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College Guide 2013

The Different Types of Roommates You Might Encounter and How to Deal

Photo: Illustrations by Victoria Medina, License: N/A

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How to Deal: Living with the Taker, a.k.a the Borrower, is like living with a pesky sibling. Try to talk and 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 problem.

The Live-In

The Live-In, unlike most college students, prefers the solace of their own room—so much so they practically never leave. The Live-In often skips class and watches TV or plays some sort of video game with an obsessive devotion. Anything they might have to shower and get dressed for is out of the question.

How to Deal: The easiest way to handle a Live-In you share close quarters with is by emphasizing that you need your space to study, relax and have friends over, too. Talking and working out some sort of compromise of space is usually the best way to deal with the sweatpants-wearing Live-In. If you have separate bedrooms and rarely see this roomie, count your blessings, but do keep an eye out for signs of depression and other mental disorders that can cause anti-social behavior.

There are several types of roommates, both positive and negative. But remember you’re in college and everyone has to live with a roommate at some point. 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!

College Guide 2013
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