Department of Residential Life
Gender Neutral Housing
Residential Life at PLU routinely works with students to address issues of individual need, comfort and fit with the on-campus living experience.
Since 2004, Hong International Hall has utilized mixed gender wings to implement language and culture communities representing the five spoken languages that are taught at PLU, and an international honors community. In 2012, in response to and coordination with proposals from RHA and ASPLU, mixed gender apartments were permitted in South Hall. This allowed students to request an apartment, containing private bedroom and bathroom, without regard to the biological sex or gender identity of their apartment-mate(s).
Due to the success of the Gender Neutral option in South Hall, as well as continued student interest, PLU created two traditional residence hall mixed gender wings with gender neutral bathrooms. These bathrooms are open to all users, regardless of biological sex or gender identity. Private stalls with partitions going nearly to the floor and ceiling enclose toilets, urinals, and showers with individual changing areas. These wings are safe, inclusive and affirming communities and are designated as mixed gender, allowing rooms selected for male residents and rooms selected for female residents on the same wing. Single rooms and gender neutral rooms are an available an option on these wings for students for whom biological sex does not match their gender identity.
Mixed Gender Wing – A residence hall wing that contains both rooms designated for male residents and rooms designated for female residents.
Gender Neutral Bathroom – A common area bathroom open to all users regardless of biological sex or gender identity. Private stalls, with partitions going nearly to the floor and ceiling, will enclose toilets, urinals, and showers with individual changing areas.
Gender Neutral Room – A residence hall room with roommates assigned without regard to biological sex or gender identity. This option is available on the two pilot wings. One of the two roommates must be a student whose biological sex does not match their gender identity.
Single Room on a Mixed Gender Wing with Gender Neutral Bathroom – A residence hall room on either of the Gender Neutral wings in which a student contracts to live without a roommate. Assignments may be based on need or priority.
Sex-Designated Room – A residence hall room with roommates assigned based on biological sex.
Sex-Designated Bathroom – A common area bathroom open to users of a specific biological sex.
To Apply to Live on a Mixed Gender Wing with Gender Neutral Bathroom:
Current PLU students – Gender Neutral Housing Application
Incoming students – Students for whom their biological sex does not match their gender identity should contact Residential Life to discuss their individual situation and to determine the best option based on individual circumstances, need and availability.
South Hall – An apartment-style residence hall with two and four bedroom apartments, in addition to studio options. South Hall is only available to students who are 20 years or older, or have attained junior status or higher. Apartments include private bedrooms and private bathrooms. Roommate requests are made without regard to biological sex. For more information go to Apply to South Hall.
Traditional Hall Options – May include residence in a single room or single with bathroom on a traditional residence hall wing.