Life in College: The Different Types of Roommates You’ll Likely Get

Learn how to deal with different types of roommates when you’re in college. // Photo Source: The Cord

If you are an incoming college freshman, one of the things you’ll likely experience as part of your life in college is getting a roommate. Whether you’ll be living in a university dorm room or staying in an off-campus apartment, a college roommate is something that can inspire a wide variety of emotions that depends on the type of person you will be living with for most of the school year.

Previously, I’ve talked about the kinds of teachers you’ll be dealing with during your life as a student. This time around, I’m here to talk about the kinds of roommates you’ll be getting if you’re a college freshman. This idea was inspired by a CollegeHumor video that a friend of my shared on Facebook and I figured it was a good jumping point for this post. And although I might have made a more realistic spin on the “monster roommates” that the video showcased (which you can see after the cut), the similarities are still apparent (if you squint carefully, that is). Here’s a rundown of the kinds of roommates you’ll likely be getting in college and how to best deal with them.

The Robot


Who: This type of roommate is obsessed with keeping everything in your shared room clean and orderly. They’re not likely to do any crazy things while staying at home, and are likely to be seen focusing on their academics during their free time as opposed to playing video games or any form of fun recreation.


How to Deal: Make it a point to be neat and clean with your side of the room so your roommate can appreciate your efforts. Constantly offer them to hang out elsewhere and do something fun, but don’t take it too hard if they decline your invitations.


The Ghost


Who: This type of roommate is often quiet and unobtrusive that you’ll hardly notice their presence if you’re busy with schoolwork. While generally friendly and polite, they tend to keep to themselves and will rarely engage with social activities unless it is mandated by the school.


How to Deal: Respect their personal space and try not to disturb them when they’re quietly studying in their side of the room. Regularly encourage them to step out of your dorm room every so often, even if they just want to be alone to read a book or surf the internet.


The Vampire


Who: This type of roommate lives for the fun side of college life; meaning, you’ll rarely see them around given that they’re likely out partying the night away and almost always go back to your room before sunrise or even just after you are about to leave for your first period class.


How to Deal: You know that saying about how Jack ends up if he’s all play and no work? Well, try to approach them about cutting back on their excessive nightlife in an amicable manner. Should that fail, at least be conscientious enough to prepare some hangover cures for them to imbibe every morning after.


The Alien


Who: This type of roommate is what most people would describe as eccentric either by their culture, personality, or the kinds of weird things they are into. And although generally harmless and affable, their strange habits might cause you to wonder whether you’ll be able to understand them at all.


How to Deal: The best way to go around this kind of roommate is to let them be and politely ask them questions about their lifestyle preferences. Once they have explained to you why they’re into such things, you’ll be able to breathe easy knowing that they’re just humans with different tastes, after all.


The Zombie


Who: This type of roommate is often the kind who blankly goes through the motions of everyday college life and is completely unaware of anything beyond their own personal bubble. In fact, they’ll barely notice you except for when it comes to things like borrowing your notes for homework and exams.


How to Deal: To get through to this kind of roommate, you need to reach out and let them be aware of their surroundings through fun means like hanging out after classes instead of just going back home to sleep. As for borrowing your notes, encourage them to do their own work so that they’ll be more self-reliant.


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