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Deciding whether to move away from home to university can be a tough decision to make. But, for many students, living on campus presents experiences and opportunities that wouldn’t otherwise be available. With the right preparation and support, you’ll be more than ready to take the leap.

This guide covers everything you need to know. From making friends to student support, we’ll answer all your questions. And our current student Kien, who moved over 100 miles away from home, talked to us about his experience moving to Edge Hill University.

“Freedom. It’s the chance to be you, to make new friends, to try a whole load of new experiences and if you don’t know how to cook, it’s the perfect time to start learning. If you can imagine yourself walking to lectures, being with your mates and exploring the campus and its surrounding areas, then it’s right for you. ”

Kien Kirk in the Hub outside Subway

New location. New opportunities.

One of the most exciting aspects of moving away from home is having a brand new environment to explore. Located in Ormskirk, Edge Hill is perfectly placed in the North West. An affordable option where cost of living is consistently low so you can squeeze as much fun as possible into your student life. And there’s great transport links to nearby cities such as Liverpool and Manchester too.

“Ormskirk is a nice small town with everything you need. High street shops are just a train journey away to Liverpool or Preston, so we’re a well serviced university.”

Living on campus gives you space to breathe and opportunities to develop your potential. You can fully immerse yourself in the campus experience and all aspects of student life. From playing in a sports team, joining a society, to enjoying all the fun of fresher’s week. Home to thousands of students, you’ll never be short of things to do.

The campus. That’s the one thing that sold it to me. I didn’t think I’d fit in at other universities. And I didn’t like the thought of walking back from lectures at night. But with campus support and how nice the campus is at Edge Hill, it just felt right.

Make forever friends.

There’s always a great buzz on campus during Welcome Week with lots of fun to get involved in and friends to make. Whether you like to go out and bond over drinks and dancing. Or prefer a night in with a takeaway and Netflix. There’s plenty of opportunities to get to know the people you live with.

“I moved over 100 miles from home and as cliché as it sounds, speak to people. Everyone’s in the exact same position. Edge Hill make group chats on Facebook before the academic year starts, join them, it’s how I found my whole flat and nearly my whole block before welcome weekend. A simple hello can lead to close mates for the rest of your Uni life, it did for me.”

“If you have the time, try applying for a job. I work on campus for Student Guides, and I’ve met so many friends from there. A few of the Student Guides I work with are in the years above too so they’ve been able to guide me on what I should do to get the most out of Uni.”

Feeling homesick? It’s not just you.

You might feel homesick some of the time. But, be reassured that this feeling will pass as you begin to settle into your new home and meet your course mates. Giving yourself time to get used to your new surroundings is key. And remember, everyone feels the same way.

“It will happen, and when it does, you’ll know about it. Naturally you’ll just want to go home, and I get it, but I don’t think that’s the right thing to do. When you feel homesick, plan a date in a few weeks’ time to go home and see family when you’ve gotten over the feeling. In the meantime, do facetime calls, phone calls, and speak to your flat or course mates. Because, again, everyone’s in the same boat.”

Support. At every step.

Need some support with your wellbeing? Looking for advice on managing your money? Whatever support you need. For whatever reason, we’re here for you. You’ll find the friendly faces of our support teams in our Catalyst building and each team is on-hand to help you achieve your full potential. That’s why we’re consistently rated as one of the best universities in the UK for the support we offer. Be part of a community that knows your mental health and wellbeing is just as important as your academic success.

“My Tutor is amazing, big shout-out to Scott. I literally go to him with all my issues, and he always helps me or shows me the right way. But you’ve also got the Catalyst helpdesk who can point you in the right direction. As well as Campus Support who are always driving around in their buggies and blue fleece’s.”

Experience our award-winning campus before you join us and find out what it’s like to live and study at Edge Hill. Join one of our Campus Tours or visit us at an Open Day. You can book your place here:

February 1, 2024


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