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Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre


Contact Details

Lady Margaret Road,

Cambridge, CB3 0BU
01223 332 190
01223 332 178

Access Issues

Gaby Jones
01223 330280

Location, Services and Transport

A ten minute walk to the city centre. 20–25 minutes to Downing Site and New Museums Site. 15 minutes to Sidgwick Site and University Library. Close to the Centre for Mathematical Sciences.


Lady Margaret Road can get rather busy during rush hour. No pedestrian crossings.

Services and shops.

City centre. Histon Road has supermarkets with car parking, local shops, and a petrol station.


Parking available on main site near accommodation and some other main buildings. Some marked disabled bays. Car parking permits available. No parking avalbale at Histon Road site

Other transport options

U bus leaves from Grange Road, a 5–10 minute walk away.

General Information

150 mature undergraduates and 180 postgraduates. For women only aged 21 and over. Fairly modern College, founded in the 1960s, known for its open and welcoming attitude towards female students from all backgrounds.


No smoking in any building, including student bedrooms. Two designated smoking areas on main campus and one at Histon Road site.

Medical facilities

Nurse holds a weekly surgery. Times on the Lucy Cavendish website. Email

Emergency procedures

College's Health & Safety Manager meets student to formulate a Personal Evacuation Plan (PEEP), and makes relevant departments in College aware. 2 Transit chairs; 1 in library and one elsewhere, as required.

Accommodation and Catering

Wheelchair-accessible rooms

Five rooms adapted for students with physical disabilities. All are en suite, with nearby adapted kitchens.

Other rooms

All accommodation blocks have level access and some ground floor rooms. Many are en suite, particularly in the accommodation blocks and the new Lucy Cavendish Student Centre on Histon Road.

Live-in assistants and assistance dogs

Assistants can be accommodated, as there are sets with two rooms which share a kitchen and bathroom. Guide dogs can be accomodated. and there are gardens in which they can exercise. For other assistance dogs contact the College in the first instance.

Early induction and vacation stays

No problem with early induction. Occupancy agreements run continuously October-June, ie students can stay in their rooms over the Christmas and Easter vacations.  Long vacation by negotiation with Domestic Bursar.

Catering arrangements

Breakfast is served Monday to Friday in term. Lunch is served in cafeteria every day in term and Monday to Friday out of term. An evening meal is service three times a week. Formal hall once, sometimes twice, a week. Every room has access to a kitchen, and self-catering is easy. There are adapted kitchens near the adapted rooms.

Special diets

Special diets and allergies can usually be accommodated. Speak to the catering staff.

Physical Access

College grounds in general

Level entrance from street. Paths are paved or gravel, with concrete paths linking Warburton Hall (dining hall) and Strathaird building and a ramp with handrail linking College House and the Porters Lodge. Some paths are uneven and lumpy and can also be fairly narrow in places. All areas of the College grounds accessible, with few steps.

College buildings in general

Most buildings fully accessible, at least to ground level. College House and Barrmore have one step, otherwise buildings are ramped and have wide doors. Security system at every entrance, operated by proximity card.


Level access. Smooth and spacious inside, with moveable round tables and chairs. Disabled toilet.


Self-service cafeteria, with plenty of space. Lift down to cafeteria. Eating takes place in hall next door. Card and cash system for payment.


No chapel.

College offices

In College House, which has one step up to entrance. Other rooms available to meet.

Common rooms

Next to bar. Level access, and disabled toilet in bar.

Computer facilities

Computing facilities are to be found in the basement, foyer and ground floor reading room. IT support is on 1st floor and all floors are accessible by lift. All on-campus accommodation is provided with wired and WiFi networks.

Dining hall

Large lift down to hall. Smooth and spacious, with moveable tables and chairs. Disabled toilet.

Fellows' areas

SCR has level access.


In College site. Paths are rather uneven, lumpy and narrow. Some gravel. Some benches.


Level access, through a narrow door in main site. Good access in Histon Road building


Lift to all levels. Rather narrow and stiff double doors into bookshelves themselves. Staff will help fetch books during working hours. Disabled toilet.

Porters' lodge and post room

In brand new extension. Level access through wide door. No problems.

Sport facilities

Gym on ground floor of Oldham Hall. Accessible. No sports fields.


Disabled toilets in bar, hall, library and Strathaird building and in Histon Road building.


  • Music pavilion up one step. A ramp is under consideration.
  • Strathaird building is often used for conferences and meetings. Level access to ground floor. Disabled toilet.

Visual Impairments

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs welcome. Gardens available for exercise.

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

No special facilities for text enlargement. Big windows, and very well lit. Good contrast of furniture.

Signs and wayfinding

Good signs on buildings themselves, little signage between buildings but large campus map outside porters' lodge.


  • Lighting around College at night is good, with lights activated by motion sensors.
  • Lighting in most buildings good. Hall, bar and library all have large windows.

Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

No induction loops currently. Can be hired or bought if required.


No visual or sensory alarms currently.


  • Traffic noise is mostly cut out by trees. The College is generally quiet and peaceful.

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 your tutor.
  • Some fund available to help students with dyslexia and other disabilities.

The information on this page is the responsibility of Lucy Cavendish College. The ADRC updates information as it is received from the college. This page was last updated on 2nd June 2017. To ensure the information contained here is current, please check with Lucy Cavendish College.