St. Swithuns Quad 5

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1On the ground floor so you can easily talk to people out the window, and dont have to worry about stairs when drunk, but you do get people knocking on the window, can hear any people outside, have to draw the curtains or have people in, so you do no work. It is next to the big kitchen but three flights from the toilet/shower.This is a really nice ground floor room and probably the kind of room to choose if you're going into the 3rd year and you're either too low down the ballot to get Grove or think Grove rooms look a bit like something out of a travel inn. It's got a fireplace, a window seat and medallions on the wall so I'd say it's definitely got a lot of character. The bad points about it are the fact that there isn't much natural light and the only shower/loo on Swithuns V is on the top floor. yesnono
2Small. Well, cosy might be a kinder coice of word. Ceiling is fairly high. Location is very central in college. Ground floor, looking out on to library quad, so not always terribly private, but social- and no need to lug boxes up stairs. Next door to the best kitchens in Swithuns. Toilet is up 2 flights of stairs- this can be a real pain. Storage is super- big inbuilt cupboards and a desk-cum-book-case means plenty of room for all your stuff, it's just there's hardly any floor space. It's even difficult to get out the door- there's a chest of drawers in the way that won't fit anywhere else. Warm, now that the radiator's fixed. There's a sink and mirror inside a cupboard which is very handy. Light isn't too bad- one west-facing window and lots of lamps. If you decorate it enough and make it welcoming it could be very cosy- it will still be one of the last to go in college on the 2nd year ballot though.yesnono
3On the first floor, it is quite well lit and very quiet indeed owing to a natty combination of thick walls and a view into St. Swithuns quod that makes it sociable yet serene: aah. Unfortunately, it does have a very squeaky bed, which was there before me (honest) and could be a little noisy / off-putting if you are planning on getting jiggy (fine for sleeping on though, and I am planning on having a word with the Home Bursar about it once I can figure out a way to do that without sniggering). It is warm enough although the radiator is bit past it and rarely works. The toilets and mediocre shower are on the floor above, and the kitchen, which is very good by college standards, is on the ground floor. All in all a right rollercoaster ride: Four Stars. yesnono
4A very cosy room on a very quiet staircase with a view of Longwall quad and the library. Quite big for a second-year room: 10+ people have fitted in here for Christian Union meetings without too much of a squeeze. Plus it comes with lots of storage space: a big wardrobe, lots of bookshelves and 2 cupboards to padlock your things away in over the holidays. It is a bit dark, so if you are lucky enough to become this room's next proud owner, then make sure you bring some desk lamps to brighten the place up. yesnono
5Noise- None really, and the walls are thick so noisey neighbours isnt a problem. Light- Its on the third floor, so gets lots of light, especially in the morning. Features- Fitted wardrobe, chest of drawers, lots of bookshelves, comfy bed, good desk... General- The room is next to the loos and showers, but there is no noise from them. The kitchen is relatively good and as there are only 6 people on the staircase it is not overused. The views from the room are gorgeous from the tower through New Buildings to the deerpark.yesnono
6If you want a room with a high ceiling, plenty of storage space, unmissable bookshelf, character-full furniture, hidden sink, huge wardrobe, bright pink, 'still looks like new' fluffy carpet, special alcove accomodating the bed, AND a bay window with the ever so comfy bay window seat, this is the room for you. Not so great if you like light (although there are two windows; one, rather quaint, the sun tends to miss both of them). Not so good either, if you do not like to be reminded of the library everytime you look out of the window, or you don't like stairs or hearing people going up and down them. Musical radiator can also be a pain: it does its job well enough, but duets with the next staicase's, what I can only presume to be, bathroom taps may get to be a little bit too much for those mid-morning blues. All in all though, well worth it, even just for the size: fairly big so good enough for the energetic sort. Other nondescript facts you may like to bear in mind just before deciding: adequate kitchen is on the ground floor, not so hot a shower is on the top, you only have five other neighbours, stone walls are pretty thick etc.etc. Best way to find out: just have a look at the room yourself! yesnono