Students with disabilities

Students with disabilities or a severe medical condition

We encourage all students to apply as early as possible to have the best chance of securing a preference choice. We allocate on a ‘first applied, first allocated’ basis in date order and we aim to offer students their preference choices. However, if a student’s preference choice isn’t available (even if they apply by the deadline date) there is the possibility of being offered a different room type to their preferences. More information can be found within our Service Aim and Accommodation Guarantees.

We recommend that you read about all the accommodation you can choose from prior to starting the application process. Discover what's on offer.

Applying for accessible accommodation

You will need to apply for accommodation online via the link below. The deadline for guaranteed accommodation is the 31st May 2019. During this process you will be asked if you have any additional requirements which we should be aware of. Please feel free to limit this to a short explanation and follow up with a separate email if necessary. You will also need to ensure you have emailed us any appropriate supporting evidence to best inform your allocation. Please see the pages below for further information on Accessible rooms at University of Winchester.

If you have declared a need during the UCAS application process, the University will send you an email, requesting that you complete an Additional Requirement survey. This will help the University to identify what you may require both within accommodation and all other factors relating to your study and use of the University facilities.

Whilst we will do our best to allocate you in to a preferred allocation type; as per the guidance in ‘Residences with accessible rooms’, we may be required to offer you a suitable alternative based on your individual requirements.

Applicants for 2019/20

We are aiming to open applications for 2019/20 in early December. Please keep checking back for an exact date nearer the time.

If you are yet to make an application for Housing 2018/19, please contact the Housing team via for more information.

Applying for subsequent years

If you require a room in University accommodation for the duration of your course, you will not automatically be allocated one. You will need to ensure that you make an online application before the guarantee deadline each year, If your circumstances have changed since your first application and may affect your allocation, please ensure you provide Student Housing and the Disability and Learning Diversity Team.

Residences with Accessible rooms

The University of Winchester, in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 shall endeavour to make reasonable adjustments for students who require extra support within their accommodation either due to a disability, long term medical condition or sensory/physical impairment. This may include making a required adaptation to a room or allocating to a particular location to help them be involved fully in University life and the Student experience.

Prospective and current students are strongly advised to contact the Disabilities and Learning Diversity Team at the University in regards to their requirements. Students should also contact Student Housing Services in regards to requirements for accommodation. Please be aware that medical evidence will be required to support accommodation requests. Students with complex or multiple needs may also be invited in to discuss their accommodation requirements.

The University has a limited number of adapted and or accessible rooms so students need to ensure they apply for accommodation as early as possible.

Carer rooms

Should you need to apply for a room for a carer, please ensure this is clear in your application and that you have considered the funding of the extra room.

Adapted rooms

Our adapted rooms may include the following:

  • Wheelchair access
  • Automatic doors throughout the flat/house
  • Hoists
  • Height Adjustable equipment
  • Deaf Alerters

We may also be able to provide the following:

  • Small fridge for the storage of medicines
  • Sharps box

Please be advised that any requests for specific equipment will be considered based upon the medical/supporting evidence that the applicant provides to the University.

Residences with adapted rooms

Please see below for information about the availability of adapted rooms throughout our residences.

Self Catered Halls:

  • West Downs En-Suite
  • Queens Road En-Suite
  • Burma Road
  • Beech Glade flat
ResidenceSuitable for Hearing ImpairedSuitable for those with restricted mobilityAccessible car parking available
West Downs En-Suite X X X
West Downs Shared Facilities X Dependent on requirement X
Queens Road En-suite X   X
Queens Road Twin X   X
Burma Road X X X
St. Elizabeth’s (catered) X   X
Beech Glade (catered) X   X
Beech Glade Flat X X X
University Managed Housing   Dependent on requirement Dependent on property

Accommodation Financial Subsidy

Following recent changes to the Disabled Student Allowance, we will provide some financial assistance to students who require en-suite 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.

The subsidy will not automatically be awarded to students with a disclosed disability who are in en-suite, 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.


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

  1. A requirement for en-suite, 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, 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, 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, accommodation is considered appropriate by senior Student 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 form part of the criteria and will not be considered.

As is current practice, DSAs can only be used in circumstances where other non-specialist accommodation in the same block of accommodation/locality is available to allow SFE to determine the reasonable additional cost.

This means that applications may only be considered for students residing in en-suite accommodation at West Downs, where a shared bathroom alternative is available for comparison.

To apply, please email