college week

Watch College Roommates Air Secret Grievances at Each Other

Throughout this week, the Cut explores college life, from politics and identity to parties, sex, and style.

Ah, college roommates. In an ideal world, they provide each other with support in the face of academic stress, dance parties when someone is studying too much, and companionship at the lonely dining hall. But of course, we don’t live in an ideal world, and the college roommate experience is all too often fraught with passive-aggressive emails, side-eye, and simmering resentment.

In honor of the Cut’s College Week, we asked dozens of New York college students to (forgive the cliché) stop being polite and start being real. We sat them down with one another and asked a big question: What have you always wanted to tell your college roommate, but haven’t? The answers ran the gamut, from cleanliness habits, to self-care, to … gecko maintenance. Watch and feel the lifted tension.

Watch College Roommates Air Their Grievances