Options for Students with Disabilities

As with the vast majority of cities which have developed and expanded over a number of centuries, London has not historically enjoyed the benefits of a coordinated planning policy. Consequently, well designed or adapted buildings are a rarity. However, the Disability Discrimination Act now 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.
In most cases, you should contact your accommodation office first for information about what might be available.


  • Ability Housing Association

    The Coach House 
    Gresham Road 
    Middlesex, TW18 2AE 

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

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  • 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/

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  • Habinteg Housing Association

    1 Pemberton Row,
    London EC4

    Tel: 0207 822 8700
    Fax: 0207 822 8701

    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.


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  • National Bureau for Students with Disabilities

    Chapter House 18-20 
    Crucifix Lane
    London SE1 3JW

    voice/text: 020 7450 0620
    Fax: 020 7450 0650

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