Brunel’s appeal was that it was a campus university. It was very flat, no steep hills, or cobbled pavements, with modern adapted accommodation and lecture halls that were literally across the road. Not only that, but there were also great amenities within campus, from two-night clubs, food halls, supermarket, weekly fresh fruit and veg markets, take away shops (this is essential after a boozy night out) and even a bank. It was like its own village within a village – all wheelchair accessible.
The disability service at Brunel made contact with me to introduce themselves and provided me with all the information I needed in terms of applying for the Disabled Students’ Allowance, and the support I could get from their service. They mentioned a mentoring programme and asked if I would like to be mentored by a current disabled student. My mentor, a fellow wheelchair user was great and passed on all the tips I needed for settling into student life. Before moving in, I was allocated an adapted room and told that I was entitled to one on campus throughout my three years. It was great not having to worry about finding accessible housing. It also had an adapted kitchen and gave me no excuses for not cooking. I was allocated a disabled parking space which came in handy when I started using a Motability WAV in my second year.