Gender Inclusive Housing for Freshmen

What is Gender Inclusive housing at Sonoma State University?

Gender Inclusive housing would be a great option for those students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, queer, asexual, transsexual, and/ or intersex, as well as committed allies. Gender Inclusive spaces will be located on campus within other theme areas, in age appropriate villages. Options for both single and double bedrooms are available for all students interested.
In order to be considered for gender inclusive housing you must fill out a supplemental questionnaire and receive approval from a designated Area Coordinator in addition to the housing application. For more information on this theme, contact the SSU Housing Office.

Who does this community serve?

Gender Inclusive housing is offered as an option for first year and/ or returning SSU students. Designations such as biological sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression are not used in making housing assignments for this theme housing.  The community is designed as an intentional living community affirming the cultural experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning residents as well as their allies. This is not a place for romantic couples to live together.


Application process

Residents must self-select the Gender-Inclusive Housing option. Gender-Inclusive Housing will never be forced upon a student. For Gender-Inclusive placement, roommate pairings will not be based on gender identity, therefore Gender-Inclusive Housing allows roommate pairings regardless of the gender with which a student does or does not identify. Thus, residents of Gender-Inclusive Housing may request any roommate.


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is this co-ed housing?

    The term co-ed operates on the assumption that there are two genders: male and female. It leaves little room for the progressive theories on gender, and no room for those who do not identify as their biological sex or those who are transgender. This idea of gender inclusive is based on the notion that there are more than two genders, in fact an infinite amount. Allowing for gender inclusive housing, as opposed to co-ed, shows more inclusiveness and room for diverse identities.

  2. Is this only for students who are members of the LGBTQ community?

    No. Gender Inclusive Housing is an option for any student who wishes to group and/or select a room without regard to legal sex.

  3. Why has SSU created an “inclusive” gender assignment preference?

    Consistent with University policy and practice, the Housing Office and the Office of Residential Life respond to student needs and work to develop a nurturing community atmosphere that values diversity, social justice and promotes the dignity of all people. In keeping with the overall mission of Sonoma State University, we strive to provide safe and supportive on-campus lifestyle and living learning communities where diverse students are challenged to develop holistically; as scholars, citizens and leaders.


Policies and Restrictions

If one of the roommates chooses to move out, residents may name another, specific roommate of any gender. If residents do not choose a roommate, they will be assigned a new roommate of the same legal sex.

Interested students should contact the SSU Housing office at 707-664-2541 or email at ssu.housing@sonoma.edu.