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Disability Resource Centre


Contact Details

Jesus Lane,
Cambridge, CB5 8BL
01223 339 339
01223 339 313

Access Issues

Senior Tutor
01223 339 468
01223 339 313

Location, Services and Transport


A five minute walk to the city centre. 15 minutes to the Downing Site and New Museums Site. 20 minutes to the Sidgwick Site and University Library. Close to Grafton Centre, Jesus Green and Midsummer Common.


Jesus Lane has traffic in both directions, but is rarely very busy. Victoria Avenue is busy with traffic, but there is a safe crossing point onto Midsummer Common. Pavements are rather uneven, and there are few dropped kerbs.

Services and shops

City centre. Several cafes and small shops in close proximity, on nearby King Street.


Car park on site with two disabled bays. Entry via Victoria Avenue with intercom for assistance. Student car park with disabled bay in nearby Park Street. Disabled students could obtain a permit.

Other transport options

Bus stops on Jesus Lane and Victoria Avenue. The central bus station is a five minute walk away.

General Information

About 500 undergraduates and 400 postgraduates. For men and women. An old College, with many listed buildings. Although some parts of College are not easily accessible, please discuss any needs well in advance as adaptations can often be made. A proximity card security system operates around the College.


No smoking permitted in any College buildings or on the College grounds, except in three designated smoking shelters indicated on the College map.

Medical facilities

Nurse holds a weekday surgery during full term (Tel. 01223 339450). Level access to sick bay.

Emergency procedures

Advise Porters' Lodge if you will need help evacuating in an emergency. An evacuation chair is available and there are designated refuge areas in West Court with intercoms linked to the reception area.  If an individual PEEP is required this can be arranged.

Accommodation and Catering

Wheelchair-accessible rooms

Four wheelchair-accessible rooms in North Court, each with en suite wet room. Lift to all floors of this staircase. Two ground floor accessible rooms in Library Court.  There is also one accessible room in West Court.

Other rooms

A wide range of rooms available within the College grounds and in 'external staircases'. Adaptations can be made as necessary.

Live-in assistants and assistance dogs

Live-in assistants and dogs a possibility, but please discuss well in advance.

Early induction and vacation stays

Early induction possible, on arrangement. Staying over vacation also possible, but you may be asked to move rooms.

Catering arrangements

Cafeteria serves two meals daily in hall; three meals daily in the examination term. Formal hall five nights a week. Self-catering would be possible in North Court — one kitchen is currently adapted. Catering charge payable unless there is a medical or faith-related dietary reason.

Special diets

Most special diets can be catered for, including kosher with advance notice. Speak to the catering manager. Kosher kitchen in one staircase.

Physical Access

College grounds in general

Two worn steps down to main gate. Level access with proximity card through side entrance or Victoria Avenue car entrance. College based around several courts, with fairly uneven slabbed paths. Most areas accessible, and all cobbles avoidable.

College buildings in general

Many buildings are up or down a step, and have steep, winding staircases. Not all stairs or steps have handrails. Doors are often double doors, with one bolted shut from inside. Access to main areas is usually possible, but difficult for regular users.  From 1st October 2018 the double doors on staircase 4 in West Court will be power assisted and the entrance/exit doors on staircase will be power assisted.

In West Court there is lift access at both ends of the Rank building and in the middle of the Webb building.

Roost Café/Bar

The Roost Café/Bar is located at ground level and is fully accessible via several wide openings.  From 1st October 2018, the entrance door into the Cafe via staircase 2 will be power assisted.  The café serves coffee and light meals during the day.  The Brewery Room below is also fully accessible via a designated disabled platform lift.  There is also a disabled toilet on the lower floor accessed using the platform lift..


Cafeteria opposite hall, up flight of stairs with handrails. Stair lift available, but arrange in advance. Sufficient space inside.


There is an accessible entrance via a permanent ramp. Spacious, with moveable seating. More steps to screen and choir area.

College offices

Tutorial department, and most other College offices, up steep sets of stairs. Staff will meet elsewhere on arrangement

Common rooms

The JCR and games room are located at ground level and are fully accessible via several wide openings.  The JCR is a large room with sofas and a TV.  The MCR and graduate kitchen above are also fully accessible via a lift.  The MCR is a large room with low sofas as well as tables and chairs.  The kitchen is a smaller room with low sofas.  From 1st October 2018, the main entrance door to the MCR will be power assisted and a fob can be obtained from the Porters' Lodge.  The internal door will also be power assisted by use of a push button for both entry and exit.

Computer facilities

Computer room off library, through a power assisted (from 1st October) wide door. Proximity card access. All rooms networked.

Dining hall

Up flight of stairs, with handrails most of the way. Stair lift available, but arrange in advance. Smooth and spacious inside, with low moveable chairs and long tables. Nearest toilets up several more stairs.

Fellows' areas

SCR and Fellows' dining room both up stairs, with handrails. Stair climber available, but arrange in advance. One step up to high table from hall.


Level, occasionally uneven, paths and lawn around site. A few benches. Jesus Green, Midsummer Common, and the river Cam are nearby.


Laundry in basement of North Court, accessible by lift, through heavy doors.


Ground level entrance with proximity card, through two sets of power assisted doors (from 1st October 2018). Over three floors, with lift to all floors. Plenty of shelf and workspace. Disabled toilet on first floor.

Porters' Lodge and post room

The Porters' Lodge is currently undrgoing extensive refurbishment and a temporary lodge has been set up in the rear of the Marshall Room.  There is a small step into the Marshall Room.  There is a bell if you require assistance

Sport facilities

Ground level gym. Sports fields on site. Pavilion, with disabled toilet and accessible changing rooms.


Accessible toilets are situated in Pump Court, the Quincentenary Library, the sports pavilion and in West Court.


  • The Brewery Room is an event space suitable for parties and as a meeting room.  There is an accessible toilet accessed via a platform lift.
  • The Picken Music Room is accessible via platform lift, through a College meeting room.
  • Alcock Room and other meeting rooms are up stairs, with no access.
  • Upper Hall up flight of stairs from hall. Chair lift available and can climb up fire escape, but arrange in advance.

Visual Impairments

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs welcome.

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. Touch-readable and Braille buttons in library lift.

Library and magnification equipment

Good lighting generally. Catalogue markings and other signs are small and hard to read. Photocopier available for text enlargement.

Signs and wayfinding

Little directional signposting. The site is large and fairly complex, so can be confusing for first time visitors. Colour map available from Porters.


  • Dim lighting around site at night, with several dark areas and passages.
  • Few steps and stairs are marked, and many do not have continuous handrails.
  • Chapel rather dim due to heavily coloured stained glass windows.
  • Lighting in hall dimmed for dinner, but can be adjusted on request.

Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

One staircase, with 12 student rooms, fitted with induction loop. Induction loops in chapel, Hall, Upper Hall, Alcock Room, Prioress’s Room and main meeting rooms.


Rooms can be adapted for hearing impaired students as required, and have been in the past.


  • Possible echoes in hall and chapel, as they are both large, with harsh furnishings and high ceilings.
  • Library carpeted, but open plan and sound does travel in busy periods.
  • The College as a whole is set back from the main road, so there is little traffic noise.

Specific Learning Difficulties and Mental Health Issues

Arrangements for students with Specific Learning Difficulties and mental health issues are on an individual basis, in conjunction with the Disability Resource Centre. The College’s Disability Liaison Officer acts as a coordinator for support in complex cases.  Students are encouraged to discuss their needs with their Director of Studies or a Tutorial Adviser.

Planned Access Improvements

The College’s new West Court (opened May 2017) achieves a high level of access provision, including level access to all buildings, lift access to each floor, wheelchair accessible accommodation, accessible WCs in suitable locations in each part of the development, sufficient space for wheelchair circulation in meeting rooms and the auditorium, induction loops, and clear signage.

Phase 2 of the project will see the construction of an entirely new building including a 300-seat auditorium; additional space for functions and exhibitions, including provision for our significant collection of works of art; a new College gym; and a new College archive.

Comprehensive developments to the Porters’ Lodge will be completed by June 2019, which will involve a new entrance; student mailboxes will be moved to the new Lodge and there will also be a purpose built luggage store.  There will be level access throughout.

The information on this page is the responsibility of Jesus College. The DRC updates information as it is received from the college. This page was last updated on 31st July 2018. To ensure the information contained here is current, please check with Jesus College.