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:

Post and parcels

Post and parcel collection is from the Post Room in the Durning Centre and students should regularly visit to collect any mail or 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 you order 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 the sender, so please be sure to regularly call into the Post Room.

Edge Hill Sport

Edge Hill Sport provides a focus for all sports, fitness and leisure activities on campus. There really is something for everyone regardless of your sporting ability or motivations. Whether you are an elite athlete on a sports scholarship; want to play in a university sports team; or are someone who just wants to keep fit, try new activities and have an occasional social game with friends; we will help you achieve your goals.

We offer new students access to a 4 week free trial of Edge Hill Sport, which includes access to the fitness suite, exercise classes and swimming pool. We also provide the option of a discount for a paid membership after the trial, including 50% off any annual student membership.

See our membership options here.

The Launderette

Our onsite launderette houses 19 automatic washing machines and 20 dryers, and is situated in the Students’ Union building opposite the SU Bar. The launderette is open 24 hours, 7 days a week excluding shutdown periods (Christmas and Easter), enabling students on placements to use the facility during unsociable hours.

Payment is made through the ‘Circuit Laundry’ app, or you can purchase a laundry card for £2 from the Students’ Union Shop next to Subway. Cards can be topped up on the Circuit laundry website (click here).

The facility can get busy during peak times, but students are able to see if there are any available machines from the comfort of their rooms by logging onto laundry view, here.

Catering

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. All dining outlets are great social spaces in which to eat and also offer free WiFi access. For more information, please visit our website.

The Students’ Union also manage the on-campus branch of SUBWAY.

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 the Students’ Union website here, and see what’s available – or find out how to create your own society.

Retail

There is an on-site McColl’s convenience store and the Students’ Union shop, both of which sell food, drink and stationery.

In addition, the University is located close to Ormskirk town centre where you will find other shops and amenities.

WiFi

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. You will use these details to access WiFi, logon to university PCs, complete the enrolment process and access the online library resources/Learning Edge.

Council Tax Exemption

Once you are fully enrolled you will be able to request a Council Tax Exemption Certificate (CTEC) online. The certificate will be emailed to your Edge Hill email account. This will be valid for the current academic session only. Please note, CTECs will only be available from the first week of teaching week of term and this will differ depending on the term dates of your programme. A button to request a CTEC will be made available via your student record on your Student Homepage during your first week of term. If the button doesn’t appear and you believe you are eligible for council tax exemption, please contact us on enrolment@edgehill.ac.uk.

Meningitis 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.

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