Roomate Smells Bad/Shy or nervous?

<p>My roomate smells. He showers a couple times a week at best, does laundry every 3-4 weeks (he wears his clothes 3-4 times each). He smells like a combination between BO (which in itself I can handle) but also smells like poo sometimes. I can handle this, but would really rather not. I'm sure being a human being he wipes (***?) but how does one approach this sistutation and let him know he smells horrible without making him hate me?</p>

<p>Also, completely separate from his aroma, he is afraid to take off any article of clothing in front of me. The lights must be completely off at night before he will remove even his shirt, let alone his pants. This is all fine, but it makes it difficult when I must run back to the room between classes, etc to pick some stuff up and he wont let me open the door because he is either naked or in his underwear. I, on the other hand, dont have any issues and change whenever he's around. I thought maybe this would show him its okay to lose some decency, but apparently not. </p>

<p>Thanks. I'll temporarily be buying some air freshner.</p>

<p>just say "dude, you stink." sometimes people need to be told things straight out.</p>

<p>idk how to handle the other thing. he seems excessively self conscious/shy, especially this far into the semester. by the second week of school, me and my roomie were totally fine with changing in each others' prescence.</p>

<p>if the situation gets to be really bad though, maybe you could change rooms next semester?</p>

<p>You have two separate issues. </p>

<p>First of all, some people are more picky about privacy than others. If he demands privacy before getting naked/removing shirt/whatever respect that. Maybe he came from a home very intolerant of public displays of the body?</p>

<p>However the smell is something u have a right to deal with. LET HIM KNOW, nice fully. Tell him you are sensitive to smells and he can be a little too much sometimes. Maybe once u tell him he will agree to try a lil harder at cleanliness.</p>

<p>Buy him a bottle of cologne!!!</p>

<p>"Buy him a bottle of cologne!!!"
That won't help. He needs to shower and he needs deodorant. Ask him if he notices a strange smell in the room. Ask him if he wears deodorant. Volunteer to bathe him. Ok, maybe not the last one.</p>

<p>Do you have a lake on your campus? If so, maybe a casual shove would work? :-)</p>

<p>Write a letter kindly explaining his problem and address it to him. Slip it under the door to make it seem like its someone else. If he asks say you know nothing.</p>