Support for disabled students

We aim to provide an inclusive environment for all students at the University.

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Our Student Disability Service recommends a variety of teaching and assessment methods to course organisers and continues to improve access to buildings and new technology.

We are keen to ensure that any adjustments or support arrangements you need are put in place in time for your arrival.

We urge all disabled students who are considering applying to the University to make early contact with us, so we can discuss and meet your requirements.

Student Disability Service

See the Student Disability Service website for more information on the help they can provide.


We welcome applications from disabled students and aim to ensure no applicant is disadvantaged due to disability or impairment.

The application process for disabled students is identical to that of all other applicants.

Support and advice

Disability and SpLD (Specific Learning Difficulty, which includes dyslexia, autism etc) advisors offer support throughout your time at Edinburgh. They can:

  • provide detailed information about the facilities available at the University
  • help you apply for Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) to purchase IT equipment or pay for personal assistance (for example note takers, proofreaders, dyslexia tutors)
  • match you with student support assistants
  • make recommendations for specific examination arrangements

There is also a limited Disabled Students' Support Fund for those who do not qualify for DSA.

Accommodation Services

We have a good range of accessible residential accommodation in halls of residence and self-catered flats.

To make sure your specific needs are met, please make early contact with Accommodation Services.

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