Accommodation

Frequently asked questions

Additional requirements

What adapted accommodation is provided for disabled students?

There are a range of adapted rooms across campus to meet disabled students’ needs, including catered and self-catered accommodation and en-suite rooms. If you would like to view or secure an adapted room, please complete our CDS Accommodation Requirement Form and attach the medical evidence of your condition.  The Disability Office will process your request in the first instance. Information on acceptable evidence can be found here.

Can I secure a certain type of room because of my medical condition?

If a specific room type or catering option is required on medical grounds we do our best to provide this. For information on physically accessible rooms, please contact the disability office

Applying for your room

If you have a long term physical condition (e.g. Crohn’s disease, CFS, eating disorders), or disability (e.g. visual impairment, deafness, cerebral palsy), which needs to be considered as a priority in our room allocation process, you need to submit evidence of your condition and complete our CDS Accommodation Requirement Form by the end of July. Information on suitable evidence can be found here.

Once your academic place is confirmed, you should continue to apply via the standard application process. You will be given the option to reserve a specific room type in a hall of your choice. You will see a list of available rooms which will reduce as rooms are selected. You should be aware that the options in higher demand will go quickly.

If you are not able to reserve a room which suits your needs, you should email us to request an alternative room. We will check with the disability office if they have received the evidence of your condition.

Alternatively, if you prefer to secure a suitable room in advance to suit your needs rather than using the standard application process, please email the Student Accommodation Centre

Please note:

On your room release date, if you are not able to reserve a room which suits your needs (and have not previously submitted evidence of your condition), you will need to submit evidence of your condition and complete our CDS Accommodation Requirement Form within 48 hours after the application date for your course. Information on suitable evidence can be found here.

Although we are unable to guarantee to meet your needs, we will aim to prioritise your room offer depending on availability.

I have a professional carer – how does accommodation support this?

If you are arranging your own carers, or if your carer is provided through the University CSD service, then you will need to contact the disability office to discuss this with an Advisor as soon as possible. 

Can I secure a certain type of room because of my mental health condition?

If a specific room type or catering option is required on medical grounds we do our best to provide this.

Applying for your room

If you have a mental health condition which needs to be considered as a priority in our room allocation process, you need to submit evidence of your condition and complete our CDS Accommodation Requirement Form by the end of July. Information on suitable evidence can be found here.

Once your academic place is confirmed, you should continue to apply via the standard application process. You will be given the option to reserve a specific room type in a hall of your choice. You will see a list of available rooms which will reduce as rooms are selected. You should be aware that the options in higher demand will go quickly.

If you are not able to reserve a room which suits your needs, you should email us to request an alternative room. We will check with CDS if they have received the evidence of your condition.

Alternatively, if you prefer to secure a suitable room in advance to suit your needs rather than using the standard application process, please email the Student Accommodation Centre

Please note:

On your room release date, if you are not able to reserve a room which suits your needs (and have not previously submitted evidence of your condition), you will need to submit evidence of your condition and complete our CDS Accommodation Requirement Form within 48 hours after the application date for your course. Information on suitable evidence can be found here.

Although we are unable to guarantee to meet your needs, we will aim to prioritise your room offer depending on availability.

What should I do if I don't have a room which suits my health needs?

We try our best to accommodate your needs, you should provide evidence of your condition and complete our CDS Accommodation Requirement Form. However, please be aware your options will be limited as time has gone on. Information on acceptable evidence can be found here

Please also refer to our questions above.

Can have a fridge in my room to store my medication?

You should provide medical evidence of your condition and complete our CDS Accommodation Requirement Form.  The Disability Office will process your request in the first instance. A mini fridge issued to students is for campus room use only. Students are not permitted to bring their own fridge into halls.

I have a medical need for specific equipment - can this be provided?

You should provide medical evidence of your condition and complete our CDS Accommodation Requirement Form.  The Disability Office will process your request in the first instance.

Can I stay in my room again next year as it best suits my needs?

As a returning student you will need to make an application in accordance with the re-applying to halls procedures and note under ‘do you want a particular room’ that you need the room for a disability-related reason.

The hall warden makes the decision on room allocation for returners so you may also wish to contact them as well.

If your current room is an adapted room allocated via CDS and you wish to return to this room, you should also email your request to the disability office. 

Can you meet my cultural, religious or dietary requirements?

The University operates a policy of non-discrimination. Whilst we do our best to meet your accommodation preferences, students with particular cultural or religious requirements should take note that our policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunities leads to a mixed environment within our halls.

Whilst some areas are specifically designated male or female, socialisation is common, and some students' diets include meat and alcohol.

The University provides a prayer room to meet religious diversity. There are also a number of religious venues outside the campus. Please contact the University Chaplaincy for further information.

You should let the University know of any dietary requirements and, where practicable, provision will be made or alternative arrangements sought.

In catered halls we are able to offer Halal meats as part of our food service, however we are not able to offer a Kosher food service in our dining halls.

What accommodation is provided for couples or families?

The University offers a limited amount of self contained accommodation to students with partners or dependants. These flats/houses are within walking distance of the University. Children are not allowed in University halls of residence.

Students who wish to bring partners or dependants with them must contact the Student Accommodation Centre well in advance of their arrival for advice and assistance.