But then, there are the 5 types of bad roommates…
The Dirty Roommate: This person never pitches in with the cleaning, doing the opposite of what a good roommate does. See their disorderly pile of old magazines on the coffee table? Their water bottle that didn’t make it into the recycling bin? How about their pile of dirty dishes that have been taking up space in the sink for days? Those things are going to stay there until, yup, you have to clean them. Down with the dirty roommate!
The Cheap Roommate: This roommate demands that they pay less rent than you because their closet is one square foot smaller than yours is. This person comes up with a favorably skewed, itemized version of the electric bill. They never buy new toilet paper, cleaning products, or trash bags. Maybe, if you’re lucky, they do go to the store once in a while, but then they purchase the very inexpensive versions of those products that never work as well as the ones you prefer. Having a cheap roommate means dirty water will drip throughout your apartment when you take the garbage outside.
The Passive-Aggressive Roommate: You can never get a good read on him or her because they’re super nice to you when they see you. But then, when they’re not around, and you get home from class or your job, you surprisingly have post-it notes to deal with. “When there is no butter left, I cannot make eggs in the morning,” it says. Mistakes happen and a friendly, verbal reminder is a lot easier to deal with than a piece of paper you can’t have a conversation with.
The No Boundaries Roommate: You’re never quite comfortable in your own apartment when this roommate is around. It’s nice if you get along with your roommate and make a friend out of the whole arrangement, but sometimes you just want to be by yourself and have some privacy. This person barges into your room while you’re doing research for your project to ask you if they can “have the apartment for the weekend.” They might get home and immediately ask you to change the channel on the TV when you’re already halfway through an epic, Academy-Award-nominated movie. And this roommate makes the room smell…on purpose…and laughs about it.
What types of bad roommates did we miss? Let us know in the comments or vent to us about your experience with one of these 5 types.