The Worst Roommate Ever!
The different types of roommates you might encounter and how to deal
Published: September 11, 2013
How to deal: Try to set some rules early on without sounding like a buzz-kill. Ask them not to bring friends over past a certain hour, or ask that they tone it down in the dorm at night – after all, you’re quiet and respectful when they’re sleeping all day long.
The Passive-Aggressive roommate is often identified by their random notes or by their odd way of getting points across. They will leave you a note to take out the trash, and if you don’t take it out, don’t be surprised if they put it all in your room when you’re not home. You’ve been warned.
How to deal: Read the Passive-Aggressive’s silly little notes and try to consider them. If you can’t seem to hold a straight face when you find a new note, pull out a Post-it and give them some of their own medicine: “I ate your brownie. It was delicious!”
This roommate is never alone. The Romantic usually has their significant other or a current fling attached at the hip. They’ll constantly occupy your living space or shared bedroom to make out or to get it on.
How to deal: First rule of thumb: Knock first, if the bedroom door is closed for any reason. Second rule: Have a code, like putting a sock on the doorknob so you know when not to disturb the Romantic. If you still wander in on too many lip-locking (or worse) sessions for comfort, suggest they do date night somewhere other than your futon. Hopefully they’ll get the hint.
College is some people’s first dose of freedom, and some will take advantage of it a little bit too much, like the Partier.
The Partier can be found stumbling home in the middle of the night, vomiting everywhere, falling over everything or all of the above.
How to deal: Like the Socialite, the Partier needs a good talkin’ to. Ask that they tone it down, that they try to be quieter when they come home after a night of raging, or propose that they stay with someone else on nights that they choose to get completely hammered.
Probably one of the hardest roommates to live with, the Slob lacks basic hygiene and cleaning habits. The Slob can commonly be found in need of a serious shower and surrounded by a pile of dirty clothes, food wrappers and unwashed dishes.
How to deal: Bad hygiene and a slobby lifestyle are conscious choices some people make, so simply talking might not cause any change. On the flip side of the OCD Cleaner tip, this time create boundaries for their mess, as long as it doesn’t create odors or attract creepy-crawlies that permeate your portion of the living space. If a major problem persists, talk to your RA about it, or start house-hunting.
The Taker likes to take or “borrow” things from you, hence the name. While the items the Taker chooses to lay their hands on aren’t always the most precious of things, it’s still really freaking annoying.
How to deal: Living with the Taker, aka the Borrower, is like living with an annoying sibling. Set boundaries on what things are OK to borrow and what things aren’t. Perhaps a simple text message asking to use something (“Hey, I need to dry my hair but can’t find my hairdryer, do you know where it is?”) might help the resolve the problem.
Hopefully these simple tips will help you get through your roommate experience. Good luck and start inquiring about the single room down the hall ... now!
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