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How To Deal With Your (Crazy) College Roommate

Roommates are a wild bunch, by nature, by definition. A major part of the college experience is being thrown in with a complete stranger and forced to live with them, adapt to them and somehow learn to get along without killing one another. In my view, given the roommates I’ve had over the years, they should start giving out degrees just for that, but no, no. You’re expected to figure it out all your own. We’ve devised a handy guide to some of the most difficult-to-get-along-with roommates. When in doubt, use it as a reference, or don’t be afraid to “accidentally” set it as the homepage on your roommate’s computer. Just saying. And don’t forget to click here for more back to school content! Keep reading »

Dear Wendy Updates: “Almost Ex Friend” Responds

It’s time again for “Dear Wendy Updates,” a feature where people I’ve given advice to in the past let us know whether they followed the advice and how they’re doing today. After the jump, we hear from “Almost Ex Friend,” whose best friend of almost 20 years had been fading out of her life. Still, they remained on the same sports league, so avoiding each other completely was out of the question. After the jump, find out how she and the friendship are doing today. Keep reading »

Dear Wendy Updates: “Three’s Company” Responds

It’s time again for “Dear Wendy Updates,” a feature where people I’ve given advice to in the past let us know whether they followed the advice and how they’re doing today. After the jump, we hear from “Three’s Company,” a senior in college who was feeling lonely after seemingly alienating her two former roommates/friends during a rough junior year. She said she’d apologized for her actions when they lived together but one former roommate was still holding a grudge and giving the other roommate a hard time when she hung out with our letter writer. Find out how she’s doing today after the jump. Keep reading »

Dear Wendy: “My Boyfriend’s Ex Is Accusing Me Of Identity Theft”

It’s time again for “Shortcuts.” For every question, I’ll give my advice in three sentences or less, because sometimes the answer to a person’s question is so obvious and the need to hear it so great, being as clear and frank as possible is simply the best way to go. Today we discuss identity theft, roommate drama, and taking a friendship off life support. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: Why I Forgave My Friend For Stealing From Me

There I was in the grocery, pressing the ends of a cantaloupe and sniffing it, trying to decide if it was ripe. Across the produce section, I spotted my landlord. I waved, a normal courtesy I extended the two times a year I happened upon him in real life. He left his cart, and came rushing towards me. As he came closer, I realized he was mad. “Why haven’t you paid your rent in four months?” he yelled.

I felt adrenaline surge through my body. What was he talking about? I always paid my rent. Never so much as a day late. Every month, a week before it was due, I wrote a check to my roommate and best friend, Leah*. Keep reading »

Snooki And J-Woww To Be Real-Life Roomies

“We are moving in together, though. That is a guarantee. [Snooki] is an awesome roommate. [We] lived together three times and not have any arguments … we can make it work … She wants to get out of her house. I no longer like my house, so what better thing to do than move in together?”

J-Woww reveals that, while she may have turned down an offer to appear in Playboy, she and her “Jersey Shore” BFF, Snooki, will be becoming roommates in real life. Awww, so sweet. I imagine they’ll be looking for a phat crib, complete with hot tub. [NY Daily News] Keep reading »

Girl Talk: I Called The Cops On The Roommate From Hell

“I almost woke you up in the middle of the night and asked you to take me to the emergency room. I thought I was dying,” she said with a wicked smile. “I swallowed more than 60 pills.”

Jerking her head as she talked, my roommate attempted to hide the gouges on her nose and cheeks. She had been picking apart her 24-year-old face for weeks.

I listened to her ramble on about how much money she’d spent on Adderall and cocaine. It was thousands. She seemed to take pleasure in her confession, lifting her sweater proudly, “Look how skinny I am.”

Finally able to speak, I urged, “You need help.”

“No, I’m good now. I was just in a funk.” Keep reading »

Flowchart: What Kind Of Roommate Are You?

College Humor’s “What kind of roommate are you?” flowchart popped up on my radar at the perfect time — the tail end of Back to School Week on The Frisky! [College Humor] Keep reading »

Dear Wendy: “If I Kick Out My Roommate, I Might Lose Friends”

I bought a house last summer and decided to ask a friend, whom I’d lived with before, to be my roommate once again. While it wasn’t ideal the first time around, as she is quite lazy and doesn’t have the best hygiene, I needed help on the financial front and felt I knew what to expect. The trouble is, she is now even lazier, doesn’t respect my things (almost everything in the house is mine), has ruined expensive items without offering to replace them, and the hygiene front is getting terribly worse. I’m what people would call a b****; I usually say what’s on my mind and I don’t think before I speak, but this past year has been difficult as I’m afraid my normal “honesty” would send my antidepressant pill-popping roommate rocking in the fetal position in a corner. By the time I think of a nice way to tell her what needs to change, the problem feels out of date and inappropriate to talk about. I can very well kick her out now, as the finances are somewhat better, but the problem is we have the same circle of friends, and if I get rid of her, I risk losing quite a few of them. I feel like many of my problems with my roommate should have been voiced much earlier, but I avoided them hoping they would resolve on their own. Plus, I needed the monthly rent. — Fed Up

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How To Deal When Roommates And Their Partners Stage A Home Invasion

Having a roommate can be a godsend if you want to live in an expensive city. But a roommate can also be a major annoyance in your life, especially if she or he has a habit of bringing home late night lovers or giving their partners all-access passes to your apartment. Headphones and an easy-going attitude can only get you so far. Luckily, there are ways to avoid roommate wars and uncomfortable confrontations. Here are a few things you can do to give yourself some peace of mind and some peace in your apartment. Keep reading »

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