House sharing while at university is certainly an interesting experience…

You’ll have your patience tested, discover new ways of putting off the cleaning, and hopefully make friends that will last a lifetime.

Of course, one of the best things about flying the nest and moving to uni is the wide variety of colourful characters that you’re likely to meet, and they often fall under a couple of labels!

We recently saw this great infographic by RoomBuddies which looks at ’19 Types of Housemate We’ve All Encountered’.

We certainly recognised more than a couple, but which have you lived with before? If you reckon there’s one you’ve never seen before, chances are that it might be you!

Here are some of our favourites!

The mum (or dad) of the house

Leaving home for the first time to go to uni can be a daunting experience, and even if we don’t admit it, we do all miss the comfort of having mum and dad running around after us!

But fear not, this is where your surrogate mum comes in! Every house usually has one, whether it’s doing the washing up, sorting a cleaning rota, or just being there when you need someone to talk to.

The gossiper

On the other side of the spectrum, this is one housemate you definitely do NOT want to be sharing your innermost worries and secrets with.

Not only will this housemate know everybody else’s business, but even worse, they think that everybody cares!

The drama queen

In a similar vein, the drama queen loves to make an issue out of everything, large or small.

So watch out next time you put you accidentally take the wrong milk from the fridge!

The nocturnal one

A couple of all-nighters studying (or drinking) can really mess up your body clock, and it’s easy to see how many people slip into a routine of sleeping all day and staying up all night.

It can put your head in a bit of a spin when you’re heading off to your 9am lecture and your housemate is just rounding off the last episode of Game of Thrones.

The party animal

Probably the most common of uni housemates, everybody has a little bit of a party animal within them during their uni years!

No matter what day of the week, no matter how many lectures are in the morning, if you need a drinking buddy, this guy’s your friend!

The prankster

Aka “The Archbishop of Banterbury”, this is the person that everybody loved back in Fresher’s week!

But as the weeks and months pass by, their shenanigans will quickly wear thin, and by the end of third year, you’ll be glad to see the back of them!

The phantom

Ever hear a door open and close when you’re the only one in the house? Don’t panic, the place isn’t haunted, it’s just that phantom housemate who nobody ever seems to see!

These guys are either so unsociable that they’d rather lock themselves away in their room all day, or so popular that they’re always out without you!

If you still need to find a house share for next year, make sure to check out what’s being advertised on RoomBuddies!

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