Applying for Trinity-Owned Accommodation through the Additional Needs Route

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In Trinity-owned accommodation, we recognise the importance of providing Additional Needs applications on disability grounds to ensure that disabled students who meet specific criteria have the opportunity to apply for a room that accommodates their unique needs. It is our commitment to creating an inclusive living environment that supports all students' accessibility requirements.

However, it is crucial to note that the number of rooms available to cater to these Additional Needs is limited. Quotas are set by the Registrar of Chambers (campus accommodation) and the Warden of Trinity Hall. While we strive to accommodate as many students as possible, it is important to acknowledge that not all applicants will be successful due to the restricted availability of rooms.

Students who are successful in their Additional Needs application will be allocated a room on campus or in Trinity Hall. Some students will be prioritised over others for on campus accommodation based on their specific requirements.

Disabled students should complete the Online Accommodation Application Form AND the Additional Needs Application Form in February of the year of application and apply the guidance set out below.

Additional Needs: Category A or Category B?

Category A is for students receiving reasonable accommodations from the Disability Service who would like the impact of their disability taken into consideration when applying for accommodation on campus (Trinity Hall included).

Students who tick Category B will have their applications reviewed by College Health, Student Counselling or the Tutoring Service.

Applications will be reviewed for a second time before offers are made by the full Accommodation Application Committee.

Guidance on Completing the Additional Needs Application Category A

To ensure a thorough understanding of students' accommodation needs, it is highly recommended that they provide as much information as possible on the Additional Needs form. This comprehensive approach will enable the accommodation team to assess the significance of their specific requirements accurately. By including detailed and relevant information, students can effectively communicate the extent to which their disability or specific needs impact their living arrangements.

When completing the Additional Needs form, students should consider the following guidelines:

  1. Describe the nature of your disability or specific needs: Provide a clear explanation of the disability or condition that significantly impacts your living arrangements. Include specific details about the challenges you face and how these difficulties affect your day-to-day life.
  2. Specify accommodation-related requirements: Identify the specific accommodations that are necessary for your well-being and comfort. This can include features like wheelchair accessibility, adjustable furniture, specialised bathroom facilities, deaf alerters, or any other relevant aspects.
  3. Communicate preferred room location: If you have specific preferences for the location of your room (e.g., proximity to certain facilities or accessibility features), you should mention this on the form.
  4. Received accommodation previously: If you are a continuing student at Trinity and have lived in Trinity-owned accommodation previously, please state this on your application and mention the impact living on campus/Trinity Hall had on your experience.

Evidence of Disability

Students registered with the Disability Service do not need to provide evidence of their disability with their application. However, it’s important the Disability Service has updated and correct documentation on file for you in order to advocate for the needs you’ve outlined in your application form.

Need Help with Your Application?

Please contact your Disability Officer by emailing askds@tcd.ie or call to the disAbility Hub at Printing House Square during drop-in hours, 12pm - 2pm weekdays, to discuss your accommodation needs. Please also check out the Accommodation Office's guide on applying through the Additional Needs route.

Disability Service Accommodation Application Information Session

Angelina from the Disability Service provides information for disabled students on how to apply for Trinity accommodation for the 2023/24 academic year.

In Trinity Hall, there are 7 wheelchair-enabled rooms on the ground floor. There are other accessible rooms in Trinity Hall, however, these rooms are located on floors other than the ground floor and would not be considered fully wheelchair accessible. 

 

On the Trintiy campus, there are 36 accessible rooms. The level of accessibility of these rooms varies given the age of some of the buildings in which they are located and some may not be fully wheelchair accessible. Rooms in Goldsmith Hall and Printing House Square are accessible by lift. Rooms in older buildings are located at ground level or via a ramp at entrance level. 

Disabled students who are registered with the Disability Service and who have been offered a room in Trinity Accommodation (on campus or Trinity Hall) will be invited to apply for a means-tested Bursary.

Trinity Development and Alumni support the Disabled Student Accommodation Bursary each year by donating money to support disabled students in financial need with their accommodation costs.

The purpose of this Bursary is to contribute money towards the accommodations costs of disabled students who meet the eligibility criteria below.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. You must have accepted an offer of campus accommodation (including Trinity Hall)
  2. You must be registered with the Disability Service
  3. You must be in financial need.

Students can only apply for the Bursary once per year. If awarded the Bursary, the Bursary is a contribution towards your accommodations for the full academic year.

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Information Session:

If you have any questions about the Accommodation Bursary application process, please watch the information session on our YouTube channel which is linked below and check out the Supporting Documentation Guidelines also listed below.

What Students Have Said About the Bursary:

Student 1

“The accommodation bursary will take massive pressure off my family and I for the coming year…as my disability is affected by standing and sitting for long periods of time, having to work part-time after a day of lectures, labs and studying would leave me extremely exhausted. Receiving the accommodation bursary will relieve the pressure of having to find a part time job, allowing me to keep on top of my studies and also look after myself and my health. Receiving the accommodation bursary will allow me to enjoy another year in TCD, stress-free.” 

Student 2

“The accommodation bursary has been very beneficial for me and my family in financing my student accommodation. Before being aware of this system, my parents and I were in a very lost and confused position on how I would go about continuing my education in Trinity college, because the price of accommodation is very inflated, and we did not have sufficient savings and resources to cover them. It was always a lifelong aspiration for me to attend college here and thanks to the accommodation bursary it has been a dream come true.” 

Student 3

“The Accommodation Bursary will alleviate a significant number of challenges for me and ease the pressure and demands on my strength, energy levels and mental fatigue. Being on campus where I will have access to study resources will help me not fall behind on my workload. I will also be in a central location of town with ease of access to my hospital and doctors’ check-ups, giving me further time to study and engage with the requirements of my course. Being on campus will mean that I can additionally have the option to participate with the social activities on campus and will massively improve my confidence, motivation, and sense of connection. For the first time ever – I can’t wait for summer to be over so I can get back to college!” 

Supporting Documentation Guidelines:

Please read Scenario A and Scenario B below to understand what supporting documentation we need from you.

Scenario A

If you were living with your parents/guardians outside of term time in 2022 (this refers to the place in which you lived when you were not in School/College during the academic year 22/23)

And were in receipt of a SUSI grant in 2022/23, please submit the following:

  1. Bank statements for the last 3 months for all accounts in your name e.g. Current account/savings account/Revolut/Credit Union etc.
  2. Your SUSI letter from 2022/23 including the reckonable income assessment page.

Or were not in receipt of a SUSI grant in 2022/23, please submit the following:

  1. Bank statements for the last 3 months for all accounts in your name e.g. Current account/savings account/Revolut/Credit Union etc.
  2. Your 2022 Statement of Liability if you were employed in 2022 (all pages).
  3. Your 2022 Social Welfare Balancing Statement if you were unemployed in 2022 (all pages).
  4. Your 2022 Notice of Self Assessment if you were self-employed for 2022 (all pages).

AND

  1. Your parents/guardians' 2022 Statement of Liability if they were employed in 2022 (all pages).
  2. Your parents/guardians' 2022 Social Welfare Balancing Statement if they were unemployed in 2022 (all pages).
  3. Your parents/guardians' 2022 Notice of Self Assessment if they were self-employed in 2022 (all pages).

 

Scenario B

If you were financially independent in 2022 (over the age of 23 and living independently from your parents/guardians)

And were in receipt of a SUSI grant in 2022/23, please submit the following:

  1. Bank statements for the last 3 months for all accounts in your name e.g. Current account/savings account/Revolut/Credit Union etc.
  2. Your SUSI letter from 2022/23 including the reckonable income assessment page.

Or, were not in receipt of a SUSI grant in 2022/23, please submit the following:

  1. Bank statements in your name for the last 3 months for all accounts in your name e.g. Current account/savings account/Revolut/Credit Union etc.
  2. Your 2022 Statement of Liability if you were employed in 2022 (all pages).
  3. Your 2022 Social Welfare Balancing Statement if you were unemployed in 2022 (all pages).
  4. Your 2022 Notice of Self Assessment if you were self-employed for 2022 (all pages).
  5. A recent utility bill in your name.
  6. Proof of lease/mortgage in your name.

If you had a spouse/partner living with you in 2022, please submit the above documents plus the following:

  1. Your spouses/partner's 2022 Statement of Liability if they were employed in 2022 (all pages).
  2. Your spouse/partner's 2022 Social Welfare Balancing Statement if they were unemployed in 2022 (all pages).
  3. Your spouse/partner's 2022 Notice of Self Assessment if they were self-employed in 2022 (all pages).

Supporting Documentation Samples:

The below sample documents will help you understand what it is you need to submit for your application.

You can download these documents from your online Revenue account.

Sample Notice of Self Assessment

Sample P21 Statement of Liability

Sample Social Welfare Balancing Statement

Disabled Student Accommodation Bursary Information Session

Angelina from the Disability Service provides information for disabled students on how to apply for the Accommodation Bursary for the 2023/24 academic year.