It is important that we create an environment that is welcoming, inclusive and supportive of our students. Open Housing is the UChicago Gender Neutral Housing option. Making Open Housing available for students who do not find traditional same-sex room assignments ideal or appropriate connects directly to the University’s diversity mission. The Open Housing option allows second-, third- and fourth-year College students the choice of living with other second-, third- or fourth-year students, regardless of gender. College Housing will not assign anyone to an opposite-sex roommate unless requested. It is a choice that is available in all Houses, except those traditionally designated as single-gender. Students will not be assigned to Open Housing unless they have elected to do so.
There is no specific number, or limit, of Open Housing rooms on campus. Open Housing will exist across the housing system except in those Houses that are designated as single-gender. Our priority is to meet the individual needs of our diverse student community. We encourage students to maintain an open dialogue with their families. Students over the age of 18 are legally able to make decisions about their housing contracts. Student under 18 should discuss housing plans with their families, as they must provide parental consent.
Open Housing Policies and Procedures:
- Open Housing will be available throughout The College Houses, except in areas designated as single-sex.
- It is a voluntary housing option for rising 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students – a student will not be assigned to Open Housing unless they request it.
- The default designation for a room will be single-gender unless the students living there have elected to change the designation voluntarily which involves completing an Open Housing Declaration form in the College Housing Office.
- There will not be a set number of rooms designated as Open Housing rooms. Supply will be based upon demand.
- The number of Open Housing spaces could change throughout a given year. Residents will be able to change the designation of their room if a roommate moves out. At the time that they are given pull-in rights they will be asked if they wish to change the status of their room (either way: from a single-gender roommate situation to an Open Housing one, or vice versa).
- All members of a space (room, suite, apt.) have to approve pull-ins, agree on the room designation, and sign the appropriate form.
- In suites/apartments, a bedroom within an apartment, or one side of a suite, may be declared as single-gender, while the whole space is declared as Open Housing.
- During the academic year, in an Open Housing space, if one person moves out and the remaining roommates/suitemates are of different sexes, then the room must remain an Open Housing room, unless others elect to move out too.
- A roommate who is left behind in an Open Housing room may elect to pull in any new roommate – even of the same gender – and still have the room be a declared Open Housing room.