Colleges with Gender-neutral housing

Last updated: Mar 18 2013

Here’s a list of colleges (incomplete; let me know of any omissions) that have gender-neutral housing policies. I’m also happy to include non-US colleges and universities.

**denotes “women’s colleges”: general admissions policies at these schools mean that they will only admit students who are “legally female” when they apply. I personally think that this is a terrible, exclusionary way to approach the issue as it clearly excludes a large numbers of trans women whilst allowing trans men admission. How can a school call itself a “women’s” college when there are women it will never admit, and men it will?

ARIZONA

University of Arizona
Arizona State University
Northern Arizona University 

ARKANSAS

Hendrix College: not open to freshmen

CALIFORNIA

The American and Dramatic Academy Los Angeles (AMDA-LA): open to all students
California College of the Arts
California Institute of Technology
Harvey Mudd College
Humboldt State University: open to all students (one floor of one hall of residence)
Mills College: IMPORTANT! SEE THIS NOTE 
Occidental College: not typically for freshmen
Pomona College
University of California – Riverside: available for all students; preference given to students who indicate a requirement based on gender ID or expression
University of California - Berkeley: available in Unity House
University of California - Irvine
University of California - Merced
University of California - Davis
University of California - Santa Cruz
University of California - San Diego
University of California - Santa Barbara
Pitzer College: open to all students
San Diego State University: not available for freshmen
San Francisco Art Institute
Sonoma State University: open to all students
Saint Mary’s College of California: available for transgender and gender variant students
Stanford University: not usually available for freshmen
The University of Redlands: two gender-neutral dorms
University of Southern California: ‘Rainbow floor’ open to all students  

COLORADO

Colorado College: open to all students
University of Northern Colorado
University of Colorado at Boulder 

CONNECTICUT

Connecticut College: returning students only
Southern Connecticut State University
University of Connecticut: usually not freshmen
Wesleyan University
Western Connecticut State University: not open to freshmen
Yale University: not available for freshmen

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

George Washington University: open to all students 
American University: “only offers gender neutral housing to sophomores. binary-identified trans students can contact the college for appropriate placement with a same-gender classmate”

FLORIDA

New College of Florida
University of South Florida, Tampa campus (from Spring/Fall 2012): not freshmen
Florida State University (opening has been pushed back)
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Stetson University: available for all students
Ringling College of Art and Design: gender neutral dorm with single-occupant rooms starting Fall 2013. 
University of Central Florida 

GEORGIA

Emory University: upperclassmen only
Kennesaw State University: open to all students 

HAWAII

University of Hawaii 

KENTUCKY

University of Louisville

ILLINOIS

University of Chicago: not usually open to freshmen
Knox College
Lake Forest College: not open to freshmen; requires a meeting with ResLife
Northwestern University: not usually open to freshmen
Roosevelt University
Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville 

INDIANA

Indiana University

IOWA

Grinnell College
Drake University: sort of… see here for more details 

MAINE

University of Southern Maine
University of Maine at Farmington
University of Maine at Machias: open to all students
Maine College of Art
Bowdoin College
Colby College 

MARYLAND

Maryland Institute College of Art
University of Maryland - College Park
University of Maryland - Baltimore County: not typically open to freshmen
Goucher College
St Mary’s College, Maryland: available to all students from Fall 2013

MASSACHUSETTS

Bard College at Simon’s Rock:(this is an early college for high-school-aged students)
Brandeis University: not freshmen
Clark University: not freshmen
Emerson College
Hampshire College: available in housing that’s not single rooms (but almost all is)
Tufts University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Harvard University: open to students who ID as trans; requires meeting with Director of Student Life Housing and Staffing. Also being piloted in Dudley co-op.
UMass Amherst: open to all students; part of LGBTQ hall of residence
Salem State University: open to all students
Northeastern University: open to all students; interview required
**Smith College
**Wellesley College
**Mount Holyoke
Western New England University (not freshman yet)
Mount Ida College
Wheaton College

MICHGAN

Eastern Michigan Unviersity
Grand Valley State University
Central Michigan University
University of Michigan: open to all students who ID as trans
Michigan State University
Michigan Technological University
Wayne State University

MINNESOTA

Macalester College (gender-neutral for returning students; campaign to extend to freshmen is ongoing)
Augsburg College
Carleton College: not typically available for freshmen

MISSOURI

Kansas City Art Institute
Washington University in St. Louis

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Dartmouth College
Plymouth State University
Keene State College 

NEW JERSEY

Rutgers-New Brunswick: open to all students
Rutgers-Camden
Rutgers-Newark
Princeton University: not open to freshmen
Ramapo College of New Jersey: open to all students
Montclair State University: not usually for freshmen
Drew University: "It officially has I think about 6 gender neutral housing spots but they’re not easy get. It’s not advertised but it’s available." 

NEW YORK

Bard College: open to all students
**Barnard College (no mention of trans women, though)
Columbia University (pilot scheme for 2011/12): not freshmen
Cornell University
Ithaca College: open to all students
Hamilton College
Hofstra University: “Co-ed housing” available. Not open to freshmen. More info here: http://www.hofstra.edu/StudentAffairs/StudentServices/ResLife/reslif_Co-Ed_Housing.html
Marymount Manhattan College
Nazareth College: singles available for trans* students; doubles, etc. for upperclassmen only
New York University: open to all students
Pace University: not available for freshmen; one building
Pratt Institute
Rochester Institute of Technology
Sarah Lawrence College: not usually for freshmen
Skidmore College: open to all students
SUNY Albany
SUNY Geneseo: open to all students but in apartments of 6-8 people and must apply as a group
SUNY Purchase: upperclassmen only
SUNY Stonybrook
SUNY Buffalo
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
SUNY Oneonta: details available here
Syracuse University: not usually open to freshmen
Union College: available for trans* & nonbinary students on request
Vassar College: available for all students
Wells College: on-campus, available to sophormores and above; off-campus, available to juniors and above

NORTH CAROLINA

Warren Wilson College: open to all students
Duke University
University of North Carolina at Greensboro: this listing is somewhat controversial— no official policy; gender-neutral housing available on case-by-case basis. See here for more info.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: open to all students 18+
Guilford College
Appalachian State University: for trans students only, must apply in writing. See http://housing.appstate.edu/pagesmith/57

OHIO

Columbus College of Art and Design: not freshmen
Kent State University
Central State University
Ohio State University
Oberlin College: available for all students (see here for more info)
Ohio University: not usually for freshmen
Kenyon College: not available for freshmen 
College of Wooster 
University of Toledo 
Bowling Green State University (from Fall 2013) 
Miami University: not typically available to freshmen 

OKLAHOMA

University of Tulsa
University of Oklahoma

OREGON

Lewis and Clark College
Oregon State University: open to all students
Portland State University
Reed College: open to all; freshmen must discuss needs with ResLife. At least one all-gender bathroom in every building on campus.
University of Oregon: open to all students
Willamette University
Southern Oregon University

PENNSYLVANIA

**Bryn Mawr College
Carnegie Mellon University
Haverford College: generally not open to freshmen but all-gender bathrooms available for all, plus “most rooms are single-person and all dorms are mixed-gender so gender-neutral housing isn’t really an issue”
Lehigh University: not freshmen
Muhlenberg College: upperclassmen only
Swarthmore College: not usually open to freshmen
University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania State University
Nazareth College: upperclassmen only
Dickinson College: available for upperclassmen only 
Bucknell University 
Juniata College: available on one floor of one dorm 
Gettysburg College: available to all students 

RHODE ISLAND

Brown University: not typically open to freshmen
Johnson and Wales University
Rhode Island School of Design
Rhode Island College 

TENNESSEE

Vanderbilt University: gender neutral floor in McGill Hall

TEXAS

Rice University
Texas Southern University 
Southwestern University: not available for freshmen 

VERMONT

Bennington College
Green Mountain College
Goddard College
University of Vermont
Middlebury College (not available for freshman)
Sterling College: no official policy but v. easy to negotiate

VIRGINIA

The University of Mary Washington

WASHINGTON

Central Washington University
Evergreen State College: available to freshmen with special request (see here for more info)
Eastern Washington University
Western Washington University
University of Washington
Washington State University
Whitman College: returning students only but all-gender bathrooms in most residence halls

WISCONSIN

Beloit College: not open to freshmen
Lawrence University
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee 
University of Wisconsin La Crosse 

OUTSIDE US

CANADA

University of Calgary, Alberta

Simon Fraser University, British Columbia
University of British Columbia, British Columbia 

University of Ottawa, Ontario
York University, Ontario 
University of Toronto, Ontario 

McGill University, Quebec (more info here)
Bishop’s University, Quebec

University of Regina, Saskatchewan: solo room options, gender neutral bathrooms
 

UNITED KINGDOM

NB: most UK unis don’t have a roommate system, so the issue of only allowing MAAB students to room with other MAAB students, etc. doesn’t exist, hence the shortness of this list—there’s really very little need for one. I’m hoping to update it soon with regards to how women-only colleges (like the few at Cambridge) consider and treat trans* students—if you have any information, please let me know.

The University of Birmingham and the University of Southampton also offer the option for LGBT students to live with other LGBT students.

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