Updated March 21, 2023
University Housing partners with the Pride Center and other departments across campus to create welcoming and inclusive spaces for all students.
Queer-affirming housing is one way we support students who are exploring their gender identity or who identify as LGBTQIA+ as we strive to create accepting and comfortable communities for all students living in University Housing.
Continuing students may remember this being called “gender-inclusive” housing. Housing is now using the term “Queer-affirming” to help make the distinction between a truly LGBTQIA-affirming space versus a mixed-gender space (where students of different genders live together).
Queer-affirming is designed for:
- Students in the LBTQIA+ community that seek a fully supportive and welcoming place to live
- A non-binary student who is looking for a safe space where they can be their full selves
Mixed-gender apartments are typically for:
- Students who don’t identify as LGBTQIA+ and want to live with students of differing genders
Queer-affirming goes beyond acceptance and is an environment where students who identify as Queer, “a catch-all word to include many people, including those who do not identify as exclusively straight and/or people who have non-binary or gender-expansive identities” (source) are fully welcomed in a supportive community.
Queer-affirming housing is widely available in both first-year and continuing Pride Residential Learning Communities (RLCs). Queer-affirming housing can be made available across other RLCs depending on student interest.
Queer-affirming housing is available to any student who selects this preference in their housing application. If you are not yet out to your family or supporters and must submit inaccurate information on your application, call us at 805-756-1226 or email at email@example.com. You can also contact our Housing Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion here.
Frequently Asked Questions
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. Students can contact Housing Administration at 805-756-1226 with questions or concerns.
Is living in Queer-affirming housing protected information?
Yes, even if supporters/family financially support a student, this information won’t be shared as it is protected by FERPA.
Where can I find more information on how to request to live in a Queer-affirming housing option?
Please feel free to contact Housing Administration at 805-756-1226 with questions or concerns.
Where can I learn more about the Cal Poly LGBTQIA+ community?
Can students request not to be placed in Queer-affirming housing?
Queer-affirming housing is optional.
What do the restrooms and showers look like in communities where gender-inclusive housing is offered?
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: Towers 0, 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8 & 9
Yosemite: Towers 4 & 5
Sierra Madre: Towers 0, 1, 4 & 5
Sierra Madre: Towers 2 & 3
South Mountain (Red Bricks)
yakʔitʸutʸu features co-ed floors and gender-inclusive bathrooms throughout the housing complex. Stall doors are taller, affording residents more privacy. Showers come equipped with a separate changing area inside the stall.