Sometimes, not all of us can afford to live alone. Whether it’s a matter of our budgets or if we’re just forced to because we’re at college, roommates are a necessary evil. And while not all roommates are bad, we’ve stumbled across some who would take the cake (and the trophy) for the worst roommates on the planet.
They’ve done despicable and disgusting things- things you’d never imagine a human could do to another person and we’ve got them all here for you to read through today. If you’d like to find out about some of the most horrific things weird roommates have done, just keep scrolling.
40. The Demon Roommates
My roommate said he was a 10,000-year-old demon who was born in the demon city of Zion. He was half chaos-incubus demon, could slow down time and was a member of a hierarchical demon-police squad.
He could also sniff out other demon souls, had his “soul” trapped in a crystal that his girlfriend wore around her neck, and that, one day, he would escape and inhabit her. After hearing this, his girlfriend came out and said, very creepily, “I hear you know our ‘secret.” Neither was joking- I locked my door every night.
39. The Spatula
My roommate had a dog that was left on the porch daily. The dog pooped all over it and one morning, I watched her scoop the poop with a spatula.
She then walked into the kitchen, cleaned it off with an SOS pad, and proceeded to flip eggs with the same spatula- it was so disgusting! We got into a little tiff sometime later and I brought that up and won the argument.
38. Phil the Millionaire
My first year of college, I was living in an old Hungarian widow’s house where she rented out three rooms. It was a good quiet place to study and not get distracted. One of my fellow renters was a quiet nerdy girl who lived in the basement- she was no problem. Then there was Phil…
Phil was a 500lb bachelor in his 40s who claimed to be a professional pilot and millionaire (all while renting a room for $400). He would cook steaks the size of my head and then blame his dishes on me to the old lady who had no idea what to do about it. He’d steal my food and if my girlfriend was over, he’d deliberately wheeze loudly we could hear. He couldn’t fit on the toilet in our tiny shared bathroom so he would poop in the shower and waffle stomp in down the drain leaving a horrible smell and brown stains in the shower.
37. Passive Aggressive Much?
My first college roommate was a girl that I had been friends with in high school and seeing as we both transferred to the same college at the same time, we decided to live together. Things were good for the first three months but then they got bad fast. She started dating this guy, let’s call him Frank, that lived in an apartment on the floor beneath ours. I liked him enough, but after a few weeks, they started getting too comfortable in our apartment. I’m talking about walking out of the shower naked to them getting intimate on my living room sofa.
A month later, it got worse. They made love on the kitchen counters, the bathroom floor, on the balcony – all while I was there. I brought it up and what does my roommate do? She retaliates by letting my 4-month-old Boxer puppy out of his crate, out of my room, out of our apartment, out of our apartment building and just lets him go. Why? Because “I’m passive-aggressive.” The next day, I broke the lease and found someone on Craigslist who, fancy this, wasn’t crazy.
36. Taking Things Apart
My first roommate’s father was a doctor (a gynecologist) and prescribed him all manner of medications. Clearly, he wasn’t super qualified to give his ADHD, depressive son medication, and it turned out poorly for me. When I was in class, he would open up my computer and remove parts, disconnect the hard drive, video card, and just about anything to make my life hell.
All and all this was annoying but I could put up with it, until he decided to poison me by taking IsoPropyl alcohol and putting it in my Tylenol. Fortunately, he didn’t take into account that the liquid, when combined with my Tylenol gelcaps, would “melt” into a giant blop. Needless to say he was kicked out of school.
35. Penguin Love
My best friend had a weird roommate who I met when I would visit. His roommate, whom I shall refer to as “Oswald” (you’ll know why later), had a day which went as follows: go to bed around 4 am, wake up at noon, go to class, obtain and eat food at dorm room in front of the computer, go to class again, get more food and eat in front of his computer, surf the inter-web until 4 am, then repeat. At no point did I mention a bathroom/shower break and that’s because the kid NEVER showered- he only wore a t-shirt, gym shorts, and a bathrobe, and I found out what all of the soda bottles around his desk were for (I don’t know how he did #2, and I can’t say I want to know).
Also, he had various penguin (reference to name) posters up around his side of the room. It wasn’t too odd; I just figured he was one of those guys who loved certain animals. But one time, around 2 am, my friend and I get back to the room, and as we’re opening the door, we heard a movie playing which we soon found out was Happy Feet. As we walk in, we see Oswald furiously “handling himself” while watching penguins dance across the screen. My friend and I recoiled in fear and disgust while Oswald just kept at it. Everything made sense now; the penguin posters, hours of penguin pictures and videos online, and a stack of penguin-related videos on his desk. Luckily, my friend was good friends with the RA and he let us stay in his room for the night. My friend also got a room change within the week’s end.
34. A Cat’s Skull
My friend went to her first semester at college and met her roommate. She seemed normal, but really quiet and kept to herself. After Christmas break, the roommate came back with this weird doll. She was obsessed with the doll and kept it with her most of the time.
One day, my friend waited until her roommate left the room and then looked at the doll. It had a veil on, so she lifted the veil and underneath was a cat’s skull. A cat skull! So she told her roommate that she needed together rid of it. The roommate acted surprised and said, “NO! It’s a family heirloom” or something like that. She got a new roommate.
33. Getting Revenge
I was paired with a man who liked being promiscuous. I think he must have hooked up with over a hundred girls that year, so I spent a LOT of time crashing in other people’s rooms to give him privacy.
I did get some awesome revenge, though. On his birthday, he hooked up with a 3/10. The next morning, I come in and keep feeding her the idea that they would make a cute couple. The girl was psychotic and wouldn’t leave him alone.
32. Great For Their First Time
I’m in the Air Force, so, my roommate sleeps 10-feet away. One night, I randomly woke up to him having some private time while on the phone with his wife; I could also hear her through the phone.
After all this is done, they go off and start talking about how it was great for their first time. He then starts to tell his wife how I was nasty because I wore the same pair of socks for two days. Excuse me, what?
31. Invasion of Privacy
I had a roommate who insisted that I was the crazy one. He lived at his desk and insisted on talking to his computer like it was his friend; I would wake up in the night to him talking to the internet! He would use my deodorant, my towels, leave his shaven (I’m assuming) facial hair in the sink and on the counter.
He’d let people in the room to take stuff from my fridge, and wake me up from naps, just for the hell of it. And the icing on the crazy cake is that he liked to use the shower as a urinal. But not as he was showering, because that I could excuse. He would just whip open the shower curtain, pee, and leave it there. I begged my friend down the hall to switch.
30. The Knicker Pot
After returning from Canada after a year of backpacking, my buddy and I got to Ireland and moved into a house which had two New Zealand guys and an Irish couple. The Irish couple were very strange; she was a very large girl and he was a skinny farmer. So me and my buddy, after coming back from the pub one night, observed the big girl cooking something on the stove. I went and had a good look because I thought in my drunken state I might get something to eat from her. That was not the case because she was boiling her underwear in the big pot. I asked what the hell she was doing and she replied that she was washing her underwear. I went to bed disgusted and hungry.
I get up and go to work in the morning and come home at 5 pm to find a very large New Zealand farmer sitting on the couch eating his pasta dinner straight from the pot that had dirty underwear being cooked in it the night before.
29. Possessed As A Child
My roommate sophomore year was a strange one. She would lock herself in a dark room all day and listened to strange trance music. I’m pretty sure that she was a compulsive liar because she claimed that her family owned a private island, that she was a champion rower, and that her grandparents owned a vineyard in Italy that she often stayed at. She was an obese girl who dressed very poorly, so I doubt her claims were true.
But she also claimed to have been possessed as a child and that she had a spirit follow her. I kind of believed her about that because strange things happened at the apartment and then stopped when she moved out.
28. Sharing Is Not Caring
Freshman year in college, I was living with one person, both of us girls. One day my razor had gone missing and I couldn’t find it anywhere near my shower tote. When I went to the bathroom without it, I saw my roommate and told her what happened. She said she’d look for it, and came back 30 seconds later with my razor. I let it go thinking it probably just fell out of my bag. Another morning I woke up and my razor was wet, and the third time, there was hair all over it!
The same day I found my razor with hair all over it, I went in my underwear drawer and my favorite pair of underwear was missing. I found it in her dirty laundry. I think she took it because she was hooking up with a boy and didn’t have any cute underwear, coming from a more conservative family. She also took my homework one time for a class we shared together, used my make up constantly, and took other small miscellaneous things.
27. A Lying Psychopath
My first roommate freshman year seemed a little quiet, but was otherwise nice enough. That is until she was out one day and I borrowed her laptop to print a paper quickly. A paper she had written was pulled up and I caught sight of my name so I started reading. It made all kinds of crazy and completely false claims about me, including that I slept around and that I got busy with my boyfriend right in front of her.
She made a bunch of disparaging remarks about me and my boyfriend (now husband) that were completely untrue and THEN she wrote that she fantasized about hurting me. I printed the paper, called my mom, and took it to my RA. She was out of my room within 24 hours.
26. The Inconsiderate Roommate
My roommate took my $600 every month and used it for car insurance. He went two weeks with no hydro or gas in the middle of a 30-degree winter and never bought groceries, but ate all the food.
He also burnt a hole in my blanket then denied going in my room while I was on vacation. He would come home after work with like ten people and be obnoxious until like 6 am. Don’t live with friends kids.
25. A Lack of Training
My roommate worked 12 hours a day, 7 days a week and she decided to get a puppy from the Humane Society. She never potty trained him, taught him any commands, or leash trained him. Because he wasn’t housebroken, my roommate left him in a crate in his tiny room all day and whenever I would come home from school (I was in class 9 am to 5 pm), I would let him out.
Walking the dog was a nightmare since he didn’t like leashes and would always pull so hard he’d choke herself. I tried training him to not mark in the house but my roommate would flip out about how it was abuse to train the dog and how they “naturally learn” to not mark indoors. So, our apartment always smelled like dog pee or orange cleaner. This went on for 10 months until I moved out. Even now, I wonder how that dog is doing and if his owner actually even cares for him now that I’m gone. I wish I could have done more to make that dog’s life better.
24. Weird Habits
I had a flatmate for a while but I had to ask him to leave. He would come in from university, lift my cat up into the air and start dancing around with it in his arms while it tried to claw his face. While watching TV, he would say “yes,” “yeah,” “uh huh,” out loud as if he was agreeing with everything that was being said. And he only EVER ate pasta. He dumped the pasta into a pot of hot water for 5 minutes (without the gas turned on or anything) then drain the water and eat the raw pasta straight from the pot. He then stopped doing this in front of me but would go outside our flat and sit on the stairs in the hallway and eat it with his hands.
Sometimes when watching TV, he would spontaneously get up, go out the front door into the hallway, and start to bang his head on the wall. I let this go on for six months before telling him that he needed to speak to someone, and I wasn’t going to feel anxious in my own home, so he had to leave. He put me on edge every day.
23. The Harry Potter Recordings
My cousin had a roommate her freshman year of college that had to listen to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on tape every single night to fall asleep. My cousin bought her headphones but she refused to wear them because they “hurt her ears.” So she played it on a portable speaker loud enough to keep my cousin awake all night. The worst part was that she wouldn’t even start the tape where she left off the previous night- she would play the beginning every night over and over again. “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of number four Privet Drive…”
It got worse. It turns out the roommate wasn’t even a fan of the series; she had never watched any of the movies or read the other books, didn’t know any characters, and as far as my cousin knew, she never even finished the first book because she’d fall asleep every time she started it.
22. Cyber Attacks
My first roommates invaded my privacy by stealth, installing screen viewer software on my desktop and cyber stalking me. They would do stuff like ban my MAC address from the router (which belonged to me), type while I was trying to do homework assignments on my computer, harass me by typing expletives, putting a hard drive in my computer and cloning my main drive onto it, and out me to other roommates and online friends to a certain fandom I was part of at the time.
I genuinely believed I was being targeted by an online hacker. I was just a naive, sheltered child with social anxiety. It wasn’t until the only decent roommate I had opened up to me and told me what was going on.
21. Josh the Roommate
This house had four roommates; one roommate, Josh, was strange- he believed he had “powers” and whatnot. Anyway, three of us go on vacation and leave Josh alone at the house. One roommate, a girl, had pet tree frogs and had asked Josh to feed them. When we arrive home seven days later, they were gone, and he swore he didn’t do anything with them.
Another time when everyone was at work, Josh is getting ready to leave for a few days. When we got home, we find that he had overflowed the toilet. His idea to remedy the situation was to take everyone else’s towels and throw them in the overflowed toilet and leave. To get revenge, I took the wet towels into his room, lifted his covers and set them on his bed. When he came home and opened the door, it was as if a port-o-potty had died.
20. The Poor Sink
My freshman year, my roommate threw up in the sink in our dorm room on a Friday night. It was one of those multi-holed drains where there was no disposal and her puke was seriously chunky. Instead of cleaning it out, he left it there and just put cling wrap over it, then left the next morning. As it was a three-day weekend, he would not be home until Monday evening.
I wasn’t about to live in a room with rotting, cling-wrapped, chunky vomit, sealed in the sink I use to brush my teeth and shave. So I scooped it out and filled up his reusable sports water bottles. I bleached the hell out of it the sink and left the bottles on his bed. He was pissed but after yelling at him for a few minutes he agreed that his actions were selfish. He never puked in the sink again so I took it as a win.
19. Lola the Stripper
I had a roommate whose name was Lola. She was a stripper and her stage name was Debbie, after her mom. She was short and terribly unattractive and didn’t believe in storage. Every night she came home from work, she ordered a large Papa John’s cheese pizza, took off all the cheese and ate the whole thing.
She was also bulimic and had a banana snake that got loose and was found three weeks later under a pile of my laundry. She was intimate with some guy from the strip club while I was in the room, on the other side of a sheet wall I made. This was my second roommate. The first was a 6’2″ Russian volleyball player who dated a guy in the Russian mob. I moved out of that room after a semester.
18. Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy
I switched rooms after having to live with a girl named Kristy. Her entire side of the room was decorated in Target’s “fluffy orange and pink glittery” line. There was a 4-foot homage to her boyfriend, Jimmy, who she would call at every hour possible, and use his name endlessly, “I miss you, Jimmy! How’s my Jimmy? Jimmy, did you miss me?”
She would either get up at 6 am to call him, then ditch class, or sleep through her classes until 3 pm and whine that she’d missed them all. Not once did she actually attend every class scheduled for a particular day. Unfortunately, I ended up moving in with a girl named Caitlin who was an even worse roommate, but at least I didn’t have to hear about Jimmy all the damned time.
17. A Year’s Collection
My freshman year I lived in a triple with only one roommate. At the end of the year, when we were cleaning up the room, I decided to check the drawers in the empty desk to make sure everything was ship shape.
I opened the top drawer, and it was filled with my roommate’s nail clippings from the entire year. My RA and I stared at him until he realized what we had found, at which point, he generously offered to clean the rest of the room.
16. She Succeeded
When I was a freshman in college, my roommate tried to hook up with every guy there in two weeks, and there were 70+ guys. Not only did she succeed, but she took pictures of each time. She even made love to those who preferred guys- I still don’t know how. And she had proof for everyone.
In the middle of the night, she would sit up and yell strange thing like, “Lizard eggs are yellow” and “Stop! A toothbrush is in there.” She also liked it 50 degrees and would put disgusting things on the thermostat so I wouldn’t change it.
15. The Not So Clean Roommate
I had a roommate who had some strange aversion to fresh air. She would sit in the room for hours at a time with the heater turned up to 80-85 degrees Fahrenheit and not open any windows or the door. It would get VERY stuffy, so I would leave the window open to air it out whenever she wasn’t there. She would then shut the window at the first chance she got. It gets worse, though. There were a couple of times she was on her period and she wasn’t bathing or changing her pads/tampons with any frequency.
Also, she would throw said soiled feminine products into our room’s garbage can, rather than the bathroom. The smell plus not bathing mixed in a hot box of a stuffy room was absolutely terrible. I slept at my boyfriend’s place a lot. The real kicker was when she was hooking up with some gross guy when I was in the room trying to go to sleep, in her bed that was maybe four feet away from me. Luckily she moved out soon afterward, probably from the embarrassment.
14. No-Shower Nate
I had a pretty bad roommate during tech school in the military. The guy didn’t ever wash himself, and the room stank like dead animals. There were even people complaining about the smell coming from the room at the other end of the hall (roughly 50 feet away). I ended up buying a mess of air fresheners and kept putting them in and around his bed.
We had to complain to our MTI (Military Training Instructor) about his smell, and then he was forced to wash himself and monitored on a regular basis. The room still stank, and he would never get his clothes laundered (a service provided for free by the base, you just had to take them your stuff). Luckily, it was only a six-week course, and the guy failed it twice (thereby getting placed in a different job). It was only a minor gateway for all enlisted airborne jobs, a course designed so any idiot could pass it without trying.
13. She Took the Yoplait
My mistake was finding a roommate off Craigslist. I was graduating from college and working at a law firm. She seemed very rough around the edges but I was fine with that. Fast forward a month, she meets a guy at a bar and moves him into my home. I was not pleased, but attempted to be cordial.
Two weeks later, I come home to a lengthy note accusing me of being an alcoholic because she saw me open a bottle of wine while cooking dinner. All her stuff was moved out, my copy of the lease was missing and she stole a hammer and all my yogurt. Really? You’re gonna bring the Yoplait into this?
12. The Disclaimer
I had a roommate for a night at my college orientation- I was a commuter student, but all the orientations were overnight. Before he went to sleep, he told me “I just wanna let you know I don’t snore at night.”
That meant I’d get a good night’s sleep. “…but I do moan.” I was on an all-guys floor. I slept soundly but I really don’t want to think about what everyone else was thinking.
11. The Bacon Snatcher
My old roommate actually accused me of stealing her bacon. She was adamant that I took it because I didn’t like her and we had to do “roommate mediation.”
I found her bacon behind our trash on the ground like a week later but I guess I’ll forever be a bacon snatcher to her.
10. An Aversion to Teeth-Brushing
I got roomed with this guy, Hersch. He still collected Pokemon cards at 23, his teeth were the color and shape of wood chips because he drank a case of Pepsi a week, and bought the strategy guide whenever he got a new game from Gamestop. He was a little weird but we got along.
One morning I ran out of toothpaste and since Hersch had already left for work, I decided to borrow his. I looked in all his bathroom drawers, in his medicine cabinet, even in his dresser. This guy had neither toothpaste NOR toothbrush. The only thing I found was a half-empty bottle of prescription mouthwash that expired seven months ago. It got me thinking. Had I ever seen Hersch brush his teeth? I didn’t even remember seeing him drink anything BUT Pepsi.
9. Fed Up with Fedoras
During my first year at university, I got stuck with one of the most awkward people I think I will ever meet. First off, he didn’t use soap, deodorant or shampoo because he didn’t like the smell. Secondly, he would get really attached to one line of a song for weeks on end and just keep singing it over and over again, no matter how many times you asked him to stop.
If I ever hear the song “Blackbird” again, I’ll probably go insane. Lastly, he caught a cold at one point and instead of going to the bathroom to spit the phlegm out of his throat he did it into a cup. By the end of the week, he had filled a medium sized coffee cup. It was gross. He also owned like four fedoras.
8. Not More Than 10 Minutes
I had a roommate when I was in college; I lived with him and my fiancé. Our roommate had a separate room and he was incredibly socially inept. He studied law, wasn’t particularly attractive, he was a huge nerd (he would “Kamehameha” flies in the kitchen) and walked duckfooted. He had a really, really hard time talking to women and even me.
I noticed that he started bringing girls home after hitting the bars. He was out of town one afternoon, and I was cleaning our apartment. I went into his room to put one of his belongings away, when I noticed a piece of paper on his nightstand. It had a list of female names written down on it. I later figured out that these were the names of the girls that he was bringing home. From what I heard through the walls of our apartment, he never lasted beyond ten minutes.
7. He Finally Showered
I sleep in the same room as someone else and we never see each other besides bedtime. The guy starts to smell and I realize I’ve never seen him showered. He starts to smell so bad that I can smell if he’s in the room when the door is shut. One day, my friends and I chose to play some Project Gotham Racing on my Xbox. We go to my room, we get rowdy and we play for a few hours.
All of a sudden, we hear this “snsnnfnfnsnfnsnfns” sound. We look around and see nothing, so we play more Xbox. Another hour or so passes and we hear “Ssnnsnsfnsnfsnfns…. SNORT.” I look around and notice that my roommate’s been in the room the whole time. I didn’t notice because he’d showered and I couldn’t smell him.
6. He Was Saving Them
My sophomore year of college, my intended roommate situation fell through when the guy decided to move in with his girlfriend off-campus; I got set-up with another dude I didn’t know. This guy was a baseball player for the school team, and he had picked up the habit of chewing tobacco. Whenever I’d finish a plastic bottle of soda or orange juice and put it in the recycling, he’d fish it out and use it as a spittoon for his tobacco spit. Then he would leave these half-full plastic bottles of brown spit around his side of the room. It was disgusting.
Eventually, I confronted him and told him he had to get that stuff out of there ASAP or I was going to complain to housing. The next day, all of the bottles were gone. A week later, I was putting some stuff away in the closet when I noticed a big box in the back that wasn’t there before. I opened it and it was full to the brim with all of the bottles of brown spit. He was SAVING them. I moved off-campus the next semester.
5. The Bro Wife
I reluctantly let a buddy of mine move in with me and my other roommate once since we had a spare bedroom. I say “reluctantly” because everything in my gut told me it was a bad idea, even though I had no tangible reason for telling him no. I should have listened to my instincts. The short version is that he basically became the bro equivalent of a jealous wife. He’d get genuinely upset if I was out with a girl instead of hanging out with him. He would also chastise me for dating multiple women; I wasn’t going behind anyone’s back, they all knew about each other.
That turned into him getting pissed off if I hung out with other friends and didn’t invite him. The thing was, I did often offer for him to come out, and he would just sit and act like a catty wife. He’d death stare anyone who was taking away my attention to him. But the majority of the time, he’d say he didn’t feel like going out, then he’d be blowing up my phone half an hour later asking why I wasn’t home yet.
4. Taking Control, Internationally
I’m a resident assistant and some of the things that I’ve seen people put up with is unreal. Just this past semester, one of my international students was placed with the most controlling, loud mouth I’ve ever met. The poor girl was being interrogated every time she tried to leave the room.
Not only would that suck for any person, but imagine being messed with in your second language. It was not cool. Anyway, we tried to get a new room for my international student as soon as possible, unfortunately, that still meant that she was there all semester.
3. The Nightly Routine
My roommate’s side of our dorm looked like a 10-year-olds bedroom. It was tie dye sheets, kitten posters and a few dozen stuffed animals.
She snored like a bear, weighed about 300lbs and watched Boy Meets World while eating a jar of marshmallow fluff a night, with a spoon.
2. Parents Visits
One of my roommates had her parents come visit EVERY WEEKEND. They did her laundry, would cook, and would bring her groceries. They would go to the movies and out to restaurants and things.
They wouldn’t talk to me or any of the other roommates. I stayed out of their way, mostly, but it weirded me out. She ended up having some kind of meltdown and dropping out.
1. The Thief
While studying abroad and living with six roommates, many of my personal belongings would mysteriously go missing and show up in the same girl’s bedroom.
I’m not talking about my DVDs or shampoo, but my ID and laundry bag which was still filled with my dirty clothes. I was too lazy to confront her about it, but it was weird.