We are committed to providing a variety of housing options in order to meet the many needs and interests of our students.
Gender Inclusive Housing
Binghamton University recognizes that same-sex room assignments are not ideal or appropriate for all students. Therefore, we offer two types of housing: gendered housing and gender inclusive housing (defined below). Gender Inclusive Housing (GIH) seeks to provide an environment that is welcoming to all gender identities and is not limited to the binary (male and female).
When completing the housing application, all students are required to select the type of housing they would like to reside in.
Gendered Housing: Students who choose to live with a roommate as well as suite/flat/ apartment mates who have the same legal sex of record with the University. This includes: male (m), female (f), nonbinary (x).
Gender Inclusive Housing (GIH): Students who choose to live with a roommate as well as suite/flat/apartment mates of any 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.
LGBTQ+ Living Community
The LGBTQ+ Living Community is open to all first-year undergraduate students interested in being active members of an inclusive residential experience centered around LGBTQ+ interests, topics and issues. The LGBTQ+ Living Community is supported by both the Q Center and Residential Life staff. The living community offers a welcoming, comfortable and supportive space for students to connect and learn with one another. Located in Newing College’s Delaware Hall, the gender inclusive rooms are in a traditional-style hall with corridor-style doubles: each room houses two students, each set of three rooms share a bathroom (one of these bathrooms contains the shower, the other has the toilet and both have a sink). In partnership with the Q Center, the living community participates in LGBTQ+ History Month events, living community dinners, educational programming and community-building opportunities throughout the year.
Apply for the LGBTQ+ Living Community
College is a time when you are faced with many decisions. You are dealing with academic and career concerns, issues related to sexuality, and pressures to use alcohol and other drugs. Many times, others are involved in influencing your decisions. Especially with regard to alcohol and other drugs, the pressure can be very strong. Some expect that alcohol, in particular, will be a part of college life. Binghamton is one of the many colleges and universities across the country that is now offering you the option of living in chemical-free housing.
Chemical-free housing is defined as a living environment where all residents and their guests agree to maintain a chemical-free lifestyle on and off campus and keep their living area free from substances at all times. Substances are defined to include alcohol, cigarettes, other tobacco products, other smoking materials and all illicit drugs. Chemical-free housing is offered in most communities except the Apartment Community.
Quiet living lifestyle residents agree to a 24-hour quiet environment conducive to sleep and study. Students should expect "normal" noise (garbage removal, lawn mowers, etc.), but residents agree to respect the rights of other community members to request a quiet environment at all times.
Resident life is good for transfer students. Within the larger university setting, we offer our transfer residents a true community feeling — socially, academically and conveniently. Most of our transfers like the independent living-style of the Apartments Community with single bedrooms, full kitchens and ample parking. The Apartments consist of Hillside and Susquehanna, which are up the hill from central campus next to our beautiful Nature Preserve. Apartments are available in two-, four- and six-person configurations in a suite-style with a common room. New this year, we’re reserving four buildings in Hillside just for transfer students — although they are welcome to find housing in any of our buildings. Many of the staff in these buildings are transfer students themselves and go through special training to help transition students to Binghamton and maximize their residents’ success.
Just like the residence halls down the hill, the Apartments Community offers socials, student government, traditions and myriad ways to get involved while enjoying the comforts of apartment-style living with your friends. Plus, Apartments residents have in-person access to their own Career and Professional Development Consultant, Laura O’Neill. We’ll be offering a special credit-bearing internship class this year just for Hillside transfers which will include site visits, career planning, journaling, goal setting and discussion. Service-learning projects, family dinners, a student success fair, classroom tours and barbecues are planned throughout the year.