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College Housing Accommodations: Bathrooms


This is my first time posting here, but I've been lurking for a bit and I really appreciate the advice. I've been having HS symptoms since I was 12, but was just diagnosed by a derm this past November, and I've only had two appts with her. I'm choosing between colleges, and one of my concerns is with housing, specifically public bathrooms and lack of air conditioning. I'm trying to request accommodations, and they won't let me know until I commit. Does anyone have any experience requesting accommodations for semi-private or private bathrooms? I do all my wound care in the shower and I really need privacy. How likely are colleges to give this type of accommodation for HS specifically? I don't know my derm very well and I'm not sure she would back me up on this.

Thank you, I appreciate your help.

  1. Hi, I also went through a similar situation. Luckily my Dr wrote a letter to the university accommodation office that I need a private bathroom because I have a sentitive skin condition that requires special attention to my environment hygiene plus the privacy for the dressing. Then the accommodation office understood, I was then classified under special needs students. Which is true. HS is or at times a real disability.

    1. Thank you for answering! It's so great to hear they responded appropriately and didn't automatically say it was impossible.

    2. Thank you! That's really reassuring to hear. I couldn't find anyone else online who got housing accommodations for HS so I'm glad to see it's possible.

  2. Hello StarWarsFan! This is an excellent question, I hope someone can answer who has had some experience. I would think that privacy is invaluable. Whenever someone asks me about getting a roommate because of the current housing issues, I always think about bathroom sharing problems first. That's a "no" from me! There is a website a friend put together that has about 900 pages connected to it that has so much helpful info, and one of the blocks of info is about asking for accommodations. You might be able to put together a letter for your doctor and your doctor can just reword some phrases to their liking, if that will help to convince them. I'm going to include the link to the website so you can see all of the letters that have been posted from real-life renters asking for exceptions. Best of luck to you! ~Chelsea (Team Member)

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