Does Iowa State have any gender-inclusive or "gender-neutral" housing options?
Yes! Iowa State does offer gender-inclusive housing options. The Spectrum Theme House is a gender-inclusive residence community for students interested in building an intentional, supportive space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual and ally people. Located in a traditional style residence hall, students in this residence community may live with a roommate of any gender. For more information about this option, see the Spectrum Theme House website.
there are some suite-style and apartment-style housing options which
allow people of different genders to live together. For more information about housing options at Iowa State, see the Department of Residence's website.
Does Iowa State have housing options specifically for trans or gender non-conforming students? Where do these students live on campus?
There are many options for trans and gender non-conforming students seeking housing at Iowa State, and the needs of trans students may vary. Department of Residence staff works with students to find housing situations where they will be comfortable.
We recommend that any student with questions or concerns about housing related to gender identity or expression contact Lisa Ludovico. Lisa coordinates all housing assignments and she will likely have suggestions for how to place a student where they will be happiest.
I'm transitioning and I do not want to live in an "all male" or "all female" house anymore, what should I do?
If you are already living on campus and no longer feel your housing assignment is a good fit with your gender identity or expression, we recommend you contact your hall director. Your hall director can assist you with finding a living situation that is a better fit.
If you are not yet living on campus but have concerns about where you have been assigned to live, we recommend that you contact Lisa Ludovico. Lisa coordinates all housing assignments and she can tell you what your options are for finding a different living situation.
I'm nervous about being randomly assigned to a roommate who is hostile towards trans or gender non-conforming people, what should I do?
We recommend that any student with questions or concerns about housing related to gender identity or expression contact Lisa Ludovico. Lisa coordinates all housing assignments and she may be able to assist you in finding roommates who will be a good fit.
I want to come out to my roommate(s), but I'm afraid of what might happen if I do, is there anyone who can help me with this?
Yes! We recommend start by telling your CA or hall director what is going on. CAs and hall directors have lots of experience handling roommate dialogues and they may be able to mediate a discussion or suggest ways to approach this conversation.
If your living situation becomes uncomfortable after coming out, your CA or hall director will be able to assist you. If you ever feel unsafe in your living situation, reach out to your CA or hall director right away.
If you live off-campus, contact the Center or Student Assistance with any questions or concerns about your housing and/or roommate situation. If you live on- or off-campus, either of these offices are happy to assist students considering coming out to roommates.