Gender Inclusive Housing

Harvard College is pleased to announce that gender inclusive housing is available as an option for first-year students effective in the fall of 2018. Gender inclusive housing is already an option for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. In alignment with the Mission of the College, gender inclusive housing acknowledges and reaffirms gender diversity as an important aspect of our campus life by offering a pathway to housing that is not predicated on the notion that there are essential characteristics that render single-gender housing necessary.

Gender inclusive housing gives students the option of living together in a room or suite irrespective of their gender identity. This option is available to all students at the College, though the process differs for first-year students and for sophomores, juniors, and seniors living in the houses. 

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Gender inclusive housing for first-year students

Over the summer, the Freshman Dean’s Office (FDO) will send an electronic housing application to all incoming first-year students where you will be able to check a box requesting to be placed in gender inclusive housing. Students who check this box will be housed with others who made the same request. On the application, there will also be space to offer additional information that you would like the Freshman Dean's Office to know about regarding your housing needs.

All incoming first-year students are randomly assigned to one of the first-year dorms. The room and suite configurations differ from dorm to dorm, so the more information you are able to provide, the better the FDO will be able to place you. 

If you need more information, have questions, or want support, you can contact the Freshman Dean’s Office at fdo@fas.harvard.edu (617-495-1574), or the Office of BGLTQ Student Life at bgltq@fas.harvard.edu (617-496-5716).

Gender inclusive housing for sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors who wish to opt into gender inclusive housing can do so during the housing lottery process in the spring. Requests for gender inclusive rooming groups can be made to your House Administrator. All occupants must voluntarily agree to the arrangements and must complete a gender inclusive housing contract confirming their agreement. 

Fulfillment of requests for gender inclusive housing will take into account the limitations of each House. For more information about this policy, contact the Housing Office, your House Administrator, or the Office of BGLTQ Student Life. If you have gender-based needs that require accommodations beyond those offered by this policy, please contact the Housing Office at collegehousing@fas.harvard.edu (617-496-2774), or the Office of BGLTQ Student Life at bgltq@fas.harvard.edu (617-496-5716).

Some questions you might have

As a first-year student, what kind of suite will I live in if I opt into gender inclusive housing?

Gender inclusive housing is available throughout the Yard, so students who select this housing option can expect to live in a diverse community with others of different backgrounds, identities, and experiences. 

Most dorms have suites with two to four bedrooms and a common room, and house between three and six students. A few have their own bathrooms, though most share with other suites. The FDO assigns students to suites rather than to particular bedrooms, and, in almost any suite, students should expect to share a bedroom for at least part of the year. Some dorms contain doubles, usually one fairly large room with a shared bath.

To learn more, visit fdo.fas.harvard.edu/pages/freshman-dorms.

What resources exist for trans and genderqueer students on campus?

There are many resources available on Harvard's campus and in the greater Boston and Cambridge area for students who identify as trans or genderqueer. Visit our resources page to learn about the support that's available to students on campus.

If you don't know specifically what it is you're looking for, you're welcome to reach out to us, schedule a Qoffee with QuInterns chat, or stop by when we're open. If you don't want to reach out to our office, you might consider reaching out to your BGLTQ specialty tutor or proctors, or to one of the out BGLTQ faculty and staff here at Harvard.

Where can I find more information about gender and gender identity?

For a helpful list of terms and definitions, check out the Trans Student Educational Resources (TSER) terminology page

For information about personal pronouns and when/how to use them, check out mypronouns.org.

Gender Spectrum created a helpful resource that breaks down the differences between gender, gender identity, and gender expression. 

If you'd like to chat with someone in person, considering reaching out to one of us in the Office of BGLTQ Student Life!