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10 Roommates You'll Meet on Exchange and How to Deal With Them

Phoebe

Jul 23 • 1 minute read

So, you’re preparing for your semester or academic year abroad! Needless to say, you’ve probably been told about a million times how this will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life, and it’s absolutely true. You’ll get to taste new foods, meet new people, take part in unique educational experiences and ultimately, you’ll see the world through new eyes.

However, a huge part of determining your comfort and happiness when you relocate is choosing your housing. You may opt for your own private space, but you’ll more than likely decide to share an apartment or a room in a student accommodation.

While you might already be thinking about how you’ll decorate, it’s probably much more important to consider who you’ll have for roommates. More likely than not, you may not have a large amount of control over who you have for roommates or, if you do, you may not know where to begin when it comes to making a selection from a group of virtual strangers.

This list will help you to understand the different types of potential roommates that you may encounter. Armed with a bit of information, it should make your decision a little easier.

Solution: When you begin to spot any of these signs, it’s best to address them immediately. If you let things go for too long, chances are they’ll only worsen, because the “Slob” will think you don’t mind the mess. \ But the worst infractions occur in the bathroom, where they leave hair in the sink and may not always be using their own hairbrush. Their inability to never replace the empty toilet paper roll is also cause for annoyance.

You may have grown up with a sibling who falls into this category, so you may already know a bit about this type of roommate. They seem to think that it’s not a problem to leave their dishes in the sink or to never move the stack of books that they have somehow managed not to touch from the kitchen table.

1. The Slob

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You may have grown up with a sibling who falls into this category, so you may already know a bit about this type of roommate. They seem to think that it’s not a problem to leave their dishes in the sink or to never move the stack of books that they have somehow managed not to touch from the kitchen table.

But the worst infractions occur in the bathroom, where they leave hair in the sink and may not always be using their own hairbrush. Their inability to never replace the empty toilet paper roll is also cause for annoyance.

Solution: When you begin to spot any of these signs, it’s best to address them immediately. If you let things go for too long, chances are they’ll only worsen, because the “Slob” will think you don’t mind the mess.