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Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre


Contact Details

Silver Street,
Cambridge, CB3 9EU
01223 335 660
01223 335 667

Access Issues


The Deanery (details as above)


Location, Services and Transport

Just outside City Centre, near the Backs and the Silver Street Bridge. Approximately five minutes walk to City Centre and Sidgwick Site, ten minutes walk to the Downing Site and New Museums Site, and ten minutes walk to the University Library.


Traffic is restricted by camera along Silver Street. From 6am–10am inbound traffic only is allowed, and 4pm to midnight outbound traffic only. Otherwise the road is closed to most traffic. Service vehicles, taxis, buses and disabled drivers can obtain permits to pass through the camera checkpoint.

Services and shops

City Centre. There are various shops, restaurants, snack bars and pubs, as well as the University Centre, in nearby Mill Lane and on Newnham Corner, within a few minutes walking distance.


Parking is extremely limited and restricted to those who have a requirement on medical grounds.

Other transport options

The Uni 4 and Citi 4 bus stops outside the College in Silver Street.

General Information


No smoking in public areas, student rooms or hostels. Smoking is allowed in designated and signed parts of the grounds only.

Medical facilities

Darwin students are expected to sign up with a GP at the local medical practice (5 minutes walk from the main site.) A student counselling service is provided and funded by the College. A number of College staff are First Aid trained and there is an AED located at the Porters' Lodge.

Emergency procedures

PEEPs can be filled in at the Porters' Lodge. Evac chairs are positioned at the main staircase. Reasonable adjustments are made for residents with medical requirements (e.g. vibrating fire alarms.)

Accommodation and Catering

Wheelchair-accessible rooms

Some accessible accommodation in nearby hostels. Discuss any adjustments you may need well in advance.

Live-in assistants and assistance dogs

Live-in assistants and assistance dogs can be accommodated, but discuss your needs well in advance. Requests to bring a registered Emotional Support Animal (ESA) onto University and/or College property will not normally be granted but will be considered on a case by case basis. Any request to bring an ESA onto College property should be made well in advance to allow the case to be considered. Any ESA which has not been through the process of approval will be subject to a request for immediate removal.

Early induction and vacation stays

As a graduate College, length of occupation is flexible. Early induction and staying over vacation is negotiable.

Catering arrangements

Cafeteria serves breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday to Friday, and brunch at weekends in the dining hall. Payment is made on a monthly bill. Every set of accommodation has a good kitchen, and full self-catering is certainly possible. Allergens are always clearly marked and staff are well trained in allergen awareness.

Physical Access

College grounds in general

Main (front) entrance, leading to most public areas, has four steps up with handrail. A wheelchair lift is installed at the garden entrance into the main College. Level access to the garden is through gate on Newnham Road (hall and garden) and at the side entrance on Silver Street (library/study centre and garden).

College buildings in general

Main public areas are off one corridor in the main building, which has four steps up from ground level. A lift will be installed in summer 2020 to access the upper floors of the Main College building including the main dining hall, function rooms and accommodation. There is a separate library and study centre, which has level access from the garden/courtyard.


No chapel.

College offices

Tutorial offices (in Darwin this is known as The Deanery) are on the first floor, but staff can easily arrange meetings elsewhere in the College as necessary. Most other College offices are on the ground floor off the main corridor.

Common rooms

Games room next to bar, with level access from main corridor. TV room accessible from garden bridge entrance with assistance, or else is four steps down from main corridor. The parlour, old library and reading room have level access from main corridor, and are spacious inside.

Dining hall

On first floor, up a flight of carpeted stairs with handrail. Will be accessible by lift from late summer 2020. Large, smooth and spacious, with moveable furniture.


Level access from main gate or side entrance. Uneven slabbed paving. Bridge over river (with steps only) to islands.


Accessible from garden bridge entrance or down four steps from main corridor. Separate laundries in hostels.


Level access from garden. Two levels, with stairs only to upper level. Individual study rooms on the ground floor. Disabled toilet.

Porters' Lodge and post room

Level access from main corridor.


Disabled toilet on main corridor, and another in library and study centre.

Visual Impairments

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs welcome.

Computer facilities

Special hardware or software for visually impaired users is acquired as necessary.

Hearing Impairments


Visual or sensory alarms have been used previously and are moved and installed as required.


  • There is some traffic noise from Silver Street, and in summer the commercial punts outside on the river can be very noisy, though for a short duration.
  • The reading room is a designated quiet area (no mobile phones or laptops).

Specific Learning Difficulties and 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 the Deanery or appointed Dean (tutor).

The information on this page is the responsibility of Darwin College. The ADRC updates information as it is received from the college, this document was last updated on 18 November 2019. To ensure the information contained here is current, please check with Darwin College.