Out on Campus - LGBTQ Community
Life changes can sometimes feel a bit scary, and the transition to life at the University is no exception. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender
and questioning [LGBTQ] students may have questions about on-campus housing at UNH:
- I’m transitioning/ transgender. What housing options are available for me?
- With few exceptions, UNH students, including first-year students, can preference to live anywhere they like on campus! Explore our wide variety of housing options and learn about the different communities here. Gender Inclusive Housing (GIH) options have been established in Alexander Hall and Devine Hall. Please visit our Gender Inclusive Housing page to learn more about how first-year students can indicate an interest in GIH, which includes access to gender inclusive bathrooms. Returning students self-select housing for the following academic year and can assign themselves with roommates regardless of biological sex, gender, or gender identity. Students wishing to have a gender-inclusive assignment in a residence hall or apartment outside of the designated GIH communities may contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make that request and discuss options.
- How are roommates assigned and will my roommate be supportive?
- First year students will complete their housing application online, noting their housing preferences. Roommate matching occurs randomly through our assignments system based on individuals’ answers to our values-based questions. Roommates are paired by biological sex. However, there will be a section on the application (page 4) asking for you to identify if you wish to be assigned with a roommate whose biological sex does not match your own, if that is most comfortable and appropriate for you based on your identity. Students are also invited to note if they are an LGBTQ+ Ally. UNH Housing will take care to assign all students who note interest in GIH. Many successful roommate matches and friendships have been born this way. Residential Life has an inclusive and devoted staff of Hall Directors and Resident Asisstants to help mediate in instances of roommate conflicts.
- What campus resources exist to support LGBTQ students?
- Housing and Residential Life are committed to ensuring that UNH’s residential communities are a safe and supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning students to discover, learn and grow. Our staffs are here to promote the academic and personal success of all our students. Whether you are an ally, an out student, or someone who is not out, these are some resources here for you at UNH: OMSA: Office of Multicultural Student Affairs & Alliance: UNH Alliance Website. Visit the UNH Safe Zones - Transgender/Gender Identity Resource Page for additional information, health education, support groups, and news.
- How can I alert UNH of my preferred name?
- You may indicate a preferred first name that will appear in documents internal to UNH. Please visit the Registrar's Preferred First Name Change site to make this request and see the places were preferred first name will automatically change within UNH's systems.
UNH offers this list of gender inclusive restrooms across campus. You may also view it as a map. UNH is constantly evaluating new locations to implement gender inclusive restrooms, as they benefit everybody in the community. Housing has recently added additional gender inclusive restrooms in the residence halls. Currently, gender-inclusive restrooms exist in several buildings including Alexander Hall, Devine Hall, Fairchild Hall, McLaughlin Hall, Engelhardt Hall, each building in the Mini Dorms, Haaland Hall, Handler Hall, Peterson Hall, Stoke Hall, and any building that offers suite-style room options.
We hope that your visit to this site marks the beginning of a conversation, not the end! If you have additional questions, ideas or concerns, we’d love to hear from you via email, over the phone, or in person.