Individual needs

What we offer

We endeavour to offer appropriate accommodation for when you come to study with us and we have a number of adapted rooms to offer you if you have individual needs.

  • Colchester Campus adapted rooms

    Our Colchester Campus adapted rooms are located in The Houses (North Campus) and South Courts.

    • As well as being suitable for wheelchair access, all these rooms include a deaf alarm and emergency call point/panic alarm.
    • The shower rooms include grab rails and emergency call point/panic alarms - shower seats may also be available if not already available.
    • The kitchens in these flats have low level units, sinks, cupboards and the taps are operated by either buttons or levers.
    • Both The Houses and South Courts have additional storage available which is useful for spare wheelchairs or charging.
    • A small number of the rooms in The Houses have automated doors providing access to the residence building, the flat, study room and kitchen.
    • In all cases the grab rails and shelving can be adjusted for each individual.
    • A hoist is not standard equipment and would need to be requested.

    Although every effort is made to assist in making reasonable adjustments to suit the needs of individuals, further funding and support may be required to arrange more specific specialised adaptations and equipment. For further guidance regarding individual accommodation, please read the information on adaptations and personal care assistants (.pdf).

    Images of our adapted rooms

    Adapted Accommodation 
- Colchester Campus
  • Southend Campus adapted rooms

    We have a small number of adapted en suite rooms and studio flats at University Square, Southend.

    • As well as being suitable for wheelchair access, all these rooms include a deaf alarm and emergency call point/panic alarm.
    • The shower rooms include grab rails and emergency call point/panic alarms - shower seats may also be available if not already available.
    • In all cases the grab rails and shelving can be adjusted for each individual.

    Although every effort is made to assist in making reasonable adjustments to suit the needs of individuals, further funding and support may be required to arrange more specific specialised adaptations and equipment. For further guidance regarding individual accommodation, please read the information on adaptations and personal care assistants (.pdf).

    Images of our adapted rooms

    Adapted Accommodation 
- Southend Campus

Viewing accommodation

We do have regular Applicant Days and Open Days throughout the year and as part of this you can view on-campus accommodation, including adapted rooms. The events are run by Communications and External Relations and the tours are given by our Student Ambassadors and Accommodation Representatives.

Applying for an adapted room

Before applying please ensure that you read the guidance from Student Support and speak to their contact Lynn Bowman-Burns, Senior Disability Adviser via disab@essex.ac.uk. She will be able to provide advice and information about how your accommodation needs may be met and also provide information about funding for specialist individual equipment e.g. ceiling mounted hoists.

Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPs)

The Fire Safety Officer can discuss and agree a personal emergency evacuation plan for you to use in the event of an emergency if you have a disability, long term medical condition, or temporary condition which may impact on your safe evacuation. If you do not require an adapted room, but it would be beneficial to be on the ground floor, please let us know when you apply.