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Disability Resources for Students

UW On-Campus Housing


Students interested in requesting accommodations for living assignments in On-Campus UW Housing must complete: UW Housing Application, myDRS Application and the online DRS Disability Housing & Medical Dietary Request. Requests need to be made within stated Deadlines for Housing Accommodations. Accommodation requests submitted after a deadline will we on a waitlist and be processed on a space-available basis, or moved to the next quarter.

  • Accommodations in housing are approved on a case-by-case basis, and are dependent on the nature of the impacts related to a disability and/or health condition within the campus living environment.
  • DRS works in partnership with UW Housing & Food Services (HFS) in the accommodations process.

Steps to Receive Housing Accommodations

Review the UW Housing Accommodation Deadlines.  Requests submitted after these dates will be processed on a space-available basis and will likely be on a waitlist for an assignment or relocation.

  1. Apply for UW housing
    • Select “disability accommodation needed” on housing profile.
  2. Register with Disability Resources for Students (DRS).
  3. DRS reviews submitted information, and will contact you if more information is needed.
  4. DRS notifies you via email of approved housing accommodations and next steps.
  5. HFS makes housing assignment based on:
    • stated preferences in profile
    • approved housing accommodations
    • status of priority status of housing
      • Students will be notified by HFS of their housing assignments, per the HFS application guide.
      • Accommodations do not increase priority status for assignment (exception is family housing: see FAQ below).

The Housing Accommodation Request Form for the 2019-2020 academic year is now open!
Fill out the Disability Housing and Medical Dietary Request now

Examples of Possible Housing Accommodations:

  • Wheelchair accessible room with access to private bath
  • Room equipped with a visual fire alert
  • Single bedroom options that include spaces in apartments, suite and or clusters
  • Various bathroom access based on disability management needs
  • Furniture adjustments
  • Service and Emotional Support Animals

FAQ’s on Housing Accommodations

Does having a disability accommodation give me priority housing assignments?

No. Housing applications with disability accommodations requested and approved by the listed deadlines receive priority within each student’s priority assignments status. This means that approved accommodation placements will happen before others with same priority status, but it will not increase a priority status to a higher one for a student.

Can DRS waive termination or other HFS housing fees as disability accommodation?

No. Students should review their housing agreements before terminating their housing agreements.

Do I need to complete more than just the housing application to received housing disability accommodations?

Yes. The process for requesting disability accommodations is separate from the UW housing application process. Student need to first apply for UW housing, and then request housing accommodations. Please review the Steps to Receive Housing Accommodations, above.

Can I apply for priority in Family Housing?

Yes. The reason why family housing on campus is needed based on the disability and or health condition will need to be stated. Students with disabilities in family housing needs can request to be placed in 1st priority category. Review the Family Housing Priority System.

Can dependents and/or family of UW students living in family housing request housing accommodations?

Yes.  The UW student works with DRS to make the housing request for their family members living with them. They will need to complete the same process. Please review the Steps to Receive Housing Accommodations, above.

Can I submit a request after a deadline?

Yes. Accommodation requests will still be processed after the deadline; however, there is a high likelihood that you will be on a waitlist, especially if assignments have already been made for the quarter. Review the UW Housing Accommodations Deadlines.

Is it possible to bring special furniture or my own mattress if medically necessary?

Yes. With an approved accommodation, this can be arranged with advance notice. Please review the Steps to Receive Housing Accommodations above.

Does having ADHD or a learning disability qualify for a single room to have a specific study environment?

No. Single rooms are not assigned based on diagnosis of ADHD or learning disability and a need for a quiet study space. HFS Residence staff can help facilitate our agreements to allow both roommates to successfully study in their room. In addition, study areas within residence halls, academic study areas, and the various campus libraries are alternative places where students can study.


More info on Medical Related Dietary Restrictions

More info on Service and Emotional Support Animals