Student Disability Service

New students

Information for new and prospective students.

New students start here

Students who are new to the service need to follow a few steps. This involves making an appointment to see an Advisor and providing evidence of your disability. Support arrangements, like extra time in exams, can only be put in place once this has happened.

Who we support

We support undergraduate and postgraduate students, full-time and part-time students, online distance learners and students studying at the Centre for Open Learning. We support students with a range of impairments or disabilities. If you are unsure of whether you are eligible for support please contact us.

Making an Appointment

How to make an appointment with the Student Disability Service.


The Student Disability Service is keen to ensure that all students are supported appropriately on their chosen course. In order to do so, students are required to provide relevant evidence about their disability.

Transition event for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) or Asperger's Syndrome

The Student Disability Service will run this three day event on 26th, 27th and 28th July 2017 (Wednesday to Friday) to introduce you to student life, to become familiar with the University and to give you a chance to make friends.

Finding out about dyslexia

If you think you might be dyslexic or have other related difficulties, please come and speak to one of our Advisors who would be happy to discuss your concerns.

Guides to Access

Wheelchair sign on wall
The University's Estates and Buildings Department has produced detailed guides to access for the majority of buildings and facilities.

Student Videos

Students talking about using the Student Disability Service and how the support they receive has enabled them to engage positively with their studies.

Staff video

The Director and an Advisor of the Student Disability Service talking about the support that can be provided to students.

Mental health experiences - videos

As a part of the University’s commitment to equality and diversity on 19th January 2012 the University became a signatory to the 'see me' pledge. To support the pledge to the campaign the University created an action plan outlining resources to improve throughout the organisation by raising awareness of mental health issues.

Visiting the University

There are many opportunities to visit the University before you come to study here. The University Open Days and Visit Days are great way to see the University, visit accommodation and get a feel for the city of Edinburgh. While you are here, please come and visit the Student Disability Service as well.


The Student Disability Service will only pass on any personal information about you with your consent or in very exceptional circumstances.

Supporting students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) or Asperger Syndrome

The Student Disability Service recently ran a two day event in July 2016 to introduce prospective students to academic life. The purpose of this event was to help these future students to get to know the University of Edinburgh and to give them a chance to meet new people and make friends. As it was such a success we intend to run this event every year.