Gender Inclusive Housing

Gender Inclusive Communities

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Gender Inclusive Community

This new affinity community will be available in Academic Year 2021-2022 on the 2nd floor of Merit Residence Hall in the Southeast Neighborhood of campus.

The Gender Inclusive Community is intended to meet the needs of transgender, gender non-conforming, nonbinary and LGBTQ+ students and allies to select a housing assignment that is inclusive, safe, and comfortable. Residents may choose:

  • Single room with an all-gender bathroom shared by a cluster of six rooms
  • Double room with a bathroom
    • Roommate preferences can be of any gender (regardless of a student’s assigned sex, gender, gender expression, or sexual orientation)
    • If you do not indicate a roommate preference, a roommate of any gender may be assigned

New students who are interested will be able to list this community as a preference in My UW Housing under “Learning Community & Affinity Program Preferences” as Gender Inclusive Housing.

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Open House Learning Community

Open House is one of University Housing’s learning communities located in the Lakeshore Neighborhood of campus that welcomes students who wish to examine both conventional and transformational assumptions about gender and sexuality.

In this inclusive community, LGBTQIA+ and allied students can find and create an environment of awareness, respect, and advocacy for all sexual and gender identities in a welcoming and supportive space focused on building community among intersecting identities. No one will ask your identity or require you to identify a certain way!

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Questions? Contact the Assignments Office at and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

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I currently have a Housing assignment which does not align with nor affirm my gender. What are my options?

Trans and non-binary students who wish to live in a gender-specific Housing assignment can contact University Housing’s Assignments Office to request a preference on where they would like to live or request a change at any time.

I'm trans and/or nonbinary and want to live in University Housing, but not in the Open House Learning Community or the Gender Inclusive Community in Merit Residence Hall. What are my options?

University Housing’s Assignments Office works one on one with any student who has questions about living in the residence halls as an LGBTQIA+ person. They will work to assign you to an environment that will be comfortable for you.