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How to Get Rid of Your Crazy Roommate

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Soon after Brittany Nelson moved into her freshman dorm at Loyola University, in 2009, she awoke to cries from her roommate. Nelson jumped out of bed to find her roommate kicking and screaming, “Brittany, it’s happening – I’m being possessed by the devil!”

Nelson, now a junior, was desperate for a new roommate. “I went strait to my RA and requested a room change.” After going through the proper channels, Nelson had a new roommate within a week.

Do you have a crazy roommate? Do you want to get rid of her? If so, you have three options:

1. Do what Nelson did. Go to your Resident Assistant to request a new roommate. Warning: this option usually leads to an awkward counseling session between your roommate, RA and yourself.

2.Convince your roommate you are crazier than her so that SHE can handle the awkward “kicking-out” situation.

3.Hire a hit man.

Assuming you don’t want to deal with the RA or know a hit man, your only option is number two: try to turn the tables. Not sure how? We’ve put together some tips to help you persuade your roommate to get rid of you.

Don’t clean anything.

Leave dirty clothes in the bathroom, fill their trashcan with your used tissues and don’t even think about touching those dishes.

Collegecandy.com, a college advice website, states cleanliness as the number one reason for roommate problems. “The most annoying thing about living with my roommates is dirty dishes. I always feel like I can’t eat because the sink is full of dishes!” said Natalie Ott, 19, sophomore at Loyola University Chicago.

Be loud, Be Really Really LOUD!

Your roommate has an exam tomorrow? Have a Skype date with your family tonight.

Junior Cameron Harding, 20, junior at Loyola said, “It’s impossible to get anything done with too much noise in the background.” If your roommate can’t do work in the room, she will be forced to leave.

“Noise is the most common complaint I’ve gotten this year,” said Taylor Read, 19, RA at Loyola. “When students can’t get their work done, they stress out and roommates end up fighting.”

Find the most annoying people on campus and invite them over.

Make your room the gathering place. Not just your friends, but maybe that crazy man on the street. The more the merrier.

Having strangers in your home is never a fun situation. Now imagine that as a freshman in a new place and a small room.

“My roommate last year used to have people over every day, I had no place on campus to really have ‘me-time,’” Olivia Mavec, 19, sophomore said. She would get home from class to find a room full of loud people, making it look as if there was no room for her.

Borrow stuff without asking.

Their shoes would look great with your outfit. You know what to do.

We are not suggesting that you steal from your roommate. At the same time, borrowing is a skill worth practicing. “Roommate’s who steal are an immediate out,” says RA Read. “If a student borrows from another without asking, that’s a different story.” Additionally, the simple act of rearranging their side of the room can be effective.

Does their desk look cluttered? Help them out and organize their stuff for them. A Loyola student who wished to remain anonymous said her freshman roommate constantly moved her stuff around. “It got to the point where I had to ask her where things were,” said the student.

Plan ahead

Make sure you have a plan for when your roommate agrees to end things. While you distract your roommate with annoying schemes, work on finding a friend who needs a new roommate. Sometimes colleges have extra rooms around campus that you can be moved to. Talk to the people in charge of your school’s housing program.

At Loyola, an email to reslife@luc.edu is a start. However, you’ll get further if you appeal to an actual person.

Alex Thielen, 19, RA at Loyola, said the most productive step would be to talk to your Resident Assistant and Directors, the people in charge of housing. “If a student has someone they can switch with, or any kind of plan, it is more likely that they’ll get the switch.” Sometimes there are even extra rooms available.


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