Roommates: 8 Types Of Roommates You Might Meet in Your Davis Apartment
Happy Move In Day! For many of new or transfer UC Davis students, this is the first time you’re meeting all of your new roommates. What kind of roommates? Beth Marshall has broken down the 8 Types Of Roommates You Might Meet In College. Here are a few of our favorites:
1. The Early Bird
Whether it’s early to bed or early to rise (or both), it’s important to establish grounds for respect from both parties in these situations. If your Early Bird has 8 a.m. classes and you don’t get home from work until 2 a.m., establish quiet hours and be clear about when they are. Make sure to let each other know if one of you gets too noisy.
2. The Food Thief
If one of your roommates keeps “accidentally” eating your food — even though your initials are clearly written in very visible, bold Sharpie — call the refrigerator police. You are living with the Food Thief. Okay, don’t literally call the police, but do call your roommate out in a mature, calm manner. At first, go about it in a way that makes it seem like you are assuming it was an accident, but don’t be overly accusing. However, if this behavior continues, you’ll need to be stern. Nobody comes between humans and their food — especially other humans.3. The Messy One
5. The Clean Freak
The only thing worse than a slob might be the Clean Freak. Incessantly cleaning — or demanding that you incessantly clean — is not going to fly. This is where you both need to compromise. If the Clean Freak insists on having the common area absolutely clean, set up a reasonable schedule. No need to bust out an old toothbrush to scrub the floors. However, if that is their style, then they can be responsible for being that thorough. The basic rules of cleanliness involve picking up visible messes, being responsible for your dishes and general upkeep like mopping and wiping countertops.
6. The Wild One
These types of roommates tend to appear during the first stages of one’s young college life. The newfound freedom and sense of independence is too much for some to handle. When you live with the Wild One, be prepared to be dragged into their shenanigans. Waking up to them crashing through the front door drunk at 4:30 in the morning; repeatedly telling them to cease some of the “recreational” activities they do in the apartment; and hearing about the tornado of drama constantly engulfing them are a few issues that may need to be handled. The best way to be prepared is to stay out of their dramatic wake and to know when it’s necessary to get dorm R.A.s or another higher authority involved.