Gender Inclusive Housing

How to Join

  1. Sign your University Residence Halls contract and submit your advance payment in My UW Housing
  2. Submit your preferences in My UW Housing:
  3. Prioritize learning/theme communities over residence halls when you submit your hall preferences
  4. Fill out the Gender Inclusive Housing or Open House community agreement forms in My UW Housing
  5. Receive your room assignment

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Gender Inclusive Communities

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Gender Inclusive Theme Community

Lowell Center (one floor) | 43 residents
Singles, doubles, and triples with bathrooms | Any gender


This theme community is on one floor of Lowell Center in the southeast campus neighborhood. It is intended to meet the needs of all students, with increased flexibility for transgender, gender non-conforming, nonbinary, and LGBTQ+ students and allies to select a housing assignment that is inclusive, safe, and comfortable.

Note: 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.

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Gender-Inclusive Individual Rooms

Individual rooms in Dejope, Lowell, Phillips, Smith, Waters, and Witte
Single, double, and triple rooms with baths
Single & double rooms with a shared all-gender bath


In select residence halls located in both the lakeshore and southeast neighborhoods, gender-inclusive housing options are available in various room types with private bathrooms and a shared all-gender bathroom.

These options are intended to meet the needs of  all students, with increased flexibility for transgender, gender non-conforming, nonbinary, and LGBTQ+ students and allies to select an inclusive, safe, and comfortable housing assignment.

Note: 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.

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Open House Learning Community

Phillips Residence Hall (one floor) | 29 residents
Double rooms with private baths | Mixed coed floor


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 for all, 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 about your identity or require you to identify a certain way!

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Request More Information

Questions? Contact the Assignments Office at assignMe@housing.wisc.edu 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.