I have suffered with chronic pain and mental health issues for years, which were finally diagnosed as fibromyalgia
and borderline personality disorder
in 2018. Coming to university I needed to ensure that I had a ground or first floor flat unless there was lift access, an en-suite for the gastrointestinal problems I have related to fibromyalgia, and self-catering due to coeliac disease
to avoid the nasty effects of gluten contamination. I also explained to the university that sleep plays a huge role in managing my symptoms so things such as a larger bed for comfort and quieter areas would really help. And yet
my experiences living in university halls of residence, along with those of other disabled students I have spoken to, has revealed that those living with disabilities are too often being failed and ignored by universities.