Gender Inclusive & LGBPQ Affirming Requests

University housing at UC Berkeley seeks to provide all students with safe, affirming spaces to find community.  Part of this is working collaboratively and proactively with LGBTQ students to insure that they feel like their floor and roommates are welcoming and inclusive, and that they have access to facilities that are designed with their needs in mind.

Unity House is a residence hall floor and theme program dedicated to providing a safe, Pride-filled community for students who identify as LGBTQ, and also is one of the areas on campus with gender-inclusive housing options.  Unity House participation includes attending a seminar class put together by the Gender Studies Department and also includes participation in events and programs put on for the community. If you are interested in Unity House, we encourage you to apply on our housing application! Learn more about the Unity House program.

In addition, one of our housing coordinators, the Accommodations Coordinator, works with students in advance of their stay on campus to place them into communities designed to provide more support, often by placing them in a room with a requested roommate, with other students who also request Gender Inclusive Housing or Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Pansexual, Queer or Questioning (LGBPQ) Affirming Housing, or with students who self-identify as aspiring allies to the LGBTQ community.

If you are interested in requesting a Gender Inclusive or LGBPQ Affirming space, please read the instructions below for more information on how to do so.


For more information, you may also get in touch with the Cal Housing Accommodations Coordinator:


Phone: 510-642-4108
Email: housingaccommodations@berkeley.edu

 

Steps to Request Gender Inclusive Housing
Step 1: Submitting the Application

If you are a student that identifies as transgender, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, gender fluid, or non-binary, you are encouraged to fill out Phase 1 of the housing application by the deadline, and to note in the “accommodations” section of the application that you need gender-inclusive housing. You may also choose to self-identify your gender on Step 1 of the application to let us know you identify differently than your gender assigned at birth.

Many of our residence halls are equipped with all gender restrooms or semi-private bathrooms, and so if you have a preference for a particular unit or location, most have options that may suit your needs.

 

Step 2: Providing Additional Information

After indicating your needs on the housing application, students seeking gender inclusive housing or other accommodation related to their gender identity are encouraged to complete the Identity-Based Request Form. 

You should return the form filled out and signed, with any additional information you wish to provide.  You are not required to provide any specific information, but if there are considerations you wish for us to take into account, you may include more details, for example if you have a preference for a semi-private bath rather than a communal bath, if you wish to be placed near the Unity House floor, or if you wish to request to be placed with a particular roommate. 

Even if you have no additional information to share, please turn in the Identity-Based Request Form, so that your request is successfully followed up with by our staff.  After you provide this documentation, the Accommodation Coordinator will try to locate a room that matches your request. Requests made without the Identity-Based Request Form will no longer be processed.

Step 3: Receiving a Housing Offer

Not all students who apply for housing receive housing offers, based on our random lottery system.  

Students who receive a housing offer will be notified of the offer via email, and will be given the opportunity to accept or decline the housing offer online by completing Phase 2 of the application (portal.housing.berkeley.edu) and paying an advance payment.  By declining an offer, a student is indicating they do not wish to live on campus, and they will not receive an offer for a different space.

Prior to receiving an offer, the Accommodation Coordinator may email you to confirm that the space you will receive is a gender inclusive space, or to discuss alternative options if a gender-inclusive space that matched your requested needs was not available.

Steps to Request LGBPQ Affirming Housing
Step 1: Submitting the Application

If you are a student who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, Queer, questioning, asexual, transgender, or with the LGBTQ community and you wish to request a roommate who is another LGBTQ student or a student who identifies as an aspiring LGBTQ ally, you are encouraged to fill out “Phase 1” of the housing application by the deadline, and to note on the “accommodations” section of the application that you would like an LGBTPQ+ affirming space.

Step 2: Providing Additional Information

After indicating your needs on the housing application, students are encouraged to complete the Identity-Based Request Form.

You should return the form filled out and signed, with any additional information you wish to provide.  You are not required to provide any specific information, but if there are considerations you wish for us to take into account, you may include more details, for example if you wish to request to be placed with a particular roommate or near the Unity House floor. 

Even if you have no additional information to share, please turn in the Identity-Based Request From, so that your request is successfully followed up with by our staff.  After you provide this documentation, the Accommodation Coordinator will try to locate a room that matches your request. Requests made without the Identity-Based Request Form will no longer be processed.

Step 3: Receiving a Housing Offer

Students who receive a housing offer will be notified of the offer via email to their berkeley.edu email address, and will be given the opportunity to accept or decline the housing offer online by completing Phase 2 of the application (portal.housing.berkeley.edu) and paying an advance payment.  By declining an offer, the student is indicating they do not wish to live on campus, and they will not receive an offer for a different space.

Prior to receiving an offer, the Accommodation Coordinator may email you to confirm that the space you will receive is a LGBPQ+ affirming space, or to discuss alternative options if an LGBPQ+ space was not located.

Campus Resources for Students Who Identify as LGBTQ
Gender Equity Center

The gender equity center on campus is dedicated to support LGBTQ students, women, and survivors of sexual violence. They are located in Cesar Chavez 202.

 

http://geneq.berkeley.edu/

Division of Equity and Inclusion

Offers a broad range of resources and support for student on UC Berkeley’s campus with historically marginalized identities.

 

http://diversity.berkeley.edu/