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Gender Neutral Housing

Gender Neutral Housing

Gender Neutral Housing is a housing option in which two or more students share a multiple-occupancy apartment or suite regardless of the students’ sex, gender, gender identity, or gender expression.

Housing & Residential Life is committed to working with all students to meet their housing needs in an environment that values diversity and promotes dignity of all people. Gender neutral housing is now available to upper-class students during the room selection process. Incoming students who have recently been admitted can select an interest in Gender Neutral Housing on their Housing Applications and will be contacted by a staff member for a follow up interview.  

Gender neutral housing gives students the option to reside with a person of a different gender or sex in order to provide a welcoming living environment. Gender Neutral Housing may be especially important for:

  • Students in the process of discovering their gender identity
  • Students who do not wish to identify themselves by gender
  • Gay, lesbian  bisexual or transgendered students,
  • Students who feel more comfortable with a roommate of a different gender

Gender Neutral Housing will be offered in pre-determined rooms and apartments throughout campus. Options include both single and double bedrooms at a range of prices.

During the Gender Neutral Housing (GNH) online selection process students have the option to either pull in an eligible (eligibility, requires an active lottery number and a signed Gender Neutral Housing contract) roommate to fill the suite, or select a single space within an apartment/suite. If the student does not select a roommate, the space will remain available during the Gender Neutral selection period to be filled by another student who agrees to the Gender Neutral Housing contract.

If the remaining space does not get selected during the Gender Neutral selection process, Housing & Residential Life will either fill it with a student requesting gender neutral housing or a student of the same sex.

Should all rooms, suites, or apartments that have the gender neutral designation be filled at the time the group is eligible to select, the group will need to divide up and select from the single-gender inventory. (It is unlikely that a student will not have options if they desire to live in gender neutral housing because we designate rooms based on demand.)

If a roommate cancels their housing or moves out of the room for any reason, the remaining roommates must identify a new roommate to fill the vacancy.

If a roommate of a student in Gender Neutral Housing elects to change their housing or moved out between semesters, the student moving out or the students remaining in the space should contact the Housing & Residential Life Office with another roommate to fill the vacancy. If the space is not filled by this date, Housing & Residential Life reserves the right to assign any student who agrees to the Gender Neutral Housing contract to the vacant space. Other cancellations will be handled on a case-by-case basis: students should work with the office to fill any mid-semester vacancies.

Northeastern discourages students of any sexual orientation who are in a relationship from living together in a residence hall housing unit, although we do not question the student’s motives for wanting to live in a Gender Neutral Housing option.

It is the student’s choice to communicate with parents or family members about the decision to live in a gender-neutral housing environment. The Office of Housing & Residential Life encourages this conversation between parents or family members and students about the housing choice so that they can be in support of the student’s decision.

Download and view the agreement here.

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