On this page:
  • Room requirements and adaptations
  • Applying to stay in halls of residence after your first year
  • Disability-related accommodation subsidy

Room requirements and adaptations

Living away from home can be a daunting prospect, especially if you have health concerns, a disability or need additional support. Imperial can provide support and make adjustments for you in college accommodation, as long as you let us know what your requirements are in advance.
If you have specific room requirements, for example, an ensuite room due to a disability or impairment or a fridge to store medication needed in relation to a medical condition, you will need to notify the accommodation team. The Medical, wellbeing and disability page has further information.  
If you have a complex condition which involves more extensive rooming requirements, for example, powered doors or a hoist, we recommend you also get in contact with the Disability Advisory Service, as early as possible. It will also be possible to arrange a visit to the College to inspect our accommodation.  

Applying to stay in halls of residence after your first year

If you are an undergraduate student who can show a disability-related reason for needing to stay in halls of residence after the first year of study, you have the opportunity to apply to stay in halls of residence for the next academic year.  
DAS advisors are only able to support applications from students who are currently supported by the service and with:
  • mobility or sensory impairments;
  • or those who are on the autistic spectrum.
All other students will need to obtain support from one of the Health Centre Doctors or Faculty Senior Tutors.  
Decisions are made by a panel in the spring/summer term and are based on the priority of need.  Please email the Disability Advisory Service if you would like to discuss having your application supported by us.

Disability-Related Accommodation Subsidy

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. 

Eligibility Criteria 

  • 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.  
We strongly advise that you register with the Imperial College Health Centre to obtain supporting evidence for your application but also in order to have access to NHS health care whilst you are studying at Imperial. 
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.  

How to apply for the subsidy

If you would like to apply for the subsidy, please ensure you do the following:

Disability Related Accommodation Subsidy Links

1. Make an appointment

Make an appointment with the Disability Advisory Service and let us know that you wish to apply for the Disability-Related Accommodation Subsidy. 

2. Gather your evidence

This must be relevant and up-to-date evidence that specifically details why you must live on campus.

3. We will email you an online form to complete

Once you meet with an advisor, they will send you an email containing a link to the online application form. You must complete and submit the application form in order to be considered for the subsidy.