Prospective students

Telling us about your disability as soon as possible will enable us to arrange the right support for you

You don’t have to tell the School about your disability, however we encourage you to let us know as early as possible. This allows us to make reasonable adjustments for you, and arrange the support you are entitled to when you join the School. 

By ‘disability’ we mean a long-term condition which can have a substantial impact on your studies and/or day to day life. This includes difficulties such as sensory impairments, mental health conditions, mobility difficulties, long-term medical conditions, specific learning difficulties and autistic spectrum conditions.

The support and adjustments we provide are dependent on your circumstances, and we will work with you to make sure that the School does what it can to cater for your individual needs.  

The information below explains how you can tell us about your support needs and access our service. We have created a guidance document to help you prepare for accessing this support. 

Tell us

So that we can arrange support in time for the start of your studies, please tell us about your disability as soon as possible. Your first and best opportunity will be when you complete your UCAS or LSE application form.

If you have not entered your disability details at the application stage, you can contact us directly at any point prior to joining LSE or during your studies. Please be aware however, that if you speak to us later in the academic year there may be a delay in the School meeting your support needs.

If you have concerns around sharing your confidential health history,  please see our Policy, Procedures and Confidentiality page for details on how this information is held and protected. You can also speak to one of our Disability Advisers to discuss any concerns you may have.

Complete your support questionnaire

Once you have declared your disability you will be invited to complete the Disability and Wellbeing Service Support Questionnaire. This gives you the opportunity to provide us information about your circumstances, helping us ensure that you have the right support throughout your time here.

If you have made an application to study at LSE but have not yet completed the questionnaire you can do so using the link below. You'll be able to access the questionnaire when you recieve an LSE For You login. Please note you only need to complete the questionnaire once:

 Complete your questionnaire

Provide medical evidence

To confirm your eligibility for support and adjustments you will need to provide appropriate evidence of your disability. This evidence is held securely within the Disability and Mental Health Service and is only seen by staff who need to decide what specialist support you can receive. For more details on this, please see our Confidentiality Policy.  

Please note: although for full adjustments and support we require the evidence listed below, we may be able to provide you with advice and some support with a lower level of evidence. It is always worth submitting whatever evidence you have as early as possible in your application for support, and we will let you know how we can help.  

Specific learning difficulties

For specific learning difficulties i.e. dyslexia, dyspraxia etc. you will need to provide a full diagnostic assessment report carried out by an educational psychologist or suitably qualified specialist teacher. The report must give a diagnosis of a specific learning difficulty, and not simply be for the purpose of assessing the need for exam adjustments, such as extra time and the use of a computer.

We can arrange for current students to undertake new diagnostic assessments where necessary. For more information please see the specific learning difficulties page.


We can accept one of the following: 

  • A letter confirming the diagnosis from a medical professional such as your family doctor or psychiatrist  
  • A Diagnostic Assessment Report from an educational psychologist or suitably qualified specialist teacher demonstrating significant attentional difficulties  


We can accept one of the following:  

  • A written statement or letter from a doctor or qualified medical professional, which confirms the nature of your diagnosis 
  • A Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) by a Local Authority or an Education Health and Care Plan  

Mental health conditions 

A letter or medical pro forma written and signed by your family doctor, psychiatrist or specialist mental health team is required. Documentation from a counsellor would not usually be considered sufficient.  

For all other disabilities

For all other disabilities you must provide evidence from a suitably qualified medical professional such as a GP, consultant, specialist nurse etc. Depending on the prognosis of your condition this evidence may need to be within the last 12 months. It should specify the following:

  • The name of your impairment or health condition
  • When your impairment or health condition was diagnosed/identified
  • How long your impairment/health condition is likely to last
  • The main effects of your condition, particularly in relation to studying
  • The side effects of any medication or treatment

If you do not have any suitable documentation you can ask your GP or specialist to complete our medical pro forma.

All evidence must be signed, dated, and written in English. If your evidence is not in English, you will need to provide a certified translation. Please contact your embassy for a list of authorised agencies. The original (untranslated) document must also be provided, and this must be signed by the author.  

Please provide electronic documents, not JPEGs or photos, wherever possible. 

Payment for evidence 

It is your responsibility to obtain suitable evidence and, if necessary, pay any fees incurred. However, for current LSE students, DMHS can arrange for you to be reimbursed for those charges within reasonable limits. If you are unsure, please provide details of costs before paying them, in order that we can advise how much can be reimbursed.  

If you have any questions about the evidence we require please feel free to email for advice.

What happens next?

Once we have received your completed form and evidence, you will receive information from the Disability and Mental Health Service, which may involve a pre-arrival discussion or meeting with an Adviser.

How else can I prepare for my studies?

  • Think about the ways in which your condition has impacted on your studies in the past
  • Make a list of the support you have had during previous studying experiences – what has worked well and what not so well?
  • Find out as much as possible about the modes of study and assessment your course will involve, and think about whether you may require any particular support or adjustments with those
  • Visit our support pages to find out more about the support we can provide for specific disabilities
  • If you are a home student, apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA)
  • If you are a non-UK student and feel you will need specialist equipment and/or human support, make sure you have told us before you start so we have time to set this up before the start of term

What should I do a few weeks before starting my course?

  • Make sure you are familiar with the how to make an appointment once you have enrolled
  • Make sure you read the information about Welcome Week
  • Read LSE Student life pages to find out more about what to expect as an LSE student



Disability and Mental Health Service

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Contact us


Call us: +44 (0) 20 7955 7767


4th Floor, Pethick-Lawrence House (PEL), Clements Inn, London, WC2A 2AZ

(Please use the Fawcett House entrance and take the lift to the 4th Floor. Turn right when you exit the lift and you’ll see our department.)

Service opening hours 9.00am-5.00pm, Reception opening hours 9.30am-4.30pm