Visual impairments

Advice and support is available to students who are blind or partially sighted. We encourage you to make contact with us so we can help identify services appropriate to your individual needs.

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 Prospective students are welcome to contact us, and in addition to the information below, may find the information on our prospective students pages useful.


A wide range of support is available to students through the disability service including:

  • Pre-arranged orientation visits during the summer or at the start of term
  • Provision of mobility training to learn routes around the campus and surrounding area
  • Access to the Digital Accessibility Hub with assistive software and hardware such as large-screen PCs, text-to-speech and magnification software, and a Braille translator and embosser
  • Small equipment loans, such as a digital voice recorder
  • Extended library loan facility – so that you can keep library materials for longer
  • Support applying for exam arrangements – such as extra time, use of a PC and assistive software, exam papers in alternative formats (e.g. large print or Braille), provision of a reader or a scribe, and provision of adapted or improved lighting
  • Asking your department to provide hand-outs and lecture notes in alternative formats such as on disk, or in large print or Braille
  • Asking your department to provide prioritised reading lists
  • Liaison with Student Accommodation about any necessary modifications to your accommodation
  • Advice and guidance, for both you and your department, about the potential impact of your disability on your studies and how this can be accommodated


International Students

The information here is not applicable to EU and International Students. Please see the Funding for International Students page for further information. 

UK Students

To access a range of additional services, UK students will need to apply for additional funding through Disabled Students’ Allowance. Depending on your needs, these services could include:

  • A full assessment of your academic support needs carried out at an accredited assessment centre
  • Computer equipment and specialised software for you to own 
  • A practical assistant e.g to help you get around campus or to use the library

Please see the Disabled Students’ Allowance page for further information.

Student Funding Welfare Team 

Students can contact the Student Funding Welfare Team for advice and guidance on the other forms of financial support available to disabled students:

Other services at UCL 

  • Library Services  - Information on accessing UCL's libraries and materials, including specialist services for students with a disability.
  • Ridgmount Practice - All students are advised to register with a local GP. Staff at the Ridgmount Practice are used to providing services for students and familiar with UCL systems and procedures.
  • UCL Careers Service - Information on careers, internships, volunteering and current vacancies for UCL students.

External services 

  • RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People)
  • RNIB Helpline - Contact details for the RNIB's helpline
  • RLSB (Royal London Society for Blind People)
  • Blind in Business - A charity helping blind and partially-sighted people into employment