Preparing for University

Once your student has submitted an application and received an offer, there are lots of things they will need to do before arriving at university.

Below you will find some of the key things that your student will need to do during this time. Doing these things ensures that they’re as prepared as possible to start this exciting new chapter.

Attend an Applicant Visit Day

Applicant Visit DaysThese are events exclusively for applicants who have been offered a place, and usually take place in February and March.

Your student will receive their invitation by email and post and they can book their place online.

 Confirm firm and insurance choices

Two students walk on a path between the Wilson Centre and the Catalyst building.If your student submitted their application to UCAS by the deadline date, they should start to receive offers or invitations to interviews by the end of March. The deadline for accepting an offer is early May, this can be confirmed on UCAS Track.

The potential replies to offers your student can give are:

  • Firm choice – used for their first choice course and university.
  • Insurance choice – used for a back-up if the firm choice is a conditional offer (for example, subject to exam results). This should usually be a course with lower offer conditions.
  • Decline – reject the offer. If all offers are declined or no offers are received, an additional choice can be made through UCAS Extra.

Apply for on-campus accommodation

A student bedroom with en-suite bathroom, accessed through a full-length sliding mirror door, in the eastern wing of Main Halls.More than 2,300 bedrooms are available in our halls of residence. We guarantee a place in our halls of residence, for Year 1 of a course, to all new first-year undergraduate students from the UK and EU who are starting a full-time programme in September 2022 and make Edge Hill University their first choice.

Once your student has made us their firm choice, they will be able to apply for on-campus accommodation.

Explore our on-campus accommodation


Halls/room numbers are confirmed in August and at this point your student will need to sign and return a licence agreement and confirm how they are going to pay for their accommodation.

If your student will be living in private rented accommodation, our Accommodation Team have a list of registered properties and will be happy to provide advice and guidance in finding somewhere to live.

Get funding in place

A student works on her laptop while sat on a bed.Our Money Matters pages outline the financial support which may be available and explain how to apply for it. We recommend applying for financial support as early as possible. Applications usually open in March and close at the end of May.

They can also apply for scholarships which recognise determination, commitment and achievement in a variety of areas.

Come and visit us again

We have open days in June and August, feel free to come along and explore our campus again.

Applicant webpages

Applicants will be emailed a link to webpages which will provide key information including;

  • enrolment
  • an indicative timetable
  • course preparation
  • induction week timetable
  • packing lists

This information is sent over the summer and is important for your student to read and make use of.

Results day

Four students walk together on the viewing platform on the roof of the Sports Centre which overlooks the athletics track.BTEC results are published in July and A Level results in August. The deadline to satisfy all offer conditions is 31 August.

If your student misses out on the exam grades required, they may still be accepted by their firm choice or, if not, may have their place confirmed by their insurance choice. If neither are confirmed, Clearing will enable your student to find suitable course vacancies.

If your student meets or exceeds the terms of a conditional offer from a university, they have the option of using UCAS Adjustment should they wish to change their decision about where to study.

Preparing to leave home and packing

This may be the first time that your student will be living away from home, and there are some things you can help them with to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Student bank accounts

Your student will need a bank or building society account for their student funding to be paid into. It is a good idea to shop around for incentives such as interest-free overdrafts and to see if any of the free gifts on offer are worthwhile. It is also worth considering the evidence required to open a student account, as well as checking how banks approach interest free overdrafts after graduation.

There are lots of guides to help your student to compare the options available including advice from Money Saving Expert.


This may be the first time your student has had to take control of their finances so it’s a good idea to spend some time talking them through the basics of how to budget.

They could get an TOTUM Card – this will enable them to enjoy a range of discounts, from entertainment and eating out, to supermarkets, beauty, travel, fitness, fashion, music, and study essentials.

Your student may also be eligible to take advantage of several other offers, such as free prescriptions, dental check-ups and sight tests, as well as a Young Person’s Railcard, so make sure they’re aware of the potential discounts available.

Read this feature, and get some handy tips on how you can support your student with budgeting.

Basic cooking skills

To ensure your student enjoys a varied and healthy diet at university, you should spend a bit of time before the start of their course making sure they have some basic cooking skills.

They don’t need to be the next Jamie Oliver or Nigella but if they at least know the basics and have a few meals that they are comfortable preparing, it can make a difference to their student experience. Rest assured though, there are plenty of places on campus to buy a hot meal or a quick bite to eat when they fancy a night off.


Our campus offers a very safe environment and has been rated as the Safest University Campus in the North West (Complete University Guide 2020), but it’s worth your student insuring their possessions for peace of mind.

Many insurers offer special policies for students so look out for these deals.


If your student will be living in our halls of residence, they will need to bring:

  • bed linen
  • duvet and pillow
  • towels
  • crockery, cutlery and kitchen utensils
  • clothes hangers
  • toiletries
  • computer (if your student wants to have their own).
  • Rooms in the following halls of residence come equipped with a flatscreen TV/monitor which can be enabled to receive Freeview TV:

  • Chancellors Court
  • Chancellors South
  • Founders East
  • Founders West
  • Graduates Court
  • Main Halls (en-suite)
  • Palatine Court
  • Woodland Court
  • Your student may wish to bring their own television if they will be living in Main Halls (shared bathroom and catered) and Forest Court where a flatscreen TV/monitor is not provided.

    To watch TV, a TV licence is required, regardless of whether watching live TV online (on any device) or viewing/downloading programmes on BBC iPlayer.

    Wireless internet services are available, free of charge, across all University residential accommodation.

    Crates and suitcases with wheels are ideal for when your student moves in. We recommend avoiding packing large heavy boxes that are difficult to carry.

    Welcome Weekend and Welcome Week

    A student and her father push trolleys laden with her belongings.Welcome Weekend is when new students living on campus collect their keys, move in to their new home and complete the enrolment process.

    Welcome Week follows this weekend and is when the student experience gets underway with lots activities and events. If your student isn’t living on-campus, they will complete the enrolment process during Welcome Week.

    It can often take 5-10 working days following enrolment for Student Finance England (or the equivalent funding body) to process payment of funding. We strongly advise you to make sure your student brings some money as an ’emergency fund’ for the first few weeks on campus to cover basic expenses as well as social activities.

    Read this feature and find out how you can support your student with the transition to University.

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