If you have a disability or medical condition we recommend you contact the Disability Advice and Support (DAS) team as early as possible. They will advise you of the support available, help put in place and make any necessary referrals to the Accommodation Office to ensure you get accommodation that is suitable for your needs.
If the nature of your disability/medical condition is such that it does not require adaptations to be made to the accommodation, you will be able to book your room online using the university’s online booking system.
In any cases where a student needs additional equipment in their accommodation you will be asked to provide medical evidence.
This will apply if your accommodation requirements include any of the following:
- Being on a particular floor
- Having an en-suite
- Being a specific distance from campus
- Having a fridge in your room for medical purposes(when you book you will have an option to request
- one – subject to receipt of sufficient medical evidence)
We recommend prospective students carefully consider which hall of residence will suit their needs prior to booking. If you have any questions about the suitability of a hall or room then please contact the accommodation team for guidance.
We advise that you contact DAS well in advance of your arrival so that we can ensure that everything possible is in place before you arrive. Items may need to be ordered and may not be available on your arrival if we do not receive enough notice of your requirements.
N.B. The Accommodation Office will only provide equipment for your accommodation if it is considered to be a reasonable adjustment and where there is adequate supporting medical evidence. In some cases you may be required to apply for items through other means such as the Disabled Student’s Allowance.
If you need special adaptations to the bedroom, flat or facilities e.g. wheelchair or special access, a hearing package to alert you of fire alarms, adapted bedroom/kitchen/bathroom facilities or an extra room for a carer, please contact the Transitions Officer in the DAS team.
They will be able to advise you and make a referral to the Accommodation Office and, if appropriate, your room will be booked for you by the accommodation team based on the requirements outlined in the referral from DAS.
Once your room has been booked you will receive an allocation email asking you to confirm that you agree to the terms and conditions of the booking and to make the £250 booking fee payment (£50 non-refundable admin fee and £200 advance rental payment or damage deposit). Once this has been done and your offer to study at DMU becomes unconditional, you will be asked to confirm your booking.
There are several rooms which have been specially adapted to be suitable for either a wheelchair user or a student with mobility difficulties and have a range of adaptations for a variety of requirements ranging from en-suite or specially adapted communal wet-rooms, lowered surfaces and appliances and specialist-equipment such as hoists and shower-chairs.
Can request a room adapted with a hearing package which includes a flashing fire alarm and a rumble pillow.
Accommodation for personal carers
For students with disabilities/medical conditions that require daily or 24-hours personal care a room can be provided for your personal carer under the same terms and conditions as other residents.
The student will need to ensure that the cost of the carer’s room can be met. Home fee-paying students may be able to reclaim the cost from their home area Social Services Department, or the Local Authority.
It is important to contact DAS as soon as possible and have the appropriate assessments and arrange any funding that you may be entitled to towards the costs of additional accommodation. The Accommodation Office will then be able to reserve the appropriate rooms to meet your needs.
Non-first year students
Students are eligible to book university sourced halls of residence for their subsequent years at university in situations where their disability or medical condition causes mobility problems that require them to be close to their faculty, they need specialist adaptations to their room or flat, or they have a recognised disability/ medical condition which means they would be at a disadvantage if they were not accommodated in halls of residence. Any offers are subject to suitable accommodation being available.
Students currently living in halls of residence that meet the above criteria and who have previously registered with the university will be automatically invited to register and rebook accommodation in January. If you feel that you meet the above criteria but are either not currently in halls or did not receive the email, you will need to provide us with medical evidence stating how you meet the relevant criteria so that we can assess your application to live in halls.
All students that are able to book online will then be sent an email with online booking instructions. If your requirements mean that you need a specific room then it will be booked by the Accommodation Office and you will be sent a confirmation email with further instructions once the room has been booked.