Prior to university I didn’t have a Personal Assistant. Having a progressive neuromuscular condition meant I required an adapted bathroom, bedroom and kitchen. For me, living in halls was a must to enjoy the university experience but I had no clue what to expect and naively thought I’d be fine coping on my own- however, a social worker at the time conducted an assessment and allocated support- which was a lifeline. I received direct payments which crucially enabled flexibility- I could still meet friends and go out in the evenings if I wished.
I also had a Disabled Students Allowance Assessment which was helpful- but a bit confusing at the time. There is so much more information readily available nowadays-and that knowledge is power!
Living in halls was quite the experience throughout my time at university. I didn’t want to live with freshers in my second year so I was with international students and in my final year I was with master’s students. The only ‘drawback’ was that only boys were allowed to stay on the ground floor due to security.. unless the students were disabled.. so I lived mainly with boys. Tragic. The great thing about Brunel was that every block of flats had lifts to every floor so I could visit friends.