St. Swithuns Quad - 5

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1 A large and spacious room with high ceilings rivalling that of the New Buildings, held back only by a severe lack of light after about 14:00 and its position at the ground floor facing into the Swithun's quad.

It's got character; a built in bookshelf, warm wooden panelling, medallions encircling the walls, a coffee table, two chairs and a window seat, a built out but relatively voluminous cupboard and a sink enclosed in a closet with shelving beneath. Storage space is not at a premium but a lot of it is on display to the world and the room is nicely furnished. It feels complete and grand.

A few minor considerations are that there is no sound proofing between the quad and the room and any late night (or day time) activities will be heard by passers by. Also there is a gentle draft, but the radiator is sufficient to keep the room acceptably warm even on the coldest of days. Finally, the shower feels like a prison and is 2 flights up. Bring some lights!
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2 Small. 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. (Edit)
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3 On 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.

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4 A 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.
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5 Noise-
None really, and the walls are thick so noisey neighbours isnt a problem.
Its on the third floor, so gets lots of light, especially in the morning.
Fitted wardrobe, chest of drawers, lots of bookshelves, comfy bed, good desk...
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. (Edit)
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6 If 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!
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