Gender-Inclusive Housing

Consistent with University policy and practice, the Office of Housing Administration and Residential Education Office are responsive to student needs and work to develop a nurturing community atmosphere that values diversity, social justice, and promotes the dignity of all people. 

In keeping with the overall mission of San Diego State University (SDSU), we strive to provide safe and supportive on-campus communities for all students to develop holistically as scholars, citizens, and leaders.

Gender-inclusive housing is in accordance with this mission and the California Fair Employment & Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination based on gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.

What is Gender-Inclusive Housing?

Gender-inclusive housing is an option in which two or more students share a room and community bathrooms regardless of their gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. It is a housing option that broadens students' choices and helps ensure living arrangements that are welcoming and inclusive for all members of our community.

Gender-inclusive housing may be especially appealing to:

  • Students who are questioning or in the process of discovering their gender identity
  • Students who do not wish to identify themselves by gender
  • Members and allies of LGBTQIA+ communities

To Apply

To apply for gender-inclusive housing, select the "Gender-Inclusive" option on your License Agreement in your Housing Portal. Follow the instructions to complete the supplemental questionnaire. Housing applicants must be an undergraduate, graduate, or exchange student, at least 18 years of age, and eligible for university housing. Assignments are made based on student needs and interest in participating in a learning community.

In order to provide support to students it is important that we know what accommodations are needed. Recognizing that students are not all alike, requests are addressed on a case-by-case basis. We will not ask for any more information than is required to meet students' housing needs and, by law, all disclosed information will be kept strictly confidential.

Gender-inclusive housing allows roommate pairings of any gender. In the application, students can request a preferred roommate. Placement priority will be given to students who notify our office in a timely manner that they request accommodations. Students can expect to be notified of their hall assignment in July and their roommate(s) in early August.

For information or questions concerning gender-inclusive housing please contact Kara Bauer, Director of Residential Education, at (619) 594-5742 or [email protected]

For more campus resources regarding gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation, please visit the Pride Center or contact Wesley Palau, Coordinator of the Pride Center, at (619) 594-3520 or [email protected]