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Accessibility in Halls

It’s important to consider what adaptations or adjustments you may need while living in halls. We’ve tried to include info that various students may find useful, but appreciate everyone is different.

Keeping us informed

Let us know if you have a condition affecting you living in halls. If you declare a disability or long-term health condition when booking, we’ll send you a short form to help us understand the impact it may have and any reasonable adjustments we might need to make your accommodation accessible. If none of our rooms meet your needs we may be able to make additional adaptations.

Already booked and not declared your disability or long-term health condition? Email our team and let us know.

Students who have a disability are prioritised for accommodation bookings in all years of study. Students who have disclosed a disability to the Accommodation team and are currently living in halls of residence will automatically be invited to rebook accommodation from January.

You can always contact Student Accommodation Services with any questions you have about disability accommodation at accommodation@ntu.ac.uk

You might also want to contact Disability Services for advice around accessibility, both in halls and at university overall at disability.support@ntu.ac.uk. You can also find more information about disability support at NTU on our dedicated web pages.

Accommodation for personal carers

If you have a condition that requires daily or 24-hour personal care, we can provide a room for your personal carer under the same terms and conditions as other residents.

You will need to ensure the cost of the carer’s room can be met, but you may be able to access funding through your local authority personal budget if you have one.

Returning students

You are eligible to book University-sourced halls of residence for your subsequent years at NTU if your disability means you would be disadvantaged if you could not access suitable private accommodation.

Any offers are subject to suitable accommodation being available. The booking payment is required for each booking, including those made in subsequent years.

Registered students who meet the above criteria and are currently living in halls of residence will automatically be invited to rebook accommodation from January.

Once we have allocated all students with additional requirements, any remaining adapted rooms will be allocated to the next student requesting accommodation.

Please ensure you visit the NTU Disabilities Services Team web pages to find out more about the support available to you.

Support for students living in NTU Halls

Our Student Accommodation Support Officers are based in the halls of residence and are here to help you. They can offer a range of support including having issues with your flat or your room, if you are struggling to settle, if you're feeling lonely, worried about studies and lots more.

If you require any support please contact the team and they will be able to assist.

Not everyone who has additional needs self-identifies as “disabled”, but still needs help or adjustments from Student Accommodation Services. This support is for anyone included under the definition of disability under the Equality Act (2010) which applies if you have a “physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities”.

Considering what accommodation to choose

In this section, we’ve put together considerations you might like to think about when choosing what type of accessible accommodation to book, based on what students with these conditions have told us in the past. You might like to discuss these questions with someone you live with now.

We have also suggested the accommodation that best suits those requirements.

If your condition varies day-to-day, it’s important to consider both what your answer might be on a good day and on a more difficult day. Some of these considerations might inform which hall or room type is most suitable for you, but some might inform adaptations you need to ask for.

Students who are neurodiverse (including Autistic Spectrum Disorders and ADHD)

  • How many students are you comfortable living with?
  • Are you comfortable sharing a bathroom with strangers?
  • If you lived alone, would you find it easy to socialise with students either on your course or at a society?
  • How would it make you feel if your flatmates interrupted your daily routine, maybe by using the cooker when you planned to make dinner?
  • How confident are you in travelling to lectures independently?
  • How sensitive to noise are you? Do different types of noise impact you differently?
  • If there was a fire, would you need someone to help you evacuate?

Recommended accommodation:

Students with a hearing impairment

  • Do you have an assistance dog?
  • If there was a fire, would you need a visual or vibration alarm to tell you to evacuate?

Recommended accommodation:

Students with a visual impairment

  • Do you rely on remembering where you’ve put something to find it again?
  • Would you find it difficult if your flatmates moved things in your kitchen?
  • Do you have an assistance dog?
  • Do you need lighting adaptations?
  • Do you need adaptations to your flat such as high contrast edging and braille signs?
  • If there was a fire, would you need help to evacuate?

Recommended accommodation:

Students with a physical disability

  • Are you comfortable sharing a bathroom with strangers?
  • Can you manage stairs?
  • Do you need a different type of bed?
  • Do you need bathroom adaptations?
  • Do you need a hoist or grab rails?
  • Does your kitchen need to be adapted?
  • Do you need additional space for medical, rehabilitative or specialist equipment or activities?
  • If there was a fire, would you need help to evacuate?

Recommended accommodation:

Students with a long term or chronic illness

  • Are you comfortable sharing a bathroom with strangers?
  • Do you struggle if your sleep is disturbed? Do you sometimes sleep in the day?
  • Do you need to sterilise medical equipment regularly?
  • If you experience fatigue, how do you find using stairs?
  • Do you need a private fridge for medications?
  • Do you need additional space for medical, rehabilitative or specialist equipment or activities?

Recommended accommodation:

Students with mental health conditions

  • Are you comfortable sharing a bathroom with strangers?
  • If you lived alone, would you find it easy to socialise with students either on your course or at a society?How many students are you comfortable living with?
  • How confident are you in travelling to lectures independently?
  • If there was a fire, would you need someone to help you evacuate?

Recommended accommodation:

Visit our how to book page to find out how to secure your room.

If you’ve got any concerns or need advice with booking your accommodation, please do get in touch on +44 (0)115 848 2894 or via email; we’re here to help make the transition to living in university accommodation as easy as possible.