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Students with access issues should contact the Tutorial Office.   More information can be obtained by visiting the University of Cambridge Disability Resource Centre website.   Conference delegates and College visitors should also check our Accessibility webpages in our conference section of our website.

Grange Road, a 15–25 minute walk from the city centre via a pedestrian/cycle path. Two minutes to the University Library and five minutes to Sidgwick Site. 20 minutes to Downing Site and New Museums Site.


Grange Road is busy, but is traffic-calmed and has a 20 mile an hour speed limit. One pedestrian crossing, but not near University Library. Few dropped kerbs.

Services and shops

City centre is the nearest location for shops.


Underground car park with two designated disabled bays. Disabled members can have parking permits. Conference guests on arrangement.

Other transport options

Bus stop outside College, on Grange Road.

Around 380 undergraduates and 300 postgraduates. For men and women. Built in 1981, so much of the College is accessible. The College is very disability-aware, partly on account of its frequent conferences. A disability access audit has taken place. The College policy is generally to use the budget to meet access needs as they arise. Please discuss your requirements well in advance.


No smoking in College building, including student rooms.   There are smoking areas provided on Front Court and Long Court.

Medical facilities

Appointments can be made with the College Nurse

Emergency procedures

Advise Porters' Lodge if you will need help evacuating in an emergency.

Wheelchair-accessible rooms

One double room fully adapted for wheelchair users, with en suite bathroom and emergency alarm. One other partially adapted room for wheelchair users. Kitchen nearby. One room also adapted for students with visual impairments.

Other rooms

Most rooms in College have 3-5cm threshold at door. Adaptations can often be made according to individual requirements. Most rooms are en suite, although bathrooms generally are not very large.

Live-in assistants and assistance dogs

Adapted double room could possibly be used for live-in assistant, although there is pressure on accommodation so this is would be decided on an individual basis. Assistance dogs welcome, and a compound is available in which to exercise them.

Early induction and vacation stays

Early induction and staying over vacations is almost always possible, at usual room rates. Sometimes there is pressure on accommodation during vacation from conferences.

Catering arrangements

Most meals eaten in cafeteria, accessible via lift. Proximity card system for easy payment. Formal dinners take place in hall. Basic kitchens on all staircases, and near to adapted rooms.

Special diets

Special diets are usually no problem for formal dinners, but discuss with catering staff in advance. Plenty of choice in cafeteria.

College grounds in general

Ramped entrance from Grange Road. Work is underway to improve access from Adams Road and Sylvester Road. Mostly flat brick or paved surfaces around the College site.

College buildings in general

Two large lifts and walkways make most areas of the College accessible. Many rooms have a 3–5cm threshold at door. Some narrow corridors (65–77cm) and some heavy fire doors. Generally very accessible.


Level access through wide doors. Smooth and spacious, with moveable furniture. Some of the seating is on a raised 'stage' but most is accessible. Disabled toilet nearby, opposite Umney theatre.


Lower ground floor. Access via lift. Smooth and spacious inside, with moveable furniture. Staff happy to help if necessary.


Short ramp to entrance, through wide door. Smooth and spacious inside. Moveable chairs, with no fixed pews. No steps to altar. Disabled toilet outside entrance.

College offices

Level access to most College offices, including Tutorial office. Rather narrow, with 3–5cm threshold.

Common rooms

JCR near bar. Security keypad, which may be changed to proximity card system. Level access to TV room, through two sets of doors.

Computer facilities

Computer rooms are up four flights of stairs, with no lift. All rooms are networked and most areas have wireless internet access.

Dining hall

Lower ground floor, near cafeteria. Access via lift. Smooth and spacious inside, with moveable furniture.

Fellows' areas

Level access to SCR. All Fellows' areas fully accessible, including Fellows' rooms.


Access currently via lift near Umney theatre, or via back entrance. Mostly level, and paths virtually everywhere.


Downstairs, with no easy access. Other laundry arrangements may be possible if there is a problem.


Level access to ground floor, via proximity card. Recently converted single passenger lift (small) to other floors. Staff will help where necessary.

Porters' Lodge and post room

Level access to Porters' Lodge. Post kept inside lodge.

Sport facilities

No gym. Shared sports fields with Queens' College.


Disabled toilets near chapel, near bar, inside auditorium foyer and at bottom of seating, and in basement of seminar rooms.


Music room on first floor, accessed via lift.
Level access to auditorium from Front Court. Tiered seating, with wheelchair spaces at front. Disabled toilet.
Seminar rooms in basement, access via lift. Disabled toilet.
Two teaching rooms are accessible via lift and walkways. Other teaching rooms are up four flights of stairs, but suitable arrangements will be made.
Level access to Umney theatre and lounge. Disabled toilet opposite entrance.

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs welcome. Exercise compound available.

Computer facilities

Special hardware or software for visually impaired users could be acquired if necessary.

Large print, Braille and audio

Fire instructions and other information available in Braille and large print. Large print letters and information on request.

Library and magnification equipment

No special facilities for text enlargement.

Signs and wayfinding

Very good signposting permanently in place around College. Wayfinding is no problem.


Generally lighting is very good, particularly in chapel.
Lift has audio information and touch-buttons.

Induction loops

Induction loops in hall, chapel and main auditorium. Portable induction loop available in Porters' Lodge.


Two or three visual and sensory alarms available.


College is generally quiet, and most rooms softly furnished.
Good acoustics in auditoria.

Arrangements for students with specific learning requirements are on an individual basis, in conjunction with the Disability Resource Centre. Please discuss your needs with your tutor.