Gender Inclusive Housing Community

What is Gender Inclusive Housing?

Gender Inclusive Housing allows for students to live with roommates and suitemates regardless of gender identity. Students who select Gender Inclusive Housing agree to live with and create a welcoming environment for students of any gender identity.  The Gender Inclusive Housing Community Living Agreement articulates expectations of the environment and must be completed before admission into GIH.  This includes but is not limited to: man, woman, trans, nonbinary and genderqueer/gender non-conforming.  CSUN Student Housing recognizes that same-sex room assignments are not ideal or appropriate for all students. Gender Inclusive Housing seeks to provide an environment that is welcoming to all gender identities and is not limited to the binary (male and female). 

Who is eligible to sign up for Gender Inclusive Housing?

Any student who is eligible to live on campus is eligible to live in Gender Inclusive Housing.

Is Gender Inclusive Housing right for me?

Gender Inclusive Housing (GIH) exists with the explicit goal of providing a housing experience with a sense of belonging and community for trans, nonbinary, and genderqueer/gender non-conforming students, as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and questioning students and allies of those communities.

Where is gender inclusive housing located on campus?

Gender inclusive housing is available in all residential room types.

How do I sign up for gender inclusive housing?

You will sign-up for Gender Inclusive Housing through the CSUN Student Housing Portal while completing your housing application.

  • Step 1: If you are creating an application for the first time with CSUN Student Housing you will be prompted to create an account.  In the process of creating the account, you will be prompted to select the option that corresponds with your gender identity.  At this prompt be aware that your selected gender identity (male, female, or non-binary) will be the gender identity of future roommates. 
  • Step 2: After creating your profile, start the application via the Student Housing Portal accessible from the Student Housing and Residential Life. When you arrive at the Gender Inclusive Housing page of the application, you can opt-in to Gender Inclusive Housing.
  • Step 3: Complete the remainder of the application.
  • Step 4:  Complete the Gender Inclusive Housing Community Living Agreement available in the “Forms” section of the Student Hosing Portal.

What if I sign the Gender Inclusive Housing Community Living Agreement and then change my mind?

Students who select gender inclusive as their housing type on the housing application and later change their mind must contact Student Housing at and request to opt out of Gender Inclusive. 

Once a room is selected, students will not be able to change their housing type (gendered or gender inclusive) in the housing portal. Students who select a room and then wish to change the type of housing they selected should email, and we will work with you to find a new assignment. Keep in mind that we will not be able to accommodate moves for entire groups and we may not be able to reassign students in the community of their choice. We strongly encourage students to be certain of their housing type decision (gendered or gender inclusive) prior to room selection.

Am I guaranteed to be in gender inclusive housing if I select that as my housing type?

As with all housing options, we do our best to assist students who wish to live in gender inclusive housing; however, we cannot guarantee availability. Nor can we guarantee availability in a student’s top choice(s) residential community. This is also the case for binary gendered housing. 

What if my parents don’t want me to live in gender inclusive housing?

While parental consent is not required for gender inclusive housing, we do encourage students to discuss their intent to live in gender inclusive housing with their parents/guardians.

The California State University, Northridge (CSUN) Gender Inclusive Housing, is designed to provide a living environment welcoming to all gender identities; one not limited by the traditional understanding of gender as only male and female. Gender-inclusive housing allows for individuals to live together regardless of sex assigned at birth. This housing type was developed to better provide a supportive environment where all residents can feel safe in their housing assignment with respect to their gender identity and gender expression. Offering gender-inclusive housing is supportive of creating a more inclusive campus climate and community.

As a student selecting to live in Gender Inclusive Housing (GIH), I agree to follow the terms and conditions that are listed below. Please initial next to each numbered item, and sign and date the form.

  1. I will abide by all CSUN Student Housing policies regarding student conduct.  CSUN has established standards of conduct to which all students are held accountable, including conduct standards relating to abusive, threatening, intimidating, or harassing actions (including but not limited to, those based on race, religion, gender identity, or gender expression) and sexual misconduct. Resources are available to all students in the event that a person believes that aspects of their living situation constitute a violation of these standards of conduct.
  2. I understand that I am opting-in to live in GIH, but am able to opt-out at any time. Room reassignment will be based on space availability.
  3. I will be subject to immediate residential room relocation and/or other University and/or Student Housing sanctions if found responsible for being in violation or non-compliance of the standards of this Community Living Agreement or the rules and regulations of the CSUN Student Housing license agreement.
  4. I agree to live and behave in accordance to an inclusive living environment within my living space and beyond.
  5. I agree to participate in conversations and open communication with my living partners about identity, pronouns, and preferred names.  I further agree to abide by the outcomes and decisions regarding individual identity, pronouns, and preferred names.
  6. I am aware that I am responsible for ensuring that my guests adhere to the stated policies, this Community Living Agreement, and I am responsible for their behavior at all times as this agreement extends to my guests.
  7. I will encourage and hold accountable my fellow community members to observe all the standards of our Gender Inclusive Housing community.
  8. I understand that if am over the age of 18 that it is my choice to share my gender inclusive housing decision with my parents or family and I should have a plan before move-in if parent will accompany.  Students under 18 should discuss housing plans with their families as they will be required to have parental consent.  If support is needed, I agree to reach out and utilize appropriate support resources that may include: Residence Life staff; and/or, University Counseling Services.
  9. I will consult the CSUN Residential Life Office staff if I have any questions or concerns as it relates to upholding this agreement.

I agree to all the terms above and am committed to creating, engaging, and maintaining a Gender Inclusive environment within my residential community. I understand that violations of this agreement will be documented, and that Residence Life staff will seek to bring resolution with sanctions that will serve to maintain the integrity of Gender Inclusive Housing.


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