You’re halfway to your dorm, excited to curl up in your cozy blanket and watch Friends reruns, when it happens: your roommate texts you to ask if she can have the room for a little bit. And you know she doesn’t need the extra room to study—she has a boy over. Compelled to give her the A-OK, you’re temporarily homeless. Does this sound familiar? If so, don’t worry, collegiettes: you are not alone. Everyone gets sexiled at least once during these glorious four years. But where are you supposed to go when this happens? As always, we’re here to give you the lowdown.
1. Your Friend’s Dorm
Sexcapades will come and go, but your friends are there for good. So when you find yourself homeless for a few hours, head over to your BFF’s place for some much needed girl time. “I’m good friends with a couple girls on my floor,” says Nicole Gartside, a sophomore at NYU and HC Contributing Writer. “At the beginning of the year, we all bought blow-up mattresses and made a deal: if someone was sexiled, they could stay on one of the blow-up mattresses.” Just don’t forget to thank your gal pal with some frozen yogurt (and return the favor when she needs it!)!
2. The Movies
Who needs a dorm room when that new romantic comedy is calling your name? Whether you round up your friends or just plan to go solo, seeing a movie is the perfect way to pass the time. When Ryan Gosling’s perfectly chiseled abs are magnified on the big screen, you’ll definitely forget about being sexiled.
3. Your Favorite Boutique
Instead of wallowing in your sexiled sorrows, take this opportunity to participate in some much-needed therapy. That is, retail therapy. Plus, your favorite boutique is due for a new shipment of phenomenal threads. Even if you’re merely window-shopping, your roommate will be very jealous of your newfound knowledge of the store’s inventory.
4. The Gym
Take a page out of your roommate’s book and get your sweat on at the gym. Get your mind out of the gutter, collegiettes—I’m talking about a long session on the elliptical. Or relax with a yoga class if your campus’s gym has walk-in classes. Plus, isn’t this the perfect opportunity to shamelessly check out your school’s basketball team?
5. The Library
If you already have your laptop and textbooks with you, it’s fate’s way of telling you to get your homework done. “Might as well get some work done while your roommate is getting, well, done,” says Jamie Blynn, a senior at GWU and HC Contributing Writer. Maybe it’s a good thing you were sexiled—you know that you would’ve spent hours Facebook stalking that guy from last weekend if you were in your dorm with no library-goers around to judge you.
Sure, this solution to “Operation Sexiled Relocation” isn’t very realistic, but who hasn’t always wanted to go camping? If you have a local camping ground, a car to get to said camping ground, and a super outdoorsy friend, it’s definitely possible! If the proverbial stars are aligned, invite a bunch of friends to go (including your latest crush). You know who you’ll cozy up to at the bonfire.
7. You Campus’s Café
Leave it to your favorite café to act as a hostel while you’re sexiled. Grab a latte and spend the time texting your friends from back home for the latest gossip. Or invite your sorority sister for a much-needed catch up.
8. The Bar
If you’re of legal age and aren’t lugging around a huge backpack, call up one of your girlfriends and head to a local pub. With a couple mojitos in you, your bitterness about being sexiled will magically vanish.
Sorry your plans to skip class were ruined, but you won’t be too bummed when your teacher has a bonus question from that destined day’s lecture on the next exam.
10. Nail Salon
If you’re in need of some pampering, treat yourself with a mani/pedi combo. You can thank your roommate later for indirectly saving your cuticles.
Sometimes, you just need to sing your feelings. Though everyone gets sexiled at some point in their college lives, you may be a little annoyed if this was, say, the fifth time this week. Grab your most theatrical friend and belt Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” If your campus doesn’t have a local karaoke bar—lame—a dance party to Carly Rae Jepsen’s new album in a friend’s dorm will also suffice.