Gender Neutral Housing

Gender-neutral housing allows friends of different genders to be assigned to the same room in one of the gender-neutral designated residences at Stanford.

Students interested in this option must:

  1. Apply for the Draw as a group, selecting the gender-neutral/ inclusive housing locations they are interested in as their top choices. Group retention should be set at least through the gender-neutral/ inclusive choices. Draw applications are due May 8th, 2017.
  2. If members of the group are assigned to the same residence and room type, they must formally request a gender-neutral/ inclusive room assignment by filing a Gender-Neutral/ Inclusive Room Assignment Request Form right after the Draw.
    1. Log on to Axess.
    2. Select Student Housing and Dining from the Student drop-down menu
    3. Click Forms and Petitions
    4. Select the request type Gender-Neutral/ Inclusive Room Assignment Request
    5. Submit the form by May 29th, 2017.
  3. Participate in the undergraduate in-house draw to receive a specific room assignment.

If drawmates are assigned into the same house and room type and that house and room type offers gender neutral housing, the students are guaranteed the ability to live together as long as both students request a gender neutral assignment by May 29th (see above). 

Please note that students are never forced into gender neutral/ inclusive assignments. 

Which Residences offer Gender-Neutral/ Inclusive Housing?

Residences that offer the gender-neutral/ inclusive option:

  • BOB (two-room doubles)
  • Branner (two-room doubles)
  • Castaño (two-room doubles)
  • Crothers (one-room doubles)
  • EAST (one and two-room doubles)
  • Enchanted Broccoli Forest (EBF) (two- room doubles)
  • Jerry (two-room doubles)
  • Ng House, Humanities Theme Residence (two-room doubles)
  • Meier Hall (two-room doubles)
  • Mirrielees (two-bedroom apartments)
  • Norcliffe Hall (two-room doubles)
  • Narnia (two-room doubles)
  • Rains (two-bedroom apartments)
  • Terra (two-room doubles)
  • Trancos (one-room doubles)
  • Xanadu (two-room doubles)
  • Yost (one and two- room doubles)
  • ZAP (two-room doubles)

Who can take advantage of this program?

This program is intended for students who wish to share a room or apartment with friends of a different gender. It is not intended for romantic couples, who are encouraged to apply for Couples Graduate Housing.

No Random Roommates

Students will not be matched with a random roommate of another gender through this process.  This is why it is very important to file a Gender-Neutral/ Inclusive Room Assignment request in Axess after receiving your Draw assignment.

What happens if one of the roommates cancels their assignment or leaves mid-year? 

If one student cancels or leaves during the year, the remaining student can request another roommate from students who have been assigned to the same housing location, or the entire space will revert to single gender. 

Confidential Process for Transgender Students

Transgender students who need special accommodation due to gender identity/expression can apply through the regular housing Draw and take advantage of Gender-Neutral/ Inclusive Housing or contact Housing Assignments for assignment assistance:

  1. The request will be handled through a confidential process and staff will not ask for more information than is required to meet the student's housing needs.
  2. Placement priority will be given to students who notify Housing Assignments well in advance of the assignment round for which they are applying and who require accommodations based on their gender identity/expression.
  3. Later requests will be handled as appropriate spaces become available.

Housing Assignments recognizes that students are not all alike and have different needs and desires. We will address concerns on a case-by-case basis.

Roommate Conflicts

If a student has a conflict with a roommate because of their gender identity/expression, the student should see their Residence Dean (RD). Residence Deans are full-time, professional staff members who have taken part in training specifically on gender identity/expression issues. Other resources available include the LGBT Community Resources Center.

Co-Op Housing Assignments

Co-Ops are self-governing houses and many determine their own independent room assignment process. Because these room assignments are made under the governance of the house, these houses often have some co-ed living arrangements that may or may not adhere to gender-neutral/ inclusive housing policies. The University does not forbid mixed gender assignments in co-ops, but no student will be assigned to a mixed gender room against his or her wishes. For more information on co-ops or on consensus room assignments, contact the House Managers or RA's of the individual co-ops.