Roommate Struggles 101

How Many Friends Do You have?

Too many friends
Who doesn't want to crowd into the kitchen on a Monday to take shots?

Meeting new people and making new friends is part of the college experience. Living with someone who is also college-age holds no boundaries for who can come over when, like it does when you live at home. However, your living space is still, well, your living space. When you want to relax after a long day of studying and class (and maybe work) it’s nice to go home and sit on your couch, but where do you sit if your roommate is sitting on the couch, and their friends are sitting on the other couch, and the floor, and the kitchen chairs. Not to mention, one is in YOUR bathroom. This page is for the poor soul with the roommate with too many friends, with too little space and too little respect, too much of the time.

Amanda, University of Florida

“She always has people over! One of the friends practically lives on our couch. When she leaves, her friends stay and while she is eating in her room, they chill and eat in the living room. Hours of the day never matter to them.”

Amanda's solution

“Because we are all friends, I have yet to confront her, but when I do, I plan to tell her it is not fair for her to have people all of the time when we are paying for privacy. The bills are much higher because if them. We could possibly solve the problem by splitting the bills.”

A solution from an RA, Haley King, University of Florida

"If there is an issue with a roommate that constantly has people over, I will have the roommates consult their written and signed contracts and if need be, adjustments can be made to ensure the comfort and security of both roommates. Meeting new people is a huge part of college, and not everyone realizes originally that playtime is not all of the time, and it especially does not work all of the time when you are sharing a space with someone else."