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Disability Resources for Students

UW On-Campus Housing


Students interested in living in accessible spaces in UW Housing must complete both a myDRS Application and the online DRS Disability Housing & Medical Dietary Request. Requests need to be made in accordance with the Deadlines for Housing Accommodations. Accommodation requests submitted after a deadline will be processed on a space available basis and will include a wait list.

  • Accommodations in housing are approved on a case by case basis and are dependent on the nature of the disability and/or health condition as well as the impact in the on campus  living environment.
  • DRS works in partnership with UW Housing & Food Services to provide accommodations that meet individual student needs.

Steps to Receive Housing Accommodations

*Be aware of the UW Housing Accommodation Deadlines for accommodation requests submitted after these dates will be processed on a space available basis and may include a wait list.

  1. Apply for UW housing
  2. Register with Disability Resources for Students (DRS)
  3. DRS reviews application and request submitted and will contact you if more information is needed
  4. DRS notifies you via email of approved housing accommodations and next steps needed
  5. DRS informs UW Housing & Food Services (HFS) the accommodation for room assignment and makes placement
    • Variables on placement include: priority status of student applying for housing, stated housing profile preferences, space availability at time of request, housing contract type (9 vs 12 month, family housing) and approved accommodations.
  6. Students will be notified by HFS of their housing assignments per UW Housing Important Dates. (Late July or early August for Fall start)

Examples of Possible Housing Accommodations:

  • Wheelchair accessible room with private bath
  • Room equipped with a visual fire alert
  • Medical related dietary consult
  • Single room options
  • Special bathroom needs
  • Furniture adjustments

Medical Related Dietary Restrictions

Service and Emotional Support Animals

FAQ’s on Housing Accommodations

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

No: Students seeking Housing Waivers need to complete the HFS outline process:

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. Review the Steps to Receive Housing Accommodations

Does having a disability accommodation give me priority housing assignments?

Yes, if applied by deadlines. Housing applications with disability accommodations requested by the listed deadlines receive priority in assignments. Applications submitted, with accommodations requested, after the deadline(s) will be assigned on a space available bases and may include a wait list.

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. Review the Steps to Receive Housing Accommodations

Can I submit a request after a deadline?

Yes. Accommodation requests will 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 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. Review the Steps to Receive Housing Accommodations

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 work our agreements that 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 were students can study.

Housing and Food Services Resources

FERPA for Parents

Housing Welcome and Move In Page

Housing Room Change/Room Swap

Building Resources for Residence Halls

Residence Halls At a Glance (you can find floor plans by each hall here)

Housing Virtual Tours

Housing & Food Services Accommodation Information

Housing & Food Services Nutritional Information

Off Campus Housing Resources

2016-2017 Housing & Food Services guide