Residential Services are committed to the promotion of equity, diversity and inclusion in our halls of residences. To support these principles, we commit to the following protected groups and those who have declared protected characteristics on their accommodation application forms:
Applicants who have disclosed a disability
We encourage applications from students with medical requirements and we strive to provide accommodation that best meets these requirements. To further this aim, our Residential Services Manager meets with the Manager of the LSE Disability and Wellbeing Service (DWS) frequently throughout the application cycle. Together they review applications from students who have disclosed a disability. Upon receipt of completed and approved documentation, an offer of accommodation will be made that best meets the students’ requirements from the accommodation that is available at that time.
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Applicants who disclose that they have significant sensory impairments; are wheelchair users; or who have other substantial mobility impairments
We commit to ensuring that applicants who are wheelchair users, or have significant sensory impairments, or other substantial mobility impairments, receive the correct advice and support throughout their application process, and are made an offer of accommodation that meets their needs. The Residential Services Manager will contact the applicant to discuss their personal requirements for accommodation, and will if possible, arrange for the applicant to visit, in advance of the start of the academic year, the potential hall and room that they may be allocated to, to ensure that the room is suitable. If any reasonable adjustments are required to the accommodation, Residential Services will liaise with Estates such that these are made in advance of the students’ arrival to the hall. Where relevant, we will allocate students’ Personal Assistants or Carers to the nearest single room in the residence to that which the student has been allocated to, for the duration of the student’s stay in the hall. We will liaise with the Residential Life and Warden team to ensure that all necessary support can be put in place for the student in preparation for their stay, including the completion of a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) to facilitate the student’s safe exit of the building in an emergency.
Applicants who have more complex disabilities and / or medical conditions (e.g. those who are wheelchair users; those who have significant sensory impairments) and require larger rooms or specific room types (eg en suite facilities) owing to their medical requirements, will have their accommodation fees reduced such that they are charged the average price of a single room in that residence. Accommodation fees cannot be reduced for students who have declared a medical condition that does not necessitate a particular adjustment to their accommodation. Decisions for conditions that are not specified above will be made on a case by case basis by RCSD in consultation with the LSE DWS Manager.
Applicants who are under 18 years
We encourage accommodation applications from all applicants who have offers to study at LSE, regardless of age groups. Applicants who are under 18 years will be allocated to single rooms as it is against UK law to accommodate a minor in the same room as an adult (eg it is against the law to allocate a student under 18 years in a twin or triple room, sharing with a student of 18 years or over). In addition, students under the age of 18 years are identified to the Warden in advance of arrival such that special provisions can be made for these students where necessary (for example, to ensure that they are not served alcohol at events managed in the hall, and to provide extra pastoral care if required).
Applicants who have disclosed their pregnancy
We encourage accommodation applications from applicants who are pregnant. Applicants who disclose their pregnancy in their accommodation application will be contacted by the Residential Services Manager to discuss their specific accommodation requirements further. Once these have been established, the Residential Services Office will either make an offer of accommodation within an LSE hall that best meets the applicant’s specified requirements, or alternatively, will liaise with a partner provider on behalf of the student. LSE work in partnership with Zebra Housing to provide a limited range of family accommodation to international students. The Residential Services Office will also liaise with the Residential Life and Warden team to ensure that support can be put in place for the student in preparation for their stay, including the completion of a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) to facilitate the student’s safe exit of the building in an emergency.
We are committed to ensuring an inclusive environment and balance of sexes in each of its halls of residence. The sex and, if disclosed, gender identity of an applicant are taken into account in certain circumstances. This is in order to:
a) Ensure that twin rooms are shared by students of the same sex
b) Ensure that single rooms which have a shared bathroom with the room directly adjacent, are shared by students of the same sex
c) Ensure that a flat is either single sex (if requested by the students and if possible) or has a balance of male or female students. Single sex flats cannot be guaranteed as this is dependent on the number of students requesting this allocation within the hall, and may be impacted by late cancellations or changes.
d) Ensure that allocations to Rosebery Avenue are divided into male or female corridors, which is necessary owing to the location of bathrooms in this hall.
We are committed to encouraging Trans applicants to apply for halls of residence. If an applicant declares as Trans, and subsequently lists any particular requirements for their accommodation in their application form, these will be reviewed by the Residential Services Manager. The Residential Services Manager will make an accommodation offer that best meets the declared requirements of the student, within the accommodation available at the time of application.
In the instance that a student’s circumstances change within an academic year such that they move within one of the above groups (i.e. students with a disability, students who are pregnant, students who are Trans), and they disclose this to the School, the Residential Services Manager will arrange a meeting with the student to understand their accommodation requirements. The Residential Services Manager will liaise with the Disability and Wellbeing Service and subject to availability, make an offer of accommodation that best meets the student’s needs.
The following characteristics do not impact upon the allocation of accommodation and will not be taken into consideration, in the event that an applicant chooses to disclose any of these characteristics in the free text fields in their application form:
- Race or ethnicity
- Marital status (The legal status of a relationship does not impact upon the allocation of couples’ accommodation, in the event that a couple were to disclose this. Couples’ accommodation is allocated in accordance with the priorities specified in section 4).
- Sexual orientation
- Religious beliefs
- Age (except with respect to those aged under 18, see above)