Student Housing and Residential Life

Gender Inclusive Housing

In order to better serve the diverse needs of our on-campus student population and provide a safer more inclusive living environment for all students, Student Housing & Residential Life has created gender inclusive housing.

Gender Inclusive Housing was brought to CSUMB with the goal of creating environments for students all across the gender spectrum to feel safe, included, and welcomed within their housing community. CSUMB has been a leader in this effort across the CSU system, often working with other universities to explain our process and the thought and attention given to it.

Over the years, we have realized that we need to do more. You have asked for Gender Inclusive Communities to not only feel safer and more welcome in your room or suite, but also in your hall and building as well. For this reason, we are launching our Gender Inclusive Communities on the main quad in LGBTQA+ LLP; in North Quad on the 2nd floor of Vineyard and 2nd floor of Strawberry Apartments; and in Promontory on the 2nd floor of Prom East (A).

If you have a problem with your application, please contact the Student Housing Main Office and we will be happy to assist you.

General information

  • Students will not be assigned to Gender Inclusive Housing unless they have selected to do so.
  • Students must indicate on their Housing Application that they are applying for Gender Inclusive Housing and that they are comfortable living with students of any gender or gender identity.
  • Students intending to live together must all request each other and have accepted requests within the system at the time of room selection. As with all roommate requests, Student Housing & Residential Life will only honor those requests that are mutual.
  • Students wishing to live in Gender Inclusive Housing will not be required to reveal their reasons for opting to live in Gender Inclusive Housing but may be asked to explain their understanding of Gender Inclusive Housing on their Application.
  • This housing option is not intended for romantic couples, but is intended for students who feel more comfortable sharing a room, suite, or apartment with individuals of a different sex or gender or who do not subscribe to the gender binary.
  • When there is vacancy in a gender inclusive room or suite, the first opportunity is given to the resident(s) living in that space to identify students with whom they wish to live. If the resident(s) are unable to identify a new roommate, the space will be offered to a student who selected but was not assigned to Gender Inclusive Housing. If there is not a student to be placed in the space, Student Housing & Residential Life will give the resident(s) the opportunity to move to a new assignment. If not the room or suite may revert back to single gender if necessary.

First Year Student Assignment process

This option will be available to first year students who meet the following criteria:

  • Indicate on their housing application they would feel more comfortable living in Gender Inclusive Housing for personal reasons.
  • Are married and prefer to live on Main Campus with other First Year students instead of our East Campus Family Housing.
  • Are requesting to live with a sibling or relative of a different gender.
  • Note: For Trans* students requesting singles for medical reasons please see the next section.
  • Transfer students will also be eligible for Gender Inclusive Housing by indicating their interest to live in Gender Inclusive Housing on their housing application. This will be taken into consideration in the assignment process as space permits.
  • Students will be matched based on their housing application preference questions.

Upper Division Reservation Days Process

  • If you select a space in a Gender Inclusive Community, you are agreeing that you are commiting to fully support and live in harmony with the students on that floor and in your suite, regardless of gender identity.
  • You will have to select to “Opt In” to Gender Inclusive Housing in your housing application.
  • This housing option is not intended for romantic couples but is intended for students who feel more comfortable sharing a room, suite, apartment and floor with individuals of a different sex or gender or who do not subscribe to the gender binary.
  • As this community is specifically set aside for Gender Inclusive Housing participants, we recommend creating a roommate group to build the strongest community possible. If this is not possible, please reach out to us so that we can assist in a strong roommate match. Also be sure to fill out your Roommate Matching profile with your most honest answers!
  • If you would like to live in the Residence Halls in a Gender Inclusive space, you are encouraged to Opt In to the LGBTQ+ Scholars LLP.

East Campus

  • In order to live in a Gender Inclusive apartment on East Campus, you will need to create a roommate group of three (3) in order to fill a suite.
  • You must apply between Feb 24-28 in order to have your roommate group created and processed accordingly.
  • The person in your group with the earliest selection day will be able to choose your spaces in East Campus.
  • So long as you have your roommate group of three (3) to fill an apartment, you can choose and apartment with three vacant spaces in East Campus.

Processes for Trans* students requesting singles for medical reasons

  • Trans* students requesting a single for medical reasons will need to work with the Student Disability Resources Office to have their accommodation approved. We ask students to work with this office because we are not able to truly evaluate medical records within our office and by working with an outside entity it keeps the reason for the single request at a higher level of confidentiality for the student.
  • Students will need to contact our office directly to start this process, then work through Student Disability Resources to complete their verification.
  • The only staff that will need to know of the student’s accommodation will be the Student Housing & Residential Life Assignments Coordinator and Director.
  • The Student Housing & Residential Life Assignments Coordinator or Director, depending on the student’s point of contact, will work with the student to determine their level of comfort with sharing need to know information for other staff within the department.
  • If a student is transitioning from one gender to another while living on campus all efforts will be made to ensure a smooth transition for the student, including assistance with university resources if name or gender markers need to be changed.