Gender Inclusive FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is gender inclusive housing?

Gender inclusive housing allows for students to live with roommates, flatmates, suitemates and/or apartment mates regardless of gender identity. Students who select Gender inclusive housing agree to live with and create a welcoming environment for students of any gender identity. This includes but is not limited to: man, woman, trans, nonbinary and genderqueer/gender non-conforming.

What is the purpose of gender inclusive housing?

Binghamton University recognizes that same-sex room assignments are not ideal or appropriate for all students. Gender inclusive housing seeks to provide an environment that is welcoming to all gender identities and is not limited to the binary (male and female). 

Who is eligible to sign up for gender inclusive housing?

Any student who is eligible to live on campus is eligible to live in gender inclusive housing.

Is gender inclusive housing right for me?

Gender Inclusive Housing (GIH) exists with the explicit goal of providing a housing experience with a sense of belonging and community for trans, nonbinary, and genderqueer/gender non-conforming students, as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and questioning students and allies of the those communities.

What if gender inclusive housing is not right for me, but I want to live in a housing assignment that differs from my legal sex of record with the University?

Please contact Residential Life to discuss the options that may best meet your needs.

Where is gender inclusive housing located on campus?

Gender inclusive housing is available in all residential areas.

How do I sign up for gender inclusive housing?

We offer two types of housing: gendered housing and gender inclusive housing. When completing the housing application, all students are required to select the type of housing they would like to reside in. 

What if I sign the gender inclusive agreement and then change my mind?

Students who select gender inclusive as their housing type on the housing application and later change their mind may return to the housing application to make the change prior to selecting their room. 

Once a room is selected, students will not be able to change their housing type (gender or gender inclusive) in the housing portal. Students who select a room and then wish to change the type of housing they selected should email, and we will work with you to find a new assignment. Keep in mind that we will not be able to accommodate moves for entire groups and we may not be able to reassign students in the community of their choice. We strongly encourage students to be certain of their housing type decision (gendered or gender inclusive) prior to room selection.

Am I guaranteed to be in gender inclusive housing if I select that as my housing type?

As with all housing options, we do our best to assist students who wish to live in gender inclusive housing; however, we cannot guarantee availability. Nor can we guarantee availability in a student’s top choice(s) residential community. This is also the case for gendered housing. 

What if my parents don’t want me to live in  gender inclusive housing ?

While parental consent is not required for gender inclusive housing, we do encourage students to discuss their intent to live in gender inclusive housing with their parents/guardians.