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Living with Roommates

Living with Roommates

When living on or off campus, there is always a chance that you will end up living with roommates. There are many different types of roommates and there is a chance that your roommates will fall in one or more categories.


Passive Aggressive Note Writer:

Notes everywhere, or just on the fridge. They are passive aggressive, telling you to do something. They are not fun to write, they are not fun to read. It is better to talk about any issues in person or message the person in conflict (just try not to be passive aggressive).


The Slob:

Dishes everywhere that are starting to mold, counters that have various unknown stains, and their stuff is just everywhere. Living with girls, well, their hair is everywhere! It is best in this situation to talk about this with your roommate directly. Set up a cleaning schedule. Expect to be disappointed. Or get used to cleaning it up yourself. You will have to adapt these strategies to your roommate and your behaviour. If you think you are “The Slob”, then please consider your roommates and find a strategy to clean up after yourself.


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Obsessive Cleaner:

This is the opposite of “The Slob”, but it’s not any better. They want everything clean ALL THE TIME!!! Leaving one dish for an hour is not acceptable. When midterms and finals come, cleaning is sometimes forgotten, but these roommates get passive aggressive about having it done. Similar to dealing with “The Slob”, it is best to talk with your roommate and discuss cleaning rules. A cleaning schedule and sticking with it is probably best for this type of roommate.


The Food Thief:

Where is my food? I thought I had more than this!! This is something I have asked time and again. Roommates sometimes are not courteous and don’t ask before they take your food. And most of the time, they won’t replace it. Although not ideal, dry food can be stored in your locked room and maybe invest in a mini fridge (Costco $150 so worth it). Or talking about it, with all the roommates, not just the suspected person (because you could be wrong).


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The Ghost:

You never see them. You never hear them. It is like they are never home. This is usually a great thing. Sometimes it feels lonely, especially if it’s just the two of you. Sometimes it is nice to have a conversation once in awhile. It’s just best to initiate the conversation. Unless, you enjoy the silence. It’s up to you!


The Noisemaker:

Oh the noisemaker. I have had a lot of roommates like this. I am one of those rare students that tries to stick to a strict sleep schedule, because I work an 8 to 4 job. SO, when your roommate is a night owl and cooks in the middle of the night and watches TV in the living room, “The Noisemaker” becomes your sworn enemy for no other reason than their need to make noise. How do you deal? Telling them straight up, setting up quiet hours, midterm/final quiet time, noise cancelling headphones, earplugs, sleep apps, sleepy tea. I have tried it all. A combination of any of this will help. Asking for help from your parents or support group is what I would consider as a good first step. If this still doesn’t work, talk to the landlord. Quiet time is usually a part of the lease. It is a part of most bi-laws for cities so it should be enforced by landlords.

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The Perfect One:

They are rare, but, if you have one, you know!

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Christina Thompson stays quite busy, being a full-time student, while also working nearly full-time in the Information Management Business Sector. She is also currently the Executive Secretary of Her Campus SFU and on two SFSS committees. Entering her fifth (and last) year of studies at SFU, majoring in Business, minoring in English, and is also Certified in Liberal Arts, Christina keeps busy with school, but also has been widely involved in every aspect of the university. If you have questions related to Residence, RHA, school clubs, the SFSS (student union), transit, working part-time / full-time, disabilities / health, academic opportunities (certificates / bursaries), and living away from family, Christina has experienced it all.

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