Frequently Asked Questions about Gender Inclusive Housing
We have a variety of gender-inclusive housing options throughout our system. Graduate and
undergraduate students can be placed in a gender-inclusive room in one of our many residential
communities on campus and undergraduate students can also opt into our Gender Inclusive Living
Q: What are the different room types available for gender inclusive living within University
A: Residence hall assignments may include:
● Single or double rooms with a private bath
● Single or double rooms with a gender-inclusive bathroom in close proximity
● Single or double rooms with an attached bathroom (shared with another single or double
Apartment assignments may include:
● One-bedroom apartment with a kitchen and private bath
● Two-bedroom apartment with a kitchen and shared bath
Q: Where are the gender-inclusive bathrooms located in Housing?
A: This list of gender-inclusive restrooms and bathrooms is provided for your reference.
Q: Why is it important to offer Gender-Inclusive housing options?
A: University Housing is committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and supportive living experience for all students living in the University of Michigan’s residential facilities. The majority of the university's residential system limits living arrangements to same-gender roommate pairings, which does not
meet the needs of some students. Gender inclusive housing options allow students who identify as
transgender,* gender non-conforming*, agender* and similar the ability to choose a roommate of
any gender or gender expression. The addition of the Gender Inclusive Living Experience
acknowledges the diverse needs of the student body and underscores the importance of community. Gender inclusive housing options help further develop a residential climate that is positive, respectful, and inclusive for all residents. Gender inclusive housing is voluntary.
Q: Who can live in the Gender Inclusive Living Experience?
A: This housing option is open to all undergraduate students. The purpose of the Gender Inclusive
Living Experience is to provide a safe space for transgender*, gender non-conforming*, agender*, and similarly identified students. Allies are also encouraged to apply to reside in this community. Students who have an understanding of gender identity and gender expression and are willing to actively contribute to an inclusive community can live in the Gender Inclusive Living Experience.
Q: How are roommates chosen?
A: Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to self-select their roommate. If you are unable to
identify a roommate, University Housing will pair you with a roommate during the assignment
process. You may also wish to consider completing the roommate finder on the Housing website to
assist in finding a roommate.
Q: How will the bathrooms work?
A: The Gender Inclusive Living Experience will have a gender-inclusive bathroom. This means that the bathroom will not be restricted to a specific gender. The Gender Inclusive Living Experience will also be close to gender-specific bathrooms. GILE community members who feel comfortable using gender-specific bathrooms are asked to utilize them. Bathrooms that meet the needs of all members of the community will be available. Gender Inclusive living options outside of GILE are located near gender inclusive and gender-specific bathrooms.
Q: What if I still have questions?
A: If you have any questions or wish to discuss your interest or preferences, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Transgender is a term used for people whose gender identity, expression or behavior is different
from those typically associated with their assigned sex at birth, including but not limited to
transsexuals, cross-dressers, androgynous people, genderqueer and gender non-conforming people.
* Gender non-conforming, refers to a person whose behavior or appearance does not conform to
predominant cultural and social expectations about what is appropriate for their gender. *Gender
identity is an individual’s internal sense of being a man, a woman, both, neither, two-spirit,
multi-gender, bi-gender, or another configuration of gender. Since gender identity is internal, one’s gender identity is not necessarily visible to others.
*Gender expression is the external manifestation of one's gender identity, usually expressed through clothing, haircut, voice and other forms of expression.
*Cisgender is a term used to describe people who, for the most part, identify as the gender they were assigned at birth. For example, if a doctor said “it’s a boy!” when you were born, and you identify as a man, then you could be described as cisgender.