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All Gender Housing

At Ryerson, we respect a person’s right to choose whether or not to disclose their gender identity and, subsequently, do not feel that it is a required part of our residence admissions process. All residence room styles are open to all gender identities. Residents may be assigned to a room style that includes roommates (sharing an apartment, paired, or double/triple room) of a different gender identity than their own.

 

Some questions you may have about All Gender Housing...(see below)

What gender identities are available to choose from? (Definitions)
  • Cis Female
  • Cis Male
  • Non-Binary
  • Trans Female
  • Trans Male
  • Two Spirit

 

Gender Definitions

Cisgender: Often referred to as simply ‘Cis’, a cisgender person is someone whose gender identity is the same as their assigned sex at birth. For example, a cisgender woman is a woman who was assigned female at birth and now identifies as a woman.

Transgender: Often referred to as simply ‘Trans’, a transgender person is someone whose gender identity is different than the sex they were assigned at birth. For example, a transgender woman is a woman who was assigned male at birth but now identifies as a woman. 

Non-Binary: A non-binary person is someone whose gender identity is neither male nor female, or a mix of the two. For example, a non-binary person might have been assigned male at birth but now identifies as genderqueer.

Two Spirit: An umbrella term that is culturally distinct to some First Nations/Indigenous people. The term may be used to describe a person's gender identity, sexual orientation, spiritual identity, and/or societal role. 

 

 

Does this mean I could be placed in the same room with a roommate who has a different gender identity than my own?

Yes! All rooms in residence are open to all gender identities, so you can be assigned to a room with a roommate(s) who may identify as a different gender identity than you.

If you wish to live with someone of the same gender identity, we ask that you identify your gender in the residence application, so we can match your gender identity if you are placed in a room style that includes roommates.

Please keep in mind that 95% of the rooms in residence are designated as single occupancy bedrooms.

Does this mean I could be placed in a single occupancy bedroom and share the washroom with a person who has a different gender identity than my own?

Yes! 95% of the bedrooms in residence are single occupancy, however 68% of the single occupancy bedrooms (Pitman Hall apartment, paired, and single rooms) share a washroom with other bedrooms.  Single occupancy bedrooms typically share the washroom between 2 to 5 people.

If you wish to live with someone of the same gender identity in an apartment, paired, or double/triple room, we ask that you identify your gender in the residence application, so we can match your gender identity if you are placed in a room style that includes roommates.

Can I request to be placed with someone of the same gender identity?

Yes! In the residence application, we ask you if your wish to be placed with someone of the same gender identity.  If you answer yes, we ask you to identify your gender so we can match your gender identity if you are placed in a room style that includes roommates.

Am I required to identify my gender identity?

No. The gender identity question in the residence application is voluntary. If you do not wish to identify your gender you do not have to.

If you choose not to disclose your gender identity, because this is a voluntary question, please be aware that all other room assignments will be all gender.

What room styles include roommates and what do you share?
Building Room Style Roommates Shared Space Number of Beds
International Living and Learning Centre (ILC) Single Room with Private Washroom No None 248
International Living and Learning Centre (ILC) Double Room with Semi-Private Washroom Yes, 1 roommate > Bedroom
> Semi-Private Washroom
8
O'Keefe House (OKF) Double Room with Shared Hallway Washroom Yes, 1 roommate > Bedroom
> Shared Hallway Washroom (approx. 8 to 9 people)
22
O'Keefe House (OKF) Triple Room with Shared Hallway Washroom Yes, 2 roommates > Bedroom
> Shared Hallway Washroom (approx. 8 to 9 people)
6
Pitman Hall (PIT) Single Room with Shared Hallway Washroom No > Shared Hallway Washroom (approx. 4 to 5 people) 198
Pitman Hall (PIT) Double Room with Shared Hallways Washroom Yes, 1 roommate >Bedroom
>Shared Hallway Washroom (approx. 4 to 5 people)
12
Pitman Hall (PIT) Paired Room with Semi-Private Washroom Yes, 1 roommate > Semi-Private Washroom 114
Pitman Hall (PIT) Apartment Room with Shared Apartment Washroom Yes, 3 to 4 roommates > Shared Apartment Washroom (3 to 4 people) 219
What does single occupancy mean?

In residence, single occupancy means that you have your own private bedroom.  You may need to share some of the other amenities in residence such as the washroom, but you are the only one in your bedroom.

The rooms that are designated single occupancy are:

Will my answers affect my priority level for residence?

No. Priority levels help to determine the order in which applicants will be offered a space in residence. The priority levels/system are based solely on two criteria:

  • Year of study at Ryerson (top: 1st Year)

  • Distance from the University (top: farthest distance away)

Gender identities and application preferences are not factors in the priority system, however they are considered while rooms are assigned.

Can I request a roommate?

Yes! Please follow the instructions for roommate requests.

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