Welcome to Accessible Housing

Process for Requesting Accessible Housing Supports   

Please note that the process for requesting Accessible Housing Supports is for students who plan to/live with Campus Housing, St. Jerome's, United College or Renison. Students who plan to live/are living with Conrad Grebel and would like to request accessible housing supports are encouraged to contact Conrad Grebel directly

Please note:  

  • A disability/medical condition is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of an individual, covers a broad range and degree of conditions, and can be visible or invisible. With the presence of functional limitations in activities of daily living, housing accommodations can be made for medical, sensory, physical, environmental, psychological, allergy/dietary restrictions, or mental health conditions.  

If you require accessible housing supports due to a documented disability:  

1) Download and print off the Accessible Housing Application

  • Section A to be completed by the student 

2) Make an appointment with a health care professional (qualified to diagnose): 

  • Section B of the Accessible Housing Application is to be completed by your registered health care practitioner 
  • It can take time to obtain an appointment to have your forms completed by the appropriate health care professional. We strongly encourage you to begin this process early to meet the required deadlines.  Please note that many physicians may charge a fee for the form to be completed. 

3) Upload your completed verification forms to the Accessible Housing webform 

What happens next? 

Recommendation by Accessible Housing 

  •  Within 10 business days, Accessible Housing will review your application and supporting documents to provide Campus Housing with a recommendation for housing supports that will support your disability-based needs.  
  • Accessible Housing will implement the recommendation(s) while considering the types of residences available. A Housing Advisor will connect with you by email about the recommendation provided by Accessible Housing and next steps.  

Residence assignment: 

Campus Housing residence assignment 

  • Campus Housing will take the Accessible Housing recommendation into account when making your residence assignment. 
  • If you already have a residence assignment but have not moved in, please email housing@uwaterloo.ca.  
  • If you have already moved in, you will need to connect with your Residence Life Coordinator to discuss the potential for a room change. If requesting a room change due to a housing accommodation, you will need to follow the Accessible Housing process as outlined above.  

If you are assigned to an Affiliated and Federated Institution of Waterloo (St. Jerome's University College, Renison University College, United College) you will need to reach out to them directly to see how they may be able to accommodate your needs. 

If you also require academic accommodations, you are encouraged to visit the AccessAbility Services website and follow the instructions on how to apply and upload documentation.  

Please do not re-submit your application if you have not received your accommodation information from a Housing Advisor.You will be contacted by a Housing Advisor after your application is reviewed by the CRE team. You may contact the Accessible Housing team at accessiblehousing@uwaterloo.ca if you have any questions and/or concerns about your application.