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I know that we've got some crackers (Ha! Unintended pun) of stories about people we know, but wish that we didnt.
Currentlty, I just started at Oxford Brookes uni, and I'm in a shared house. The three vaguely normal people dont really speak to each other, and theres this chinese girl in the room downstairs.
She doesnt sleep. She barely eats. Its only today I noticed that theres some of her food in the fridge and its day four now. I have yet to see her other than in the following cases:
1) Shes leaving/entering the house.
2) Shes going to the crapper that is across the corridor from her room.
I dont know what she does in there, but theres a car outside (The car is something else. A lime green new VW bug, with ****ing bright pink "hello kitty" interior, FFS) and shes usually with two other guys who at least are amiable if you speak to them, if not particularly fluent.
So tell us your weird and wonderful stories of people, and make me feel like my housemate is somewhere near normal by comparison.
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My experience of student houses, is that people are mildly shy and slow to 'mix' too much with their housemates in the first week or two - unless they find obvious cultural links early on. And bear in mind that your own persona may be a little too much 'in your face' for them to be too matey this early. They might be wary of creating a bad atmosphere that they then have to live with for the rest of the year.
Personally, you had better look outside your own house for mates for the time being. And thats not in any way a criticism or slight upon your nature, its just my recollection of being in similar circumstances.
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I had no such problems when i started uni, maybe i was lucky. I got on with all the guys and girls in my flat (and the surrounding flats) like a house on fire - best year of my life!
We did have a guy from India though, he was bloody weird. On the first day he wanted us to all sit around a table and swap addresses!:wacko: We were like "erm no...now let's get pissed!"
Mostly the foreign students will keep themselves to themselves, and won't be very social (in my experience) but hey, that's their choice, not mine
Well, I haven't fully moved down to Bournemouth yet, but I already get on with my housemates really well. I've got a Columbian guy, a Brazilian girlie and a brit boy and girl. The Tequila runs like water !
At the moment its only the Brazilian girl living there, and she's really fallen in with a weird crowd (which she's now promptly getting out of.) I swear what one guy is doing amounts to stalking her, apparently he just used to drop by and "crash," which meant the couch for him, Hah! But he's leaving her alone now that she told him he's not getting any.
At my previous college, my dorm mates had odd habits. The Spanish guy used to get a HUGE box of chorizo and cerrano ham sent to him every other month. I mean huge....biggest GW direct box size :ninja:!
My Iranian dormmate used to practice his Santur regularly, not weird but unuasual. For everyone who isn't Stonehambey, a Santur is a musical instrument similar to a dulcimer.
My Swedish dormie just drank alot really....not much weirdness there.
Well, I collected 40K so I guess i'm the weirdest !
Last year I was with a Chinese exchange student too, in fact, all my flatmates were foreign exchange students. The Chinese one was a bit odd.. He took a shower at 4am every day, according to the girl sleeping next to him, and seemed to have a mental blank regarding food he'd put in the oven.
By contrast, my Korean flatmate was awesome.. I made her pasta and she looked at me like I was some kind of god. Plus I got free Korean food.. which was amazing.
I can't really talk though since I'll freely admit I'm terrifying to live with. I don't eat much at uni so I get really cranky all the time, and I tend to sing in my room at random moments.
Have had a few "interesting" housemates since I started uni.
First week of uni saw me going to A&E twice - once in an ambulance - with one of the guys. First night he fell over and cracked his head on his sink and needed the ambulance. Fourth night he drunkenly chased a car down a road, fell over a speed bump and tore half the skin off his jaw. I drove him to A&E that time and got plenty of blood on my car:wacko: . Such a strange gent; nice guy though. Turns out he has dyspraxia so I shouldnt make fun....
There was also the girl who lived it the room next to mine that kept using a hair dryer at 5am. I wanted to kill her. Another girl who lived down the corridor was a complete psycho who kept accusing me of stealing money from her, and posting torn up porno mags under my (and other peoples) door(s). Most of the others were really great guys, but those two girls were just odd.
Also had a hosemate who would set the oven on fire regularly...nightmare.
It is all part of Uni though... meet new and "interesting" people
Heh, one time I moved in with three guys I knew, two who played warhammer. Much to the non-WH player's annoyance we colonised the living room table (not very big) for painting our miniatures. Frequently he would threaten to melt down our models (didn't believe him, and we were right), or just complain about random stuff (he was doing some environmental studies course or some such) including:
Saying it was illegal to tip milk down the sink (we laughed at him and carried on)
He started whittering when I ate a packet of crisps upside down (Yes, really)
Would assume we liked to hear him whistle while we watched TV.
Eventually he moved out. And there was much rejoicing.
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Well I just joined the Pi Kappa Alpha house at my university. So i have met a lot of really cool guys and at the same time some really "interesting ones." Not to mention some of the guys that live in my drom hall.
So i will share one story with you, My next do neighbor is my Assistant Resident Advisor, (he's a cool guy and in a frat as well so he doesnt care what i do) anyway. His roommate is a 25 year old transfer student from Korea. He is a cool guy but very strange, one day he made this stuff he called kim chi (i have no idea how to spell it but that is how it sounds) and it made the entire dorm stink like a dumpster for a very long time.
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I think that for the 2 semesters I was at university, I was the weird one of the Residence buildings. Not that I did anything particularly strange, but just my general demeanor and attitude meant that everyone living there actually knew who I was.
That wasn't strictly true though. Towards the end of my second semester I learned that people I'd never met (other students at uni, not the resHalls) knew who I was. I was confused. But apparently one weekend I spent with my GF of the time was avidly "observed" by friends, through the wall of her room. Apparently getting the nickname "Rabbit" is a bad thing at Uni, but still not as bad as the story going around the WHOLE campus before I has any idea.
Whole other story. A couple of years ago I moved into a flat with a friend (generally a bad idea). Anyway, this guy was a sound tech for 90% of the town's theatre productions/concerts. And like any good sound tech, was weird. About the only thing that really stands out (apart from his fashion sense) is he would never take his key with him; so he could get back in at 3am, he'd leave his bedroom window open and crawl through that if I wasn't still awake.
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got some news for you... Nobody makes kim chee in one day. It needs to pickle and ferment.Originally Posted by Deek
It's an aquired taste and well worth aquiring.
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before he turns 40k into checkers~anon