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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