Florida State University (FSU) provides housing accommodations for students with a documented qualifying medical, physical or psychological disability on a case-by-case basis. To be considered for a housing accommodation, you must register with the Student Disability Resource Center.
Deadlines for applying for a housing accommodation are as follows:
Summer A/B: April 1
Summer C: May 1
Returning residents: December 1
New residents: May 1
After these dates, applications are accepted, but FSU cannot guarantee your accommodation request can be met, even with proper documentation, and the accommodation request is subject to room availability.
It may take one to two weeks for your Application for Support Services to be processed, even with adequate documentation. If the documentation submitted is inadequate, the processing time will increase.
Examples of disabilities that may qualify for a housing accommodation:
Once you submit your application and documentation, they will be reviewed by the SDRC. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Documentation requirements are firm and are not flexible, so you will be notified if any documentation is missing. If the documentation meets the requirements, you will be contacted for an intake appointment to discuss your housing request and possible academic accommodations.
If your housing request is approved, SDRC will write a letter to University Housing specifying a housing recommendation. University Housing will then determine a specific room assignment for you. You will need to complete a housing contract for each Fall/Spring and Summer that you intend to live on campus, and you must complete the contract during each contracting period as published by University Housing. However, your accommodation will remain on file for as long as you live on campus, you will not need to reapply for an approved housing accommodation. Your room assignment may change from year to year. SDRC has no influence on a specific room or residence hall assignment. University Housing should be contacted with questions or concerns about your room assignment and/or your housing contract. SDRC cannot assist you with these matters.
FSU is unable to:
Service animals do not need to be registered with SDRC; however, you may be eligible for academic accommodations if you use a service animal. If you would like to request academic accommodations, please follow the application procedure explained above.
Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) are not considered service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act. These support animals provide companionship, relieve loneliness, and sometimes help with psychiatric disabilities and mental impairments, such as depression, anxiety, and certain phobias; however, unlike service animals, ESAs do not have special training to perform specific tasks to assist people with disabilities.
ESAs only pertain to a student’s dwelling and may not be taken to class. If you would like to request an ESA accommodation, you must register with the SDRC and follow the application procedure explained above. Please refer to the Emotional Support Animals process for more details about ESAs and the SDRC application process.