restaurants, academics, social events and more. You can use the TAP Ambassador Phone App to get in touch with us. We look forward to attending your queries.

Meanwhile, you can read our bios to get to know us a bit better which may help you reach out to any of us with specific enquiries

Farhan

Hello everyone, My name is Farhan Shaikh, I am a postgraduate student studying psychology at EHU. I am originally from Mumbai, India and have been living in the UK for the past 2 years. My academic and professional backgrounds cover a wide spectrum of industries such as: sport sciences, psychology, education, business and administration. I certainly have a passion for sport and adventure and love to be in nature. Having moved to the UK, I have travelled most of the country and participated in adventures such as hiking, trekking and also actively engaging in fitness and sports. I am really excited to be an ambassador and share knowledge based on my experiences and about life at Edge Hill University.

Annanya

Hello, I am Annanya. I am a first year student studying BA Criminology and Sociology at EHU. This is my first time in the UK and I moved here from Kerala, in India. My interests are mostly politics and learning about society in general. I am a communist so critical analysis is a big priority for me. I am honored to be an ambassador for Edge Hill University and I look forward to share my experiences here, positive and negative, to be as honest and useful as I can be.

Jishnu

Hey guys , I’m Jishnu from Mumbai ,India and I am studying Masters in Business Administration at Edge Hill University . Its my first time in the UK as well but I am very excited to share my experiences with you all. Please do get in touch!


Supermarkets and shops in Ormskirk

Grocery shopping and more! I hope this post is useful to

  • students living on campus of Edge Hill University, especially who self-cater (cook for themselves), or need a break from the university catering
  • people who consider living in Ormskirk

The range of shops in Ormskirk can cater to your needs of: everyday grocery shopping, cosmetics/skincare/health and beauty in general, warm clothes and more. You can’t really find some big names like Tesco, Primark, TKmaxx, etc. in Ormskirk but for me, what it has right now is enough for all essential shopping needs. Plus I even think life is made simpler and easier to live, and consumerism is avoided, when you’re not spoilt for choices.

1. Supermarkets in Ormskirk

live on campus, two choices: catered and self-catered. for catered, as is the case with students on a study-abroad program to edge hill – cost 42 GBP per week. self catered students (like me and my flatmates) buy their own food, and we could could save by spending 20 GBP per week but still have a range of food to go round. Supermarkets offer you this saving choice

  1. Aldi: cheapest. wide range: spices like ginger garlic also very cheap, much cheaper than Morrisons or M&S Foodhall.
  2. Morrisons: bigger shopping space, a cleaner and more tidy look than Aldi in my opinion. Wide range of goods, especially meat and fish, vegetables, desserts and so on, definitely a winner in the area for me. One discovery for me when it comes to Morrisons is the ‘Food to order’ section on their website, which is like booking very good, ready-to-eat food in advance to collect at the store. I think I’ll talk about this in another post on culture highlights I’ve noticed in England.
  3. M&S Foodhall (Mark and Spencers): sounds posh? expensive? yeah maybe a little. But I got to admit this is my favorite place to shop: smoothie, range of ready meals, fresh king prawns (I can’t find at Aldi or Morrisons). For other things like vegetables, fruits and meat, I’d say I’d go for Morrisons or Aldi.
  4. Poundland: The idea of Poundland is many goods on sale at 1 pound. Sounds ideal enough, and the range of things there is great, I used to shop there in the beginning for mugs and laundry bag, and even makeup, but most other things you can find at Aldi for less than a pound, like 50p or less. So now I almost don’t go to Poundland anymore
  5. Iceland: great for shopping frozen food: pizza, varied dishes of chicken, beef, lamb, etc. Bad news is at the time of this post, the Iceland store is closed down for good (from 4 Jan 2020), you have to walk for a while to the next Iceland store. I feel saddened by this because I like to shop a few things at Iceland like their kitchen rolls and box of 10 free range eggs, because they are the cheapest and best value for money among all the stores here.
  6. Local butchers: Family butchers, Scott’s butcher. These are great for buying sausages, pork, beef, chicken, lamb; especially at Scott’s Butcher they have many offers/deals everyday and they offer a range of seasoned/prepared-to-cook meat, along with different types of chutney and sauces. Worth a look and a try.

I only speak from my experience, therefore the information may be limited. The best thing to do is just go to the stores and see for yourself which one is your favorite. As someone who’s been literally scrutinizing through these supermarkets, I think it’s safe to say you can rely on (some of) my choices 🙂

Comes another problem when shopping around: navigating (tìm đường), which means knowing the roads and streets’ name. But I don’t feel the need to because its very straightforward. As long as you take the Ormskirk tour with the student guides on your arrival, you’ll find it easy to navigate around. the clock tower is the heart of all the shopping places so if you get lost, just find way or ask directions back to the clock tower

Next, Iceland (which is closed now, since January 2020), and Poundland – where you can find all things at 1 pound! (although sometimes you may want to buy cheaper than 1 pound, in that case, find B&M and Aldi, haha)

Lastly, a photo inside M&S, though I took of nothing but the flowers:

2. Shops

I’ll continue in the next post

health and beauty shops, then clothing shops.

Until next time x

Thao Vy Thai

Southport trip in the spring

Southport is a 45-minute drive from Edge Hill and it’s a beautiful, appropriately busy seaside town! From Ormskirk you can take the 375 or 385 bus to get to Southport and pay around £5.5 for a return ticket. Or, if you’re in luck, (which is very likely thanks to our Edge Hill Students Union and International Office), you’ll get a free coach trip like us!

3 things I’d say about Southport:

charming Architecture, tastefully busy and plenty of Shops, all sorts and decorations

……..cool turquoise Lake and simple yet interesting Pier, + beach

lots of ice cream shops, amusement arcades and other family-friendly facilities.

Plus, you’ll also get to see an eye-catching merry go round, first spring blossoms (if you come in spring) and just very pleasant sights in general. For me what’s best was the tasty, affordable Chinese dining we had!

Our Chinese dining: we got spring rolls, stir-fired beef and mushrooms & rice, prawn curry & rice, sweet-and-sour pork & rice. All for only £19.80, so each of us (3 people) paid only £6+ for a very wholesome meal. The restaurant is Ho Lee Chow (address: Rotten Row, Southport PR8 2BZ) and they have various meal deals.

Our group photos in Southport: (caption from Didem and Cassie)

Wait, it rained later! when we got back to the coach.

That’s all for today. Definitely give Southport a visit while you’re at Edge Hill! Thanks for reading!

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Thank you Cassie and Didem for your contributions to this blog :D!

From Lancashire to Derbyshire, my past two months in England

COVID-19 has taken the world by storm and we international students definitely ‘ve had our share of turbulence. Hello there! Today is 23 May 2020 and it’s officially been two months since the UK went into lockdown.

In today’s blog, I’d like to capture a little story from the day I parted with my Edge Hill friends as they went back to their home countries. And as I had settled in the countrified town of Hadfield. I would like to call it a “from Lancashire to Derbyshire” story, recounting my move from the lovely halls at Edge Hill/ Ormskirk to my new found home in Hadfield.

20 March: A farewell party

Featuring in this party: 2 Germans, 2 Japanese, 1 Mexican, 1 Vietnamese. Our German girls hosted this party showcasing their cooking talents with Turkish and Vietnamese dishes! (Is there a mistake here, you ask? No dear, our cultural backgrounds are diverse that’s why ;).

Our range of menu: first dish Vietnamese, second and third dishes Turkish

For the next round (of eating!) we’d got Korean dumplings, snacks, and more puddings/desserts.

I would like to thank Aina, Dung, Didem especially, for always being such good friends! I hope we’ll see each other again soon, in Japan or Germany or Vietnam!

  • edge-hill-farewell-party-international-students
  • japanese curry cubes for cooking

21 March (Saturday)

I went to the town centre (of Ormskirk) and it was completely busy, from the shops to the supermarkets to the Open Market, which, honestly, scared me, considering the virus situation and all. So I decided I’d move to my friend’s house in Hadfield. She was really kind to offer me to go and stay with her soon, as she could expect a lockdown coming soon.

Ormskirk’s open-air market (photos for illustration’s sake, from Google)

22 March to 23 May (next 8 weeks): “chilling” in Hadfield

… while at times nervous about the whole situation. Anyway, 23 March to 23 May, featuring: online lectures, online tutorials and my two giant assignments for Term 2. Don’t worry, you won’t have to hear me complain about these. What you’ll see now are (hopefully) beautiful photos of a private garden in Hadfield, a small town in the county of Derbyshire. And while you may not know where Derbyshire is, just know that the world-famous female English author Jane Austen said it’s the most beautiful county in England. (Check out the Pride and Prejudice adaptation on Netflix, you can verify that. Or if you’ve already known, hi-five!)

That’s it for today’s story. I’m sorry it’s quite short (but sweet though!). See you in the next blogs! Thanks for reading!

(If you’d like to know who I am, you can check out my First week at Edge Hill blog. Thanks!)

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Lake District – a green oasis and a great escape

Last October (2019) we had a coach trip to Lake District with the Students Union (SU), and it was a lovely memory. This green haven doesn’t disappoint!

What you need to do to get on a free trip like this is to go on the Give it a Go page by the SU, choose the event, log in at the site with your university email, and book a place! Make sure you sign up early for any trip or there will be no spaces left. Another way, if the International Office is the organiser of the trip, you’ll get an email directly from them, and just need to reply to sign up! (check the link out! you’ll see a list of free trips you’ll likely go on!)

A walk around Windermere, Lake District

Expect to see a lot of tourists as Lake District is a much loved travel destination in the UK. We saw a lot of families with kids, and Chinese tourists too. I guess there must be a significant influx of Chinese tourists to Lake District, since there were many signs at restaurants and places of interest written in Chinese.

The trip took us to Windermere area. Lake District is huge comprising 4 major mountainous areas (or towns to be precise). Beside Windermere town, there are also Keswick, Ambleside, and Bowness-on-Windermere. Take a look at this video and you’ll agree with me how beautiful Windermere looks!

Share lunch with a friend

We arrived in Lake District at around 11am, wandered for a while and went for lunch. Now this (Windermere) is a bustling area with all kinds of cuisines and shops. My friend and I were looking for a budget option, so we looked through many menus and prices (at the entrance of restaurants) and stopped at one pizza place.

The pizza we shared (quite a large size) cost only £ 8. Lunch offer even on a Saturday, brilliant!

Alternatively you can pop in Tesco Express near the lake (where the coach dropped you off) to get a meal deal at 3.00 GBP with a main meal, a snack and a drink. (much like Mccoll’s on campus, but a bit cheaper and more choices I guess).

Great spot for photos

Although I didn’t discover much variety in Lake District (probably because I’m a slow walker and a chilled wanderer), I found a few amazing views for my Instagram photos! (or my phone gallery only, haha, too lazy for instagram posts)

  • lake-district-trip-edge-hill-international-student-boats and lake

Few other peaceful shots of the Windermere area!

Keep an eye out for free trips by the International Office and the students’ union, and make sure you sign up early!

Until next time x . Thank you for reading!

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O Briens Tea Room in Ormskirk

Dear those who love a chilled afternoon,

Today I recommend a nice place near campus for a (quality & cheap!) cup of tea: O Briens Tea Room.

Location: Opposite Morrisons, same side as Aldi and McDonald’s.

O Briens Tea Room seen from opposite the road at Morrisons store

What’s on their menu

A wide range of tea, ice cream, cafe and toast, sandwiches, or Afternoon Tea.

Their decor and seating

There is nothing fancy about it, but it’s cozy and friendly. Their toilets are nice too, haha. The seating furniture really reminds me of my Vietnam (had to bring it up again, sorry haha).

What I ordered

My friend and I only needed some tea for a chat. It was quite nice, and milk was served with tea as well. Only £ 1.90 for a pot of tea, hands down unbeatable price.

Opening hours (updating) (if you happen to know, please comment. thanks!)

In summary

If you like a simple relaxing time with tea, cake and light meals at affordable price, O Briens is the place to go!

Check out another cafe in Ormskirk: Mandrakes magic-themed cafe!

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