Disability-Related Housing and Dining Accommodations

Wake Forest University views living on-campus as integral to a liberal arts education and the Wake Forest experience. As such, the University has a six-semester resident requirement.

In support of students with disabilities, the Office of Residence Life and Housing has a wide variety of housing and dining options on-campus which can accommodate the vast majority of disability needs.


Access the Disability-Related Housing/Dining Accommodation Request on our Housing Portal

  • Students requesting a service or emotional support animal should visit rlh.wfu.edu/sa_esa.
  • Students requesting academic accommodations for a disability should complete the process through the Center for Learning, Access, and Student Success (CLASS). 
  • Please note, if you already have documentation on file with CLASS, and it supports your request for a housing or dining accommodation, the Documentation for Disability-Related Accommodations in Housing or Dining form is not required.
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  • Students who would like to request a disability-related accommodation must submit a completed Request for Disability-Related Accommodations in Housing or Dining. In addition, a Documentation for Disability-Related Accommodations in Housing or Dining form must be completed and submitted by your licensed, clinical professional, or health care provider.
  • Students may access the Disability-Related Housing/Dining Accommodation Request on our Housing Portal at go.wfu.edu/housingportal.
  • Decisions regarding requests for accommodations can be made only after appropriate documentation of the disability and supporting information has been received by the deadlines provided on this page.
  • Requests for accommodations are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and receipt of the necessary documentation does not guarantee that the accommodations will be granted. The diagnosis of a medical condition in and of itself does not automatically qualify a student for accommodations.
  • In determining the reasonableness of an accommodation, the Housing Accommodation Request Committee (HARC) may not grant a specific request by a student if the HARC determines that there is an equally effective alternative available or if it would impose an undue administrative or financial burden on the University.
    • Appropriate options may be suggested as alternatives to the requested accommodations. For example, a single room may not be approved if the accommodation can be provided in another appropriate way. Requests for singles due to the need for a quiet, distraction-reduced study space can often be met by the use of study spaces available on campus.
  • Unless noted as a temporary accommodation, an approved accommodation will be provided as long as the student resides in on-campus housing or the student provides notice that an accommodation is no longer needed or that a modification to the accommodation is requested.
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  • For the Fall term, current students should provide complete documentation for consideration by February 10th, and incoming students by July 1.
  • For the Spring term, all students should provide complete documentation for consideration by November 15th.

The request forms must be submitted by the stated deadline for consideration by HARC. Requests received after the stated deadline will be reviewed, reasonable accommodations however are subject to the availability of housing.

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A student who is recommended a disability-related housing accommodation will be contacted by our staff from Residence Life and Housing regarding selecting from spaces that meet their accommodation.

Students with disabilities approved for housing accommodations will not be automatically charged the
published room rate, but rather, will be charged the room rate they would have incurred but for their disability.

Students who wish to seek housing that does not align with their accommodation on file will need to do so via our selection processes. At this point, the student has declined their disability-related accommodation.

For example: If a student has accommodation for a single room but wants to live at Deacon Place (single room w/ private bath), then they would need to go through the selection process and may or may not be able to select Deacon Place based on their selection time.


  • Wake Forest University has a number of residential facilities on campus that are of varying configurations and construction ranging from a typical residence hall room with a community bathroom, to suites and apartments which contain private or limited access bathrooms and kitchens as well as different types of HVAC systems.
  • A release from the University‚Äôs six-semester on-campus housing requirement is generally not considered a reasonable accommodation. Most housing or dining accommodations can be made among the current residential facilities on campus. The University may deny requests that reflect mere preferences and specific room or roommate assignment requests.
  • A nutritionist is available to meet with students who have food allergies to educate students on options in the on-campus dining halls and food venues.
  • Typically, a diagnosis of ADHD or other learning disabilities will not, by themselves, adequately support requests for disability-related housing accommodations.
  • Recent renovations and the installation of new indoor environmental control systems to some older campus residence halls will help to provide a comfortable living environment by helping to greatly reduce the incidence of allergens, irritants, and other impacts to indoor air quality. Consequently, we no longer have a need for dedicated residence halls for residents with particular sensitivities. Combined with appropriate attention to cleanliness within the living spaces, the indoor environmental control systems will help provide all residents in all residence halls with good indoor air quality.


Please contact the Office Residence Life and Housing at housing@wfu.edu or 336.758.5185 for further information.