Gender-Inclusive Housing

Updated March 7, 2018

University Housing partners with students, the Pride Center and partners campuswide to create welcoming and inclusive spaces for all students. 

Gender-inclusive housing is one of the ways we support students who identify as transgender, genderqueer, or gender questioning (TGQQ) as we strive to create accepting and comfortable communities for all students living within University Housing.

Students who request this option can share a room or apartment with other students regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, identity, or expression.

Gender-inclusive housing may be of interest to:

  • Students who are exploring their gender identity
  • Students who do not wish to identify themselves by gender
  • Students who feel more comfortable with a roommate of a different gender identity
  • Members of the LGBTQIAP community: lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer or questioning, intersex, asexual and pansexual

In 2018-19, gender-inclusive housing will be offered throughout University Housing, including yakʔityuityu our newest residential community for first-year students.

Gender-inclusive housing is available to any student who opts in to this housing option. If you are interested in gender-inclusive housing, please request it when filling out your housing application. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is gender-inclusive housing?

Gender-inclusive housing is an option in which two or more students share a room or apartment regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, identity, or expression. 

Who can live in gender-inclusive housing?

All students who consider themselves supportive of or a member of the TGQQ community, and are comfortable having a roommate of any gender identity or expression are eligible for this housing option.

Where is gender-inclusive housing located? 

Gender-inclusive housing is available throughout University Housing. All students indicate their preference related to gender-inclusive housing in the housing application.

First-year students can request the gender-inclusive Living Learning Program (Yosemite Tower 6) or a gender-inclusive room in another Living Learning Program, near others on the floor who also requested this option. After housing applications are in, we will assess demand and assign students accordingly. All assignments are based on demand and availability

Continuing students can self-select into gender-inclusive apartments, which are viewable to those who requested this option. 

How much does it cost?

Cost depends on which community and room type a student is placed in. For cost information, please visit our fees and payment web sites for your student type (first-year, transfer, or continuing).

What is the process to apply?

Students can indicate interest in this option on their housing application. Once housing is secured, students will get additional information on the process.

Can students move out of gender-inclusive housing mid year?

Students may request a room change following University Housing policies and procedures. Find more information about our room-trade process in the University Housing Resident Handbook. If a student in gender-inclusive housing chooses to change their housing assignment or move out before the end of the academic year, University Housing will assign the space to a student on the waiting list interested in gender-inclusive housing. Residential Life & Education staff assists residents in this process and filling vacancies.

Can a parent influence placement?

Cal Poly respects the decisions and confidentiality of students as they complete their housing contract, in accordance with FERPA guidelines. We do encourage students to discuss this option with their parents and/or supporters.

Can students request not to be placed in gender-inclusive housing?

Gender-inclusive housing is optional.

Is living in gender-inclusive housing protected information?

Yes, this information is protected by FERPA.

How does choosing gender-inclusive housing impact my first-year Learning Community preferences?

We offer gender-inclusive housing options in every freshman Residential Learning Community. First-years can request the Gender-inclusive Living Learning program or a gender-inclusive room in another Living Learning Program.

Will I have a Resident Advisor?

Yes, all residents are assigned a Resident Advisor.

Where can I find more information on how to request to live in a gender-inclusive housing option?

Please feel free to contact Housing Administration at 805-756-1226 with questions or concerns.

What do the restrooms and showers look like in communities where gender-inclusive housing is offered?

Gender-inclusive housing is available as an option throughout University Housing. First-year students can request the gender-inclusive Living Learning Program (Yosemite Tower 6) or a gender-inclusive room in another Living Learning Program, near others on the floor who also requested this option.

Bathroom and shower layouts vary from community to community, and sometimes even from building to building. Here's a look at the bathroom layouts throughout campus housing.

Yosemite, Tower 6: Gender Inclusive Housing Learning Community

Bathrooms similar in YOSemite Towers 1,2, 3, 7, 8 & 9

 Full bathroom with toilet stalls Shower stall with door and inner curtain Bathroom stall with door

Yosemite: Towers 0, 4 & 5

 Full bathroom with stalls Shower stall with double curtains

Sierra Madre: Towers 0, 4 & 5

 Shower stall with door Full bathroom

Sierra Madre: Towers 1, 2 & 3

 Shower stalls with doors Toilet stall with door

South Mountain (Red Bricks)

Red Brick Bathrooms Shower with door

North Mountain

North Mountain bathroom stall with sinkNorth Mountain bathroom stall with doorNorth Mountain shower stall

yakʔitʸutʸu

yakʔitʸutʸu will feature co-ed floors and all-gender bathrooms throughout the housing complex. Stall doors are taller, affording residents more privacy. Showers come equipped with a separate changing area inside the stall.

yakʔitʸutʸu bathrooms rendering with view of shower stalls and bathroom stalls Poly Canyon and Cerro Vista Apartments

 Full bathroom with toilet and tub Close-up view of tub and shower
 

What are the potential benefits of living in gender-inclusive housing?

Gender-inclusive housing provides the opportunity for students to explore their identity around gender.

Where can I learn more about the Cal Poly TGQQ community?

Visit the Pride Center website, call 805-756-7733 or email pride@calpoly.edu.

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