Disability and health needs
Your choice of accommodation may be influenced by ill-health or disability. As long as you tell us, we will do everything we can to offer you a suitable room.
The sort of things that you might tell us about include:
- a mental health problem, such as anxiety, that might mean you need a smaller residence or flat;
- a skin condition such as eczema, which might mean you need an en-suite to apply steroid creams and avoid infection;
- a condition that means you tire easily and so you need to be close enough to come home and rest during the day;
- any mobility difficulties.
- If you need an especially quiet room because of a disability or health condition
- if you need to move in early because you might have difficulties familiarising yourself with your new accommodation
- If you have friends or relatives with disabilities who might visit you regularly
The types of things we may be able to provide, depending on your health/disability needs, may include:
- Provision of an individual fridge for medication requiring cool storage
- A vibrating pillow connected to the fire alarm system
- An accessible/wheelchair friendly room with adjustable facilities
- A ground floor room or a room that has access to a lift
- An ensuite room
- A studio flat with self-contained cooking facilities and bathroom
If there are any additional costs connected to your allocated accommodation that arise as a direct result of your health condition or disability, you may not be liable for these.
So that we can make you a suitable offer of accommodation it is important that you:
- apply as soon as the accommodation applications open or soon after,
- tell us about your ill health or disability on your accommodation application form
We would also recommend contacting Disability Services as they may be able to provide a range of study-related support.
Please be aware that we will require medical evidence before your request can be processed and we may not always be able to offer you a room in one of your preferred residences.
Adapted rooms and rooms for allergy sufferers
We provide adapted rooms for students with impaired sight, hearing or mobility, at a variety of residences. See our list of residences with adapted rooms.
We also have a number of residences that have rooms without carpets for those who suffer from allergies.
If you have an impairment or disability that means you need an adapted room we recommend that you visit to carry out your own access audit. Contact the accommodation office to arrange a visit. Many University-owned residences have a Access Able access guide that you can read too.
Visiting a residence
If you have an impairment or disability we recommend that you visit a residence or department to carry out your own access audit. Contact us for an appointment to visit a University residence. Many University-owned residences have a Access Able access guide that you can read too.
Help with accommodation costs
The Accommodation Office will offer you a 15% reduction on accommodation costs for your standard tenancy if we are satisfied that:
- You would not be able to complete a year studying at the University unless you are given specificly adapted University-allocated accommodation,
- The room you require is more expensive as a result of these adaptations than a typical room,
- You are unable to obtain funding from any other sources.
You will be able to provide us with evidence for the above when you complete your health questionnaire as part of your online application.
Advice about other sources of funding for students with ill health or a disability is available from Disability Services.
Students who need assistance to evacuate buildings
If you have a disability or health problem that means you would need assistance in evacuating a building then, unless you have a live in carer, there will be some restrictions on where you can live. These restrictions are:
|Residence||Student needs help with physically evacuating the building||Student requires checking to ensure they were alerted to the fire alarm but does not require physical assistance|
|Deans Court||Not available||Not available|
|Woodland Court||Not available||Not available|
|New Bridewell||Available - limited numbers||Available - limited numbers|
|Harbour Court||Not available||Not available|
|The Courtrooms||Not available||Not available|
|Unite House||Not available||Available - limited numbers|
|Orchard Heights||Not available||Available - limited numbers|
|Chantry Court||Not available||Available - limited numbers|
|Brunel House||Not available||Available - limited numbers|
|Riverside||Not available||Available - limited numbers|
|Colston Street||Not available||Not available|
|Hillside Woodside||Not available||Not available|
|Northwell House||Not available||Not available|
|Queen's Road||Not available||Not available|
|Redland Road||Not available||Not available|
|Richmond Terrace||Not available||Not available|
|St Michael's Hill||Not available||Not available|
|Woodland Road||Not available||Not available|
|Print Hall 1||Not available||Not available|
|Print Hall 2||Not available||Not available|
|Dean St Works||Available - limited numbers||Not available|
|Marlborough House||Not available||Not available|
|Culver House||Not available||Not available|
Accommodation requirements questionnaire
When you complete the questionnaire please think carefully about how your accommodation can help you manage your illness or disability.
Include all the information you can about how your illness or disability affects you. You could discuss it further with your doctor or your parents. Here are some examples:
- I have severe eczema and require an en-suite so I can apply steroid creams and avoid infection.
- I have anxiety and need to live in a smaller residence as I can easily feel overwhelmed.
- I tire very easily because of my arthritis so I need to be close enough to come home and rest during the day.
- I have problems with my knees so I cannot go up steep hills or more than one flight of stairs.
- I need a small fridge in my room to store my medication safely.
Contact us if you want to discuss what to include on your questionnaire or application.
Anything you tell us will be kept confidential between us, your residence and security services. The Accommodation Office and your residence will use the information to place you in suitable accommodation and offer you tailored support.
We may need to request further medical evidence in support of your application.
Students who need their own transport due to a disability can apply for a residence parking permit.
You will need to apply separately for a campus parking permit if required.