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 and make any necessary referrals to the Accommodation Office to request 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. Examples are:
- 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.
In any cases where you need additional equipment in your accommodation you will be asked to provide medical evidence and we advise that you contact DAS well in advance of your arrival as items may need to be ordered.
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.
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.
You can request a room adapted with a hearing package which includes a flashing fire alarm and a rumble pillow.
Accommodation for personal carers
If you have a disability/medical condition that requires daily or 24-hours personal care, a room can be provided for your personal carer under the same terms and conditions as other residents.
You 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.
Non-first year students
You are eligible to book university sourced halls of residence for your subsequent years at university if your disability would mean you would be at a disadvantage if 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 from 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.