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Contact Details

Address: Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1RH
Tel:                  01223 338 000

Access Issues

Contact:          Mr Simon Harding, Head Porter, or Alastair Lawrence, Deputy Head Porter
Tel:                  01223 338 000

Location, Services and Transport

City centre. It is a 5–10 minute walk to the Downing Site and New Museums Site. 10–15 minutes to Sidgwick Site, via a busy road, and University Library. Leckhampton, the postgraduate site, is located on Grange Road approximately one mile from the city centre.


Trumpington Street is busy with vehicles and bicycles. Quieter access to the College via Free School Lane.

Services and shops

City centre.


Very limited. Some disabled parking bays in Trumpington Street. Parking is possible, but limited, for graduates housed in Leckhampton.

General Information

320 undergraduates and 200 postgraduates. All genders. Main site in city centre has student accommodation on site or nearby. Leckhampton, off Grange Road, is the main postgraduate site, but offers undergraduate accommodation as well. An access audit has been completed.


Smoke-free policy in place. All College sites, rooms and hostels are no-smoking except for the designated smoking areas on the main College site and at Leckhampton.

Medical facilities

The College has a Nurse in term time.

Emergency procedures

Evacuation needs are taken into account when choosing student rooms. Practice fire drills are obligatory, and individual needs may be discussed.

Accommodation & Catering

Wheelchair-accessible rooms

Two accessible flats, one on the main College site and one located on Bene’t Street. Two wheelchair-accessible bedrooms are available in the Kho Building on the Leckhampton site.

Other rooms

If you have access needs the College is happy to discuss these with you to see how they can be best met.

Live-in assistants and assistance dogs

Both assistants and assistance dogs have been accommodated in the past. Please discuss your needs in advance.

Early induction and vacation stays

Early induction is possible. It is possible to stay in your room during vacations, at usual room rates. Postgraduate leases are for 12 months rather than termly.

Catering arrangements

Meals usually taken in Hall. Kitchens and gyp rooms are generally small and not suitable for full self-catering, except in and near adapted rooms. Postgraduate accommodation offers facilities for self-catering. Limited range of meals available in Leckhampton.

Special diets

Vegetarian, vegan, gluten and dairy free meals are readily available. Nut policy in place. Please discuss any special diets with the Catering Manager who is flexible to meet all needs where practically possible.

Physical Access

College grounds in general

Four large steps, with no handrail, up to main entrance. Level access via Stable Yard side entrance or via Fellows’ Garden off Free School Lane is possible by arrangement. Fairly smooth paving slabs, with some cobbles.

College Buildings in General

Most buildings in New Court have steps due to the age of building. Lift access to Dining Hall available. Temporary metal ramps are available. Leckhampton House, dining room, and ground floor toilet are accessible.


Bar in Kwee Court accessible via lift. The bar at Leckhampton is accessible.


Large flight of stairs, with handrail. Accessible via large service lift from B Passage. Please arrange with Porters’ Lodge in advance. Meals eaten in hall.


Two small steps off New Court. Temporary ramp available. Large entrance doors can be rather stiff. Fixed pews.

College offices

Two steps up from New Court. Temporary ramp available. Tutorial office is up a flight of stairs, but other ground floor rooms can be used for tutorial sessions.

Common rooms

JCR accessible from Old Court.

Dining Hall

As per cafeteria — large service lift from B Passageway. Catering department will arrange appropriate seating for wheelchairs. Leckhampton dining hall on ground floor.

Fellows' areas

Old common room and New common rooms for Fellows are upstairs, with no easy access.


Level access to Fellows’ Garden from Free School Lane and B passage on main site. Quiet, grassed area with two bench seats.


Located in the Beldam Building, Botolph Court, Newnham House and in Stable Yard. A few doors to negotiate. The laundry at Leckhampton is located opposite the main house.


The Taylor Library (main student study Library) has level access from Kwee Court. To find out more click here.

In the Parker Library (manuscript and special collections library) the Butler Reading Room is two steps up from New Court and may be accessed via a temporary ramp by arrangement.

The Wilkins Room is up a flight of stairs with 22 steps.

Porters' Lodge and post room

Two large steps up to the Lodge from New Court, with no handrail. Porters will come outside to help. Mail room level accessed via permanent stone ramp.

Sport facilities

Gym located at Leckhampton on the ground floor. Sports field located at Leckhampton with several steps up to the changing rooms in the Pavilion.


Disabled toilet in C passage from New Court, in Bar lobby, in McCrum lecture theatre at bottom of Beldam building, and in Leckhampton House.


  • McCrum lecture theatre, located behind the Eagle pub on Bene't Street. Access via cobbled yard. Ground floor, with wheelchair lift to auditorium. Stage and one section of seating are accessible. Disabled toilet.
  • Small reference library at Leckhampton, accessible with some assistance.

Visual Impairments

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs have been accommodated in the past.

Large print, Braille and audio

No large print or Braille currently.

Signs and wayfinding

There is some signage around College site. Site is not large, so wayfinding is generally not a problem.


Steps in the public areas of the College are marked, but few handrails. A few worn and twisty staircases. Stairs unmarked.

Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

Induction loops in Porters' Lodge, McCrum Theatre, I4, Harley Mason Room and Law Room.


Portable visual and sensory alarms available.

Specific Learning Difficulties & Mental Health Issues

Arrangements for students with Specific Learning Difficulties are on an individual basis, in conjunction with the Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre. Discuss your needs with your tutor.