Housing Accommodations

Georgetown University is committed to making a reasonable effort to make appropriate adjustments that afford all students barrier free-access to University facilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Fair Housing Act. On the basis of a medical condition or disability, there is a process in place for requesting housing accommodations, including emotional support animals. Deadlines for housing accommodations are advertised through the Office of Residential Living. Announcements regarding deadlines are advertised on the Residential Living website and through emails to students. It is important to be in contact with the Academic Resource Center in advance of housing deadlines so that all requests can be carefully considered. If you have additional inquiries, please contact our dedicated housing accommodations email address.

Students are required to reapply for housing accommodations each year they are seeking an accommodation. If requesting housing accommodations for the summer sessions, students will need to email us. The Director of Housing Operations, in consultation with the Academic Resource Center, Student Health Center, and/or the Counseling Center, will make decisions about eligibility for housing accommodations and room assignments on a space-available basis.

Students with dietary concerns and restrictions, including food allergies and/or intolerance, should be in contact with the registered dietitian in Dining Services.

Process Overview

A student seeking housing accommodations for a medical reason or a disability, including an emotional support animal, should use the following procedure:

  1. Complete each step of the housing accommodation process.
  2. In doing so, students are responsible for requesting that their medical care provider(s) write a detailed letter in accordance with the housing accommodation documentation guidelines. The information provided by the student and the healthcare provider will be used for the purpose of evaluating the request for housing accommodations and will be kept confidential.
  3. Depending on the case and the documentation presented, medical staff in Georgetown University’s Student Health Center and Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) may review medical documentation. The healthcare provider’s documentation must provide enough detail to allow qualified health care providers in the Student Health Center and/or CAPS to make an independent judgment of the need for the request. A simple request from a physician may be insufficient to support a request for accommodations; the request should be on letterhead and accompanied with a clear explanation and/or documentation of the specific nature of the student’s medical condition or disability and the reasons it necessitates housing accommodations. The medical care provider’s area of specialty should coincide with the student’s medical request.
  4. The Assistant Director of Residential Services for Assignments, in consultation with the Academic Resource Center, the Student Health Center, and/or CAPS, will make a decision regarding the type of housing which would best meet a student’s needs. All requests will be reviewed on an individual basis in accordance with the following considerations:
    1. Assignment to a specific residence hall/apartment is not guaranteed. Assignments are based on the existence of a documented medical condition warranting consideration, and the availability of space in campus residences.
    2. Students must adhere to the rules of the housing selection process. It is important that all deadlines be met in order for a timely decision to be made. 
    3. Students need to reapply each year (including summer sessions) for housing accommodations and submit updated supporting documentation as necessary.
  5. The student will be notified via email by Residential Living when a housing placement decision has been made.