Here are 5 Types of Roommates:

Inspired by “Why I’ll Never Be an Adult” by Allie Brosh

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390 Responses to “5 Roommate Types”

  1. Svelte

    Haha!
    Unfortunately for me, I’ve roomed with the obsessive, psychopathic dictator!!! She told me what to wear, what to eat, where to go, who to not hang with etc. Even gave me a blood drawing scratch to my face once.
    (Damn, I wonder who she’s terrorizing now?!)
    Tsk Tsk…

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  2. BillieArsenal

    I love these. I had a combination of the pyschopath and the neat freak but it came out as the “Pet Peeve Freak”. She was obsessed with the shower curtain being shut and she locked me out of the apartment the day I planned on moving out. She had taken my key without me knowing and so I had to have the police stand by while I broke in! I think you should also add the Party Animal to this list. They steal your food and keep their music up loud and bring random people around every weekend when they finally show up, oh and they are always broke (“Dude can you spot me $100 for rent this month”). Keep up the good work!!

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    • timmer

      The party animal was definitely on the list! …but I got side-tracked :( And jeez, what a crazy ex-roommie

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  3. Mikalee Byerman

    HYSTERICAL!

    I’d like to suggest one to add one to the mix, if I may: The cereal bandit. I once had a roommate who only stole one thing: Every box of Apple Jacks I ever bought!

    ;)

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  4. shittydad

    If your roommates are your kids, you get alittle bit of all of the above, and if you move, you have to take them with you.

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  5. Nicolle

    Look at you, all freshly pressed yet again! I guess Ernesto is taking a break. Congrats (though slightly envious over here. lol).

    I consider myself lucky because my roommates from freshman year were just awesome (living in Spain helped too).

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    • timmer

      Thanks, Nicolle! I’ll send fresh pressed vibes your way!

      I’ve also been really lucky with roommies, nothing like the horror stories I’m seeing in some of these other comments.

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  6. befferkins

    Hilarious! The image for the Slob cracked me up.

    If you make the Ghost/Slob live with the Cleaner/Psychopath, you find yourself in Hell. What ends up happening is the Cleaner/Psychopath begins to believe the Ghost/Slob is a Thief and becomes a bigger Psychopath. True story.

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  7. JC

    Too funny! I’ve had lots of bizarre roommates myself:

    1) The “Dead Stare” Roommate – Never smiles or says anything to you. She’ll say hello to your friends though, but the second she sees you? Dead stare. (WTF did I do?!)

    2) The Greek Life Roommate – this one will be nice to you until she passes her sorority recruitment

    3) The Roommate with the Live-In Boyfriend – I don’t care if he’s AWOL from the military, GTFO out of my room!

    4) The Cleaner/Psychopath – yeah, this one was a 2-in-1 deal (and luckily for me, it only lasted a semester)

    5) The Paranoid Roommate – this one was convinced myself and our other roommates were racist towards her (the lock didn’t work one day and she was convinced “those white girls” changed the locks on her…luckily for me, again, this only lasted a semester)

    6) The Ghost – plenty of these, including myself!

    Out of the many roommates I had, I only truly liked 2 of them. I don’t miss college at all!

    Loved this post!

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      • JC

        Haha, thanks! The best part about the Cleaner/Psychopath was that a year after I moved out, I found out that her current roommates were hiding her kitchen supplies in their bathtub because they drove her nuts too!

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    • Mollie

      I actually did have a racist roommate. My best friend was Indian (from India) and this roommate once said, within hearing of my friend, “Don’t be stupid like an Indian!” She also said my friend was “too black, but otherwise pretty”, and “all Indians are hairy like monkeys”

      Three weeks before I filed for a change. Fortunately, I got the chance to move.

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      • JC

        Mollie,

        That’s horrible! I can’t believe how people are sometimes. I’m glad you were able to move though. I would have chewed her out big time.

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    • timmer

      Thanks, Katie! I find stick figures are great at conveying emotions. They’re like super emoticons.

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  8. Mr. Wapojif

    Excellent, very well observed. I’ve had all of this lot at one stage or another during University. I was a lot younger at the time, but I was certainly in the “psychopath” bracket, along with a dollop of “slob”. All I wanted was one endless, chaotic party! And I was leaving with a OCD cleaner. Understandably there was a clash of personalities there.

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    • timmer

      Yeah, I feel like psychopath either has dollops of either ‘slob’ or ‘the cleaner,’ both of which will forever be linked as mortal enemies.

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  9. mbaldelli

    You forgot one.. The deadbeat… It’s sort of the combination Psychopath, Slob, a bit of “Ghost” (with caveats) with a heavy dose of Alcoholic. This is the one that tells you they’re “laid back” and when you’re moved in, you find out laid back means lazy. They don’t share responsibilities cleaning and further don’t clean up after themselves/ A sure warning sign is when you find out that they have outstanding bills elsewhere and don’t pay their half of the utilities.

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    • timmer

      ugh, deadbeats are the worst. I should have taken the list further to include combos of the 5 roommie types.

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  10. Kinked Slinky

    So freakin funny ! I was the ghost, & my roomie would complain about it cuz I think she was looking for a wingman to party with….she turned out to be the psychopath ;(

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  11. Tix

    hilarious! for once i am hoping none of my ex room mates remember me after reading this!!! atleast i have recalled a few of them!

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  12. creativebetty

    You’re missing the great roommates! The “best friend” – where every night feels like an elementary school sleepover party!

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  13. Dani

    Too funny and true! Why can’t more people just take the middle road with cleanliness and sanity?

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    • timmer

      I don’t know, Dani, I don’t know…Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go throw things around my apartment while screaming uncontrollably.

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  14. queenoftherighteous

    I have lived with all these roommate types all of except for the thief, which I am very proud of!…But I do admit that I have been the Ghost Roommate before-only because my roommate always brought her butt buddy over, and I wanted to be away from the both of them at all costs!….Success!

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  15. O.K.

    I know the psycho roommate all to well. I once lived with a girl who believed her boyfriend was an assassin ninja for the United States Army . . . no joke. If he gave her a stuffed animal she would check it for bugs (the spy kind not the insect). If we went out for dinner she would take obscure routes in case we “were being followed.” If he ever stood her up she assumed he was “on a mission.” In her defense, she did keep her room clean which I still can’t seem to manage. I guess that makes me the slob. Thanks for the laugh, and congrats on FP.

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    • timmer

      uhhhhhh, I think you’ve taken the lead for craziest roommie yet. THAT’S CRAZY! Oh, and thanks for coming by!

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  16. Cafe

    Lol I LOVE your comics! I once lived in a rooming house with like 5 guys on the same floor as me. One of them tried to come into my room and after I locked him out he stood outside wailing about the Olympian gods. Not sure how you’d wanna classify that one ….=P

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  17. moodybluebird

    Oh my…. lol ♥ this.

    Many years ago I lived in a house with 4 other lovely room mates haha. I have to say you hit the nail on the head with this one. The only one that we didn’t have was the ghost (sadly). The 4 were just as you described. Enough to give me flashbacks and a touch of the heebie jebbies *gulp*

    Congrats on Freshly Pressed..

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      • moodybluebird

        Yes it is true.
        The Thief was Nick (Nick by name nicked stuff by nature). The Cleaner was Andy, you couldn’t but a cup down for one minute before he tooke it away *sigh*). The Psychopath was Lisa (god help you if you got on the wrong side of her). The slob was Helen, she always got everyones back up especially Andy. So I suppose that would of made me the ghost?

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  18. Red

    I have 2 roomies: one is a wonderful person; the other is a psychopathic, germa-phobic, obessive-compulsive, passive-aggressive creepy ghost….

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      • Roshni

        I think I keep switching between the Slob, the Psychopath (I can go super-crazy at times!) and the Cleaner (though that happens very rarely!).

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  19. bekpower

    LOVE IT! I have to say that I have lived with everyone of these people but you forgot my type of housemate. I’m the one who is weirdly happy, strangely normal, who never complains and who everyone thinks is really easy going. Underneath the surface though, I am a volcano just waiting for the lava of resentment to explode. :) great post!

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  20. AnaNC

    I’ve lived in many different cities and had over 25 different roommates from different countries. I loved all of them a lot but… this is really funny

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  21. Selvinas

    What about the social roommate who thinks that just because you’re rooming you are suddenly Best Friends Forever…and won’t stop bothering you?

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  22. Lori Lipsky

    Thankfully I never lived with The Thief or the Psychopath. The others, yes, but they’re much less scary.
    Delightfully quirky post.

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  23. delightfullypeculiar

    Hahaha! Bless, it brought back so many memories, loved the drawings too and have to admit I might have been the ‘your clean is not clean enough’ type on accasions….

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  24. Avocado Baby

    Haha, this is so accurate. I have roomed with The Ghost, The Cleaner, and The Psychopath before. Sometimes I really appreciated The Cleaner’s cleaning habits.

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  25. babelclaire

    Since I’m currently looking for flatmates, I won’t say which one I am, just in case!! But you did leave out lovely normal person ;)

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  26. vodkasavant

    These are awesome! I’ve lived with all of these at one time or another. The Thief also ended up being The Psychopath. Go figure!

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  27. youarenotlostyouarehere

    Reblogged this on You Are Not Lost You Are Here and commented:
    This blogger has got it down to a tee. Amazing little illustrations too.
    I have to say, I’m not going to miss living in what I like to call “the 1970s crack den” that is my student house! Fingers crossed I haven’t caught hepatitis or anything…

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  28. youarenotlostyouarehere

    Sorry, this blog post was too fantastic – I had to reblog it! Shame that none of my housemates fall into the ‘cleaner’ category. Just a total blend of slob, ghost, psychopath and thief. But then again, it’s so hard to know what they’ve stolen as they’re hiding it all under the dirt and mess haha. Hurrah for graduation this summer, get me out of here! Major high five for hitting FP. Well-deserved.

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  29. Shay M

    Awesome post. I too have had all these types of roommates…some people even covering a few of these at the same time. Try a clean freak in his own room, but a slob in the kitchen.

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  30. meekthegeek

    This is right on! Now you need to take it to the next level and document what happens when you pit them against each other. On two occasions, I lived with The Cleaner and The Slob at the same time! (I coped by being The Ghost.)

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  31. amelie88

    These are all so true. I lived with a cleaner/psycho passive aggressive roommate last year who had severe daddy issues. She came off as crazy to other people in our master’s program–everything was drama. It got so bad that by the time my other roommate and I turned in the keys when we moved out, we both ran to the nearest Internet cafe to delete her off Facebook!

    There is also the irresponsible roommate. My other roommate was sweet as can be, but just incredibly irresponsible. She left a plastic spatula sitting in a frying pan on our electric stove–and forgot to turn the stove off! She didn’t realize it until the smoke had already entered the hallway. There was a LOT of smoke damage. The hood over the stove had to be replaced, the walls in the kitchen and hallway repainted, the rugs in the hallway cleaned, and a cleaning lady came in to really get in all the nooks and crannies. Not to mention all the food we had to throw out in the cabinets that got contaminated by the smoke. We got a severe chewing out by our landlord (and yes we deserved it) but she was incredibly defensive about it. So yeah, I almost got nearly killed in a fire by a former roommate!

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  32. hookedontaste

    OMG ! I love this. Me and my college friends can relate to this. This reminds me of the good and bad roommates we had in college. However, I was the lucky one One of my roommates was the ghost type, but other than that, we all got along..

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  33. spektakx

    i’ve been the cleaner and the ghost. I continually encountered the “take the can opener when I move out” type. Every roommate I ever had, when they moved out, would steal my can opener. I’m not talking about electric can openers. I mean the regular hand kind that is like 4 bucks at Luckys, and they all stole one.

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  34. Blog Raju

    I am The Cleaner.

    May I add two more?

    The Nosey: Reads mail left on the table, listens to private phone calls, etc.
    The Inviter: Always has guests in the apartment.

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  35. kazekitty

    I admit to being a mixture of The Cleaner and The Ghost. I’m busy damn it, doing…stuff, all day long, every day, without leaving my room. But when I do emerge for the bathroom I should smell bleach at all times especially if I leave it that way. Germs are one thing I do not feel the need to share.

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  36. Emma

    This is great! My last roommate was definitely The Cleaner. We used to joke about how she must have extra special vision to see the dust and dirt that was invisible to me. I’m lucky I liked her so much because otherwise I might have exploded. She likes to live in a house that does not look lived in, but I guess the upside was that it was always clean.

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  37. muddledmom

    Whew! Funny. I hope I never have to have another roommate again. I had the ghost, the cleaner, and some crazy b*tches. It never ended well. I’ll take messy kids any day.

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  38. Uptown Urban

    LOL!! This brought me back to college all over again. If you’ve never dealt with any of these, you’re lucky. For most people, the learn “the art of choosing a roommate” by Senior year. Word to the wise…Do yourself a favor and LIVE ALONE! :)

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  39. iloveyouunconditionally

    I will be moving into an apartment in August to start my Fall semester of college. I will have roommates for the first time and looking forward to commenting on this blog about the types of roommates I end up with. HA-HA. =P

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  40. pnwauthor

    LOL

    I’ve had some fabulous housemates and landlords in the past, but I think I also dealt with 3 of your 5 in various scenarios. I’m a neat-a-holic, sorry.

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  41. robintheblog

    Oh my God! I think I am one of those! Or not. Well, anyway this is really entertaining to see how our roommates being categorized as they are.

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  42. Archie

    You ought to add the TV evangelist here as well… Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed! You made my day :)

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  43. fierce99x

    Wow, I’d probably be the cleaner.. I just don’t like when things get to cluttered. Though then again, my things get way to cluttered easily and quickly.

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  44. ramblingandjack

    nice! sad to say, i’ve had most of these. the worst though, was the ditsy roommate. she couldn’t remember to not use knives in teflon pans, she stole unopened bottles of booze from my room that were my graduation gifts, and when i moved out, she told me it was my fault that she owed me money. sheesh!!

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  45. Erica

    Oh my goodness, I’ve been stuck with all but the ghost! The thief even had the audacity to steal and then sell my iPod… >_> I moved out shortly afterward.
    Great post – hilarious!

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  46. The Disconcerter

    I read this because it got fresh pressed. Like most people commenting I will never visit your blog again. Enjoy your 15 minutes. Bye.

    – The brutally honest roommate

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  47. bebekoh

    Reblogged this on Pano ba mag-blog? and commented:
    from the “freshly pressed” section. I didn’t get a chance to have a roommate. If you consider a sibling a roommate, then, yes! I probably did.

    But it was quite interesting to know that there’s no perfect roommate. You are bound to meet someone like these people, whether you live with them or not. I mostly encounter… “the Cleaner”. They like everything spotless and squeaky clean! wow! I can’t live without dirt sometimes.. hahaha! :)) have a look.

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  48. Anarya Andir

    Ahahahaha! This is genius! You are quite the observer eh? Congrats for being on Freshly pressed! Well deserved, I might add.
    I’ve lived with the first four kinds. Am I supposed to be intimidated by the fifth? :D

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  49. nyparrot

    There is also one more type of a roommate I can think of – a round-clock insomnia fighter – the lights are always up – throughout the night – he/she’d be reading, writing, taking care of the bills…. typing away on the laptop – driving you crazy and turning every one in the room into insomni-maniaks…lol

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  50. rachelelizabethbrown

    “Clean all the things!” Oh my god, I can’t stop laughing. I’ve lived with every single one of these people. The Psychopath was the best though.

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  51. The Man From Elmore

    Hilarious! The worst thing is when they steal your chilli flakes – not cool.
    I’ve lived with all five. Plus one who basically turned into a nagging mother and was always telling everyone what to do, and how to do it. She also put little signs up everywhere. (psychoooo..)

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  52. greenscorpio

    hahaha! This kind of reminds me of my roommates. I think I know which kind i am. hahaha nice post! :D

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  53. Neetika

    That was awesome! You just cheered me up tremendously :) :D I have lived with 4 out of these 5 types of roommates… I think i actually liked the ‘Ghost’ cos with her, i pretty much had the room to myself :D

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  54. Neha Writes

    I lived with ‘The cleaner’ once. Once right after I scrubbed clean the kitchen counter top, she walked in a cleaned it again and gave me a look of – You left it dirty. I was like WTF! That was her transformation into ‘The Psychopath’. Thankfully after repeated complaints from all flat mates, she left. Another flat mate did ‘The Ghost’ for some days and when we were worried enough to go and lodge a missing persons complaint, this person turned up!

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  55. Sinead

    haha love it :-) esp the ‘ghost’ one, that’s like my roommate…well we call her the vampire ’cause the few times we do see her it’s always in the middle of the night :-O

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  56. thoughtsoflight

    I’ve lived with the “cleaner” and I think she viewed me as the “slob”. Though it is curious that I have been accused of being the “cleaner” at times …

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  57. thatbunnie

    Reblogged this on Bundle me up. and commented:
    Five Roommate Types.

    I’d admit I’m not the best roommate on the planet. I’m a cereal thief. Hunger is my downfall.
    Which one are you? :)

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  58. basangsisiw

    Downright funny! Hahaha! Good thing I never experienced those but I’m afraid someone might have suspected me as a Ghost…

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  59. Imad K.

    I’m happy to have my own room. Instead, I have flatmates. Two, to be more specific. They’re not bad, no, they’re actually kind (sometimes, they make me coffee). Hey, can I add a new type to your collection? “The unclean”. My flatmates are this type.

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  60. Lily in the Nova

    I lived with “The Slob” and “The Cleaner” once… they were both lovely but oh the arguments they would have at times :P
    The year before that, I was probably “The Ghost” but only because my roommates were big party-types and I wasn’t – I hid myself away out of fear lol.

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  61. nmjkemppainen

    I’m a Finn living in Denmark and sharing the apartment with my Danish landlord. I’d say I’m the Cleaner and she’s the Slob. Love those little cross-cultural things!

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  62. asavarisharma

    That was awesome. I will be moving to a hostel by this week.I am shit scared now. :P

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  63. abichica

    hahahahaha.. hilarious!!! personally i like the ghost, with the ghost you never have any problems and any arguments.. and having had the slob and the thief as room mates before i know how bad it is… :-) awesome post!!! :-D

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  64. Nurse Anj

    Haha. Good one! I think at some point we had all encountered those types of person. Or maybe even became one of them :D

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  65. Zim Ibañez

    Now that I think about it, I’m pretty sure my old roomies consider me as The Ghost. I’m out the whole days for classes, out the whole evening playing computer games, and creeps back in to the room at 3am. Haha!

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  66. missleemarchi

    I’m the slob…………moved out on my own, stopped buying shoes and hired a cleaner. Not ideal, but the health service would for sure shut me down.

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  67. standrewslynx

    I have at times been a Ghost, a Cleaner, Eater of other people’s food and also somebody who’s been told off for leaving the place dirty. Oh, and because of all of the above I’m probably a Psychopath.
    I’m fine with it. I just think I’m one of those people who isn’t meant to have roommates. Just a shame single-person accomodation is hard to find…

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  68. Urban Diva

    Thanks for the morning laugh! hahaha
    I’ve lived with someone in my former days I referred to as “The Replacer” … the person who ate my stuff and then replaced it with “similiar” items but not the correct stuff. For instance, she’d use all my 2% milk and then buy me a can of evaporated milk to replace it because that was apparently all the corner store had in stock (lotta help that is when I want a bowl of cereal.) Or she’d eat my entire gallon tub of Double Fudge Crackle ice cream, and replace it with a single serving size of plain Vanilla ice cream because the original stuff I had was too expensive to replace.
    (that was like 10 years ago and as you can see, i’m not quite over it. hahahahah)
    The best kind of roommate is the one who moves out! Period.
    :o)

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  69. 1stpeaksteve

    Great post! I had several roomies that only shared “The Slob” as their common characteristic. They had many other traits that were not covered such as “The Prankster” and other abilities such as deciding to play a game of darts at 3 a.m.

    Their annoying behavior and their lack of ability to make correct decisions drove me from the home. For example, we were managers at a business and they felt that having a stripper they knew dance in our house was a good idea. Even worse, they wanted to charge the employees to come to our house and take part in the show. I also knew it was time to find a different job.

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  70. The Sandwich Lady

    Oh how this brought back memories! How about the promiscuous/sleazy roommate? I had one of those…my first in college…got locked out of my room several times while she had her latest encounter! After two other incompatible roommates I finally roomed with my sister when she joined me at the same college as a freshman. Some people thought it was strange but we had shared a room together since girlhood and it was just easier. Great post!!!!

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  71. Miriam Joy

    I’m imagining me being the psychopath to people. I mean, I try to be nice, I’m just a bit weird. I’m a writer and I cosplay and the two generally mean that most of what I say makes no sense whatsoever to anybody else, and often scares them *manic grin* But as I spend most of my time reading books I don’t tend to get in the way much.
    I hope I never get a crazy roommate…

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  72. el34jay

    this is too good. what drawing tool do you use? i’ve wanted to make illustrations for my tips, but don’t want to purchase the wrong tools for it.

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  73. LJ

    I love this! When I graduated from college and started med school, I found myself once again with roommates…. for the last time! I actually did not like feeling poressured to socialize YET AGAIN when I come home from a long day’s work and having roommates just “cramped my style”. I’d love to suggest adding one to the mix as well: the party animal. Let’s be honest, we all have had those roommates who brought home different people everynight, and kept you up at night with their drunkenness! I do NOT miss it one bit. I’d rather get a pet :-).

    I’m following you :-).
    Follow me as well (http://LJsWordSalad.com) for a young surgery resident’s take on femininity, fitness, creative expression, and the world around her.

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  74. Alli

    These are great! I almost begrudgingly admit that I have uttered the words “Your clean isn’t clean enough.” …now I live alone. :D

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  75. Go Jules Go

    Ha! This is so great. And makes me even more appreciative that the only roommate I’ve ever had is my husband.

    I also wanted to congratulate you on being Freshly Pressed! And tell you I thought of your blog yesterday as I had two lunches, one at 10:30 and one at 2:30. It might be the best. Blog name. EVER!

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  76. surfsidecarolina

    Haha! But you need to add the Insomniac. I had a roomie at university who exclusively watched Grey’s Anatomy at 2:35 AM –as loud as humanly possible. She would gasp and cry along with the plot line too… I had to get up a 4:30 AM for rowing practice!!

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  77. Mansi Gandhi

    Oh what a lovely post! I was living on campus in Australia during my PG and we were six of us in a six bedroom apartment and I’ve had one roommate fitting into each type you described (including myself!) I had this roommate who was obsessed with cleaning, somewhat like Monica from friends! I’d like to add one more here, the geeky room- mate, lol who is awake at 5 am right until midnight so no matter what time you want to watch TV she is sure to get disturbed by the noise!! :D I love my roomies though!

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  78. ALI

    Haha… I had a few roommates. The first I had luckily had his own room but he was such an “”dumbass”. Me and my friends picked on him usually! The other that I had were 2 guys and we got along “okay” but one of them was as “Ass-Hole”… more so bcuz he was senior.

    LOVED THE POST AND THE ILLUSTRATION… :-)

    ~Ali
    http://eyeofali.viewbook.com

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  79. Nicolette

    So accurate! Passive aggressive roommates (blends in with psychopath) are the worst – leaving angry notes behind, smiling while angry, etc. Really enjoyed your cartoons! Thanks for the laughs!

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  80. mdprincing

    I renamed it 5 types of children and pasted it on my refridgerator. Thanks for the h umor

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  81. Janet

    Spot on with the roomie who always has the boyfriend over. All would have been harmonious and perfect with that chica if only her boyfriend wasn’t a total nutcase and at the house (didn’t have school, or job, or friends, or interests that I could discern…) ALL THE TIME. Eating my eggs and chocolate, borrowing my laptop, going through my trash (WTF)… ugh. Just thinking about that time of my life gets me all riled up.

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  82. elysianhunter

    Oh. Dear. Lord. Having two older sisters (one was a dedicated sadist, and probably still is, though I live 100 miles away and thankfully I don’t see her much) I have made up my mind I never, ever, ever want to live in the same house with women again. Granted, my husband is a filthy slob, with the exception of bodily hygiene, but he does not wear my underwear. He’s never gotten into my clothes or makeup, or absconded with my shoes. Even my son in his teenage years was better than living around other women, even though he has a bad habit of fudging the toilet bowl every time he does #2. Now his fiancee can deal with that!

    My sadistic older sister would wear my underwear, knowing that once they were on her skank ass I would never wear them again. She ripped out my favorite pair of red Brittania jeans from the butt all the way to the waist (this was back in 1983- these dudes were tight on me and she outweighed me by about 20# back then.) She also liked to cram her 8EEE foot into my 7B shoes. She destroyed a pair of Frederick’s of Hollywood stillettos- blew out the sides of both of them- then returned them to the place in my closet where she found them. I could never have makeup that I didn’t lock in the car when I wasn’t using it either. And I had to lock up my feminine hygiene items as well or they would be gone.

    Unless it’s a drag queen, I would much rather live with dudes. :)

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  83. CM Richard

    This post has class. I lived with a ghost/psycho who turned into a cleaner when he was drunk. The only reason he was a ghost though is because he went out of town one weekend and ended up in jail for four months. Then after I moved out he went through the trash to find my personal information and turn the internet back on after I’d cancelled it. I’m pretty sure that’s illegal…

    That guy was a real peach. And you’d think I’m making it up because of the political nature of my blog, but I swear I’m not: He was one of Obama’s main campaign staffers in Boston. Go figure…

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  84. Franz Patrick

    I’m a Cleaner although I like to think of myself as being a mild version of the archetype. Second year of college, lived with a Slob. I wanted to be a nice roommate by doing his dishes once in a while. Eventually, he learned to rely on me to do ALL of them. In order to teach him a lesson, I stopped doing his dishes for TWO weeks. The apartment began to stank like hell after about 5 days. I managed to withstand it for 14 days. He won that battle. I ended up doing all the cleaning… 2 weeks worth! LOL. Oh, man. It sucked!!!

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  85. thoughtsappear

    I’m a ghost-cleaner hybrid. I’m in and out a lot, so my roommates don’t usually see me. On second thought, maybe I’m not the cleaner, maybe my roommates are both super slobs and that makes me look like the cleaner.

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  86. fadumbuggie

    This is hilarious! lol I hope I don’t have roomates like this when i go to college. Also I don’t want to spam but check out my blog fadumbuggie.wordpress.com.

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  87. sarahsmilesintherain

    Reblogged this on Sarah Smiles In The Rain and commented:
    I think I live with a Ghost/Slob who has periods of ‘Cleaner’. Whereas I myself swing between Cleaner and Slob depending on the scenario – mostly Cleaner though, thankfully. Great post though, loved the illustrations and it all seems rather accurate!

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  88. sumantraqc

    I had a Sloth for a roomy…piles of pizza boxes strewn all over the room…I guess I have been any one of the above categories as well….

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  89. desiree27

    Haha I love these! I am unashamedly the “Clean Roommate,” though I did try very hard not to terrorize my best friend/roommate. Fortunately, she wasn’t one of these types. She was pretty chill and clean enough, she just watched TV ALL the time, haha. My fiancé, unfortunately, is historically a slob, but he swears that’ll change. We’ll see! haha

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  90. Anisa

    Ha! You forgot the Clinger – now that we share an apartment we have to do EVERYTHING together!!!!!! “I made you dinner? Want to play Yahtzee with me and my cat? Why are you always with your friends? When will you be home?” ARGGGGGH!!!!!!

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  91. valentinedee

    Haha, so true, my dear, so true. Love this.

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  92. NYC Birthday

    HA! Great post! This really took me back to my college days, where I lived with what appeared to be a completely normal Chris Farley look-a-like – until the sun set and I found out that he was a member of a vampire “club.” And, I have to admit, although this made me laugh a good bit, it did make me a bit nervous around having to zip up my next roomie in NYC – I’m moving in August!!

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  93. d_vaz

    I think this is why I still haven’t moved out of the house, I’m too scared of having roommates like these.

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  94. Jane Y. Lopez

    Hilarious. Although the only real “roommate” I’ve had was my brother.. and I can’t really place him in any of the above tpyes… I still enjoyed this post.

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  95. Ohyda

    Hahah this is so fantastic because it’s normally true! Although I would identify with three, the Ghost Psychopath and the Cleaner once I live my room. Thanks for sharing it.

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  96. sexylittlething

    My sister is about to move in with me. Now I’m reconsidering. Cute blog post!

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  97. rashoova

    hahaha … I think I am the one who is called “the cleaner” lol

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  98. Chris

    Definitely had a few of these — including the roommate who shopped through my room and took my nice underwear set. Feels like there are potentially a couple of more types missing. Not sure which one I would have been…”ghost” doesn’t seem to capture having spent a lot of time behind closed doors with my university boyfriend lol!

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  99. triptracker

    I bet anyone who has ever lived in a college dorm has seen at least one or possibly combinations of these types manifest right before their eyes

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  100. Jen and Tonic

    TIMMER!!! Congrats on being freshly pressed. You totally deserve it.

    Also, you missed the 6th Roommate type: Gets naked and rubs against you inappropriately. That would be me.

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  101. foreigndreams

    I’m literally the slob, I try to be clean it just never lasts…hopefully I don’t get the cleaner or the psychopath. Psychopaths=Scary stuff.

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  102. chrisveto

    This is funny – to those who haven’t experienced such horror. I had a friend who constantly slept in the mo’freakin’ bathroom. Why? Alcohol, that’s why. He never cooked, never cleaned, never did anything but drink and sleep in the bathroom. I mean, what?

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  103. Virginia

    haha. So true. I lived with the psychopath and liar in college. One of my friend’s wanted me to move in with here, but she is the “cleaner” and I know we would probab;y end up not being friends. So thankful I have an awesome roommate right now!!!

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  104. simply me

    The Geek – Always studying, u can’t have a proper conversation without referencing to bits of particle physics/ American History. The Gleaner – eats your food, drinks your beer + helps himself to your biscuits, chocolates, condoms, underwear, aftershave…everything. Never replaces anything. If it were possible/ if this guy were allowed to, he’d borrow your girlfriend infinitely.

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  105. hangryhippo

    ugh i’ve had most of these roommates. i also once came home to my apartment and found 6 baby chickens running around my living room, as my roommate had decided to start an “urban farm.” fml. but thank you for making them all hilarious!

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  106. chembelle

    Might I add a sixth one (although it spoils the magic of 5)—The Sob: They bug the hell out of you with their sob stories of the day; right from boyfriends to their sucky bosses to pretty much everything in their life—makes you regret getting home early to catch a nice TV show!

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  107. Cleverreality

    Which is best? The Ghost/Recluse are pretty low maintenance, but you never know if a psychopath is lurking there! I love the artwork.

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  108. blackroseredblood

    Me and my friend will become roommates in a year or so if everything goes as planned. I will probably be the slob while she will be the cleaner xD I bet we are going to fight all the time about cleaning.
    This was really funny to read x) *thumbs up*

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  109. Tiara

    Hahah reminds me of school days ! I was definitely the “cleaner” :) brings back such funny and good memories ! :)

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  110. Sarah

    Love this! I’ve definitely been ‘The Ghost’ in both years of uni so far, but then again I was living with 2 couples who broke up in early October (which I call the Double Disaster). I like this blog :D very funny!

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  111. Trinity River

    Every attempt at having a room mate has ended in disaster and fantasies of homicide for me. I’d rather live alone in a one room shack, that do it again. But then I got married so now I’m stuck with my room mate until death do us part.

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  112. tschwab88

    omg… this is awesome. The psychopath kinda describes my last roommate… I will never have another roommate other than my boyfriend again. Ever…lol!

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  113. lauracannotdraw

    I am definitely a ghost. Although tbh of the options, I think the ghost is the best one. I had an obsessive nutcase as a roommate that accused me of stealing her perfume and plugging it in to my plug in airfreshener once :/ even when I unplugged it and showed it to her she was still suspicious… freak. No wonder I didn’t spend much time there…

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  114. taraleshdude

    The cleaner the best .. Back in the years a roommate of mine – sleeping with his wild matress on a floor covered by a freaking smelly wall-to-wall carpet – dared to preach about us having to clean the sink over and over

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  115. jdower

    Love it, I happen to be living with someone who cleans so much we all wonder whether she goes to lectures.

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  116. gingermermaid

    After I read this post I made a realization. It’s time for me to live alone. Thanks for giving me the kick in the ass I needed! I’ll be on my own by July. Oh, Second Lunch creator, such wisdom!

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  117. postmoderngirls;

    I’ve had the Immature Brat and the Playa as housemates. The Immature Brat is convinced that the world conspires against her, and the Playa has a constant stream of partners you meet for the first time in a towel after your morning shower.

    You forgot the Hippie housemate who holds meditation circles and won’t let you step on the cockroach because, ‘karma, dude’. Namaste.

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  118. jessysjourneys

    Hahaha! I live with two other girls, my best friends. One is The Cleaner and The Thief, and the other is The Slob and The Ghost (her cat is now the family cat.. luckily no accidents in my wardrobe yet). I’m closest to the Psychopath… hmmm… home is chaos, but it’s a good chaos!

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  119. foreigninput

    hahahaha…excellent…personally i sometimes wish i had an invisible bazooka for the slobs…background checks seem necessary in these situations

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  120. mysweatyshirt

    I’ve got The Cleaner and The Slob housemates and I can say that I’m The Ghost. Perfect! :)

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  121. julesbedeau

    What about the roommate who never takes a shower? Is it possible to have an inch of bodywash in a container and that can last you for three months? Is that some sort of super lather? I swear he thinks bathing is wasting money. His room smell like turds and cheese and b.o.. It isn’t my problem that he doesn’t take a shower, but he is one of those people who sticks his nose into everything to smell it or sticks his finger in everything to taste it.

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      a good room mate is the source of solace for the other partner. good room mates are available in the link

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