These co-ed dorm rooms are typically called “gender-neutral housing.” Related: Colleges with Optional Gender-Neutral Housing So, what is living in a co-ed dorm—or a co-ed room—really like?
Co-ed dorms (meaning the buildings, not the individual rooms) may still separate genders, often by floors or “wings.” But many colleges just mix things up, with female and male roommates living next door or across the hall from each other.
If you’re heterosexual, co-ed dorms make it slightly easier to accommodate sexy time.
But that doesn’t mean your roommate(s) will magically disappear when you have a “special friend” visiting.
However, if you’re not interested in sharing a mini fridge with someone of the opposite sex, you don't have to.
Even at colleges offering gender-neutral housing, many (if not most) students still choose to room with members of the same sex.
And as for simply sharing bathroom space with the opposite sex?
“Nobody cares.” Beyond bathrooms, co-ed dorms are pretty much like any other dorms, except, you know, co-ed.
In co-ed bathrooms, the showers have curtains and bathroom stalls have doors (just like in single-sex bathrooms), but you’ll still find yourself in close proximity to someone of the opposite sex. But unless one of you chooses to strut around in your birthday suit, you’re not going to see anyone’s nakedness.
Some students don’t really care one way or the other.
But if co-ed living isn’t for you, that’s okay too.
Advocates of gender-neutral housing say it’s about making sure every student has a comfortable, inclusive on-campus living experience.
And students say a good roommate is a good roommate, regardless of their gender.