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.

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 students of all gender and trans identities, and is not limited to the traditional gender 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?

This is an important question to answer before selecting gender-inclusive housing. While gender-inclusive housing is open to students of all gender identities, the primary intention is to create a welcoming environment for students with LGBTQIAP+ identities.

What if gender-inclusive housing is not right for me, but I want to live in a housing assignment that differs from my birth gender?

Students who are not interested in gender-inclusive housing, but seek to be housed in a space that does not correspond with their assigned birth gender should contact Residential Life to discuss the best way to meet their needs.

Where is gender-inclusive housing located on campus?

Gender-inclusive housing is available in all residential areas.

Do I have to disclose my reason for wanting/needing gender-inclusive housing?

Gender-inclusive housing is available to all students. Students are not required to reveal their reasons for opting to live in gender-inclusive housing, although living with someone with whom you are involved in a romantic relationship is discouraged.

How do I sign up for gender-inclusive housing?

Students can opt in by checking "yes" to gender-inclusive housing and agreeing to the gender-inclusive housing living agreement in the housing portal.

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

Students who opt in to gender-inclusive housing when they submit their housing application and change their mind prior to room selection can opt out by going back into their housing application and selecting "no" to gender-inclusive housing.

Am I guaranteed gender-inclusive housing if I opt in?

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. Please only opt in to gender-inclusive housing if this is truly the right option for you.

What if I no longer want to live in gender-inclusive housing?

Rooms, suites, flats and apartments that are designated as gender-inclusive will remain gender-inclusive even if the residents no longer wish to be in gender-inclusive housing.

Students may request room changes by following the normal room change procedures and completing a waitlist form from the residential area in which they want to live.

What if my parents don’t want me to live in a gender-inclusive room/suite/flat?

While parental consent is not required for gender-inclusive housing, Binghamton University encourages students to discuss their intent to participate in gender-inclusive housing with their parents/guardians.