So, as I mentioned in my earlier post, I’m going to try and answer some of the more popular questions that have arisen within the last few weeks on the forum to try and solve any worries you may have.
What facilities are available on campus? Best places to hang out?
Edge Hill is a campus university so you will find most things you need in one place. To answer as succinctly as possible, (nice word, succ-in-ct-ly…) we have a university bar and an attachment called the ‘venue’ which holds many social events from every night during Fresher’s Week, to the popular sports social nights on Wednesdays (we’ve had foam parties, silent discos, even Matt Willis from Busted DJ’ing in the Venue – you name it, its probably happened!!)
In the same building as the bar, there is ‘The Diner’ which place where you can order fast food (you can use your food card if you’re in catered accomodation) and is one of many places to get food around campus – with most buildings having at least a coffee machine to help you from that walk of death from your uni room to early morning lectures! As of September, the Student Hub will be opening and, with plenty of seating areas and choice of meals and food, I’m sure it’ll be a very popular meeting place throughout the day! In this building will also be new offices for the Student Union as well as a Starbucks and a newsagents – everything you could possibly need!
The university library is also in the middle of being revamped and is another one of the popular places on campus to meet. If you live on campus, you’ll find your kitchen (or common room if you live in back halls) will become to ‘place to be’ for gathering before and after social events… basically Edge Hill have plenty of places on campus to meet and socialise!
Term time dates?
Welcome Sunday (the day you move into halls) is the 18th September 2011. Fresher’s week begins that night and runs (surprisingly) throughout the whole week! You wont have any formal lectures that week, but will be required to enrol and attend some classes dependent upon your course so make sure you are aware of your timetables.
Term dates for the BA/BSc modular degree scheme 3 year course are as follows:
Autumn term – 19/09/2011 – 16/12/2011 (13 weeks)
Spring term – 03/01/2012 – 23/03/2012 (12 weeks)
Summer term – 16/04/2012 – 01/06/2012 (7 weeks)
Health courses are the same as above (for the September intake)
Undergraduate teaching courses are similar to the above dates except for an extra week in the spring terms (finishing on 30/03/2012)
and an extra 3 weeks at the end of the summer term (commencing on 22/06/2012)
Travelling by train?
Ormskirk holds its own small train station.
To get to/from Liverpool, there is a regular train every 15 minutes which terminates at Liverpool Central/Ormskirk. To get the the uni from the station, its about a 10-15 minute walk up St Helen’s road, or you could walk the small distance to the bus station to catch the free bus to the campus which again comes pretty regularly (every 15 minutes) and runs from 8am – 9pm.
You can also get to Preston from Ormskirk and again takes 30 minutes. The train isn’t as regular as the Liverpool train but from Preston, you can pretty much travel anywhere up and down the country, making commuting not as difficult as it may seem at first!
Car parking on campus is very limited and if you live on campus, is only granted should you have placements on your course so make sure you familiarise yourself with the public transport of the area. I found that travelling by train was actually quicker than driving and much much cheaper (especially with the cost of petrol at the moment!)
What to bring?
Living on campus is a very exciting but scary prospect, but don’t make the same mistakes that I made – that mistake was bringing everything but the kitchen sink with me on Welcome Sunday! I know its hard not to pack up your entire life into free boxes you nicked from Morrisons but think practically what you’ll need and use! The biggest issue if you’re on a self catering plan is bringing kitchen supplies – it’s not a secret that I ended up taking a garlic press ‘just in case’! If you know you’re a frozen chips and chicken sort of guy, then bring the baking tray and oven gloves- leave the measuring jug, wok and juicer at home! You’ll need plates, dishes, cutlery and pans but try and keep it as basic and minimalistic as possible – you may end up sharing with the people you’re living with (but please, by all means do not assume that this will be the case!) The best plan is to bring essentials and then wait until you move on Welcome Sunday to see if you need anything else to avoid wastage.
You’ll need a duvet and sheets (it’s also recommeded that you bring a matress protector) as well as bath and hand towels.
Don’t be afraid to bring a few home comforts to help you cope with living away from home but remember if you bring a TV, you’ll have to get your own TV licence!
*annnnnnd breathe!* I hope I’ve answered some more generic questions that you’re asking at the moment and it’s helped a little during the hectic process that is starting university. If I haven’t answered your question, please feel free to comment or ask me on twitter and I’ll answer as soon as I can!
I have zumba tonight (…yeah, I know!!) so I better go and get ready to rock out to Shakira!
Speak to you soon!