Gender-Inclusive Housing

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Housing & Residence Life advances UW Tacoma's commitments to equity, inclusion and student success by providing gender-inclusive housing options. Students who opt-in to this option may be assigned a roommate based on the roommate preferences they select without regard to a student’s sex, gender identity or gender expression.

What is Gender-Inclusive Housing?

Gender-inclusive housing is when two or more students share a bedroom and/or apartment regardless of students’ sex, gender identity or gender expression. In other words, this option allows for people with shared or different identities to live together regardless of the gender assigned to them at birth.

This option may be appealing to:

  • Students in the process of discovering their gender identity
  • Students who do not wish to identify themselves by gender
  • Allies of LGBTQIA+, gender and sexual diversity communities
  • Students who feel more comfortable with a roommate of a different gender

Gender-inclusive housing is not intended for couples to live together and we strongly discourage students from living with someone with whom they are in a romantic relationship. Research on other campuses show that most students who choose to live in Gender-inclusive housing do so with friends and not with those whom they are dating.

Can I choose not to live in Gender-Inclusive Housing?

Yes. Only those students who opt-in to live in Gender-inclusive Housing may be placed with other students wanting Gender-inclusive Housing.

I have specific needs and want to make staff aware.

If you have specific needs that you would like Residential Life staff to be aware of, please email requesting a phone call from one of our staff.