Allocating rooms was a mammoth task before computers, says Ridgway: “I used a manual typewriter, so much fun was had in September when rooms were allocated and lists had to be retyped endlessly. The warden and I spent a long time allocating students to what we hoped were appropriate rooms.”
Life in the Red Block of Digby Hall in 1981-82 was the “best time of my life”, says Roger Maddams, who remembers “falling out of bed onto the tennis court behind, the World Cup 82 recreated in Subbuteo… And the female charms of Black Block next door.”
College Hall is now a conference venue but a reminder of its previous life remains – a boulder dropped into its pond (now filled) in a prank by male students in the 1960s.
Some accommodation was less successful. The 1967 Villiers Hall buildings were “brick and concrete boxes with little to recommend them", says former resident Colin Hyde. They were demolished and John Foster House now occupies the site.
John Foster House staff were “always so kind and helpful”, remembers a former Oadby Student Village resident. “They even provided free food for us on many occasions." And Oadby’s “party bus, which picked us up from the student village and dropped us at Club Republic, played a huge part in my first-year experience – so many memories made on that bus that I’ll never forget."
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