Gender-inclusive housing is a living option in which USC students can live with roommates regardless of gender identity or sex assigned at birth. Traditional housing options that match roommates based on sex assigned at birth can prove unsafe and unwelcoming, particularly for LGBTQ+ individuals. The gender-inclusive housing option allows students to live in a safe and supportive environment.
Gender-inclusive housing spaces are located in Cardinal Gardens and Century Apartments.
If you are interested in living in gender-inclusive housing, please indicate this is the Special Interest section of the online application. When applying, you will be asked to answer additional questions about your interest in the community.
For additional information please consult the Gender-Inclusive Housing FAQ.
The USC Office of Residential Education’s Rainbow Floor (est. 2001) is a special interest residential community for LGBTQ+ students; it is located in the USC-owned Century Apartments complex, just across the street from campus. The Office for Residential Education sponsors community-based programming here that allows students to learn more about themselves and their LGBTQ+ identities and make meaningful friendships. The USC LGBTQ+ Student Center, in partnership with Residential Education, assists in approval and placement of Rainbow Floor residents. On the Rainbow Floor, students can room with friends regardless of sexuality or gender identity as all of the apartments are gender-inclusive. The Rainbow Floor is a 2nd-year experience community thus priority is given to 2nd-year students but all students are welcome to apply for the Rainbow Floor.
The Rainbow Floor is located in Century Apartments.
For information on how to apply to live on the Rainbow Floor, please consult the USC Housing website.
If they choose, trans and nonbinary students can work with USC Housing to advocate for a single room (with a private bathroom) within the University’s Residential Communities.