American University is committed to providing students with safe and secure housing. The Housing staff expects that all students will be treated with respect in the halls. But being assigned an unknown roommate is worrisome for many first year lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students. So here is a little information to try and make the process easier:
- Many LGBTQ students find that their roommate is very open and accepting.
- If your roommate is not so accepting, Housing and Dining Services staff members have been consistently helpful on LGBTQ issues. If you are having a problem with your roommate because of LGBTQ issues, your Resident Director usually will be able to help find a solution.
- If you don’t feel comfortable going directly to your Resident Director, stop by and see the Director or the Coordinator of LGBTQ Outreach & Programming in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion who can help you find appropriate resources.
All Gender Housing Options
All-gender housing allows students to reside with other students regardless of sex, gender, gender identity, or gender expression. This option is intended for students who wish to share a room or suite with other students who identify differently than themselves. Note that with the exception of specifically designated all-female housing locations, buildings and floors within first year communities are co-ed.
This option is a designation at the bedroom and suite level for first-year students. Offering an all-gender housing option to all students, allows increased choice in selecting roommates. It affords students maximum responsibility for their own room assignment and is consistent with the University's commitment to learning through students' active decision-making and engagement in the learning environment.
An all-gender housing assignment is optional. Students who do not opt in will experience a housing assignment directed by the birth gender on file and will be assigned a same gendered roommate.
Students will indicate their desire for this option through the AU Housing Portal's online application. No response to this question will default to a same-gender housing assignment. Students who indicate yes to this option will be paired/grouped with other students within their specific community designation for their room and roommate(s) placement.
For more information: visit Housing & Resident's Life's All-Gender Housing Page
The Center for Diversity & Inclusion and Housing and Dining Services recognize that some transgender students may have concerns that are not addressed by the above resources. Housing and Dining Services is committed to finding appropriate housing for all students, and will address individual needs on a case-by-case basis.
If you identify as transgender and would like to talk about specific housing concerns, please contact CDI at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also visit CDI's Trans Resource Guide
Housing & Dining Programs offers multiple resources for students looking for off-campus housing. Please visit the off-campus resources section of the Housing & Dining website for more information.
For additional off-campus housing options, check out the newspapers for classified ads:
The Washington Blade (the local GLBT weekly): http://www.washblade.com/
The Washington City Paper (regularly covers GLBT issues and often has ads specifically looking for GLBT friendly housing situations):
The Washington Post (DC's main newspaper)