Making the transition to university can be both exciting and daunting, and there are many things that you will need to think about before you book your accommodation. If you have a disability or medical condition we would strongly recommend that you contact the Disability Advice and Support (DAS) team as early as possible so that they can advise you of the support that is available. They will be able to help you get support put in place and can make referrals to the Accommodation Office if necessary, to ensure that you get accommodation that is suitable for your needs.
Many disabled students, where the nature of the disability/medical condition is such that it does not require any adaptations to be made to the accommodation, will be able to book their room online using the university’s online booking system. 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 or having a fridge in your room (when you book you will have an option to request a fridge for medical purposes, one will then be provided for you in your room – subject to receipt of sufficient medical evidence)
We would encourage prospective students to carefully consider which hall of residence would 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.
In any cases where a student needs additional equipment in their accommodation you will be asked to provide medical evidence. 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, therefore if we do not receive enough notice of your requirements, your equipment may not be available when you first move into your accommodation. Please note 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.
In instances where you need special adaptations to the bedroom, flat or facilities, such as if you are a wheelchair user or require special access, if you have a hearing impairment and require a hearing package in your room to alert you of fire alarms, if your bedroom/kitchen/bathroom facilities need adapting or if you have a carer, who may also require a room, then please contact the Transitions Officer in the DAS team. They will be able to advise you and make a referral to the Accommodation Office if appropriate.
If this is the case your room will be booked for you by the accommodation team based on the requirements outlined in the referral we receive 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. These rooms have a range of adaptations to ensure that we have appropriate facilities to accommodate a variety of requirements. They range from having ensuite or specially adapted communal wet-rooms, lowered surfaces and appliances and specialist equipment such as hoists and shower chairs.
Hearing Impaired students
For students with hearing difficulties we would provide a room adapted with a hearing package, this includes a flashing fire alarm and a rumble pillow.
Accommodation for personal carers
We understand that some disabilities/medical conditions require daily or 24hr personal care. In these cases 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 so that you have plenty of time to have the appropriate assessments and get any funding that you may be entitled to, to go towards the costs of additional accommodation. This then allows the Accommodation Office to reserve the appropriate rooms to meet your needs.
Non-first year students
We recognise that in some cases students may need to remain in halls of residence after their first year. Students are eligible to book university sourced halls of residence for their subsequent years at university in situations where their disability or medical condition means that they have mobility problems that requires them to be close to their faculty, specialist adaptations are required to their room or flat or the student has a recognised disability/ medical condition which would mean that the student 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 have previously registered it with the university will be automatically invited to register to 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.