Being assigned a roommate in college can be a strange mix of terrifying and exciting. It’s an opportunity to live in close quarters with someone who you may not have even talked to in real life. You can learn about new cultures, be introduced to entirely new groups of friends, and get to know yourself in the process. Sure, dorm living can feel like long-term camping at times, but it fosters a real sense of camaraderie.
Unfortunately, roommates in college can also go terribly wrong. Trying to gel with someone who has completely different priorities than you can definitely be tricky (“Do you mind not clipping your toenails on my bed?”). Being a good roommate is about compromise, but sometimes you get pushed a little too far. In order to prepare yourself mentally, here are the 8 types of roommates you can expect to have in college. Get ready!
The Hyper-Focused Over-AchieverThis girl will bristle if you play music, television, or speak a word when she is studying (which is all the time). She is in college for one reason and one reason only - to graduate with perfect grades. Sure, she could benefit from some fun, but don't waste your time trying to get her to go out with you...the answer will always be "no."
The Sorority GirlShe's all about sisterhood and boys and makeup. The two of you, sad to say, are going to be operating in completely different worlds. You'll catch her dressing up in the most ridiculous costumes (caution tape...just caution tape) as she heads out to her themed frat parties. The upside is that she will be gone a large majority of the time - those girls keep busy!
The One Who Can't AdjustShe misses her boyfriend back home and just isn't acclimating to her new environment. At night you'll have to listen to her endless phone conversations with her mom or her boyfriend (or pretty much anyone from home that will get on the other line). You know she'd be fine if she put herself out there a little more and tried to make friends, but this gal still has one foot at home. She'll last two semesters at most.
The Clingy RoomieAs soon as you open the door to your room she'll be all over you like a puppy dog. "What did you do? How are you? What are we doing tonight?" You'll be fine with this living arrangement at first, but eventually you're going to want your space. Be prepared for some hurt feelings when you let her know that sometimes you want to do things on your own.
The One With The BoyfriendCongrats! You officially have two roommates when your roommate has a boyfriend. Why? BECAUSE HE WILL BE THERE ALL THE TIME. Don't expect to have any fun outings with your roommate without him tagging along as well. This girl is joined at the hip.
The Over-Involved UndergradThis girl has three minors, is on a co-ed soccer team, is part of the student government and runs a gardening club. The only way your roommate could be stretched thinner is if she actually tried to get all her homework done. Be prepared for some breakdowns because she is going to be stressed-out 98% of the time. The upside is, she knows everyone and therefore you do, too!
The One Who Uses All Of Your StuffYour jar of peanut butter is mysteriously a third less full today. You walk into your room only to find your roommate wearing your robe. (Really?!) Plus, you swear she's using your shampoo because you've never seen her buy any. You know how to share as much as the next person, but this gal's mooching lifestyle is rubbing you the wrong way.
The BFFBy some stroke of luck, you were assigned a perfect match of a roommate. You didn't know her before school, but you have a feeling that you'll be lifelong friends. You guys just get each other - you know how to give each other space and still be there when the other is going through a rough time. You must have some good karma, girl, because roommates this great are one in a million!
What’s your college roommate like? Let us know in the comments below!