The disability-related accommodation subsidy only applies to halls of residence within the South Kensington Campus: Beit, Eastside and Southside.
All students (including prospective students) who wish to apply for the subsidy need to speak to an advisor before applying. The adviser will be able to help you with all aspects of your support needs.
You can apply for the subsidy before you start your studies, from 1st September, as long as you have completed enrolment as an Imperial student, and have been allocated your accommodation.
If you move into halls for the Autumn term, you will need to apply for the subsidy before 31st January 2021. The subsidy cannot be backdated for previous years, meaning you may only apply for the current academic year.
A decision-making panel will meet in November 2020 and February 2021 (approximate dates). If you are moving into halls in January 2021 or mid-way through the academic year, your application will be considered at the panel meeting in February.
The subsidy is considered on an annual basis. This means that if you are to continue staying in a South Kensington hall of residence, you need to reapply each academic year and to supply independent, relevant and up-to-date evidence for each application. All Imperial undergraduate students who meet the eligibility criteria may apply for the subsidy, including international disabled students.
If you have a personal assistant/carer who also has accommodation in your South-Kensington’s halls, you will not be able to apply for the subsidy for their room. However, if you qualify for the disability premium or severe disability premium of Universal Credit, or you are deaf and are in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowances, you may also be able to claim housing benefit
from the government towards the cost of your support worker's accommodation.
Within your application, you will need to include independent, relevant and up-to-date evidence that specifically refers to and explains how you meet the criteria below. Your evidence should explicitly explain why you should be accommodated on the South Kensington Campus rather than in one of our other halls of residence. This evidence can be provided by a medical practitioner (GP, hospital consultant, psychiatrist), social worker, recognised mental health professional or physiotherapist/occupational therapist.
- A significant, enduring, physical disability or impairment e.g. wheelchair user with on-going difficulties that substantially impact on living independently or that prevent the student from using public transport to travel across London.
- A sensory disability or impairment e.g. severely limited vision, with on-going difficulties that substantially impact on living independently or that prevent the student from using public transport to travel across London.
- An unseen condition such as an enduring mental health difficulty, autism or a medical condition with on-going difficulties that substantially impact on living independently or that prevent the student using public transport to travel across London.
- We may consider applications, in additional exceptional cases, from those not covered by the categories above, such as those who need to be close to Imperial College Health Centre for their care.
A preference for accommodation is not a criterion for awarding the subsidy and the subsidy is awarded according to need.
If your subsidy request is not successful, you may reapply for the subsidy in the new academic year if you remain living in a South Kensington hall, but you will need to provide new, independent, relevant and up-to-date evidence.
If your application is declined, you may appeal in writing to the Director of Student Services. Applications should be made within five working days of receiving the decision that the application has been declined. Reasons for an application being considered for appeal are:
- failure of the decision panel to follow due process;
- submission of additional information that was not available to the decision panel.
Information and evidence submitted during the application will be treated confidentially in line with the College privacy statement. If your situation changes, and you have new evidence in support of your need the panel will reconsider your new application.