Accessible facilities on campus

We understand that, although we strive to be as accessible as possible - you may come across some barriers on campus. If you would like to raise any issues with barriers on campus, please contact Len Wilson - Deputy Director (Development)

The University has many accessible facilities available across campus for disabled students including adapted accommodation, medical support and The Edge.


Find out where these accessible facilities are located and how to access specific assistance such as car parking spaces, assistive technology and more.

North-South Access Route & Key Fob

The North-South campus access route is designed to provide a step-free route for disabled students, staff and others who have access requirements across campus. The route begins at the main entrance of the University and ends at the Worsley building. It's marked by internal and external signage and involves the use of lifts at some points. It's open to all students and staff during the day during the University's main opening times. However, you will need a key fob if you need to access the north-south access route out-of-hours and at weekends. In the future, the key fob may also be used to allow level access to other areas of the University outside of standard hours. To apply for a fob you need to complete an application form. Please return this to the security team (details are on the form) who will process this request for you.

Car parking

The University has designated parking spaces on campus for disabled people. To use these spaces you'll need to apply for a disabled parking permit for the University. If you have a "blue badge", you'll need to show this and your student ID to the car parking administrator for processing.

Non-blue badge holders who still require disabled parking, including those with a long-term or temporary mobility issue or other impairment, can apply for a University disabled parking permit through the Car Parking Team.


The IT department supports all the IT services at the University, including the computer clusters. The list of clusters gives information about accessibility. The assistive technology suite includes:

  • trackballs
  • ergonomic keyboards
  • height adjustable tables
  • assistive software.

A list of free to use and download software applications or online tools can be found here.

The Library

Leeds University Library aims to make all resources and services accessible to everyone. The Library takes a proactive approach, trying to anticipate the needs of disabled people to develop an inclusive learning environment. The Library website is very thorough and includes a lot of good information for disabled users

Extended library loans and use of library accessible study rooms

If you are a disabled student and have registered with Disability Services you may be able to have extended library loans and book smaller accessible study rooms in the libraries. There is more information on these facilities below.

Postgraduate extended library loans

You now have an extended library loan facility in place.  This is known as ' postgraduate longer loans'. 

  • This means you can have 25 items on loan in total
  • Standard loan period is 3 months
  • 1-day loan items are issued for 2 days
  • HDC / 4 hr loan items are issued for 1 day
  • You have 7 days to return a recalled item (instead of the usual three days for non-extended loans)
  • Items that you request will be held on the requested item's shelf for 7 days (instead of the usual three days for non-extended loans)

Undergraduate extended library loans

You now have an extended library loan facility in place.  This is known as 'undergraduate longer loans'.         

  • This means that you can have 15 items on loan in total.
  • The standard loan period is for 4 weeks
  • One-day loan items are issued for 2 days
  • HDC/4 hr loans are issued for 1 day

Recalled and Requested items:    

You have 7 days to return a recalled item (instead of the usual three days for nonextended loans)

Items that you request will be held on the requested item's shelf for 7 days (instead of the usual three days for non-extended loans)

Accessible Study Rooms

There are several designated Accessible Student Study rooms with assistive technology provision and adjustable furniture:

  • Laidlaw Library rooms 1 (on the 2nd floor) and 2 (on the 3rd floor).
    These rooms are booked online.
  • Edward Boyle Library rooms 1, 2 and 3 (on Level 9),  and a room on Level 10
    These rooms are booked online.
  • Brotherton Library room B16 (on floor Main 2).
    There is an ergonomic keyboard and mouse with a computer connected to a scanner in this room.
    You can book this room in advance at the Brotherton Library enquiry desk or by calling 0113 34 35514. You will also need to collect the key from the enquiry desk during core hours. To book and obtain the key in self-service hours please ask at the reception desk or call 0113 34 3 5514


Skills@Library offers expertise, support and resources to help students develop the academic skills required to be successful at the University. You can book onto one of the workshops - which cover topics such as "How to find and manage academic information" and "Communication and presentation skills" - or access the online resources to enable you to work through tutorials at a time and pace that suit you. The Skills@Library service also includes maths support for students struggling with the transition to university maths. Skills@Library has rooms which you can book for group-working activities or preparing a presentation.


A number of the University’s halls of residence, both on and off campus, have adapted accommodation which is accessible to disabled students with a range of requirements. This includes catered and self-catering accommodation. Examples of adaptations include:

  • flashing fire alarms and vibrating pillows
  • large rooms with grab rails
  • rooms with automatic doors
  • rooms with hoists.

There are also larger rooms for students who need extra space for equipment, as well as rooms for personal assistants or support workers.

There is a high demand for this accommodation and limited availability especially in halls on campus, so the University also adapts accommodation where needed.

When you apply for accommodation, you should answer "Yes" to the question: "Do you require accommodation which is adapted or do you require a specific type of accommodation because of a disability/medical condition?"  You should also complete an Additional Requirements form.

Once you've applied for accommodation, and stated that you have specific requirements, such as lowered worktops in the kitchen or self-closing doors, you'll be invited to come to the University for a visit to look round potential accommodation and to discuss your requirements in detail.

Depending on the level of support required, Accommodation Services may advise that you bring with you an Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist, or anyone who has been involved in recommending specialist equipment or adaptations for you already.  If you're unable to bring someone with you or if you're unable to visit us, please let Accommodation Services know.

Accommodation Services will do all it can to adapt accommodation to suit your needs, but if you decide not to visit in advance or engage in fuller discussion with Accommodation Services, they can't guarantee that your requirements will be met by the time you begin your course. Each residence has one or more wardens and it's their job to help you with any problems. They hold advisory sessions each week during term time. Many residences also have resident sub-wardens - usually postgraduate or mature students. If, after you have moved into your accommodation, you find that a disability-related issue arises, please contact your warden, sub-warden or Accommodation Services to discuss this further.

Accessible Toilets

Buildings with accessible toilets are shown on the University Campus Map. Disability Services, based in the Chemistry West building, also has a toilet which meets the equivalent standards of a Changing Places Toilet.  Facilities include a changing bed, shower, and a track ceiling hoist (you will need to provide your own sling). 

If you have specific needs relating to toilet facilities which are not already met, in the first instance please contact the Disability Coordinator Team who will look into your request.  You can contact them by telephoning 0113 3433927 or by emailing .

Spending Facilities

There are four spending facilities on campus (dog toilets) for assistance dogs to use. These are based:

  • Chemistry West Block
  • 18 Beech Grove Terrace
  • Clarendon Place
  • 5-9 Willow Terrace Road

For more information and a detailed map to download, follow this link:

Hearing Technology for Hard of Hearing/Deaf Students

The majority of Central Teaching Space Rooms are fitted with Hard of Hearing systems using either Infrared Transmitters or induction loop systems.  For more information including how to access this technology, please follow this link;

Deaf Alerter System

Deaf Alerter is a radio-based fire alarm warning and public address messaging system for Deaf and hard of hearing people. It solves the problem that they cannot hear audible alarm or public address systems. Students and visitors may have their own pager, or can borrow a pager by  telephoning 0113 3433927 or emailing

Disabled Go

We work in partnership with DisabledGo, a national organisation who creates a detailed access guide to our spaces and buildings.  The aim of the guide is to give the disabled user useful, accurate and detailed information about the access and facilities available. As DisabledGo say, “The power of knowing that a particular venue is suited to your individual needs before leaving home cannot be underestimated”. 

To see the University access guides, please follow this link;

Leeds University Union

Leeds University Union has set up a Disabled Students' Assembly and there is also a Disabled Students' Society.

Sports centre

The Edge, the University’s sports centre, prides itself on its accessibility. In May 2010, The Edge was awarded the Provisional Level of the Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI) Mark Accreditation. The IFI Mark Accreditation is the nationally-recognised standard of inclusion within the fitness industry, awarded to fitness facilities that are inclusive of both disabled and non-disabled people alike. Facilities include a pool hoist and a moveable swimming pool floor to assist wheelchair users into the pool, and gym equipment designed to be used by wheelchair users. There are fully accessible toilets and showers available.

Campus tour

If you'd like a tour of the accessible routes around campus and the Leeds University Union Building, contact Anna Nixon via the Leeds University Union Helpdesk on 0113 380 1400 or by emailing