If you have particular accommodation requirements, for example a dietary requirement, disability, medical condition, or any other special request which may affect the kind of accommodation, facilities or furniture you need, it is important that you give us as much information as possible. For example, you may be over 6ft 6 inches tall and need an extra long bed or you may not want to be placed in the same hall as someone you know for personal reasons. Whatever your requirements are, you must tell us. On the accommodation application form we ask if you have any specific medical requirements or disabilities. You must answer yes to this and provide as much information in the free text box after it. Alternatively, you can write to us or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you prefer.
If you have a disability or a medical condition, as well as completing the on-line accommodation application form, we ask that you also complete the Additional Requirements form. You can download the form here but there is also a link within the application form.
We make provisions where possible for students with disabilities, and we encourage you to get in touch with us as soon as possible to discuss any needs you have. This includes if you have an Autism Spectrum Condition (such as Aspergers Syndrome), mental health issues or a medical condition (e.g. diabetes, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome). If you would like to discuss any specific requirements, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We also adapt accommodation for students with disabilities where possible. Alterations include:
- flashing fire alarms and vibrating pillows
- large rooms with grab rails
- rooms with automatic doors
- rooms with hoists
Depending on the level of support and adaptation you require, we will work closely with you and preferably your Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist or anyone who has recommended similar adaptations for you before.
If you are an undergraduate who has put Leeds as their insurance choice through UCAS, you will not be able to apply for accommodation until Leeds has become your firm offer (i.e. after you have received your results).
Nevertheless, if you have very specific needs which mean that you will require a particular type of accommodation, we would recommend that you complete the Additional Requirements form and email or send it to us as soon as possible, definitely before 1st July. This way we can reserve a suitable room for you until we know whether you will be coming to Leeds or not.At the University of Leeds we believe that disabled students should have access to accommodation that meets their specific needs, and that disabled students should not be financially disadvantaged due to limited accommodation options.
If you are a disabled student, based on the Equality Act 2010 definition of disability*, whose accommodation options are limited due to your disability related needs, you may be eligible for help from the University in the form of a rent discount. If you think that this applies to you, you will need to provide us with further details about your requirements using the Additional Requirements Form, and ask your doctor to complete a Disability Evidence form for Accommodation Allocation. Please note that without the Disability Evidence form, we cannot consider requests for rent reductions.
Information on both these forms will be used to help the accommodation team allocate you appropriate accommodation. We will do all we can to meet your disability related requirements, however, as with all accommodation requests, this does not mean you are guaranteed you preferred residence.
If you require any assistance or further information regarding this please contact the Accommodation team.
*To be considered disabled under the Equality Act 2010 definition, you must have a physical, sensory or mental disability which has a substantial (more than minor or trivial) and long term adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities (including education). To be considered long term, the effect of the disability must have lasted or be likely to last at least 12 months or for the rest of your life.
The University's Disability Team provides support and advice for students with disabilities and work closely with Accommodation Services to make sure there is a range of suitable accommodation available. They can also help with any academic support you may need on a daily basis.
Disabled Students' Assessment and Support
Chemistry West Block
University of Leeds
Minicom: 0113 343 2616
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