First-Year Student Gender Inclusive Housing

The Offices of University Housing and Residence Life, the Residence Hall Association (RHA) and the LGBT Center collaborated to offer a Gender Inclusive Housing (GIH) program, which began in the 2015-16 academic year. 

The GIH option will allow students to live with other students in a non-binary housing option. Students in GIH rooms can live with other students regardless of their gender identity/expression. GIH also seeks to create inclusive and supportive living environments for students.

Students who are transgender, exploring gender identity, non-binary, are gender non-conforming or allies of the community.

It is important that the CWRU housing community is a comfortable safe place for students to live. Not all students are comfortable with a room assignment based exclusively on their assigned sex at birth.

The program will take place in a quad-style residence hall, Cutler House. One quad has space for nine students (4 double rooms and 1 single) and shares a bathroom. The single room will be for the Resident Assistant (RA) for the floor. We will open additional quads for GIH, given demand.

We will reach out to students who express interest on their housing application to complete an additional questionnaire. Information from this will assist the LGBT Center and University Housing in completing roommate matches and housing assignments. Lifestyle preferences from your housing application will also be used to match roommates.

Please indicate on your housing application that you want to live in GIH and we will contact you about this program.

If you don't think this housing option is right for you, please contact the LGBT Center (216.368.1237 or email and request to speak with Harry Hawkins, LGBT Center Assistant Director or contact University Housing (216.368.3780 or email and request to speak to Josh Cline, Resident Services Coordinator for the First-Year Experience to discuss housing options.