Carnegie Mellon University

Gender Inclusive Housing

Carnegie Mellon University strives to make on-campus housing a safe, inclusive and welcoming space for all students. The Gender Inclusive Housing (GIH) option allows students to live in the same room with any other student regardless of sex, biological gender, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.

Who Can Apply? 

Gender Inclusive Housing is a voluntary option and is specifically designed for students who are LGBTQ, non-binary, those exploring gender identity and allies. There are no programmatic components or requirements associated with the Gender Inclusive Housing option.

The Application Process

The Gender Inclusive Housing option for first-years has historically been available in Morewood Gardens, but the location is subject to change. Students who are interested in a Gender Inclusive Housing living option should:

  1. Select the "Gender Inclusive Housing" option from the Themed Living Community page of the housing application.
  2. List the Gender Inclusive Housing building (which is announced in late spring) as their top building preference on their first-year housing application.

Residents who opt into Gender Inclusive Housing will be assigned together in a cluster of rooms within the designated living area. Generally, the Gender Inclusive housing cluster will be located in a building with semi-suite style rooms.  


First-year students who apply to live in Gender Inclusive Housing can see other gender inclusive applicants on the roommates page of the housing application. Students can contact prospective roommates through the housing application or request roommates they messaged independently. Both roommates need to have selected Gender Inclusive Housing in their housing application in order to be able to find and confirm each other as roommates.

Students are not required to identify their own roommate. If a student does not indicate a roommate on their housing application, they will be assigned to another roommate in Gender Inclusive Housing based on their compatibility as determined by their roommate profile responses. 


The Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion offers resources to achieve an inclusive and transformative experience for all students. The Center supports and connects historically underrepresented students in their experience at Carnegie Mellon. In the pursuit of equity, the Center also coordinates a network of faculty and staff interested in collectively advancing a more inclusive campus climate for all CMU students. Students interested in LGBTQ resources from the Center can contact Zoe Levin.

Students interested in more information on first-year housing and Gender Inclusive Housing can email