10 Signs You Have a Passive Aggressive Roommate

In light of recent housing drama around our wonderful campus, it is only right to match students’ confusion and sadness with aggression. Passive aggression, that is. If you have ever lived with another person, you have undoubtedly come into contact with passive aggressive behavior. If you have a kitchen in your Boston College living situation of choice, you eat passive aggression for breakfast. If you happen to be unsure about your current living situation, here are 10 types of passive aggressive roommates that you may be stuck with:

1. The Texter

Anthony Golden / Gavel Media

Anthony Golden / Gavel Media

This roommate will never actually air her grievances in person, but she will most definitely send a text to the roommate who wronged her regarding all of the problems she has with the living space.

2. The White Board Abuser

Anthony Golden / Gavel Media

Anthony Golden / Gavel Media

Nothing says passive aggressive like a short and bitter note on the white board by the door. If you find yourself exiting your room to the sight of “CLEAN THE *&^%$# KITCHEN” you might have an angry roommate. It’s okay. It happens to the best of us.

3. The Post-It Note Waster

Sometimes, it’s nice to point out the precise areas of a common room that happen to be in disarray. Other times, it’s excessive to place an individual post-it note on every single dish, empty box, spill in the fridge and hair on the shower wall. If an arrow is entirely comprised of post-it notes, you may have a problem.

4. The Manipulator

This roommate doesn’t manipulate people, per se, but he passive aggressively manipulates the other roommates’ passive aggressive notes. If suddenly all of the post-it notes are gone or rearranged and the white board has letters erased or profanities drawn, you might have more than one passive aggressive roommate.

5. The Sly Dog

This roommate yells about issues to no one in particular, so there is never any direct conflict. The yelling over unorganized spaces and lost belongings moderately resembles self-talk until she is in her room and mass texting the group about how everything is all their fault. Darn.

6.  The Jokester

Anthony Golden / Gavel Media

Anthony Golden / Gavel Media

Have you ever heard, “Hey you know what’s hilarious? How you brought the party home on Friday and the cups are still laying around on Wednesday”? If so, you have a passive aggressive roommate. And you should probably clean up after yourself.

7. The End of the World-er

You forgot to do your dishes three days in a row, but this roommate won’t be leaving a note or telling you to clean them. No, this roommate will take all of the dishes out of the cabinets so that you can’t use them anymore. This is why we can’t have nice things.

8. The Criminal

Anthony Golden / Gavel Media

Anthony Golden / Gavel Media

This roommate puts it out there plain and simple on a nice handwritten note. Either you clean your room/the dishes/your hair or he’s throwing it away. Granted, he can’t actually throw away other peoples’ belongings, but the threat is just obnoxious enough to get people moving.

9. The Artist

Forgot to clean up your glitter glue or take your hair out of the shower drain? Well, now it’s on the walls.

10. The Time Waster

This roommate spends more time writing notes, sending texts and throwing fits than actually solving problems. The time it takes to write 20 post-it notes is exactly equal to the time it takes to wash five dishes. Fact.

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