There's quite alot of Rootes bashing going on here but I think it's all pretty exaggerated. I live in New Rootes and it's great. Everyone is really friendly and sociable and as long as you say hi to people during freshers and after you'll have plenty of mates there. There's at least four kitchens in my building that I get on with really well. I think there's a bit of a stereotype going around about Rootes that everyone is a complete party animal and goes wild every day 'til the early hours of the morning. This isn't necessarily true. There's loads of different types of people here, some of which like to go out every night and some who don't. It's your choice who you hang out with. Noise in the early hours isn't really a problem and we've had about 2 fire alarms this term so far which is nothing really. You can live in Rootes, have a great time and still do well in your studies. Many of the people down my corridor are currently averaging firsts. I've got mates in JM, AV, Tocil, Whitefields and Westwood and relatively their halls all seem pretty dead and quite frankly, boring. There are obviously some exceptions to this but on the whole Rootes seems like a much better place to be. Room size and sharing toilets really becomes a non issue once you get here unless you live in your room 24/7 and never leave! I can't imagine living anywhere else.