Most first year students are given the key of their room at the beginning of term one, which they return at the end of term three. Well, sometimes, things are a little bit more complicated than that, and the key you are initially given is not going to be the same at the end of the year.

To begin with, the ‘route’ of my moving in and out story goes around the Rootes area. To be more precise, Old Rootes – Rootes International House – New Rootes. Just name a Rootes area and I’ve been there. How did it happen and what can I make out of this experience?

I was initially assigned to Rootes International House – no, it doesn’t mean that it’s exclusively intended for international students, as the myth goes. Due to some additional repairs that were needed in my room, I was temporary moved into E Block, Old Rootes, for the first month on my staying here.

Old Rootes

Even if, form the outside, there is a big esthetic difference between New and Old Rootes buildings, therefore everyone desires to be assigned to a new block, from the inside, the differences tend to fade. I could even say that the kitchens look extremely similar, and the rooms I have seen so far as well, with the same conditions and approximately the same size. So here I am, not knowing for how long and, therefore, being afraid that I won’t be able to bond with neither this flat, nor my initial flat in the International House. Luckily, my temporary flat mates (as I call them), were very welcoming and made my one month staying there extremely enjoyable. The fact that next year, most on my future house mates are going to be my once temporary ones is a proof that everything happened with a reason and without having to take a temporary room, I might have never met them. Even if I no longer live there, I still feel I’m part of the flat, as I often join them for the Sunday kitchen movie night, games and socials.

Rootes International House

AKA, my initial accommodation. Interesting twist: the part of the building I was living in was rather isolated from the rest of the building, so I would only share the kitchen with other three people: my room mate and the boys form the twin room next to ours. This is rather atypical for a Rootes building, where the number of people to share a kitchen is always beyond 10. The building itself didn’t really fit in the standard image of a Rootes building, being much smaller and, somehow round. Now, of course, subjectively, people may like it or not. The ultimate highlight of the building, and the reason why it has developed fame over the generations is… its common room. What is it that make it so special? The legend says that every year, the biggest and most unforgettable parties are thrown in there. My flat mates tasted this theory and the outcome could only confirm past results. Imagine how an innocent “Party in the International House” facebook event turns into a mass of people coming from all over the campus to enjoy “the green room”.

So why would I want to move out form IH?

My decision had to do with the location of the flat in an isolated part and the fact that, unfortunately, me and my roommate couldn’t bond. The debate that naturally comes in this situation is whether to opt for a shared room or not. Indeed, when you agree to share your room, you take into consideration the risk of having a lower compatibility between you and your future roommate. What I suggest in this case is, to firstly acknowledge your feelings, to try to find the best solution that would facilitate both your and your roommate’s staying there, and, ultimately, to not be afraid to make a change in case you don’t feel fulfilled.

New Rootes

Once I was notified about a vacant bed in another shared room in P Block, I decided to move, even if I was nervous about the possibility of coming into a flat that has most probably already clicked. Now one week into my new room, I couldn’t be happier with my decision. Taking another twin room, I was exposed to the same possibility as the first time. Fortunately, me and my new roommate turned out to be extremely compatible, which makes me encourage any of you who are in doubt about taking a twin room or not. Even if a shared room may seem to constrain you from having privacy, it is actually very nice to have someone to say ‘Good night’ and ‘Good morning’ to and if you get along, then there’s not reason not to feel comfortable in your room. Also, my new flat mates reinforce the idea that coming to P Block was ‘a right move’.

All in all, was it stressful? Yes. Would I change anything if I could? No. Why? Having a whole Rootes experience left me with some amazing memories that I link to all the new people that I’ve met. So, when you apply for your accommodation and if you like the vibrant atmosphere of being a fresher, than definitively make Rootes one of your options.