Housing Options

Pacific University offers a number of on-campus housing options that meet a variety of students' needs and preferences. Whether you are an incoming student or a returning student, you'll want to review the residence hall age requirements.

Gender & Housing

Bedrooms: Students who opt into Gender Inclusive Housing will be assigned to share bedrooms with students of any gender; otherwise, students are assigned bedroom roommates with the same legal sex designation, as noted in the Colleague system.

Halls, Floors & Wings: Campus housing halls, floors and wings are generally not separated by gender, with three exceptions: a men's wing, a women's wing, and a gender-inclusive Rainbow Wing within a traditional residence hall. Aside from these wings, halls are mixed-gender, meaning that students will have neighbors who may share the same or different genders from each other.

Mixed-Gender Housing

Students in mixed-gender housing have neighbors who may share the same or different genders from each other. All residents will have access to community spaces and are able to visit or walk through these communities. Additionally:

  • Mixed-gender floors and wings are offered in the traditional residence halls - Cascade, McCormick and Walter. With the exception of three identity-based wings, all wings in these halls are mixed-gender. Example: two men live in Walter next to a woman and across from a woman and a non-binary student who are roommates through Gender-Inclusive Housing.

  • Mixed-gender apartments and suites are offered in Burlingham, Gilbert, and Vandervelden, meaning that you can share a living room, kitchen and/or a personal bathroom with someone of the same or different gender. Examples: two women and two men share one apartment, and four women live in the apartment next door.

Gender Inclusive Housing

Gender Inclusive Housing ("GIH") allows students of the same gender or different genders to live together in double rooms in Burlingham, Cascade, Gilbert, McCormick and Walter. This designation is not necessary for apartments with single bedrooms (such as all of Vandervelden, and some of Gilbert and Burlingham units), as they are gender-inclusive by nature. Examples: Two gender non-binary students live together in a Cascade double room; a man and a woman live together in a McCormick double room.

  • The Rainbow Wing is an option within Gender Inclusive Housing, in which LGBTQIA+ students and allies live in a designated wing together.

All Gender Bathrooms and Restrooms

When selecting Gender Inclusive Housing, new students will also have the option to select if they need access to an all gender bathroom so that Housing can make their placement accordingly. All gender bathrooms (toilet, sink and shower) and restrooms (toilet and sink) are available as follows: 

  • Cascade: private use all gender bathrooms with showers on each floor
  • McCormick: four private use all gender restrooms on 1st and 2nd floors; no all gender showers available
  • Walter: Staring in Fall 2022, Walter will feature 1 all gender community bathroom with showers on 3rd floor and 1 private use all gender restroom on 1st floor
  • Burlingham & Gilbert: no community all gender bathrooms or restrooms; all units have private bathrooms
  • Vandervelden: 1 community all gender restroom; all units have private bathrooms

Identity-Based Housing Options

These wings are designated portions of otherwise mixed-gender floors for students who prefer such identity-based communities, and are pending based on available space and student interest. These wings are located near mixed-gender communities, and as such, students from other wings will walk through and share community spaces with the students of each identity-based wing.

Women's Wing: A wing within a traditional residence hall where neighbors are women.

Men's Wing: A wing within a traditional residence hall where neighbors are men.

Rainbow Wing: A wing in a traditional hall with rooms for students who are in or allies to the LGBTQIA+ community, including those who identify outside the gender binary. As a subset of Gender Inclusive Housing, the Rainbow Wing allows students of the same or different genders to live together in this community. This wing provides a space that affirms the experiences of students in the LGBTQIA+ community. Begins Fall 2022.

Gender Inclusive Housing Frequently Asked Questions

What is Gender Inclusive Housing?
What do I do if I want to live in Gender Inclusive Housing or the Rainbow Wing?
What rooms are available for Gender Inclusive Housing and the Rainbow Wing?
If I am interested in Gender Inclusive Housing, can I request my own roommate?
What happens if my roommate cancels, changes rooms or if a roommate match cannot be found?
If I have additional questions about GIH, who should I talk to?

What is Gender Inclusive Housing?

Gender Inclusive Housing allows students of any genders to live together regardless of legal sex designation or sex assigned at birth.

In order to ensure our housing processes are equitable and meet the needs of students and actively reflects our mission statement, we have been working to grow and expand our Gender Inclusive Housing options. Coming Fall 2022, we are adding a Rainbow Wing in one of our traditional residence halls. This is a new addition to on-campus housing and will be continuously growing and developing in the coming years.

What do I do if I want to live in Gender Inclusive Housing or the Rainbow Wing?

New students can check the appropriate box on the Housing Application/Contract that indicates they would like to live in a Gender Inclusive room. Students will also be able to indicate if they would like their Gender Inclusive room to be part of the Rainbow Wing.

What rooms are available for Gender Inclusive Housing and the Rainbow Wing?

Students interested in Gender Inclusive Housing will be assigned to double rooms in Burlingham, Cascade, Gilbert, McCormick and Walter Halls, as space permits and eligibility is met. Students assigned to the gender inclusive Rainbow Wing will reside in double rooms in Walter Hall.

If I am interested in Gender Inclusive Housing, can I request my own roommate?

New students will have a window of time after depositing during which they can select a specific roommate. They will be able to see the profiles of other students that selected Gender Inclusive Housing allowing them to make an informed choice. If a new student chooses not to participate in selecting a specific roommate or if the window of time to make a selection has ended, the Housing staff will place students together who indicated on their Housing Application that they would like to live in Gender Inclusive Housing. This allows the Housing Office to make roommate pairings that provide a supportive living environment.

Returning students who want to learn more about securing a Gender Inclusive Housing double room in Burlingham, Cascade, Gilbert, McCormick and Walter Hall should contact the Housing Office prior to the Housing Lottery beginning in the spring.

What happens if my roommate cancels, changes rooms or if a roommate match cannot be found?

When the Housing Office makes new roommate assignments, they will try to find a roommate that is interested in a Gender Inclusive double room. If they are unable to do so, they will find the best roommate match possible. The sole-occupant of the double room may also choose to request a specific roommate. Those residing in the south-side residence halls (McCormick, Walter, and Cascade) also have the option of changing the double room to a double-single room (i.e. using a two-person room for one person only with no chance of having another person assigned to the empty space). Contact the Housing Office for details on pricing and eligibility. Please note: these options must be requested in advance of the Housing Office assigning a roommate.

If I have additional questions about Gender Inclusive Housing, who should I talk to?

If you have questions, please contact the Housing Office at 503-352-3179 or housing@pacificu.edu.