University Essentials

You cannot help but feel at home as soon as you arrive at Edge Hill University. With a large and diverse student population and an award-winning 160 acre campus to explore, it is the ideal place to live and study.

Use the tabs below to find out more about life at Edge Hill, and what you need to do to prepare:

Parking permits

Car parking at Edge Hill University is limited and cannot always accommodate all vehicles during peak periods. We therefore recommend, wherever possible, that students use public transport.

Students coming to study at Edge Hill for the first time will need to enrol and receive a student number before a parking permit application can be made. Students who are living in halls of residence are not eligible to park on-campus. There are some exceptions for students on placement.

The issuing of parking permits is based on clear eligibility criteria, however the provision of a permit does not guarantee a parking space due to the limited capacity on campus. Even if you do have a permit, we suggest you build in sufficient time to park off-campus when necessary. Details of alternative parking provision close to the University can be found on our website.

Guaranteed parking is available for permit holders who register for car sharing. Both people need to be in the car, with both permits displayed in the windscreen. More details can be found on our website.

Find out more about parking on our website.

Catering and shops

Catering on campus is provided by our own in-house award-winning catering team, Food at Edge Hill. There are various outlets on campus offering a great variety of fresh and local food for you whilst you are studying here. All dining outlets at Edge Hill University are great social spaces in which to eat and also offer free Wi-Fi access. For further information on outlets, opening times, menus and much more please visit our website.

There is an on-site McColl’s and the Students’ Union Shop, both of which sell food, drink, stationery and household items.

Post

Post is delivered to campus by Royal Mail each weekday morning. Students should regularly visit the Post Room at the Durning Centre to collect any mail and parcels that have arrived for them. The Post Room will send an email when a parcel or signed for item is received for a student. Please ensure that the address on any items for you contain your full name, room number, hall and the University’s address. Collection times for mail and parcels is between 7am and 7pm, Monday to Friday. Any letters that are not collected after two weeks will be returned to sender, so please be sure to regularly call into the Post Room.

McColl’s shop offers Amazon collection lockers. This service allows you to pick up and return Amazon orders in-store.

Any students sending their luggage to the University should arrange for their items to arrive at the University after they have arrived. This is so that items can be collected promptly.

The Launderette

OThe Launderette is situated in the Students’ Union. The opening times are 7.30am – 11.30pm (last wash at 10:30pm) daily. Download the free Circuit Laundry app for IOS and Android www.circuit.co.uk/mobile-app. To register simply scan a QR code on a machine in the laundry with your app. Once you are registered you will be able to add funds to your account and pay for your washing through your app.

If you don’t have an iOS or Android phone you can purchase a laundry card from the SU Shop. Visit www.circuit.co.uk and follow the instructions online to top-up.

The facility can get busy however you can check to see if there are any available machines from the comfort of your room, on your laptop or mobile, by logging onto laundry view.

Tips for preparing

There are a few things you can do in order to prepare for your time at university, particularly if it is going to be your first time living away from home. Read on to see our top tips:

  1. Check your immunisation records, especially for measles, mumps and meningitis. If you require a booster or are missing any of the above, see your GP.
  2. Get organised! If you feel organised, you will feel mentally better prepared for University. Buy some new stationery and familiarise yourself with the key points on-campus, using the map found on our website or by downloading the ‘Edge Hill University Virtual Tour’ app to your smartphone.
  3. Maintain your support system. Stay in touch with the people in your life who are there for you when you need support. Plan how often and via what mode you will stay in touch, as this can reassure you once you arrive.
  4. If you are moving away from home, we strongly advise that you register with a GP surgery in Ormskirk. You can do this as soon as you have your term-time address, and you will receive reminders about this during your first week. The earlier you can register the better, as you may not want the delay of having to register if you become unwell. For more information on registration visit this page on our website.
  5. If you are under the care of any specialist services, in particular in relation to mental health and wellbeing or an ongoing medical condition, it is worth considering transferring this care to the Ormskirk area if you are moving away from home. This will mean that appointments are easier to access and will reduce the need for travelling back and forth. Discuss this with your Consultant or GP for further advice.
  6. If you take any prescribed medication, familiarise yourself with the opening times and locations of pharmacies local to the University. Have a plan in place for continuing to collect this prescription once you arrive at university.
  7. Have a dental check-up before you start university. There is an independent dental clinic, which students can access just a five-minute walk from campus but if you’ve had a check-up before you leave home, it is one less thing to think about when you arrive.
  8. Make connections before you arrive, as this will help you to settle in. Join our Facebook and Twitter pages and meet others in a similar situation to yourself.
    www.facebook.com/studentsehu
    www.twitter.com/@studentsehu
  9. Practice your life skills, whether it’s cooking, cleaning or washing – they’ll all come in handy if you are moving into halls of residence! Putting in the practice will make it seem less daunting once you arrive.
  10. If you are concerned about anything relating to health and wellbeing, don’t hesitate to get in touch prior to starting university. You can email the team at studentwellbeing@edgehill.ac.uk.
  11. You may wish to access some of the below websites, which have tips and techniques for managing mental health and wellbeing, including assertiveness and confidence building:
    www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/resources/consumers.cfm
    www.ntw.nhs.uk/pic/selfhelp/

MenACWY vaccination

Meningococcal bacteria can cause meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning). Both diseases are very serious and can kill, especially if not diagnosed early. The early symptoms of meningococcal disease are similar to those of flu, so students need to be able to recognise the symptoms very quickly (even if they have been vaccinated, the vaccines offered through the routine immunisation programme do not protect against all forms of the disease). A full description of the signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia can be found at www.meningitis.org and www.meningitisnow.org.

Older students are at greatest risk of the MenW meningococcal disease, especially when starting university where they will come into contact with many new people of a similar age, so they will need to get vaccinated to protect themselves. Vaccination also reduces the risk of them carrying the bacteria and so protects other people. This should, in turn, prevent the numbers increasing to serious levels. You may have had a MenC vaccination as a baby and again more recently but this will not protect you against other meningococcal groups. The MenACWY vaccine will increase your protection against MenC and help to protect you against three other meningococcal groups (A, W and Y). It is still important to know the signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia because there are many other bacteria that can also cause these illnesses, including the group B strain that is not covered by this vaccination.

You should contact your GP to arrange receiving the vaccine now, before you arrive at university. If this isn’t possible, you should register with a GP in the area when you start university and arrange to get the vaccine there. This should be done straight away – ideally in the first week of term.

Public Health England (PHE) is also reminding young people to make sure they are vaccinated against measles, after new cases were reported across England. Young people who are unsure if they have been fully vaccinated should check with their GP and make an appointment to ensure they receive the 2 doses of MMR vaccine required. More information about measles and the MMR Vaccine can be found here.

Further information about both vaccinations can be found on the NHS Choices website.

Edge Hill Sport

Edge Hill Sport provides a focus for all sports, fitness and leisure activities on campus. It supports the competitive sports teams in the national BUCS competitions and provides recreational activities for all students.

View the Edge Hill Sport website for more information, including membership fees.

Clubs and Societies

Being a member of a society will give you the chance to meet like-minded people, make new friends and enrich your student life. You might discover a hidden talent, enjoy a hobby you’ve always wanted to try, or just have a great time!

With so many options to choose from, there really is something for everyone. Have a look on our website, and see what’s available – or find out how to create your own society.

Arts and Culture

The Arts Centre features two theatres, and features a diverse line-up of high quality professional productions, film screenings and live theatre broadcasts. There’s even an outdoor amphitheatre for occasional alfresco performances.

Visit The Arts Centre website to find out more.

Wi-Fi on-campus

If you need Wi-Fi for your device when you are on-campus you can connect to Eduroam, using your student number and password which will be provided to you at the point you receive your email for stage one of enrolment. Remember to keep these details safe – you will need them as soon as you arrive to access Wi-Fi, logon to University PCs and access online resources.

Student blogs

What better way to find out more about University life than to read blog posts from current students? Visit the Inside Edge website and see what they have to say.

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