Living with a roommate can be a fantastic experience. Whether you’re living in a US college dorm or sharing an off-campus apartment, living with a roommate can teach you to have respect for people’s personal space, to do your own laundry and house cleaning, and to be financially responsible.
There are, however, exceptions.
Every once in a while, you’ll get stuck with a roommate who makes your life absolutely miserable. Although living with the roommate from hell is terrible, it sure makes for a good story in retrospect!
Here are a few horror stories about living with a roommate that we collected from our readers.
The Control Freak
“I lived in an apartment close to campus with three other girls. One was a complete control freak. On top of that, she was rude to me, my boyfriend and my other friends. When we decided to confront her, she told us she couldn’t change her ways because she had an eating disorder (?!) and proceeded to yell at me for hanging up a picture in my bedroom.”
The Shirtless RA
“It’s not a horror story, but it is a funny story. I had a RA one year who, the first five or so times that I met him, was not wearing a shirt. He’d either just gotten out of the shower, or was going for a run, or was just hanging out around his room in his jeans. I started to wonder if he even OWNED any shirts. It was pretty hilarious.”
“One of my roommates was a total nightmare. In addition to being a compulsive liar, he was known to hide booze in our (alcohol- and tobacco-free) dorm, and he wet the bed. Not once, but habitually. AND he had the top bunk. Thankfully, I slept in the other set of bunk-beds.”
The Pooping Kitty
“One time my roommate’s cat pooped right in the middle of my bed when I was gone for the weekend. That was NOT fun to clean late on a Sunday night.”
The Exercise Junkie
“One of my roommates on campus loved exercising at odd times. I only found this out when I woke up at 3 a.m. in the morning and she would be doing crunches/pushups next to my bed. Freaked me out the first time I woke up to grunting noises. She apologized and promised to keep the noise level down, but kept waking up at odd times in the morning and exercising. And apparently it’s hard to exercise without making noises. Lots of sleepless nights!”
Have your own horror stories about living with a roommate? Please share!