Gender Inclusive Housing-Housing Services - Carnegie Mellon University

Gender Inclusive Housing

Gender inclusive housing permits upper-class students (inclusive of all genders, gender identities and gender expressions) to reside in the same room. This is an inclusive living option, where roommates of any gender may sign up to live with each other as roommates. Gender inclusive housing is anticipated to be available to residents who select assignments in the following Oakland apartments for the 2017–2018 academic year:

  • Clyde House
  • 618 Clyde Street
  • Fairfax Apartments
  • Webster Apartments
  • Shady Oak Apartments
  • Shirley Apartments

Information about Gender Inclusive Housing

  • Residents can select the gender inclusive housing option through the Retention/Pull-in, Block Housing, or General Room Selection processes (if apartments are still available and must be selected in person with a Housing Services representative). Gender inclusive housing is not a separate phase of Room Selection, but rather an option that can be selected through various phases.
  • Gender inclusive housing is limited to available empty apartments in Clyde, 618 Clyde, Fairfax, Shady Oak, Shirley, and Webster. Once all empty apartments in these buildings are filled, the gender inclusive housing option will no longer be available. Housing Services does not convert half-filled apartments into gender inclusive housing spaces.
  • Block Housing applicants considering gender inclusive housing should make their Block Leader aware of their choice and should provide the Block Leader with a signed copy of the Gender Inclusive Housing Financial Responsibility Agreement. This will allow the Block Leader to make co-ed assignments during Block Housing selection. If these forms are not presented, co-ed assignments will not be permitted.  Co-ed groups who plan to separate into gender specific apartments do not need these forms - only groups planning on having co-ed roommates within the apartment.
  • Residents considering gender inclusive housing should be familiar with the Gender Inclusive Housing Financial Responsibility Agreement. In signing this form, you and your roommates agree to maintain 100% occupancy in the apartment for the academic year and assume financial responsibility for any vacancies that may open up mid-year. The cost of the vacancy will be split amongst the remaining residents and billed directly to their student account. This could have a serious financial impact, so please be sure to consider this carefully.
  • Students considering Gender Inclusive Housing for General Room Selection should contact the Room Assignments staff to indicate interest and for further information. Adding co-ed roommates to roommate groups can only be done by a Room Assignments staff member after the Gender Inclusive housing form is received. Appointments will need to be made during General Room Selection. Gender Inclusive/Co-ed housing options are not available through the online Room Selection process.

Financial Responsibility for Gender Inclusive Vacancies

  • Students who select a gender inclusive housing assignment will be held financially responsible for any vacancies that open up within the apartment during the course of the year. Students are given the option of paying for the vacancies (the cost will be split among the remaining residents), pulling in a new roommate of their choosing, or converting the room back to a single gender apartment, based on the gender of the remaining resident(s).
  • Housing Services will not assign roommates to a gender inclusive apartment under any circumstances.

How to Apply for Gender Inclusive Housing

Gender Inclusive Housing assignments cannot be selected online and will require an appointment with Housing Services.

  1. Each person who wants to live in the gender inclusive apartment should start an application for General Room Selection through the online application process
  2. One person should create a "Roommate Group."
  3. Each person who will be living in the group should sign a submit a Gender Inclusive Housing form and return it to the Housing office (be sure to include the Andrew ID and the name of the person who created the "Roommate Group").
  4. A Room Assignments staff person will manually add the roommates to the group and they will then appear in each individual's Room Selection application.
  5. Each person should "submit" their application.
  6. Once timeslots are received, the person with the best timeslot should make an appointment with a Room Assignments staff member for approximately 5 to 10 minutes before the best timeslot starts.
  7. Residents arrive at the appointment time, browse available apartments, and a Room Assignments staff member will help them complete the assignment process.