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Gender Inclusive Housing

WSU Gender Inclusive Housing

Recognizing that single-gender housing may not be appropriate or comfortable for all students, WSU Residential Life offers Gender Inclusive Housing in both the residence halls and apartments based on available space.  

The Gender Inclusive Housing (GIH) initiative was created with the explicit goal of helping gender-nonconforming students experience a greater sense of belonging in WSU’s residential communities.  GIH is defined as a housing option in which two or more students may share a multiple-occupancy apartment regardless of the students’ sex or gender. Gender Inclusive Housing is open to all students whose needs are not met by our traditional housing options and supports the University’s non-discrimination policy, which includes sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. We believe that it is important that our housing policies evolve to meet the needs of all students and to create an inclusive, welcoming environment.

Due to spatial limitations, priority will be given to students who request gender-inclusive accommodations by July 1st. Because of limitations in the available housing options, there is no guarantee that all of a student’s preferences can be met, but we are highly committed to working with the student to find the best accommodations possible.

GIH housing assignments for students wishing for inclusive options are guided by the following values:

  • Respect for an affirmation of the student’s gender identity and/or expression.
  • Prioritized attention to the student’s physical safety and emotional health.
  • Enhanced opportunities for student success at WSU by finding the best match between the student’s needs and the options available.

Options for Gender-Inclusive Housing:

Residence hall assignments may include Towers Residential Suites, Atchison, and Ghafari:

  • Single occupancy with a private bath
  • Single occupancy room with private bath (Type E & G)
  • Double- or triple-occupancy room when all roommates have explicitly requested to live with each other, per standard procedure when addressing roommate requests

Furnished apartment assignments in DeRoy:

  • Efficiency apartment single with private bath
  • Furnished one- or two-bedroom apartments when all roommates have explicitly requested to live with each other, per standard procedure when addressing roommate requests

Apartment assignments may include Chatsworth, DeRoy, and University Tower – All residents must be students, spouses, or other eligible person:

  • Efficiency/Studio apartment with private bath
  • One-bedroom apartment with a kitchen and private bath
  • Two-bedroom apartment with a kitchen and shared bath
  • Three – Bedroom apartment with Kitchen

How to Apply:

  1. Complete the online Housing Application and License Agreement by going to http://housing.wayne.edu/thd/index.php
  2. If you are under 18-years old, you and a parent or appropriate legal guardian must enter the information as special accommodations when completing the online housing application and license agreement.
  3. Submit the standard non-refundable application fee. You can submit payment online through our secure payment site. Once your application and license agreement is complete please follow the steps to submit your online payment.


If you have questions regarding gender-identity, gender-expression, gender non-conforming, or transgender student support, feel free to contact Jeanine Bessette, Director of Housing and Residential Life at fk9975@wayne.edu for a confidential conversation about your housing options.