If you are a student with a disability and you are considering enrolling at UW and living on campus, or if you are a currently enrolled UW student, contact Disability Resources for Students for assistance with specific housing needs.
Students interested in living in accessible spaces in UW Housing must register with the DRS office and submit the DRS Disability Housing & Medical Dietary Request. Requests need to be made in accordance with the Deadlines for Housing Accommodations. Accommodation requests submitted after the deadline will be processed on a space available basis and may include a wait list.
The types of accommodations provided are dependent on the nature of the disability, impact in the on campus living environment, and provided on a case by case basis. DRS works closely with the UW Housing & Dining office in providing accommodations that meet individual needs.
Types of accommodation(s) that may be provided include, but are not limited to:
- Wheelchair accessible room with private bath
- Room equipped with a fire alarm strobe
- Residential hall & room access
- Medical related dietary needs
- Single room
- Special bathroom needs
- Access to kitchen
- Furniture adjustments
Steps to Receive Housing Accommodations
- Apply for UW housing
- Select “disability accommodation needed” on application
- Note: Deadlines for Housing Accommodations
- Register with Disability Resources for Students (DRS)
- Submit documentation of a disability to DRS
- Submit a DRS Housing & Dietary Accommodation Request. (You will need your UW Net ID)
- DRS will review your application and request for accommodation and make contact to engage you in the interactive process.
- Once an housing accommodation is determined, DRS partners with University Housing & Dining Staff to assign students based on availability and specific needs.
- Students will be notified of their housing assignments per UW Housing Important Dates.
Answers to FAQs
- The process for requesting disability accommodations is separate from the application process for UW Housing.
- The process for requesting housing accommodations is separate from requesting academic and classroom accommodations, but they can be done at the same time.
- Disability accommodation needs do not automatically give students priority in housing assignments. 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.
- Family Housing has a priority system that puts students with disability housing needs in the 1st priority category. Students work with DRS to receive placement into this category.