Disability Accommodation and Accessibility

Resident With Disability

Students with disabilities, accommodation and accessibility needs, or medically-related dietary restrictions follow the same housing application process as all students to apply for UW housing.

If the disability or need requires some accommodation (e.g., accessible shower, visual fire alarm, single room, therapy animal, etc.) in order to create equal access to the living facility and/or program, the student should make a separate request for accommodation through Disability Resources for Students (DRS) at 206-543-8924 (V)/206-543-8925 (TTY) or uwdrs@u.washington.edu. The student will need to register with DRS and follow all applicable policies and procedures for documenting the disability and requesting accommodation. Information about housing assistance provided by DRS is available on the Disability Resources for Students—Housing.

Requests for housing accommodation received by DRS after the deadline will be accepted and processed and, if approved, DRS will notify the Student Services Office in writing of any approved housing accommodation. Late requests will be accommodated as soon as space becomes available, but there is no guarantee that the accommodation will be provided for the requested quarter.

Family Housing applicants with a disabled family member may follow the same guidelines for application and registration with DRS.

Students with disabilities desiring to return to live on campus, who were approved for housing accommodation on a temporary rather than permanent basis, must notify DRS of their need for continued accommodation by the housing accommodation deadline for returning student requests. DRS will review the documentation of the disability on file and the student's requested accommodation to determine if the need for housing accommodation is still necessary. DRS will notify the Student Services Office in writing of any approved housing accommodation. The deadlines noted below apply to the deadline in which DRS must formally notify HFS of approved accommodations. DRS may require up to three months advance notice to review accommodation needs, so please contact them just as soon as you possibly can.

Housing Accommodation Deadlines 



Deadline for accommodation approval by DRS

Returning Resident (9-month housing)*


April 1

Returning Resident (12-month apartments)*


March 1

New Applicant


June 15

New Applicant


November 1

New Applicant


February 1

New Applicant

Summer May 1

*Students who have been approved for an ongoing accommodation do not need to submit a new request.

Medically-related dietary Restrictions

DRS will work with HFS staff to ensure that approved residence hall residents with medically-related dietary restrictions are able to live and dine safely in the residence halls. While awaiting your assessment, you are encouraged to contact a UW Dining representative to begin discussing dining options available to you.