Our guide aims to give an overview of the services at Oxford University that can support you as a disabled student, and to give you a sense of what it’s like to live and study here. You can download our PDF here
What should I do before applying to Oxford?
Before submitting your application to Oxford, we advise you to consider the requirements of your chosen course, identifying any elements that might present particular difficulties. We recommend that you visit your college and department to explore facilities and discuss specific needs.
What is the Disability Advisory Service (DAS) and how can they help me?
The University has a department whose job it is to clear the barriers for students with disabilities called the Disability Advisory Service. Staff at The Disability Advisory Service will be happy to help with your pre-application visit: tell them in advance so they can make the necessary plans for you. It is really important to contact your chosen Department and Disability Advisory Service as early as possible in the application process, in order to give them time to arrange adjustments and organise support.
Will the DAS help with study needs and financial assessments?
Yes, absolutely. The Disability Advisory Service can also be contacted to discuss a study-related needs assessment and to advise on financial assistance that may be available, such as welfare grants or the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA).
The Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) provides funding for extra costs arising during study as a direct result of disability. The amount awarded is determined by an assessment of need, not income.
UK students can also apply to the Access to Learning Fund (see above) for disability-related costs not covered by DAS. The Disability Advisory Service(DAS) provides information regarding funding available for students.
What should I do before I arrive at Oxford?
We recommend that all students with disabilities make an appointment with the Disability Advisor. The Advisor will speak with you about your needs and help you to negotiate any special requirements you may have, for example, by submitting an application to the University to have more time when sitting your exams. The Advisor will also be able to help you acquire any special equipment you need or additional support services.
What other resources are avaliable?
College & Department Resources