Roommate horror stories

Heydi Ortiz, News Editor

Although some students find on-campus living to be a smooth transition from home life, others start out their college experiences with some unfortunate roommate horror stories.

“She made comments on my appearance”

“She found a book her sister bought her which contained questions that would help us get to know each other better. One question asked if I was a heavy sleeper and I said ‘It depends. Usually I am but I have to be comfortable,’ and she said ‘I can tell by your size’. Another day she walked ahead of me to go to class and she told me she was sorry that she was walking faster and that I couldn’t keep up because I was heavier.” – Freshman Female Student

The spit cup

“One of them was addicted to chewing dip. Wherever he went a spit cup was there: the bathroom, the living room, the balcony. There was a time when he filled up a plastic coke bottle with dipping spit. He left the bottle lying around as usual and meanwhile another one of my roommates was drinking a coke bottle of the same size. Somewhere along the way the coke bottle went missing. He stumbled upon it and assumed it was his. He took a swig of it and I heard the most messed up sound I could hear from a human male in disgust. Violence ensued and after a month and a half we all moved out.”- Sophomore Male Student

The one that never showers

“I moved into my new room in Landing after having spent the summer semester with another roommate in Cove. I had met my new roommate already and I was pretty confident it was going to work out well. After about a week of living with him I was getting annoyed with his bad living habits, and the absurd fact that he hadn’t taken a shower the whole week I had been there. I was telling my friends and even they didn’t want to come in my room anymore because of how unclean this guy was.” -Freshman Male Student

“She got mad at me and said it was my fault because I should’ve told her to be quiet sooner.”

“I always told her when I was going to sleep so she knew to be quiet and I did the same thing on this night. Around 4:30 a.m. I woke up to the door slamming. I quickly realized that she was not even close to being sober and instead of coming in respectfully she made pretty much every noise she could possibly make. She turned on every single light, started to do the dishes for some reason (she never does them), was scuffing her feet ( still in her heeled boots), went to the bathroom with the door open and then decided to make popcorn and eat it, chewing with her mouth open.” -Freshman Female Student

Crime life

“When I attended a different university before UNF, I had three new roommates I was moving in with. One of the roommates lied to my parents and myself about who he was until after my parents left. This person eventually told me he was a relative of my actual roommate and was hiding from the local police due to a warrant he had for his arrest. The other roommates were also apparently involved with drug violence and gang violence. Long story short, I moved out of there as soon as possible, came back to Jacksonville and became an Osprey instead.” – Senior Male Student

Blindly persuaded

“At the end of summer semester my roommate and I weren’t getting along, so I decided to leave and get a new roommate for fall. When I told my roommate I was leaving she seemed understanding and told me she wanted to have ‘one last fun night’ before the end of the semester. She wanted to make me a drink which we have done before so I didn’t think anything of it. After one drink that tasted very normal I quickly realized I was very intoxicated. I was not aware of it but while I was intoxicated she convinced me to rejoin the roommate group making us roommates again for the fall and when I woke up, I didn’t remember her convincing me. When we went out to breakfast she told me that she was so glad we decided to be roommates again for fall semester. I was shocked.” – Female Sophomore Student

Joyride gone wrong

“I fell asleep at an usual time and knew I had to get up in the morning for work, so I set my alarm and went to bed. When I woke up the next morning I went to the parking lot where I had parked my car and it was nowhere to be found. I thought it was stolen, started panicking and called my roommate. She told me she had driven my car that night and parked it in a different parking lot closer to the building. When I got to my car the entire front end was destroyed…”- Female Junior Student


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