Below you will find a list of various housing options and services offered at Cal and around the Berkeley Area. Although this list is updated frequently, it is important to note that this list is not exhaustive.
Students of all genders are welcomed at UC Berkeley, and housing is committed to fostering a safe, equitable and inclusive experience for all. Gender-inclusive environments are available in University Housing. The housing application provides students with an opportunity to self-identify or provide any individual information to assist housing staff in making an appropriate housing offer. A dedicated housing coordinator works with students on individual requests and all information is kept confidential. Advance information is appreciated and allows for a better opportunity to serve individual needs. The goal is to provide all students with a smooth transition to campus and housing accommodations most conducive to academic success.
The Unity House theme program is unique to UC Berkeley, pioneering in its intentional focus on gender AND sexuality, with academic connections to the Gender and Women’s Studies major and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) studies minor. In addition to creating a safe space for students of all identities, Unity House embraces honest dialogue about gender, gender roles, sexuality, and interpersonal relationships as a means towards self awareness.
The Unity House Theme Program offers a mixed gender roommate option, making UC Berkeley one of the few colleges in the country to do so. This housing option has been referred to as a “gender neutral” roommate option at other colleges. Traditional roommate assignments are based on the gender binary forcing students to select “male” or “female” which actually define one’s biological sex and not one’s gender; as a result, students have had to accept housing based on official record of their documented sex and have not been able to select housing based on their gender identity. In line with the mission of the Unity House Theme Program, the theme program offers students a roommate combination that is a comfortable and safe match and that allows students to indicate the best roommate option without having to apply for “special” housing circumstances or for a single room.
Unity House has a live-in Theme Program Assistant who provides resources and support for residents in the community. Unity House’s academic seminar offers both a theoretical study of gender and sexuality and an outlet to share individual experiences. Students in the theme program participate in socials, community outreach and activities, event planning, and have meaningful interactions with faculty and staff. Unity students grow as leaders, have fun, and make friendships that can last a lifetime.
Gender-Neutral Housing Options:
Individual housing accommodations can be requested for non-medical reasons (such as sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, etc.). Gender-inclusive housing is an option for students residing in University housing at UC Berkeley. The primary purpose for gender-inclusive housing is to provide support to students who need or request accommodations due to gender identity/expression. Interested students may contact Cal Housing Assignments staff for more information by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (510) 642-4108. We will not ask for more information than is required to meet students' housing needs and all information is kept confidential.
Another option is the Unity House Theme Program. Theme programs are special residential communities co-sponsored by an academic department and the Office of Student Development. The theme program experience allows students to enjoy the opportunities of a large university while benefiting from being part of a smaller and closer-knit residential community of students who share a common academic interest.
Theme program residents must enroll in a weekly for-credit seminar and participate in community service and leadership activities. Residents are also offered a variety of other opportunities that integrate living and learning in the residential environment, including field trips, retreats, workshops, faculty dinners, study groups and daily living with roommates and neighbors who share the same interest.
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"As America’s first gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender theme house, the Wilde house offers a haven of tolerance for those who transcend traditional sexual orientation and gender identity. Wilde welcomes and lavishes affection upon all open-minded residents and guests, regardless of sexual orientation."
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