Disabilities and medical circumstances
We welcome applications from disabled students. You can apply to us for a room that meets your individual needs; for example en suite bathroom facilities, a location close to LSE campus, wheelchair accessible or equipped for those with a hearing impairment (this list is not exhaustive).
You will need to tell us before you arrive about any specific adaptations you feel you need so that any necessary adaptations to your room can be made in good time.
If you require a room for your personal assistant to use, we will allocate the room next door to yours, though you will be charged for both rooms.
The LSE Disability and Well-being Service will work with you to try and identify funding sources to support your studies at LSE.
To seek priority accommodation on grounds of disability or exceptional medical circumstances, you must complete the Assessment form for consideration as a priority for accommodation [PDF]
Please post or email the completed form directly to the Disability and Well-being Service.
Once you have submitted a priority application from you should apply for accommodation using Hallpad. Please mention in the special requirements field that you have applied for priority accommodation to enable us to process your application more easily.
If you are a current student who already has an agreed priority for an accommodation placement through an Individual Student Support Agreement (ISSA) with the School, you do not need to resubmit a priority application form. Instead, please put the word 'ISSA' in the special requirements field of your Hallpad online application form. Please note that your ISSA must state 'Residential Services Office arrangements - priority placement' for this to be valid. If your ISSA does not specify this, please submit a priority application form.
Medical circumstances can only be considered by our Disability and Well-being Service and Medical Centre. Please do not send the form or follow up enquiries to the Residential Services Office as they will be unable to make a decision in your particular case.
Support for international students with disabilities
For international students with disabilities, effective prior planning will have preceded arrival and arrangements will be in place before arrival. LSE will facilitat arrival and help the student to settle into their accommodation. For more information on the kinds of arrangements that can be put in place, please download the Arrival to LSE halls checklist for international students with disabilities [PDF].
Welfare, academic and other circumstances
There may be many reasons why some students find it preferable to live in halls and find the thought of living in private rented accommodation daunting.
Only under exceptional circumstances, which make it very difficult or impossible for you to live in alternative accommodation, will your accommodation application be prioritised.
The following will NOT usually be viewed as the basis for priority:
Ease of access to the campus or Library, internet facilities or late night IT access.
General concern for personal safety, or parents insistence or concerns.
Lack of knowledge of London or difficulties adjusting to living here.
Inability to arrive in London before term starts.
Lack of planning or preparedness in arranging accommodation.
Initial arrangements with fellow students having fallen through.
To apply for priority, please complete the online form following the link below. If we need more information from you, we will contact you directly. If your circumstances are not seriously problematic please do not complete this form as a large number of assessments cause delays in the process.
Application form for priority accommodation on welfare/academic/other grounds
Submitted applications will be referred to the Dean of Undergraduate or Graduate Studies as appropriate. If individually they are unable to make a decision, the application will be considered by the Accommodation Priorities Panel.
After the initial decision, further assessments will only be carried out every 12 months unless your circumstances change significantly or the authority has recommended you apply earlier.