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Options for Students with Disabilities

Due to the age of buildings in London, many are not accessible for students with disabilities, which can make finding accommodation challenging. However, the Equality Act 2010 means that public buildings, at least, will have to make provision for those with disabilities in order to ensure equal access to goods and services.

Some of these legislative requirements also extend to private landlords who provide rental accommodation. The Act prohibits unjustified less favourable treatment if you have a disability and are looking to rent accommodation. For example, landlords must not charge a disabled person a higher rent or deposit than other tenants.

Many halls now have accessible rooms for students with disabilities. In most cases, you should contact your accommodation office first for information about what might be available. You can also look at our list of Registered Independent Halls of Residence to find private hall providers to contact.

Ability Housing Association

The Coach House
Gresham Road
Staines
Middlesex, TW18 2AE

Telephone: 01784 490910
Fax: 01784 490510
Email: info@ability-housing.co.uk

website: www.ability-housing.co.uk

Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS)

The Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) can provide more details about disability rights in relation to private rental accommodation.


Their contact details are:

Phone: 0808 800 0082
Textphone: 0808 800 0084
Website: www.equalityadvisoryservice.com/

Habinteg Housing Association

1 Pemberton Row,
London EC4


Tel: 0207 822 8700
Fax: 0207 822 8701

https://www.habinteg.org.uk


Habinteg provide inegrated Housing for wheelchair users with or without their families. Wheelchair units are interspersed amongst general family housing and emergency back up is provided by a resident community assistant. They have centres in Hackney, Hammersmith, Haaringey and Islington. Housing is allocated through a waiting list which you apply to by using the appropriate application form.Please apply to the above address for further details.

NUS Disabled Students Campaign

The NUS Disabled Students’ campaign aims to remove the stigma from all disabilities, challenge perceptions and encourage all members of our society to take a positive attitude towards understanding the nature of disability and overcoming prejudices.

https://www.nus.org.uk/en/who-we-are/how-we-work/disabled-students/

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