Gender-Affirming Housing

We believe that students should be able to live together regardless of gender or sex marker and that the role of BU Housing is to provide all students with comfortable, affirming spaces where they may find community and support. The Housing staff are committed to working with all students to find the room and roommate you desire. To achieve this, we work collaboratively with all transgender, non-binary, questioning, gender non-conforming, and cisgender students to ensure that they feel supported and comfortable while living on campus.

Gender-affirming housing assignments may be on a mixed-gender floor, suite, or apartment based on availability. Choosing gender-affirming housing will allow students of different gender identities and/or sexes to be assigned to the same room. Continuing students who want to live in a gender-affirming space should contact the housing office at genaffrm@bu.edu.

For fall 2022, first-year and transfer students participating in gender-affirming housing, will be assigned to rooms/suites in 1019 Commonwealth Avenue, 575 Commonwealth Avenue, and Myles Standish Hall based on the date the request is received and availability (for example single rooms tend to fill up quickly). Students do have the option to request roommates or to be placed with other students who indicate they also want to live in gender-affirming housing. Follow the links for detailed information about each building and bathrooms.

First Year & Transfer Students

If you are a first year or transfer student, who would like to sign up for gender-affirming housing, you will have the opportunity to indicate your building and roommate preference during the application process. If you do not have a building preference or roommate choice, we will work with you to identify another student who has also signed up for gender-affirming housing.

You will find the New Student Housing Application in the My Housing Portal.

We are committed to assisting students in finding their preferred roommate and if possible, their preferred building and room. If you have any questions around gender-affirming housing, please contact BU Housing at genaffrm@bu.edu, and a senior housing staff member will respond to schedule a time to speak with you.

Communicating with Us

As a new or transfer student, you will have the opportunity to indicate on your housing application your desire to participate in gender-affirming housing. We recognize that not all students will want to indicate on their housing application that they prefer a gender-affirming housing assignment. To support all students, we have identified members of our senior staff who are available to personally answer any questions that students may have regarding our gender-affirming housing process and to accept your preferences in person. Students may contact these staff members via email at genaffrm@bu.edu or via telephone at 617-353-3511.

We also offer a Zoom or Teams meeting option.  To schedule a video consultation before making any housing decisions, please email us at genaffrm@bu.edu. All conversations are confidential.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for Gender-Affirming Housing?

  • New and Transfer students may indicate on their Housing Application that they want to participate in gender-affirming housing. If you are not comfortable using the housing application, you may contact a senior housing staff member at genaffrm@bu.edu and they will schedule a time to speak with you.

How do I go about identifying/requesting a roommate(s)?

  • New and Transfer students will have an option to list their preferred roommate when they submit their Housing application. Once the application is submitted, students may contact the housing office via genaffrm@bu.edu.

Am I able to request a single room?

  • Yes, you may request a single room; however, there are a limited number of single rooms available. Please confirm the room rate before you select a room as prices vary based on the style of room you choose.

Do we have to agree to be roommates?

  • Yes, we do ask that roommate requests be mutual.

How can I communicate with the Housing Office staff?

  • We have multiple channels of communication available to students.
    • In-person office visits at 25 Buick Street
      • Office is open 9-5 pm M-F
    • Telephone
      • Our office number is 617-353-3511
    • Email
    • Zoom or Teams
      • Scheduled video sessions with senior housing staff can be arranged. Simply send an email to genaffrm@bu.edu, and we will arrange for a video call.

Which buildings are designated for Gender-Affirming Housing?

  • For fall 2022, new and transfer students participating in gender-affirming housing, will be assigned to rooms/suites in 1019 Commonwealth Avenue, 575 Commonwealth Avenue, and Myles Standish Hall based on date the request is received and availability, (for example, single rooms fill more quickly). Continuing students may select a room anywhere on campus, during the Room Selection Process, and pull in roommates.

What if I have been assigned to an ADA space for my disability, may I choose my roommate?

  • Yes, if you are a new first-year or transfer student, you may indicate your roommate preference on your housing application. If you are a continuing student, you may contact BU Housing via genaffrm@bu.edu or by phone at 617-353-3511 to indicate your roommate preference.

Campus Resources

LGBTQ+ Student Resources

Dean of Students

All-Gender Bathrooms