11 housemate hates and flatmate fails in the kitchen

It seems that living with others is never plain sailing. We’ve collected some of the most common and totally random annoyances, hates, fails and general disasters that seem to happen in flatshare and shared house kitchens. Enjoy!


1. Your flatmate not emptying the bins


2. Other housemates failing to take recycling seriously


3. Your housemate never doing the washing up


4. Housemates washing up things you don’t want to know about


5. The flatmate stealing your food


6. Other housemates inability to cook without making a monumental mess


7. Your housemate using the kitchen sink as an aquarium


8. The other flatmate using up all the fridge space


9. Flatmates somehow setting fire to non combustible things like the toaster


10. Ridiculous flatmate drinking challenges ending in disaster


11. Housemates flooding the kitchen

Hilarious flatshare passive-aggressive notes

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No matter how often you see your housemates / flatmates / roommates, sometimes it’s impossible to avoid the temptation of leaving fellow renters a note, instead of speaking to them face to face. It’s easy to tell yourself this is the better option to avoid confrontation, but truthfully you know it’s because you’re looking for attention or are scared of getting your head bitten off!

We’ve seen loads of humorous and ‘passive-aggressive’ notes being left around by roommates, these are our favourites (be warned, some are a little rude!):

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Flatmate stereotypes: The ‘awkward couple’

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Are you living, or have you ever lived in a houseshare or flatshare? If so, you’re likely to be familiar with certain personality traits of different types of housemates. Couples are increasingly choosing to rent with other flatmates to save money.  This is why we’ve included them as 1 of 5 flatmate stereotypes we’re highlighting over the coming weeks.

The ‘awkward couple’ are in a way doubly risky to live with compared to other flatmate stereotypes, because there’s two of them! Although saying that it’s quite common to get on with one of them, whilst the other is a total nightmare – opposites as they say ‘attract’.


  • Couples are often fairly mature, so this type of renter may well bring stability to the flat
  • They’ll often enjoy cooking together, with leftovers being regularly available – free yummy home cooked food!


  • If you’re having troubles with your love life, you’d rather not see them eating each others face off in the kitchen, or hear them having loud sex at night
  • Couples are never perfect so arguments are likely to occur, causing awkwardness if in the communal areas and noise when you don’t want it
  • When it comes to making house decisions between your roommates, they’ll often get their way as they have two votes over everyone elses one
  • As there’s 2 of them, they’re likely to take up the bathroom / washing machine / cooking area more often, causing general despair

Generally speaking a couple is not ideal for a flatshare based on the above, so try to avoid where possible. Couples are best living within their own apartment all together, or with another couple, so are likely to have more things in common.

Are you definitely not the ‘awkward couple’ in your house share? In that case you must be one of these other common housemate stereotypes:

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Flatshare notes: Cleaning the dishes

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Roommates / flatmates / housemates often prefer to leave notes around instead of approaching others face to face, attempting to avoid confrontation.  Unfortunately however, this can have the negative effect, leading to arguments or retaliation between renters instead…

Dishwashers aren’t always present in a flatshare / house share, hence why cleaning of the dishes is a common flatmate problem, leading to comical and sometimes angry note writing:

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Flatmate stereotypes: The ‘lazy freeloader’

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Are you an experienced flatsharer? Chances are that you’ve lived with loads of different people over the years. Although everyone is unique, they usually fall into a specific housemate types. Below is a rundown of the traits that make up the ‘lazy freeloader’ type, 1 of 5 typical flatmate characters we’ve written about, which you’ll likely meet while living in shared accommodation.

The ‘lazy freeloader’ is the roommate that goes through life attempting to make as little effort as possible, whilst spending as little money as they can. You’ll most likely come across them lazing on the couch in the lounge, watching trash TV. Rarely, if ever will you see this type of renter doing anything active or that costs money – making a sandwich or visiting the pound shop is about as adventurous as they’ll get.


  • Their chilled out nature means they’ll create a sense of calmness and tranquility in any house share or flat share, no matter how manic it usually is
  • As debating and arguing both take up considerable energy, they’ll never really care about anything (unless it costs them money), making them a very easy housemate to live with
  • Feeling lonely, in need of some easy going conversation? They’ll usually be hanging around the living room open for small talk


  • Their thrifty nature means every housemate will be at risk from food going missing or being ‘borrowed’ (usually permanently and not replaced)
  • What they perceive to be their “chilled out nature” is often seen as laziness by everyone else. This means you’ve got more chance of a mouse washing the dishes, than getting them to do any chores
  • Chances of them paying bills on time = 0 / squat / bumpkins / zilch / nadda / do pigs fly?

Living with a ‘lazy freeloader’ can be frustrating at times, but their calm and chilled out nature will often be welcome when you need a break from non-stop work and partying. Lock up / hide your food though, and where possible get bill money from them up-front!

Don’t think these characteristics match your personality? In that case, one of these other four flatmate stereotypes must fit you well:

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Funny flatmate kitchen notes

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The act of writing and leaving notes is common within a flatshare.  Although these may be to aid communications when you haven’t seen other flatmates or roommates in a while (differing schedules), more often than not, these are passive-aggressive in nature, along the lines of “Stop using my milk!”.

Check out these hilarious (and a little rude) house share notes we’ve seen left by housemate renters around the kitchen:

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Flatmate stereotypes: The ‘antisocial hermit’

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Ever lived in a house or flatshare? You’re most likely familiar with a variety of typical roommate types. We’ve mashed together the traits that make up the ‘antisocial hermit’ type below, 1 of 5 common flatmate stereotypes we’re covering in the next few weeks.

The ‘antisocial hermit’ is the social recluse of the flat, the one who you’re least likely to see going about. Instead this type of renter will likely be hiding in their room doing who knows what, on their own. No matter how friendly you are, inviting them to house parties or pub outings – they’ll always find an excuse not to socialise with everyone else.


  • They’ll never make any noise or cause any agro, instead keeping themselves to themselves
  • Having them in the house is similar to having a ghost as a housemate, they’ll pay their share of the bills but it’ll be like they’re not even there
  • Looking for easy small talk with your roommates? Discussing the mystery of what the ‘anti-social hermit’ gets up to in their bedroom makes for interesting conversation


  • If you want to live in a social share house, they’re letting you down big time by always hiding away like Golem from Lord of the Rings
  • They won’t want to contribute to communal shopping, instead choosing to have their own personal supply of loo roll etc

If you live in a small flatshare with only 2 or 3 bedrooms, this is not the flatmate you want. But in a larger house of 4 + rooms, they may well be appreciated – by contributing to the bills whilst keeping the house from feeling like chaotic student halls.

If you aren’t the anti-social hermit housemate in your flatshare, perhaps you’re one of these other classic flatmate stereotypes:

  • The ‘uptight parent’ flatmate stereotype
  • The ‘popular party animal‘ flatmate stereotype
  • The ‘awkward couple‘ flatmate stereotype (coming soon)
  • The ‘lazy freeloader‘ flatmate stereotype
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    Epic roommate movies and flatshare films

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    Roommates and housemates sharing a room, house, apartment or flat is a brilliant plot or sub-plot for a movie. Check out these famous (and not so famous) films that involve shared living:


    One of Will Ferrell’s best movies. Two middle aged, socially awkward ‘losers’ who still live at home, must become roommates when their parents get married. A great film to watch with your housemates on a hungover Sunday…

    Shallow Grave

    A Danny Boyle film starring Ewan McGregor that is sadly unknown by many outside of the UK. Three friends must choose a new flatmate to move in. Things start to go a little out of control when some startling surprises are uncovered. A fantastic black comedy that made the way for the infamous ‘Trainspotting’…

    The Night We Never Met

    A humorous movie that tells the tale of disgusting roommates who don’t get along, the search for love and affairs. Three individuals agree to a ‘time sharing partnership’, allowing them each to use 1 apartment on preset days for their own ends… Showing it’s age but still a great watch.

    Notting Hill

    An absolute classic from the late 90’s, starring many a girls crush: Hugh Grant. A couple of chance encounters between a bookshop owner (who’s forced to live with an annoying flatmate) and an international superstar, leads to a flowering (but challenging) relationship. A perfect choice for a girls night in.

    Shaun of the Dead

    An awesome british comedy horror, starring Simon Pegg. Three housemates must survive a zombie outbreak in London, providing a perfect opportunity for Shaun (the lead character) to prove himself to his mates and ex girlfriend.

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    Flatmate stereotypes: The ‘popular party animal’

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    If you’ve ever lived in a flat share or house share, you’ll most likely recognise a bunch of common housemate personalities. Here’s an outline of the ‘popular party animal’ type, 1 of 5 flatmate stereotypes we’re writing about in the coming weeks.

    The ‘popular party animal’ is the young’un roommate of the house, the one who acts like a big kid who’s eaten too much birthday cake. Very rarely if ever will you see them on their own, instead they’ll be surrounded by a bunch of mates, either on the way to or from a social event. Sometimes you’ll wonder how they’re so popular, and never seem to stop – are they an undercover celebrity on coke?


    • If you’re terrified that it’s Friday afternoon and you still don’t have any social plans for the weekend – don’t fret, this type of renter will sort you out with a party invite
    • Lacking friends after moving to a new city? No worries, they’ll get you introduced to loads of new people in a flash
    • They alone will have the contacts to turn any house party into the social event of the year


    • Front door slamming at 5am in the morning, followed by a loud rauckus in the lounge? They never stop, and keeping noise down will be near impossible
    • Even when they do crash for a few hours, their friends won’t be far away, often choosing to sleep in your living room, meaning you or other housemates can’t relax on the couch until they’re gone
    • Constantly having randoms round means extra mess and food going missing

    Despite their non-stop socialising and random buddies causing many restless nights, it’s hard pushed not to appreciate their out-going nature when in need of some great banter.

    Not the ‘popular party animal‘ housemate in your flatshare? Maybe you’re one of these other classic housemate stereotypes:

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    Flatmate stereotypes: The ‘uptight parent’

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    If you’ve ever been lucky enough to live in a house share or flat share, you’ll probably recognise a common pattern of housemate types. Below is a summary of the uptight parent type, 1 of 5 flatmate stereotypes we’ll be outlining in the coming weeks:

    The ‘uptight parent’ housemate is the grown-up of the flat, the one who is most mature (mentally). They’re hardly ever wrong when it comes to decision making or arguments (sometimes annoyingly so). Often you’ll ask yourself if they’re your mum or dad in disguise, come to keep tabs on you…


    • This type of roommate is great for advice and a shoulder to cry on, they always seem to know what the best thing to do is
    • They’ll usually take responsibility for the house share chores that nobody else wants to do, e.g. emptying the bin
    • If you’re ever short of food, their well stocked cupboard (just like your parents) will provide you with a feast in your time of need


    • Knowing they’re rarely wrong will give them a patronising, even arrogant persona making them less enjoyable to hang out with compared to other housemates
    • Just like your parents, this type of flatmate will frequently nag, moan and leave sticky notes around e.g. “don’t slam the door”
    • Tidiness and cleanliness is extremely important to them, making it difficult to ever relax unless the flat is immaculate

    Despite the God complex this type of housemate will often demonstrate, their worldly wisdom makes them great to have as part of a flat, if even just to assist in the pub quiz from time to time!

    Not the uptight parent in your flatshare? Maybe one of these other classic flatmate stereotypes describes you better:

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    Housemate bathroom notes

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    It’s quite common in a house share not to see other housemates for days or often weeks at a time, due to differing schedules, holidays or intentional avoidance.

    This often leads to the act of note writing: leaving messages, instructions, advice or abuse for other flatmates to read.

    Below are a few bathroom notes that made us chuckle:

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