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Accessible accommodation

By jhobson 20 Jun 2021

We are committed to providing accommodation to suit everyone’s needs and have accessible accommodation at both The Village and The City sites.

Our dedicated AccessAbility department offers support and advice for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, as well as working with students who have sensory disabilities, mobility difficulties, mental health conditions and autism.

How to apply

If you have a disability, medical or additional need our AccessAbility service are here to discuss your requirements with you. They will then liaise with your department and us in the accommodation team on your behalf so we can find the most suitable accommodation for you and your needs. 

When completing the application form, you should indicate your requirements and think carefully about your accommodation choice. Living in the right room and location can help you manage your disability or situation whilst studying.

What we can offer

Much of our accommodation is already accessible and we have many specialised adapted rooms on offer. The University is also happy to make reasonable adjustments to support students who require adaptations to its accommodation or require accommodation in a particular location to help them participate fully and enjoy a fulfilling experience.

The following are examples of adjustments and equipment which can be provided, you should indicate on your application form anything you require. This list is not exhaustive, we will always endeavour to provide reasonable adjustments to meet your needs.

  • Accommodation near to the main campus
  • Accessible parking near the accommodation
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Accommodation with a lift
  • Wheelchair accessible accommodation
  • Automatic doors to the flat and room
  • Hoist (either fixed or mobile)
  • An ensuite bathroom
  • Adapted bathroom/toilet (shower seat, grab rails, height adjusted facilities)
  • Alarm pull cords in the bedroom and/or the bathroom
  • A kitchen with height adjustable facilities
  • Deaf Guard pillow – for students with hearing impairments
  • Flashing fire alarm
  • A fridge in the room
  • Space for specialised furniture or work station
  • A carer’s living space – usually charged to Social Services for the usual rent for the contract period chosen
  • Facilities for a guide/assistance dog registered with an organisation such as Guide Dogs UK or Assistance Dogs International
  • Clinical waste removal requirements

Room subsidy

Disabled students who have to live in a particular type, style or format of accommodation as a direct result of their disability may be eligible for subsidised rent. This scheme cannot subsidise personal choice or convenience.

Full details are provided in our ‘Adapted rooms policy’ and ‘Room subsidy application form’, available below.

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jhobson a UOL Student and Marketing Co-ordinator for Accommodation and Residence Life. Get in touch by emailing or calling 0116 223 1493.
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