I´m living in Retrodorm, a student accommodation which is near the CityMarket in Kupittaa. It is a student accommodation especially for the exchange students. In the whole building are living around 90 students from different countries. Armenia, Slovakia, Russia, Czech Republic or Japan; it feels like that from every country of the world someone is living here. On the floor where I live are 17 rooms. We have a shared kitchen, shared shower room and a nice community room.
It´s a nice place for celebrating pre-parties before going in the clubs in Turku. Often you have different opportunities in the building on the same evening. When you want relax, there´s usually a movie night on one floor. Sitting together in one of the community rooms and watching a movie on the big flat screen. On another floor you can play to the same time beer-pong and get prepared for going out in the night. You can decide on your own how you want to spend the evening.
Compared to friends who are living in the Student village I prefer Retrodorm more, because it´s also very familiar. It´s quite easy to find lots of new friends and every floor is like a small own family. When you have some problems or you just want to talk you will always find someone in the kitchen or the community room. The building is next to a small forest so that when you look out from the windows you can often see woodpecker and squirrel in the trees. For people who need a lot of time for his/her self and doesn’t want to have people the most time around them, they should look to other housing possibilities.
Text and photo: Maximilian Vater