King’s College London wants to welcome you into your new home with confidence. If you have a disability, health concerns or other requirements, we are here to help.
King’s Residences, in accordance with the Equality Act 2010, will make reasonable adjustment for students who require extra support within their accommodation due to a long-term medical condition or sensory/physical impairment. This may include making adaptations to a room or allocating a room in a specified location to ensure you can be involved fully in University life and the Student experience.
King's Inclusive Living
In order to ensure your needs can be met it is essential you disclose your requirements when you apply for King’s College accommodation using the portal system. If you do not let us know until after you have applied, we cannot guarantee that a suitable room will be available.
If any of these examples apply to you or if there’s anything else you need to tell us about which may affect what type of accommodation you are offered, please make sure you let us know when you apply through the King’s Residences Portal after the 16th March 2020.
Here are some examples of requirements you can apply for:
- an ensuite bathroom
- an accessible room or adjustable facilities if you use a wheelchair or have other health or mobility problems
- a room on a ground floor or near a lift, or with a shorter fire escape route to make it easier for you to get around and to aid your evacuation in an emergency
- a second room if you need a resident carer- please ensure this is clear in your application and that you have considered the funding of the extra room
- a small personal fridge to store medication
- a vibrating pillow for fire alarm purpose
- an assistance animal- we will require formal evidence from a doctor before we can process a request of this nature
What you will need to provide
You will be asked to describe any medical conditions or disabilities and upload a recently completed medical certificate or letter from a suitably qualified medical professional such as your GP. If your evidence is more than 1 year old, we may ask you to provide a new letter from your GP confirming that the contents of the old letter are still valid and include any changes in your condition.It is helpful if the evidence includes:
If you can only provide evidence of the medical condition or disability and the above points are not covered we may ask you for further information to support your application.
- Your diagnosis (or diagnoses)
- How the condition affects you in day to day life
- How long you have had the condition and whether it is likely to change over time
- Clarification of whether your condition or disability necessitates a specific type of room (ensuite, accessible etc) and whether any adaptations or specialist support is required
If your medical certificates are from overseas, you will need to have these translated to English by an official translator and provide a self-funded translation certificate. See your embassy for a list of authorised agencies. The original (untranslated) document must also be provided, and this must be signed by the author. Documents sent over that are not translated will be rejected.
Other services at King’s
King’s Disability Support provides advise and support on reasonable adjustments in learning, teaching and assessment. Disability Support can also provide advice on what accommodation arrangements it would be reasonable for you to request.
In addition, if you would like to visit the College and our accommodation, this can also be arranged with Disability Support.
Upon arrival at residences we have an in-house Welfare support team that are experienced in pastoral care and are here to help you settle and provide comfort during your residence.
King’s also provides support via Student Services and your personal tutor. In addition, KCLSU can also help you navigate these support services whenever you need. See their useful information for parents, guardians and friends and self-help resources.