Accessible Accommodation

 

For in depth information and advice, please contact our AccessAbility/Wellbeing Services Team.

0300 555 0444
Accessability@exeter.ac.uk

The University of Exeter endeavours to make reasonable adjustments to support individuals who, due to disability, a long-term medical condition or sensory or physical impairment require adapted accommodation or a particular location to help them participate fully and enjoy a fulfilling university experience in line with the Equality Act 2010.

Prospective students and current students can contact the AccessAbility/Wellbeing Services Team to discuss their accommodation requirements and should be aware that medical evidence is required to support all accommodation requests. We have a limited number of adapted and accessible rooms so students should apply as early as possible for their accommodation and contact AccessAbility/Wellbeing Services to discuss arrangements so that any reasonable adjustments can be implemented before a student arrives.

The adapted rooms have single beds and usually have a larger bathroom than other rooms. Special facilities requested, such as a vibrating pillow for those with impaired hearing, will be issued to residents who require them for health and safety purposes.

We will try to match individuals to suitable accommodation but if further adaptations are required these can be arranged. However, we ask students to visit or engage in fuller discussions in advance so that the Unviersity can make reasonable adjustments in a timely and appropriate manner. If you decide not to engage with us at an early stage, we cannot guarantee that your requirements will be met by the time you begin your course.

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

The University of Exeter has a range of accessible and adapted rooms, including some with specific equipment and fixtures. We work alongside Wellbeing Services to make reasonable adjustments to support individuals who, due to disability, a long-term medical condition or sensory or physical impairment require adapted accommodation or a particular location to help them participate fully and enjoy a fulfilling university experience. Accommodation is allocated based on students’ needs, and reasonable adaptations will be made where and when possible based on individual requirements.  

When completing your application for accommodation, please think carefully about how your accommodation can help you manage your illness or disability. The following are examples of indicative adjustments and equipment which you may wish to consider alongside your application.

  • Accommodation near to your college
  • Accessible parking near to your accommodation
  • Ground Floor accommodation
  • Accommodation with a lift
  • Wheelchair accessible accommodation
  • Wheelchair/scooter storage space
  • Catered halls
  • Self-catered halls
  • Automatic doors to 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 bedroom and/or bathroom
  • A kitchen with height adjusted facilities
  • Rumble pillow
  • Flashing fire alarm
  • Fridge in room
  • Space for specialist furniture
  • A carers living space - charged at normal rent for contract period
  • Facilities for guide/assistance dog registered with an organisation such as Guide Dogs or Assistance Dogs International

Please see below for a list of our undergraduate and postgraduate residences offering rooms adapted for students with disabilities:

Catered residences

Self-catered residences

* Due to the location of these residences, students may need transport between the residence and the central Streatham campus.

The table below provides information on what requirement can be catered for within which residence and also if accessible parking is available:

Residencefor hearing impairedfor those with restricted mobilityaccessible car parking available
Birks Grange Village (catered)          ✔
Birks Grange Village (self-catered)         ✔  ✔
Duryard         ✔  
Holland Hall  X  ✔
Kingdom Mews  X  
Lafrowda    ✔
Northfield  X  ✔
Pennsylvania Court  X  ✔
Point Exe  X  ✔
Ransom Pickard  X  ✔
Rowancroft  ✔
Rowe House  ✔
St German's  ✔

Applying for Year 1 accommodation

You will need to apply for accommodation and indicate that you require specific accommodation. Although you do not have to do so, it will help us to help you if you mention your specific requirements in your application. Even though you may have told others in the University, we would strongly advise that you make us fully aware of your requirements for accommodation separately so that we can support you during your stay.

You will also need to complete Wellbeing Services prospective student questionnaire to provide details of your requirements. Please review the 'Typical adjustments' information above to consider what type of request you may wish to make.

You will need to submit supporting evidence before your application can be processed for the specific accommodation you have requested or room adaptions i.e. a fridge in your room.

Our AccessAbility/Wellbeing Services Team will then liaise with you about your specific requirements.

We encourage you to submit the Wellbeing Services prospective student questionnaire by 31 July so we will seek take such action as we reasonably can to find or adapt accommodation that will be suitable for your needs.  If you submit your accommodation application after this date and in particular if your disability reasonably requires extensive adaptation of the accommodation, we may not have sufficient time or appropriate space to reasonably make all the required adjustments before the start of the academic year.  If your needs are significant and adjustments are likely to go beyond the standard baseline adjustments, it is essential that you contact Wellbeing Services in advance e.g. you need adaptations to your accommodation such as a hoist.  This enables the University to consider arrangements for elements of your support in a timely and appropriate manner before your arrival on a case by case basis.
 
The availability of accessible and/or adapted rooms reduces as allocations are made during the allocation period and we may have limited availability to late applicants.

Read our 24 May 2016 blog post from guest blogger Sophie Lloyd, Wellbeing Services Administrator at the University of Exeter. She is considering the question 'Should I declare a disability to the University of Exeter before I begin my studies?' and looking at the support provided to students by our AccessAbility/Wellbeing Services Teams.

Other years accommodation

If you require a room in University accommodation for a welfare reason for all of your academic programme, this will not automatically be allocated to you and you will need to apply each academic year for accommodation and provide medical evidence. This is to ensure that the room is still suitable to your medical requirements.

You will need to follow the process outline on our returning students page to gain support for your application.

Our rooms are occupied throughout the year and therefore in order to to provide our current students with notice. If you wish to view one of our accessible rooms* and have completed your Wellbeing Services questionnaire, please contact the Accommodation Office directly giving at least 10 working day's notice.

At this visit, we will discuss your specific requirements for accommodation and look at the location of the residence to your college.

*Please note that viewings will take place for those students who require specially adapted rooms rather than students who require an en-suite room only.

Virtual tours

We have 360° virtual tours of some of our adapted rooms within our Birks Grange Village residences. In order to view these, please follow the instructions below:

Birks Grange Village (catered) en-suite

  • Visit Virtual Tours
  • Click on the the 'catered accommodation' tab
  • Go to Birks Grange Village
  • Go to 'accessible room'

Birks Grange Village (self-catered)

  • Visit Virtual Tours
  • Click on the the 'self-catered accommodation' tab
  • Go to Birks Grange Village
  • Go to 'accessible room'

AccessAbility

If you have a a disability or long term health condition which requires extra support then you can contact AccessAbility to discuss your requirements.

Opening times: 9.00am - 4.30pm Monday - Friday (Closed on Bank Holidays and University closure days)

Accommodation Office

The Accommodation Office can provide information on our residences and the accessible rooms which are available:

Opening times: 9:00am - 5:00pm Monday - Friday (Closed on Bank Holidays and University closure days)

Wellbeing

The University of Exeter Wellbeing Services team, made up of counsellors and mental health practitioners, are all highly skilled and experienced. They are able to offer advice, therapeutic and practical support to help students cope personally and to manage their studies.

Opening times: 9:00am - 5:00pm Monday - Friday (Closed on Bank Holidays and University closure days)

In response to recent changes to the Disabled Student Allowance, for 2016/17 and 2017/18 we will provide some financial assistance to students who require en-suite or studio accommodation on disability grounds in line with the criteria below.

If you consider yourself to be disabled and therefore are requesting reasonable adjustments with regard to your specific accommodation needs you may be eligible for help in the form of a rent subsidy.

Undergraduate, postgraduate Home, EU and International students can apply for the rent subsidy if they require en-suite or studio on-campus accommodation due to their disability and health needs. If you are supported by a resident carer for personal care assistance you will be able to apply for the subsidy for their accommodation as well as you own.

The subsidy will not automatically be awarded to students with a disclosed disabilities who are in en-suite/studio on-campus accommodation and you will need to apply annually if you meet the criteria. After your first year, the reassessment will form part of the process to support your accommodation application as a returning student.

The subsidy will be calculated on an annual basis and will be credited to your account on a termly basis.

Criteria

You are eligible to apply if you meet one or more of the following criteria:

  1. A requirement for en-suite/studio on campus accommodation as a result of a physical disability i.e. mobility difficulty/wheelchair user, where specific accessibility requirements prevent you from sharing bathroom facilities with others.

  2. A requirement for en-suite/studio on campus accommodation as a result of a sensory disability e.g. visual impairment, that prevents you from maintaining independence when sharing bathroom facilities because other students impact on the accessibility or usability of the shared space.

  3. A requirement for en-suite/studio on campus accommodation as a result of an unseen condition such as a mental health disability, autism spectrum condition or a medical condition that prevents you from using shared bathroom facilities without a substantial impact on your wellbeing and ability to carry out self-care activities.

  4. Exceptional cases where a requirement for en-suite/studio accommodation is considered appropriate by senior Wellbeing Services staff, based on evidence of ongoing difficulties that substantially impact on your ability to use shared bathroom facilities.

Personal convenience or preference do not for part of the criteria and will not be considered.

Application Process

We have a specific process for you to follow should you wish to be considered for this subsidy by the university. If you met the criteria and wish to apply, please complete the application form and return to Wellbeing Services team with any appropriate supporting evidence of your disability (if this has not previously been supplied to Wellbeing Services). Wellbeing services will then review your application alongside any supporting evidence.

We are only able to a consider request for a rent discount for students who have followed this process. Any discount will be made once a formal assessment has taken place and will only apply from the date of the request for assessment.

The subsidy will be available for on campus accommodation where the contract is issued by the University only and is not available for any other accommodation offered by the University e.g. off campus University residences or nominated residences in City.

If your application for a subsidy is supported, the accommodation team will be notified by email of this outcome and will be in touch to confirm the rent subsidy agreement and will then apply credit to your University account.

If you have been unsuccessful in your application, you will be notified of this outcome and you may supply additional supporting evidence and re-apply for the subsidy.