Skip Navigation

Affordable Ormskirk

Ormskirk is a hub for bargain buys and inexpensive travel. Whether you’re shopping on a budget or looking for a reasonably priced day out, you’ll find it at just a 15-minute walk from our beautiful campus.

Affordable student housing

The cost of living in the North West of England is much cheaper than in the South East or London. Ormskirk shares Edge Hill’s community spirit, with more than 1,000 EHU students living in the area.

If you choose to live in private accommodation, the amount you pay will depend on the housing you choose. According to Accommodation for Students, a shared house in Ormskirk will cost you approximately £86 per week. If you choose to live off-campus, you’ll never be out of the way. You can travel or walk to campus within minutes.

If you’re interested in renting private accommodation, start by speaking to our Accommodation Team for advice and guidance. Whatever your idea of home may be, you’ll find all the inspiration you need at the Accommodation Team’s house hunting workshops and housing fairs.

Shopping on a budget

Meals, homeware, clothing, study essentials – you can find it all for bargain prices in Ormskirk. Visit the local charity shops and cut-price supermarkets to find low-cost items that suit your budget. There’s also Ormskirk’s twice-weekly farmer’s market, which offers up to 100 stalls of reasonably priced goods and gifts.

Ormskirk has a variety of low-cost supermarkets, so you can make delicious meals on a budget. This includes:

  • Home Bargains
  • Aldi
  • Food Warehouse
  • B&M
  • Lidl

From study essentials to on-trend clothing, you can find it for a fraction of the retail price in Ormskirk’s charity shops and vintage shops. This includes:

  • British Heart Foundation
  • Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation
  • Barnardo’s
  • YMCA
  • Cancer Research UK
  • The Salvation Army

Cheap travel

Travel to University with ease. Ormskirk has excellent North West transport links at just a stone’s throw away from campus. If you’re looking for a fun day out in the surrounding area, you can easily access the vibrant cities of Liverpool and Manchester, and the coastlines of Formby and Southport. Plus, the local roads are much easier to navigate than in the city, and there’s lots of student travel discounts that you can access.

Ormskirk town centre offers 10 pay and display Council car parks, providing you with approximately 933 parking spaces. Discover availability and rates by visiting You can also book available spaces online by visiting the Your Parking Space website. For parking options on campus, see our Affordable Campus webpage.

If you also travel by train, all Merseyrail and some Northern Line car parks are free to rail passengers.

Ormskirk has excellent rail links at just a 10-15 minute walk from campus. You can enjoy cheap days out in Liverpool, Manchester, Formby and Southport.

National Rail 16-25 Railcard

At £30 per year or £70 for three years, the 16-25 Railcard cuts a third off all UK train travel. If you’re a full-time student over the age of 25, you’re still eligible to apply. Just visit the website or chat to a member of staff at any UK rail station. If you need to get your application form stamped by Edge Hill, visit the Student Information Desk in the Student Information Centre. Our friendly staff will be happy to do this for you.

Merseyrail travel passes

The Merseyrail app is available to download from the iTunes App Store and from Google Play for Android.

  • Use the Merseyrail Area and Zone calculator to work out how many zones and areas your Railpass should cover.
  • For off-peak travel after 9:30am there are some great value saver tickets which offer unlimited travel across the whole of the Merseyrail network.

A number of buses connect Ormskirk to the surrounding area. You can also hop on our Edge Link bus for free and you’ll be on campus within minutes.

Arriva North West Student Saver

Arriva North West Student Saver offers more than 30% off fares and benefit from unlimited travel on Arriva buses, including evening and weekends. You can also choose from tickets including a Day Saver, Weekly Saver, 4-Weekly Saver and Annual Saver.

Stagecoach Megarider

Four 13 and 52 week saver tickets are available to purchase with Stagecoach Megarider. The Preston Megarider and North West Megarider Gold include travel to Ormskirk within their zones.

A-Z destination finder

Avoid the worst of traffic and save some pennies by cycling. It’s also the perfect way to make the most of Ormskirk’s beautiful scenery.

  • Visit Lancashire have created handy maps that highlight cycle paths, sides streets, and accessible routes, so you can reach your destination stress free. For bike lockers available on campus, see our Affordable Campus webpage.
  • Merseyrail trains have designated areas for cyclists situated at both ends of the train. They advise against travelling with a bicycle during peak times due to congestion issues.
  • Northern Rail trains can carry a maximum of two bikes per train. They’re allocated on a first come, first served basis. Conductors maintain the right to refuse entry if the train is busy.

If you’re looking for a cheaper option, travelling by coach is likely more cost effective than travelling by train.

National Express Young Person’s Coachcard

All full-time students are eligible to apply for the National Express £10 Young Person’s Coachcard which gives you a third off all tickets.