Since Leighton Meester’s creepy new thriller “The Roommate” is coming out on Feb. 4, it got us thinking about the kinds of roommates you could end up with. Don’t worry, this guide lays out 5 different kinds of college roommates and tips to deal with each one! That way the only thrill you two will have is the bliss of a perfect living situation.
The Sloppy Jane
“When I went to Tulane, I had a roommate who was a serious hoarder,” Lucy said. “Luckily, most of it stayed in her room, but every now and then some would spill out into the rest of the dorm.”
Lucy was lucky. Most of the time, a sloppy person can’t contain their mess in one space. If you have an unkempt roommate, you need to address the situation the minute you see her drink out of the milk carton. Without sounding like your mother, ask her casually which chores she would rather do. If she brushes you off, simply explain to her that this is your living space too. It doesn’t have to be spotless every day, but both roommates should keep the space clean for guests, unannounced parental visits and just plain peace.
The Party Princess
“The last thing I remember before she moved out freshman year was watching her dance on a table at a party,” Cindy said. “Altogether I think she lasted nine days in the dorm total.”
They usually don’t last long because they get in trouble or their roommates call the housing office for a replacement. A wild roommate means sleepless nights and annoying guests. From the first day you move in, sit down with your roommate and set some ground rules together. Include everything from what’s allowed in the fridge to a set bedtime. Whatever your roommate does outside your place is her business, but if she intends on partying with your disapproval let your landlord or resident assistant know for some reinforcement.
The Rowdy Roommate
“My roommate’s boyfriend would come over and leave the television on all night,” Stella said. “The television wasn’t as loud as their 3 a.m. fights.”
Maybe your roommate is going deaf. How else can she stand the loud TV, CD player and YouTube videos all at once? If top-of-the-line headphones don’t work, try a noise curfew. Decide together on a time, say 10 p.m., and try to not break the silence after that time.
The Goody Two-Shoes
“It sounds silly, but I had a roommate who was the biggest goody two-shoes ever,” Jen said. “It was awkward. She never said anything, but I could tell she would be annoyed if I made the slightest noise or had a friend over. Most of time I hid in my room.”
It’s almost too good to be true. She’s quiet, polite and tidy. You should never feel like a guest in your own place. If you feel like you’re getting on your roommate’s nerves just ask. If she does get perturbed by all guests, noises and specs of dust, remind her that no one is perfect. Tell her you respect your place too and that you’re a trustworthy person. If she persists, suggest she may do better rooming with herself.
The Beauty Queen
“My first college roommate was the worst,” said Jeannine. “We shared the same room in San Francisco. She’d wake up at 4 a.m. and do her make-up in the mirror. We didn’t even have class until 9 a.m.”
When you share a dorm, privacy is hard to come by. Early morning beauty routines should be done in the bathroom so you can’t disturb those who actually sleep. Next time your roommate wakes you up with that harsh fluorescent light, politely ask her if she can take it to the bathroom or do her make-up by a dimmer lamp light. If she declines, tell her she looks beautiful and to go back to sleep.
The Best Friend
“The best roommate I had drove me to Starbucks whenever I wanted, threw me a 21st birthday party, helped me clean before my parents came to visit and would always wake me up after a long night to make sure I made it to class,” Lucy said.
Sharing your space isn’t scary with the right roommate. If you’re letting Craigslist or the Housing Department fix you up, do some research on your match. Add them on Facebook, try to meet up before school starts and start a friendship before you decide to move in together.
Tell ME: Do you have any roommate stories?