Gender-Inclusive Housing

Student Life University Housing supports the academic and social success of all its residents. Within Ohio State’s diverse community of residence halls, University Housing affirms that one's dignity and uniqueness should be recognized and respected regardless of distinctions in identity. This goal is achieved through the availability of a wide range of on-campus housing options for undergraduate and graduate students.

When you complete your housing application or renewal, you will see these housing configuration options:

  • All gender room/all gender bathroom: Ohio State’s Gender-Inclusive Housing option
  • Same gender room/all gender bathroom: A housing configuration where men and women live as neighbors on the same floor and wing of a residence hall – but not within the same room – and where bathrooms do not have a male/female designation
  • Same gender room/same gender bathroom: A housing configuration where men and women live as neighbors on the same floor and wing of a residence hall – but not within the same room – and where bathrooms have a male/female designation
  • Same gender floor/same gender bathroom: A housing configuration where men and women live on separate floors and where bathrooms have a male/female designation

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Gender-Inclusive Housing?

Gender Inclusive Housing is defined at Ohio State as an arrangement whereby students, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, are permitted to share an apartment in the South Campus Gateway apartments at 1620 North High Street. The two-bedroom apartments house four students, with two sharing each bedroom. Each apartment features two private bathrooms.

Who can live in South Campus Gateway Gender-Inclusive Housing?

South Campus Gateway Gender Inclusive Housing is a voluntary housing option for full-time students at Ohio State, including graduate and professional students. Students must be at least 18 years of age. A student will not be assigned to Gender Inclusive Housing unless they request it by choosing the “all gender room/all gender bathroom” option listed above. This housing option is intended for LGBTQ students and other individuals with specific needs who wish to share an apartment with friends of a different gender. This housing option is available during the academic year only. There are no summer-only gender inclusive housing options.

What if I am a first-year student over the age of 18 who identifies as transgender, or I do not feel comfortable living in a gender-segregated housing arrangement?

Transgender students and other individuals with specific needs are valued members of the on campus living community at Ohio State. Incoming first-year students can utilize the Gender-Inclusive Housing option by choosing the “all gender room/all gender bathroom” housing configuration listed above. To assist students in choosing the housing option most comfortable for them, the Director of Housing Administration is available for phone and email consultations.

The best time to have these dialogues is while completing the housing application before arriving to Ohio State. In meeting the needs of the incoming student, Student Life University Housing will recognize and respect the gender identity the student has established with Housing. Staff will not ask for any more information than is required to meet the student’s housing needs, and all disclosed information will be kept strictly confidential.

In order to provide support for the needs of current and incoming transgender students, University Housing strongly encourages potential and current residents to contact the Director of Housing Administration, Toni Greenslade-Smith, early in the housing request process so that we may offer the widest range of possible housing options. Students can do this by emailing greenslade-smith.1@osu.edu. In an effort to be flexible and responsive to student needs, applications and requests are reviewed on a case by case basis.

Why does Ohio State offer gender-inclusive housing?

The primary reason is to provide housing options that take into consideration varying identities and to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for all students. Student Life University Housing is committed to building and maintaining a diverse community to reflect human diversity and improve opportunities for all.

We have historically been asked by students and parents to expand our housing options to accommodate LGBTQ students and other individuals with specific needs, opposite sex siblings, opposite sex friends and transgender students. The Gender-Inclusive Housing option mirrors the housing opportunities available to students off campus with the added convenience of on-campus life.

Based on the diverse needs and preferences of our students, we are expanding on-campus housing options in ways that address these issues and preferences. This housing option is not intended for romantic couples of any sexual orientation. As we develop new housing options, it is important to remember that all of the options that have historically been offered will continue to exist. Descriptions of available housing options are available here.

Are other colleges and universities offering this type of housing?

There are currently at least 160 institutions offering some variety of gender inclusive housing, including Big Ten schools and schools in Ohio. A complete list is available here.

Does Gender-Inclusive Housing cost more than other on-campus housing options?

No. The cost of living in the gender inclusive apartments in Gateway is the same Rate One price of other two-bedroom Gateway apartments. If you need a Gender Inclusive Housing accommodation, but have concerns about affording a Rate One residence, contact the Student Life Multicultural Center for assistance, then contact the Director of Housing Administration, Toni Greenslade-Smith, early in the housing request process in order to discuss your specific concerns. Students can do this by emailing greenslade-smith.1@osu.edu.

Review all on-campus housing rates here.

Why do people choose to live in Gender-Inclusive Housing?

People choose to live in Gender Inclusive Housing for many reasons. Some students choose it based on their gender identity/expression or sexual orientation; others simply want to live with close friends of different genders. The decision to live in Gender-Inclusive Housing doesn't necessarily mean anything about someone's identity or personal life.

How many Gateway apartments are designated as a part of Gender-Inclusive Housing?

There is not a set number of apartments designated as Gender Inclusive. Supply is based upon demand. Gender inclusive units are clustered together within the building to promote community.

Is this housing option available only to students who identify as LGBTQ?

Gender-Inclusive Housing exists to allow students, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression the ability to live together. This is a voluntary housing option for rising second-year (or above) students, including of graduate and professional students. Students must be out of high school and be at least 18 years of age.

Will I be assigned to live in Gender-Inclusive Housing?

No. Students will not be assigned to Gender-Inclusive Housing unless they have elected to live there.

What if I am a parent who doesn’t want my student to live in Gender-Inclusive Housing?

This is a conversation that needs to occur between parents and students. Ohio State deeply respects parents' involvement in their children’s lives, but students are seen as adults with the ability to choose the housing configuration most comfortable for them. Student Life University Housing staff are happy to meet with your student to discuss and explore the range of available housing options, and what each option means, with the goal of finding the right housing for them.

Who is available as a resource to students living in Gender-Inclusive Housing?

This housing opportunity is similar to living arrangements in other residence halls on campus. Community Assistants (CAs) and a Graduate Apartment Manager live on-site and are available for support and guidance. These students receive professional training from University Housing and the Student Life Multicultural Center as well as on-going professional development through the Office of Student Life.

How are roommates chosen?

Applicants are highly encouraged, but not required, to self-select their roommates. If you are unable to identify roommates and would like to live in Gender Inclusive Housing, University Housing will pair you with roommates during the assignment process. When you fill out your housing application you will be asked for your gender identity/expression. Unless you select Gender-Inclusive Housing, you will be placed with roommates who identify as the same gender as you.

What if I have a roommate I’m uncomfortable living with because of their gender identity?

Since all housing selections are based on individual preferences designated on the housing application, every student should be assigned a roommate with whom they feel comfortable. If for some reason a student isn't comfortable with their roommate, they can talk to their CA or Graduate Apartment Manager about different ways to address the situation.

The first step may be conflict resolution/mediation and, if necessary, may include changing apartments/residence halls. All situations will be handled on a case by case basis. How will the bathrooms work? The Gateway apartment-style residence hall features two private bathrooms. Students who live together within the apartment will have discussions with each other to determine how bathrooms will be shared.

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

If one person moves out and the remaining roommates are of different sexes, then the apartment may remain a gender-inclusive space. The student who remains in a gender-nclusive apartment may elect to find a new roommate – even of the same sex – and still have the apartment be designated a gender-inclusive space. If they are unable to find their own new roommate in the provided period of time, University Housing will assign a roommate who has also requested a Gender Inclusive space. If no such requests exist, a new roommate of the same sex will be placed in the apartment.

What if I still have questions?

If you still have questions, you can contact Jeff Perkins at perkins.589@osu.edu in the Student Life Multicultural Center or you can contact Student Life University Housing at 614-292-8266 or housing@osu.edu.