Frosh is over, school’s in full swing and by now you might be realizing that your new roommate isn’t exactly what you signed up for.

The idea of the made-for-TV roommate who becomes your best friend has been shattered, and maybe now you don’t even talk to yours.

The list of issues is long: Piles of garbage that won’t be cleaned up; A shower full of an exorbitant amount of hair; And random people sleeping over each night.

“The idea of the made-for-TV roommate who becomes your best friend has been shattered, and maybe now you don’t even talk to yours.” (Courtesy of Josie Mills)

While on exchange in Scotland last year, fourth-year sociology student, Daniella Kaplan, found herself cleaning up after a roommate who couldn’t be bothered.

“He was really inconsiderate in general, but when it was time for us to start packing up to move out, we found out he already left,” Kaplan said. “He left all of his dishes, food in the fridge, and even brought his garbage from his room into the kitchen. We had to clean up all of his stuff so we wouldn’t get fined.”

Ryerson child and youth care graduate Anna, who doesn’t want to reveal her real name for privacy reasons, still remembers her very loud, clean-freak roommate.

“I lived with a girl, who was in my program, that would have incredibly loud sex in the room next door, to the point where it would wake me up at least three to four times per week,” Anna said.

Apart from the all the noise, Anna said this person also had an obsessive attitude toward cleanliness.

“Everything had to be pristine and if I left one thing out of order, she’d photograph it and send it to me with a lengthy explanation as to why I was a disgusting human.”

Sarah McCarthy graduated from Ryerson with a nursing degree in 2008. In her first year, she lived in residence with an adjoining door to a very loud and obnoxious neighbour.

“He would intentionally leave his stereo on for entire weekends while he left to party,” she said. “No big deal, right? Well it would be on full blast with the same song on repeat for days on end: ‘Satisfaction’ by Benny Benassi.”

Fourth-year creative industries student, Zoe Lorenz also had to deal with nightmare neighbours.

“One of them moved out and left piles of junk on top of the garbage bins, including a litter box still full of used litter and a shattered mirror,” she said. “We asked the remaining people who lived there to clean it up, but some of it is still there even though the mess was left over a month ago.”

Not everyone has the chance to get even with those they find themselves living with. Melissa Verge, a fourth-year journalism student, said she had things go missing.

So she got back at them for it.

“This one time my earphones went missing from the kitchen table and I just knew she had them,” Verge said. “One day, she wasn’t home and her door was open and I entered it. On her desk lay my earphones. I made sure to spit in her shampoo the next morning.”


A cat-lover at heart, Josie became the new fall news editor for the Ryersonian in September of 2017. Among other publications, Josie will be interning at Cityline starting in October of 2017.

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