Preparing for University

Once your son or daughter has submitted an application through UCAS, there are a number of things that they will need to do before arriving at university.

Preparing for UniversityThis includes essential steps such as responding to offers, applying for accommodation (if required) and applying for student finance. It’s also advisable to make some practical preparations, including brushing up on their domestic skills.

We’ve collated some of the key things below that your son or daughter will need to do in order to prepare for university. This will help you to ensure that they’re as prepared as possible to embark on this exciting new chapter in their lives, particularly the increased independence that being a student will nurture.


Responding to Offers

Preparing for UniversityIf your son or daughter is offered a place, whether as a conditional offer or unconditional offer, they will receive notification of this through UCAS Track.

It’s important that they respond to this offer by the UCAS deadline or it will be automatically declined. The potential replies to offers your son or daughter can give are:

  • Firm Acceptance – used for their first choice of programme;
  • Insurance Acceptance – used for a back-up choice if the Firm Acceptance is a conditional offer (for example, subject to examination 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.

Preparing for UniversityWhen exam results are published in the summer, if your son or daughter gets the exam grades they need, their place will be confirmed at their Firm Acceptance choice.

If they miss out on the exam grades required, they may still be accepted by their Firm Acceptance choice or, if not, may have their place confirmed by their Insurance Acceptance option. If neither are confirmed, Clearing will enable your son or daughter to find suitable course vacancies.

Conversely, if exam results are better than expected, your son or daughter will have five days following the publication of their results to use UCAS Adjustment to change their decision about where to study, should they wish to do so.


Applying for Accommodation

Preparing for UniversityMore than 2,000 single study bedrooms are available in our halls of residence, voted the best student accommodation in the UK (National Student Housing Survey Awards 2016). A range of rooms and catering packages are available.

Once your son or daughter has firmly accepted an offer of a place to study with us, an email will be sent to the address registered with UCAS outlining the application process for on-campus accommodation.

The final allocation of rooms will be announced in August. Once rooms have been allocated, if your son or daughter wishes to get in touch with their housemates prior to moving in, we recommend joining the group for the relevant hall of residence on Facebook.

Alternatively, if your son or daughter 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.


Applying for Student Finance

Preparing for University

Although headlines about the cost of higher education can seem quite daunting, it’s important to remember that most UK and EU students do not have to pay for their tuition fees up-front. Additional financial support is also available from the Government to help eligible students with living costs.

Our Money Matters pages outline the financial support which may be available and explain how to apply for it. Your son or daughter will need to apply for student finance as soon as possible after submitting an application to UCAS.

Once a student finance application has been submitted and assessed, your son or daughter will be sent a University Payment Advice Notification which they should bring to enrolment. This is essential in order to activate their student funding.

It can often take 5-10 working days following enrolment for Student Finance England (or the equivalent funding body) to process payment of funding so it’s strongly advisable to ensure that your son or daughter brings some money as an ’emergency fund’ for the first 2-3 weeks on campus to cover basic expenses as well as social activities.

If a University Payment Advice Notification has not been received prior to enrolment, your son or daughter should contact the relevant funding body, such as Student Finance England, and bring evidence to enrolment that their student finance application has been submitted.

Preparing for UniversityIn addition to the financial support provided by the Government, Edge Hill University also offers a range of scholarships which recognise determination, commitment and achievement in a variety of areas. There is an application process for some scholarships for prospective students, while others are awarded automatically.

Further information is available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.


Signing Up for a Student Bank Account

Your son or daughter will need a bank or building society account for their student funding to be paid into.

With major high street banks all offering student accounts, it’s worth taking the time to compare the options available, check for incentives such as interest-free overdrafts, and ensure a local branch is within easy reach.


Learning How to Budget

Preparing for UniversityStarting university may be the first time your son or daughter 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 for student life.

A great way to help balance day-to-day expenses with a busy student life is for them to snap up an NUS Extra Card. Costing £12 for one year (and offered for free with some student bank accounts), an NUS Extra card will enable your son or daughter to enjoy a range of discounts, from entertainment and eating out, to supermarkets, beauty, travel, fitness, fashion, music, and study essentials.

Your son or daughter 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.

Another way to save money is with UPaychilli, using funds pre-loaded onto an Edge Hill Unicard to receive discounts at selected food and drink outlets on campus. Your son or daughter will be issued with their Unicard during enrolment.


Mastering Basic Cooking Skills

Preparing for UniversityAlthough some of our halls of residence have catered meal plans, the majority are self-catered.

To help ensure your son or daughter 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 and passing on some useful kitchen tips.

They don’t need to be the next Jamie or Nigella but if your son or daughter 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’s plenty of places on campus to buy a hot meal or a quick bite to eat or drink when they fancy a night off.


Getting Insured

Edge Hill has been voted the safest University in the North West (Complete University Guide 2015).

However, many insurers offer special policies for students so it’s worth your son or daughter insuring their possessions for peace of mind in case the worst happens.


Packing

Preparing for UniversityIf your son or daughter 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.

Crates and suitcases with wheels are ideal for when your son or daughter arrives at the campus. We recommend avoiding packing large heavy boxes that are difficult to carry.

You should also be aware that your son or daughter will require a TV licence, irrespective of whether a television is included in their room or they bring their own/watch live TV online. Free WIFI is available across the campus.

Rooms in Chancellors Court/Chancellors South, Founders Court/Palatine Court and Graduates Court include a flat screen computer/TV supplied in the room, however if your son or daughter is allocated a room in other halls they will need to bring a laptop and TV with them.


Completing the Enrolment Process

Preparing for UniversityEnrolment is a mandatory process that takes place at the start of the academic year. It will enable your son or daughter to become a member of the University, activate their IT/library account and access all of our services.

There are two stages to enrolment. The first stage takes place online while the second stage requires attendance to finalise enrolment and provide proof of your identity.

Further information about enrolment is available on our Getting Started website for applicants. A link to this website, which provides tailored information about preparing to join each programme, will be emailed to your son or daughter several weeks before enrolment is due to take place.

Prior to enrolment, your son or daughter should consider which optional modules they wish to study, if applicable, for Year 1 of their course. They should also ensure that any provisional reading or other initial activities, outlined on the Getting Started website, have been completed.


Moving In

Preparing for UniversityIf your son or daughter will be spending Year 1 of their degree living in our halls of residence, Welcome Sunday is the day when they will collect their keys and move in.

Prior to Welcome Sunday, your son or daughter will need to have e-signed their licence agreement online, paid a £150 deposit and made arrangements for the payment of accommodation fees.

Payment can be made in full in a single transaction, securing a 5% discount, in three equal installments (to coincide with Maintenance Loan payments), or in seven equal installments.

On Welcome Sunday, arrival times are staggered. After completing the registration and key collection process, it will be time for your son or daughter to move in, meet their housemates and start unpacking. A limited supply of trolleys and buggies will be available to help transport your son or daughter’s belongings from the car park to the relevant hall of residence.

Optional welcome talks are available for parents throughout the day. There are separate, compulsory welcome talks which your son or daughter must attend. Details of the relevant talk will be circulated in advance of Welcome Sunday.


Keeping in Touch

Preparing for University

Edge Hill has been recognised as the safest University in the North West (Complete University Guide 2016) and we’re confident your son or daughter will soon settle in and flourish as part of our friendly and vibrant community.

We understand, however, that many prospective students experience a mixture of excitement and nerves as they prepare to move into a new home, make new friends and start their course. As a parent, you may also experience a variety of emotions as your son or daughter starts university, particularly if they are moving away from home.

Once they’re officially an Edge Hill student and enjoying the social activities of Welcome Week, it’s natural that you will want to keep in touch but it’s important to find the right balance of contact and involvement that works for you both.

Preparing for UniversityA few positive words of reassurance – both before they start university and when you’re catching up once they’re here – can make a difference.

There’s lots taking place around the campus to keep your son or daughter busy between lectures and tutorials so encourage them to get involved. Joining a club or society, volunteering, participating in the Campus Sport programme or signing up to Team Edge Hill are all great ways to meet new people.

Comprehensive support and advisory services are also available, ensuring your son or daughter can receive help or guidance with almost any aspect of their student experience whenever they need it.