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Disability Resource Centre


Access Issues Contact

          Senior Tutor's Assistant
01223 334 953
01223 334 967

Location, Services and Transport

City centre. It is a 20 minute walk to the Sidgwick Site and University Library, and a 10 minute walk to the Downing Site and New Museums Site.


St Andrew's Street is very busy with taxis, buses and bicycles. Some dropped kerbs, but pavements are uneven.

Services and shops

City centre.


Car park on site, off Hobson Street, but spaces are extremely limited. Disabled students would only get a permit if absolutely necessary every day. Short term public disabled bays in Lion Yard multi-storey car park or on nearby Hobson Street.

Other transport options

Taxi rank immediately opposite entrance. Bus and coach station is a three minute walk away.

General Information

400 undergraduates and 300 postgraduates. For men and women. Access for students with physical disabilities is rather difficult around College, owing partly to its age and location.


Allowed in designated outdoor areas only.

Medical facilities

Nurse holds a weekday morning surgery during Full Term.

Emergency procedures

Advise Porters' Lodge if you would need help evacuating in an emergency. A personal evacuation plan can be provided, if required. Otherwise no special procedures or facilities.

Accommodation and Catering

Wheelchair-accessible rooms

Three specifically adapted student rooms.

Other rooms

Few ground floor rooms.

Live-in assistants and assistance dogs

Live-in assistants are not possible. Dogs allowed only by special arrangement.

Early induction and vacation stays

Early induction and staying over vacation possible, if there is need. Discuss with Tutors.

Catering arrangements

Cafeteria is usual eating area, accessible via lift. Hall is used for formal dinners. Student kitchens are small and not suitable for self catering.

Special diets

Cafeteria ('Upper Hall') - all dish ingredients are shown on the cafeteria counter with the recognised allergens in red; this information can also be found on the intranet.

Formal Hall - the online booking system gives students with allergies the option of booking one or more of the standard allergies (no gluten, no dairy, no eggs, no shellfish, no fish.)  If in doubt, please check with a member of staff.

Physical Access

College grounds in general

Level access to main entrance from St Andrew's Street, and to side entrance from Hobson Street. Paths are mostly slabbed paving, with some cobbles. Generally level. Some steps, but these can usually be avoided.

College buildings in general

Most rooms and accommodation, particularly in older buildings, are up steps or stairs, with no lifts. Some staircases very narrow. Social areas generally accessible, although sometimes difficult. Special arrangements can be made if necessary.


Level access from First Court. Heavy glass double doors.


Known as ‘Upper Hall’. Large flight of stairs, with handrail, or lift up from kitchen area.


Double doors, and a large step down. Temporary ramp available. Ramp to main part of chapel. Fixed pews, but room for a wheelchair.

College offices

Mostly ground floor offices, with push-button automatic doors.

Common rooms

JCR and TV room in New Court. Ramped access to building. Security keypads. Toilets accessible via lift.

Computer facilities

Computers available in the Library. All rooms networked.

Dining hall

Level access. Spacious. One step up to High Table.

Fellows' areas

Level access to Fellows' areas from Second Court, with disabled toilet nearby. Fellows' room also level and accessible.


Level access from main site. Mostly level, with gravel paths and lawn. Seats and benches.


Downstairs, with no disabled access.


Please check the Christ's Library webpage for information on the library space, resources in College and throughout Cambridge Libraries relevant to our library users and contact information.

Main access is via a very narrow passage and spiral staircase from First Court. Security keypad entrance. Alternative access by lift from ground level

Porters' Lodge and post room

Level access to Porters' Lodge. Low counter. Mailroom inside Lodge.

Sport facilities

Sports fields about one mile distance from main College site, shared with another college. Accessible.


One disabled toilet, near ‘C’ staircase in Second Court.


  • New Court theatre has ramped access from New Court, with wide doors and corridors.
  • Music practice room accessible via lift in New Court.

Visual Impairments

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs allowed only by special arrangement.

Computer facilities

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

Large print, Braille and audio

Large print letters and information on request.

Library and magnification equipment

Special arrangements can be made as needed.

Signs and wayfinding

Map by the Porters' Lodge at entrance to College. Signposting was upgraded in 2013, which makes the College easier to negotiate.


  • Steps are almost all unmarked.
  • Lighting in cafeteria good, but Formal Hall is intentionally dimly lit in evenings.

Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

Induction loop in New Court Theatre and Porters' Lodge.


Sensory alarm available.

Specific Learning Difficulties and Mental Health Issues

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

Other Useful Information

Street access to the College by private car is very difficult because of one-way streets and routes that are reserved for buses and taxis. This would make it very difficult to use a car on a regular basis to get to lectures etc. If needed, taxis would be a better alternative.

The information on this page is the responsibility of Christ's College. The DRC updates information as it is received from the college. This page was last updated on 1st March 2021. To ensure the information contained here is current, please check with Christ's College.