Housing Availability
Mixed Gender and Gender Inclusive Housing
Why is gender inclusive housing needed in UMD campus residence halls?
The Department of Resident Life wants every student who chooses to live in the residence halls to feel safe and comfortable. One of the ways we achieve this goal is by offering a wide range of on-campus housing options. Historically, residence halls were designed to separate the sexes into two groups – male and female. Our students advocated for the residence halls to have more diverse living options as it relates to sex/gender room assignments. In a survey of residence hall students conducted in spring 2013, 49% of students stated they would prefer to live on floors where sex/gender is not separated by wings of a hallway or in mixed gender suites and apartments. In the same survey, 23% of students indicated a preference for gendering inclusive housing and 28% indicated a preference for single gender housing. Based on the diverse needs and preferences of our students, we are taking the opportunity to expand on-campus housing options in ways that address these issues and preferences. As we expand our options, it is important to remember that all current options will continue to exist.

For the second year of our pilot program, we project that 90% of our residence hall spaces will remain single gender, 8-9% will be mixed gender housing, and 1-2% of housing will be gender inclusive housing.

Do we currently offer mixed gender housing on campus?
Currently, our campus offers the ability for students who are eligible to live in our public-private partnership housing (South Campus and The Courtyards) to apply for a select number of mixed gender apartment in those communities. In residence halls, we have offered mixed gender and gender inclusive housing on a case-by-case basis. Information about current mixed gender housing options can be found:

How do we define mixed gender housing in a traditional hall?
Mixed gender housing in a traditional hall means students live in a residence hall room with someone of the same sex or gender, but the room may be next to another room that is occupied by students of a different sex or gender. On traditional hall floors, community bathrooms are designated as male or female. Mixed gender housing will be available on designated floors in the Cambridge Community, Ellicott Community, Denton Community, Carroll Hall, and Caroline Hall for both new and returning residents.

Bel Air Hall
Bel Air Hall - Mixed Gender Housing in a Traditional Hall

How do we define mixed gender housing in suites & apartments?
Mixed gender housing in suites & apartments means students live in a residence hall room with someone of the same sex or gender, but the room may be next to another room that is occupied by students of a different sex or gender. Suite and apartment bathroom designations are determined by residents. Mixed gender housing in suites & apartments will be available through Room Selection for returning residents.

Baltimore Hall - Mixed Gender Housing in Suites and Apartments

How do we define gender inclusive housing in traditional halls?
In gender inclusive housing in the traditional residence halls, students share the same bedroom (and a private bathroom) in a traditional residence hall room, regardless of sex, gender, or gender identity. Gender inclusive housing allows students of different sexes or genders to live together within the same residence hall room. To request this housing option, students should contact Erin Iverson at eiverson@umd.edu for more information.

Centreville Hall - Gender Inclusive Housing in Traditional Halls

How do we define gender inclusive housing in semi-suites, suites & apartments?
Gender inclusive housing in semi-suites, suites and apartments is a housing option where students, regardless of sex, gender, or gender identity, share the same bedroom. Gender inclusive semi-suites have a private bathroom. Suite and apartment bathroom designations are determined by residents. Gender inclusive semi-suites and rooms in suites or apartments will be available through Room Selection for returning residence hall students.

Baltimore Hall - Gender Inclusive Housing in Suites and Apartments

How do we define single gender housing?
Single gender housing refers to rooms, floors, wings, semi-suites, suites, and apartments that are assigned by sex. Students residing in these assignments share a bedroom and bathroom with students of the same sex or gender. This option is currently available for students and will continue to be available.

Please note: assignments are made based on sex designation as indicated in the student's official university record.

Single Gender Housing

How will bathrooms in mixed gender suites and apartments be assigned?
In mixed gender suites and apartments, students who live together within the suite or apartment will have discussions with each other to determine how bathrooms will be shared. Bathroom configurations can vary for each unit, view information about South Hill Community Bathroom Locations.

How will bathrooms in gender inclusive suites and apartments work?
In gender inclusive suites and apartments, students who live together within the suite or apartment will have discussions with each other to determine how bathrooms will be shared. Bathroom configurations can vary for each unit, view information about South Hill Community Bathroom Locations.

Can students live with someone with whom they are in a romantic relationship?
We strongly discourage students from living with someone with whom they are in a romantic relationship. Research has shown that most students who choose to live in gender inclusive housing do so with friends and not with those whom they are dating.

Will students participating in living/learning programs have the option to live in gender inclusive or mixed gender housing?
We encourage students to check with their Living and Learning Program Director and the Resident Life Assignments Office regarding the impact of these housing options on their Living and Learning Program residence hall designation. Some of our current facilities do not provide us with the opportunity to expand our housing options at this time.

If a student wants gender inclusive housing, will the student have to identify a roommate or could a male, for example, choose gender inclusive housing and be assigned to a bedroom with a random female?
If a vacancy arises in a gender inclusive room or unit, we would give first opportunity to the student(s) residing in that room to identify a student whom with they wish to live. If the student(s) are unable to identify a friend, then we would give the resident the opportunity to move to a new location, or to have the bedroom revert back to single gender.

How long will the pilot program last?
The completion of the pilot program will be determined in consultation with the University of Maryland Residence Hall Association. Implementation of various components of these new housing options will take place over a 3-year period. We will survey students again next year to understand their experiences living in mixed gender and/or gender inclusive housing.