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Gender Inclusive Housing

Howard University is committed to providing an educational, living, and working environment that is welcoming, respectful, and inclusive of all members of the University community, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity. The Office of Residence Life and University Housing at Howard University welcomes students of all gender identities and expressions and is committed to providing an equitable and inclusive community for all residents.

Gender inclusive housing is an option that allows students to live with other students in a community that is affirming to their gender identity and/or expression. Housing applicants who opt into gender inclusive housing will live with other housing applicants who have also opted into gender inclusive housing, regardless of gender identity/expression.

All Howard residents must adhere to all University Housing policies in accordance to Student Code of Conduct and Community Standards, and the University’s (Interim) Title IX Policy on Prohibited Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Violence and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence. We will expect students in gender inclusive housing to follow these policies and standards as well.

Applicants who choose to live in gender inclusive housing also agree to the following:

  • Potentially live with someone of a different gender. Gender inclusive units may house students of all gender expressions and identities.
  • All roommates and their guests must agree to ensuring an inclusive, affirming and comfortable living environment for all individuals .
  • Residents will promote and use inclusive language within the gender inclusive unit. This includes, but is not limited to, referring to others by their correct pronouns.
  • Residents understand they will be removed from the environment if they fail to abide by these standards.


To submit a GIH request, interested applicants MUST:


For additional questions, please see the Gender Inclusive Housing FAQ list.


Hours of Operations
8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Mon., Wed., Fri.
(Office Hours by Appointment: 3 to 5 p.m.)

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tues. and Thurs.

Residence Life & University Housing
2205 4th Street, NW 
Washington, D.C. 20059