Upperclass Undergraduate and Graduate Residents

We offer a gender inclusive housing assignment preference for upperclass undergraduates and graduate students, referred to as "gender neutral" housing. This option is not offered to incoming first-years. Gender neutral housing allows residents to create roommate groups and be assigned to rooms/suites, regardless of legal sex.

  • Legal sex is not an assignment factor for students who indicate a gender neutral preference during the housing application process. By selecting this preference, students commit to living in a bedroom or suite occupied by other students who also prefer gender inclusive housing, regardless of their legal sex.
  • Should a vacancy arise within a gender neutral suite, this space will be filled by any applicant that has a gender neutral preference, whether or not the residents ensuite know the applicant. Applicants who select the gender neutral preference should therefore be willing to live with any other student who is participating in gender inclusive housing.
  • Gender inclusive participants will receive placement within the same bedroom and suite as other gender inclusive residents. This means that the students living within the resident's immediate bedroom and/or suite can be of any legal sex.
  • Participants who change their mind about gender inclusive living can submit a request to change their preference from gender neutral to their legal sex, with the understanding that our ability to accommodate requests for such changes are contingent upon space availability and timing of the submitted request.  Please keep in mind that we typically operate at full capacity in the Fall term, often making it difficult to change one's assignment preference until the end of December. To submit a request, please email housing@nyu.edu from your NYU email address.

Important: In the event a gender neutral suite cannot be filled with students who have elected to participate in gender inclusive housing, Residential Life and Housing Services will likely reassign/consolidate members of the suite, based on their legal sex.


Room assignments for first-years are made by the University on the basis of the student's legal sex.  However, first-years have the option of requesting a room assignment based on gender identity, which is the gender a student identifies with that may be different from the sex indicated on their legal documents.

If a first-year student selects this option on the housing application, we will seek to place the student in a room or suite with others of the same gender identity who have requested a room assignment on this basis, however, placement is not guaranteed.  If such an assignment is not possible, legal sex will be used to determine housing placement.