University of Vermont


Housing Options for LGBTQA Students

Living and LearningResidential Life provides programmed housing options in Residential Learming communities and Special Interest communities for LGBTQA students who are looking for safer space and/or LGBT community in the Res Halls.

For LGBTQA students who have specific concerns, contact Kim Parker at 656-3434 or


Our University strives to create an inclusive environment for its trans* affiliates. UVM developed a first name and pronoun fix for SunGARD Banner, and was ranked in The Advocate & Campus Pride's Top Ten Trans-Friendly Colleges & Universities.


Programmed Housing

  • Gender-Inclusive Housing is an option for students interested in rooming with someone of a different gender. This option may interest transgender students; those in the process of discovering their gender identity; gay, lesbian, or bisexual students; intersex students; those who feel uncomfortable rooming with someone of the same gender, or those who feel they would cooperate better with someone of a different gender. To request gender-inclusive housing, choose it when you fill out your housing contract.
  • LGBTQA Collaborative: It is up to us to build the kind of LGBTQ community we want to be a part of. As Audre Lorde said, "Without community there is no liberation." This program, run in partnership between the LGBTQA Center and SGIS faculty member, Jackie Weinstock, will build community, help students develop skills for building community and leadership roles, and promote deeper understanding of the full diversity of sexual and gender identities. The LGBTQA Collaborative is home to a group of students devoted to learning and expanding awareness of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and intersecting identities. Residents will participate in a series of bi-weekly workshops/discussions led by staff from the LGBTQA Center together with faculty member Jackie Weinstock and others. Students will explore challenges to and possibilities for community building and leadership within the LGBTQA community. Monthly events may include movies, speakers, community/campus events surrounding LGBTQ identities, as well as other student-interest programs. Activities may also include fun events with other suites in order to promote richer, more meaningful, and a more inclusive LGBTQ community.
  • The Rainbow Cottage on North Campus is a small cottage style building, with five single rooms, off street parking, a full shared kitchen, shared laundry facilities available in a separate building, and common living space. It is intended as a comfortable housing alternative for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning students and their advocates. All students residing there and their visitors are expected to be respectful of and sensitive to all of the identity groups included within the LGBTQA community.

Last modified April 07 2016 01:11 PM