• Gender Open Housing

Gender Open Housing provides students the opportunity to apply for University housing spaces without regard to their gender. This housing option is focused on creating an inclusive environment where students can live together regardless of sex, gender identity, and/or gender expression.

Gender Open Housing aims to be an option for students who would feel more comfortable living with someone outside of their designated sex and/or someone with a similar gender identity.

University housing is devoted to providing a safe, inclusive, and supportive living experience for all University of Minnesota students. By offering this housing option, we are helping to create an environment that achieves these goals and acknowledges the diverse needs of our students.

Please feel free to contact Housing & Residential Life at 612-624-2994 or [email protected] for more information about Gender Open Housing. Your inquiry will be directed to members of our team who have developed Gender Open Housing plans. Additionally, the Office for Equity and Diversity Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life (GSC) will help develop a Gender Open Housing plan that meets your needs.

Are there extra costs for Gender Open Housing?

No. The cost of housing is based on the residence hall and room type. 

Where is Gender Open Housing?

All students within Gender Open Housing will have access to single-user bathrooms.

In the upcoming years, other Gender Open Housing spaces will be made available based on the feedback of students and the renovation of our facilities.

Can I also be in a Living Learning Community (LLC)?

Yes! With Gender Open Housing, you're able to join the Lavender House LLC in Comstock Hall. Learn more about LLCs.

What if I want to live in a different hall that is not available for Gender Open Housing?

Students who want to live in Gender Open Housing in a building that is not listed under locations, should email for assistance.

Roommates in Gender Open Housing

Students interested in a Gender Open Housing assignment can select to be assigned with someone whose gender identity is different than their as part of their housing application preferences. Students who select this option will be assigned together based on the rest of the application preferences.

In the spring, all students with a housing application will be invited to participate in our Roommate Search tool where they can find a potential roommate match. This search tool allows students to share more details about their likes and hobbies and then provides the students with a list of potential matches based on their answers. Students who find a successful match, can update their housing application with their new roommates information. All Roommate matches must be mutual.  

What happens if my roommate cancels their contract?

If your roommate cancels their contract, you will have the opportunity to choose a new roommate. If you do not know of a potential new roommate, housing will assign a roommate who also selected Gender Open Housing on their application. If you are no longer interested in Gender Open Housing, please contact Housing & Residential Life at 612-624-2994 or [email protected] to be moved to a non-Gender Open Housing space.

What if I become uncomfortable living with my assignment roommate(s)?

To help students establish an effective and successful partnership with their roommate(s), we encourage residents to fill out a Roommate Success Plan with their Community Advisor. Our initial strategy is to have roommates discuss issues that create conflict or discomfort. Housing & Residential Life staff members are available to assist with mediating roommate conflicts.

Will any student be assigned to Gender Open Housing without knowing?

No. Gender Open Housing assignments will only be given to residents who specifically request those spaces.

Signing Up for Gender Open Housing

New prospective students interested in Gender Open Housing should indicate they would like to live with someone whose gender identity is different than their own on their housing application. A member of the Housing & Residential Life team will contact you to learn more about your housing needs and answer questions you have regarding Gender Open Housing as a new student. 

Students currently living in University Housing who are interested in living in a Gender Open Housing for the following academic year can reserve a space during the Room Sign Up process.