Many moons ago RentMoola began a series documenting the many faces of roommates, because they take many shapes and sizes. Some good, some bad, some very, very ugly. Nevertheless, if you’ve been in the renting game for more than a year you’ve come across one of these roommates in your life, whether your own or someone else’s. So without further ado, a list of the top 10 types of roommates:

The Hipster

A hipster is someone who is smart enough to talk about philosophy, music, politics, art, etc. with you all day long, but not smart enough to see how big of a tool s/he is. The only sure fire way to tell if someone you’re talking to is, in fact, a hipster is to ask them “are you a hipster?”. If they respond no, and turn their casette player back on, you can be sure you’re dealing with a hipster.

The Online Dater

Nothing to be ashamed about, just because you Tinder as much as you check your bank statements (if not more), or have a screen name on that has the word “cute” or “sweet” in it, we’re not judging. We’re merely displaying what it’s like to live with one of these types of roommates.

The Gym Rat

This roommate has a tendency to leave a bit of a musk everywhere they go, usually due to the fact that their clothes are almost constantly saturated in their own sweat. This sweat sometimes makes its way onto the furniture.

This person also enjoys rubbing it in everyone’s face that they eat healthy, and want you to do it too. “Oh, do you know how many carbohydrates are in that?” is something that they think will encourage you to live the active, healthy lifestyle that they do. When, in fact, it discourages us, and makes us write these passive-aggressive blog posts… I digress…

The Exhibitionist

Easily recognized by their shameless lack of clothes, the Exhibitionist can usually be found in any common area of the house wearing little-to-no clothing. The Exhibitionist is confident to a fault and generally owns more than one bathrobe (and yet not a single belt to tie them shut.) Though they have yet to grow accustomed to living with other people, they’re brave enough to cook bacon naked, and for that, we applaud them.

The Psychadelic

This one can get a little controversial, but don’t worry, this roommate is harmless. The most offensive thing they are even capable of is eating all of the junk food in the house.

This roommate generally has a “green thumb”, they are well versed in how to love and care for plants in and around the house. They are often very eco-conscious, drink out of mason jars, disagree with the government, and tell everyone to “chill, dude”.

The Weekday Party Animal

This person takes partying to a whole other level, it’s not just Friday’s and Saturday’s… It’s every day’s.

The party animal will invent reasons to throw or go to a party, they refresh club zone websites in their area like it’s going out of style. If this isn’t addressed early in a “roommationship”, you may be doomed to host a party every weekend as long as you both shall live (together).

It’s been presumed that this person may have a spare liver, which explains their ability to consume alcohol the way that they do.

The Freeloader

We’ve all encountered them at one point in our lives, someone who wore out their welcome in your home MONTHS ago! They use your utilities, they eat your food, they take up space in your home – and they don’t pay! Of course, there are times when people need a hand up in their living situations, but The Freeloader takes a hand up, and turns it into a hand out!

The Netflix-aholic

This particular edition is a celebration of something we are ALL guilty of to some degree. My personal poisons are Breaking Bad and House of Cards marathons, both of which make me completely incapable of watching just one episode.

The Clean Freak

The Clean Freak is the roommate that you love to hate. They keep your home in order, they make sure that every counter is properly dusted, cleared, and sanitized (always). However, the Clean Freak also borders on neurotic. They insist that they just want things “cleaned a certain way” (their way), and are deeply apologetic when they immediately clean the room that you just spent half an hour cleaning.

The Food Thief

This roommate is one that most of us have probably experienced at some point, some may have never even known it! This roommate is super stealth, and usually only exists happily in homes where there is a “shared grocery” system in place. However, shared groceries generally means that each roommate contributes an even amount of groceries into the household. But this roommate will often cheap out and buy small things like a clove of garlic and some lemons, then they will help themselves to your bulk meat and expensive produce.

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Rich Elliott

The author Rich Elliott

Rich is the Marketing Director at RentMoola, he enjoys rugby, food, and his pet Corgi Prince.

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