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OMG: I find that some international students are disrespectful towards the students they live with.
I have lived with 4 different international students during my time here, and there is always a pattern. They are unnecessarily loud, most of them stay awake super late and are noisy when others are trying to sleep, have their friends over at odd hours. And they never seem to clean the place (dirty dishes in the sink constantly, dirty counters and floors, rarely take out the trash).

The roommates are not your parents or maids that will tolerate this stuff. Yes I get it will take time to adjust to the Canadian life style, but atleast try a little bit.

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  1. I find it differs based on what class they were back home. Rich international kids? Entitled assholes who are used to daddy's money and connections getting them what they want--maids will clean up for them their entire lives. International students from average or poorer backgrounds tend to be normal since they're used to working hard for what they get

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  2. Probably rich international asians who drives a bmw/mercedes/audi around.

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  3. Disrespectful? They are downright rude. I live with two and they have refused to talk to me and my other two roommates on apartment common area conditions. They have had their bedroom doors wide open, and when we knock they would ignore us. Then they have the audacity to tell the landlord, whom we've complained to, that we do not talk to them. The landlord does not want to deal with the hassle so he claimed "cultural differences" to my other two white roommates, so when I went, I'm Canadian-Chinese, he said "people are different".
    Nevertheless, yes, they are disrespectful, and never seem to understand the point of cleanliness.

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  4. In addition to all the shit you listed, they also smoke indoors despite being asked repeatedly not to. Disgusting people.

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  5. Just remember that this doesn't apply to all of them. I had a roommate in first year from super rich family in Hong Kong. He was one of the most respectful, caring people I know. He never left his dirty dishes out, he would leave them in his room, but whatever, it is his room, he can do what he wants, and would clean them before we were even close to running out of dishes. Any mess he made in the kitchen from cooking he would clean up before eating. Always said hi and tried to have a good conversation (his English wasn't great, but he tried really hard). Even though he was super rich, he almost never brought it up, only reason I know is one day we were talking in the common areas and he mentioned that his high school had a golf course, and he saw that I was really curious, so he showed me it on Google maps, and ya, full 18 holes, tennis courts, you name it, the high school had it. There was also the time that he had a limo come pick him up to go to the airport, but he didn't make a big deal of it, just treated it like it was a normal taxi. Only paid his share, just like a normal student, I'm sure he would have covered our bills if we asked, but it was really cool of him to try to not be any different from us.

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    1. Oh, and since people have mentioned smoking, one day in the winter I saw him walking in without a jacket and asked why he didn't have his jacket. He just said he was out for a quick smoke because he didn't want to smoke inside and force us to smell it.

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    2. The fact that you had a nice roommate does not nullify all the crap the rest of us experienced with these people. OP just wants to point out a common trend, which is indeed very common.

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    3. Like I said at the start of my comment, I am just saying they are not all horrible. We shouldn't generalize all of them as the same.

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    4. I really like this anecdote :)

      People are people, depends how you were raised

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  6. Sounds like my former roommate...Wonder if you live with her now..

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  7. It actually depends on which country they come from, and how they were raised. I am an international student but from an extremely underrepresented country in Waterloo, and I am actually too quiet compared to some Canadians.

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  8. Yeah I've lived with 7 different internationals now, only 1 of them has been a good roommate, the rest are disgusting slobs.

    I realize they're unavoidable but it's just sad how intolerant and rude they can be.

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  9. All of my problem roommates were rich international kids.

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  10. i'm living with 2 right now and im pretty sure they've been eating my food...

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  11. as an international student who has lived with canadians on several occasions, let me just say that i have found every single one of them to be so filthy it makes me want to hurl. Not just from a cleanliness perspective, but do the people here have no standard? Do you all just bring random people home for one night stands like disgusting animals and force the rest of us to listen to you be inconsiderately loud while I study?

    how about these lovely generalizations eh?

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    1. I agree, I am Canadian, and I have had good and bad roommates of both Canadian and International origins. I think the main issue everyone here is having without actually seeing it is the fact that there are a lot of shitty people out there from all over the world.

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  12. Silver Platter Syndrome

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  13. I wish these students could take a class on Canadian culture or something so they learn our norms. A lot of them are disrespectful in many ways: they way they talk to you, communicate with you, etc. I know it's bad to generalize however I have seen this too often. With Waterloo becoming more international, we need a way to make sure there is a level of understanding and what is considered rude or not.

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    1. I am sick of hearing how injecting Canadian culture and norms in international students and taming the foreign savages according the customs is an absolute necessity. Not respecting other people's privacy, not cleaning up after yourself, being too loud so that you disturb your roommates, ignoring or being rude to the person you share a space with is considered rude in ALL CULTURES. I'm not Canadian but that doesn't mean I'm automatically a disgusting lazy slob. I'm sorry you guys have had bad experiences but please stop generalizing. You do realize that non-Canadian is not one culture right? All international students come from different cultures and it has nothing to do with culture, some people are just lazy rude jerks. Phew

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    2. 13 a It's not necessarily true that all cultures find the things you listed to be rude. Some languages don't have a word for privacy because the concept doesn't have a strong presence in their cultures. I think we need education on all sides about cultural differences to prevent misunderstandings. If I was going to study in another country, I would want to learn about their culture so I would avoid doing something that would be considered rude. It's also important for Canadian students to understand that their roommate may not be trying to be rude, they just aren't aware that it is considered rude in our country.

      And like some others have mentioned, I have lived with Canadians that posed the same problems or worse, so it's not fair to generalize here.

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