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Housing Accommodation Requests


There are disability-related accommodations for students who qualify for such housing options. If you are in need of such an accommodation, please follow the Housing Accommodation Request, below.  

Housing Accommodations are one of two types:

  • Individuals with substantially limiting disabilities* who are registering or already registered with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) should discuss any reasonable housing accommodation with their assigned DRC Specialist. If the DRC recommends the accommodation to the Department of Housing & Residential Life, as long as the student has met the appropriate deadlines for application and deposit, the student will be accommodated.
  • In cases where the student’s major medical condition does not meet the definition of a disability, they may choose to petition University Health and Counseling Services for an accommodation if the student believes the condition significantly limits his/her ability to live in an assigned residence hall. Please note that Northeastern will make every reasonable effort but may not be able to accommodate a medical condition not deemed a disability. Documentation must be updated annually by the application deadline.

In both cases, the same Housing Accommodation/Medical Disclosure Form (Microsoft Word document) must be completed by the clinician currently treating the student for the disability or the medical condition for which the request for accommodation is made. Please note, the form will need to be faxed to (617) 373-7800 once completed.

Important Note:

Students considered for a reasonable accommodation must have been assigned a lottery number and met application and deposit deadlines. The Housing Accommodation process is an addition to the general application process.

Northeastern will not remove a student from the waitlist for housing based on their need for accommodation.

Please review these Frequently Asked Questions before you submit an e-mail inquiry: Housing Accommodation Request FAQ. (.pdf)

Students who have questions about requesting accommodations for housing based on disabilities or major medical conditions can e-mail


In order for us to make the most appropriate assignment for you, housing accommodation requests for Fall 2017 need to be submitted by:

  • Current students: January 22nd, 2016
  • Incoming first year students: June 1st, 2016

Requests received after these dates will be evaluated, however spaces will be extremely limited.

*Under the ADAAA (American Disability Act Amendment Act) guidelines a person with a disability is one with a physical, mental, emotional or chronic health impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Examples of disabilities are Chronic or Degenerative Disorders, Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Mobility Impairment, Psychiatric Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Vision Impairment.


4 Speare Commons
360 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115-5000

Call: (617) 373-2814

--Speare Commons Hours--
Sunday: Closed
Monday: 8:30am - 7:00pm
Tuesday: 8:30am - 7:00pm
Wednesday: 8:30am - 7:00pm
Thursday: 8:30am - 7:00pm
Friday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday: Closed

NOTE: Our office will close at 5:00pm on Wednesday 11/25 and will re-open at 8:30am on Monday 11/30.

360 Huntington Ave., Boston, Massachusetts 02115617.373.2000TTY 617.373.3768
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