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As with any roommate, it differs.

However my personal experience with female roommates has been terrible. They were 1 of 2 things.

1. Extremely messy. (note : its a myth that girls are cleaner than guys)
2. Extremely tidy, and thus overbearing and controlling about everything else in the house. (think nagging the fuck out of you like you're their SO)

Messy roommates are the absolute worst, and in every experience throughout my life.. every female I've ever known has been a complete slob. The one exception was a girl who lived with me and her bf (2 others as well). I'm a clean freak, but I keep my things tidy and only expect minimal cleanliness in common areas so as no to be a prick. This girl ... she was a controlling freakazoid. She would spend all of her time cleaning thoroughly then another 20 minutes bitching to the household about how she always has to clean up.

If nothing else from this post, understand this. When a male bitches at you its usually short lived, to the point and only because things have gone so far to justify a bitching. When a female bitches at you it will feel as if you are dating them, that particular condescending tone females have when talking down on their SO when disapproving comes right out.. there is no filter, no difference here. The bitching will be more frequent and you will at many times feel as if you are living with your girlfriend but not getting any sex.

Examples : She shared her bathroom with 3 guys (big house, and I had my own (master)), and she'd scrub it twice a week. She expected these 3 other guys to rotate bi weekly to literally scrub every inch of the bathroom. I get it, you're clean .. I am too but twice a week?

Another is dishes.. this is always a touchy subject. We had a rule at this house that no dishes be left in the sink, just rinse and put in the dishwasher. From time to time dish get left in the sink but this is honestly expected, human nature, guests over etc.. or cleaning up while ppl are over and entertaining at the same time. She would go APE SHIT if she came home from work (worked nights, retail) and there was 1 glass in the sink.

She was a tidy roommate who paid rent before the 1st to me (I collected). We got along decently because I had the master, my own bathroom and was a tidy bitch myself. The other normal guys in the house? not so much. But she was the exception to the experiences I've had. All other girls I know/met are utter slobs. Some don't have visible carpet because clothing is all over the place. Don't get me started with make-up, hair products, hair dryers etc... Sharing a bathroom with a female is something no man should ever do, and must endure only when married.

Do not share a bathroom with a female.

Now lets be fair here, most guys are slobs too. Slobs are the worst roommates so it goes both ways. However by and large even the slobby guys are not 1/2 as bad as most girls. I dont meet many neurotic females, most are just clutter freaks who dont know how to keep clean not out of laziness but because they have too much shit and nowhere to put it.

Pro tip : Live alone, get a lap dog. Save the living with someone who bitches for when you're married.
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I had a girl roommate when I was in college. She was the sister of a female friend.

I thought it worked out well. It wasn't that different from having a dude roommate, really. We weren't really close friends, but we got along, and seemed to have similar ideas about neatness and cleaning.

With that out of the way, though, it depends on the girl, just like it'd depend on the guy if it were a dude. Some will be easygoing and relatively easy to live with. Others will, as theNoid said, feel like you're putting up with all the disadvantages of a live-in girlfriend, but not getting any sex.
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I'm 23 living in Atlanta and have 2 older female roommates (30,32).

at people saying women are more inclined to clean. The cleanest roommate I ever had was a male. Not to say mine are too bad about it, but when my one roommate who writes a comic for a living does her convention circuit during the summer, me and my other roommate seem to have this competition to see who can ignore the shit in the sink the longest.

My situation might not be relatable since they're older and probably a little more responsible. Also the two I live with are both self employed so as far as alone time goes I don't get a lot unless I lock myself in my room. They give me plenty of space though and are pretty respectful as far as privacy goes.

Compared to my past male roommates (both older, 30 and 39), it hasn't been that big of a difference since all parties involved were mature enough. I've never lived with anyone my own age save a brief experience living with a now-ex.

The women I'm living with now definitely cook more than the guys I've lived with though. And there is always left overs. Haven't gone grocery shopping proper in like a month
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i did once. got my own house now, so I won't ever have to again save for a SO.
it was me and 2 girls. 1 of them stopped by like once a week, but lived at her BF's most of the time. the other seemed normal at first, but she ended up being completely nasty. her dishes piled up for weeks. she had 2 cats and changed the litter way too infrequently. all of the furniture was caked in cat hair. the apartment was completely full of random shit she had just laying all over taking up the entire common area. there was occasionally something red on the toilet seat that looked like blood (period blood?). the shower was always clogged. various products ALL over the bathroom.
i was in a situation where i moved in with them and knew it was only going to be for a few months. i called her out on the shit a few times, but it did no good. i very rarely was any place but my room or the kitchen and my rent was way cheap, so I toughed it out.
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My friend and I had 3 female roommates, I got along fine with them for the most part... he did not.

The biggest problem I encountered was little things that most guys wouldn't really mind much about these girls blew out of proportion.

For Example:

Friend leaves his dishes in sink for 36 hours, girls flip shit talking about how he needs to be more clean.
Girls leave dishes in sink for a week and when you mention it to them "I've been really busy, get off my back." And they'd be forever angry with him for that.

I just kept communal places clean and I was fine with em, they bought a bunch of frilly shit for the house made it more girl friendly, all the ladies I brought over loved my place.
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umm it's entirely relevent to your situation, their situation, personality, etc...

A person as a room mate is based on who they are, not sex. Some guys are pigs, some girls are pigs.
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I lived with at least 2 females every year of university but my last year.

Aside from the hair in the drain, which was mentioned above, they were good roommates. We'd all occasionally do things as a group, got on pretty well. Most of them were usually interested in wanting the place clean, which was nice, as I can be a neat freak at times myself. Unless they're in fine arts, then you'll have scrap paper everywhere, but I've had male roommates who did this too, so it doesn't matter too much on gender.

Only one of them I ever had a problem with brought up religion a lot, and we would clash on this from time to time, but nothing too detrimental.

Just find people you're compatible with.
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I lived with a girl who was taking a break from school and worked in a kitchen. She would clean the house all the time, and never bitch about it. She did have a massive crush on one of my other male roommates. I tried to clean as much as I could, but it was already done whenever I decided to do it (like twice a week). I don't think theres much of a difference between the sexes, its really a case by case basis.
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i lived with a girl in a 2-bed apt. we basically never talked, but we got along. just maintained our separate lives.

oh and i lived in a house with three other guys and one girl. she was crazy, a disgusting pig, and an escort. mmmn.
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Successful cohabitation is down to personality types and habits more than anything else. Dismissing possible roommates strictly on a gender basis is pretty backwards in this day and age. Just interview potential roommates and consider them individually on a case-by-case basis regardless of their gender. In doing so, you'll be maximizing your chances of finding compatible roommates. Speaking personally as someone who has had a number of different incompatible roommates that were males, and a number of different compatible roommates that were females, it really does boil down to personality.
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i lived with a girl in a 2-bed apt. we basically never talked, but we got along. just maintained our separate lives.

oh and i lived in a house with three other guys and one girl. she was crazy, a disgusting pig, and an escort. mmmn.

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Successful cohabitation is down to personality types and habits more than anything else. Dismissing possible roommates strictly on a gender basis is pretty backwards in this day and age. Just interview potential roommates and consider them individually on a case-by-case basis regardless of their gender. In doing so, you'll be maximizing your chances of finding compatible roommates. Speaking personally as someone who has had a number of different incompatible roommates that were males, and a number of different compatible roommates that were females, it really does boil down to personality.

This

I lived with 2 girls in college and it was some of the best times I ever had in my life. It really helps that both of them were really cool while responsible at the same time.
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The biggest problem I encountered was little things that most guys wouldn't really mind much about these girls blew out of proportion.

THIS +++++++

That is the biggest difference in my experience, which made men significantly easier to live with and deal with. If you do something that pisses off one of your male roommates, it might piss him off for a bit, but he'll get over it an hour later and things will die down and a compromise will be reached really quick. With a female roommate, forget it.
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Successful cohabitation is down to personality types and habits more than anything else. Dismissing possible roommates strictly on a gender basis is pretty backwards in this day and age. Just interview potential roommates and consider them individually on a case-by-case basis regardless of their gender. In doing so, you'll be maximizing your chances of finding compatible roommates. Speaking personally as someone who has had a number of different incompatible roommates that were males, and a number of different compatible roommates that were females, it really does boil down to personality.

It does, but the typical man vs the typical woman will have differences in their emotional patterns. Men are, by and large, easier to deal with when problems inevitably arise, even my female roommates agreed with that.
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i lived with a girl in a 2-bed apt. we basically never talked, but we got along. just maintained our separate lives.

oh and i lived in a house with three other guys and one girl. she was crazy, a disgusting pig, and an escort. mmmn.

I lived with two escorts for a while about three years ago ... they were both really cool, fun to hang out with, very clean. Everything was great until I had a business trip cancelled last minute and returned to the apartment only to discover they had been using my bedroom for incalls while I was away.
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