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The roommate agreement

Can’t live with them, can’t live without them. Find out how students share space with their fellow roomies

entertainment Updated: Sep 13, 2012 17:54 IST
Amrutha Penumudi
the roommate agreement

Can’t live with them, can’t live without them. Find out how students share space with their fellow roomies

After living with family your whole life, and being used to a comfortable bed, hygienic bathrooms and delicious food, things might get a little, shall we say, uncomfortable, when you shift to a college hostel. But, according to many students who live in city hostels, the secret behind a healthy relationship with their peers is a strict roommate agreement. Here are few whacky rules we discovered. ‘The last person to eat will do the dishes’ Aishwariya Radhakrishnan hates doing the dishes, but invariably, the chore always lands up in her hands.

Why? “Because I eat too slowly,” grumbles the 21-year-old student from Rizvi College. The rule in the room is that the person who finishes eating last must wash all the dishes. But she doesn’t let her roommates get away that easily. “If I do the dishes, they do the cleaning,” she says, laughing. ‘Stolen food is equally divided’

Diksha Gajria, Mehr Malhotra and Liz Thatchet apparently don’t mind stealing food from their poor neighbours. “As long as the bounty is divided among the three of us equally, of course,” says Diksha, a 21-year-old who studies at Mumbai University, Kalina. “They make great midnight snacks,” confesses Liz, 21, a KC College student. Yes, and do their neighbours know of these nocturnal shenanigans? “Yes, we are kind of infamous for it, and frankly they have given up on us,” says Mehr, 19, who studies at St Xavier’s College.

‘What happens in the hostel stays in the hostel’
Despite all the brickbats and pranks, hostel mates always stand united. “Whatever happens, we make sure that everything is settled within the walls of the hostel. Also, we know that it’s not worth gossiping outside because it will only get us into more trouble,” says the 21-year-old NM college student Pranay Chand. His roomie Ankush Biswas, 21, who studies at Institute of Hotel Management, adds, “And we get our juniors to wake us up in the morning sometimes. The best alarm clock we’ve ever had.”

Sock on the door means ‘girl inside’
That’s how Raman S (name changed on request), sets boundaries with his roomies. The 21-year-old student is quick to add a few more guidelines to the list: “No one touches my speakers. I am way too possessive about them. And we take turns in filling the two-litre water bottle that we share. Also, we maintain separate toilet paper rolls. Strictly.”