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Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre


(Founded as New Hall.)

Contact Details

Huntingdon Road,
Cambridge, CB3 0DF
01223 762 100

Access Issues

Beverley Watts
01223 762 203

Location, Services and Transport

Out of centre. It is a ten minute walk to the city centre down Castle Hill. 15 minutes to New Museums Site and Downing Site, 15–20 minutes to Sidgwick Site and University Library via Grange Road.


Huntingdon Road, Castle Hill and Storey's Way are all very busy with traffic. Pavements are not particularly wide, and crossing the road can be dangerous.

Services and shops

Very little before city centre. A few pubs and Indian restaurants on Castle Hill.


Parking at front and back entrances. Designated disabled bay. Disabled students can obtain a permit.

Other transport options

Universal bus stop on Madingley Road. Bus stop on Huntingdon Road.

General Information

360 undergraduates and around 90 postgraduates. Modern College, currently women only, but with a mixed fellowship. Conference trade.


No smoking in College buildings.

Medical facilities

Nurse holds a daily surgery in term time (tel. 01223 762 239).

Emergency procedures

Advise porters' lodge if you will need help evacuating in an emergency. Individual evacuation plans in place for students with disabilities.

Vac chair and Escape mattress available.

Accommodation and Catering

Wheelchair-accessible rooms

Small number of adapted en suite rooms in each of the newer accommodation blocks, including the graduate building. Automatic doors in graduate accommodation, including swipe access to bedroom.

Other rooms

En suite and accessible accommodation available in Pearl House.

Live-in assistants and assistance dogs

Please contact the College to discuss live-in assistants well in advance. Assistance dogs shouldn't be a problem, but again discuss well in advance.

Early arrival and vacation stays

Early arrival possible. All students are entitled to stay until end of term. Staying over vacation possible for undergraduates, if agreed with tutors in advance, and if accommodation is available. Graduates have a 50 week lease.

Catering arrangements

Cafeteria is open for lunch, dinner and formal halls during term. Elevator and automatic doors to the servery available. Kitchen facilities depend on accommodation, but are generally large. Self-catering is no problem. Kitchens in graduate building are suitable for wheelchair users.

Special diets

Most special diets and allergies catered for, if informed in advance.

Physical Access

College grounds in general

Ramped front and back entrances. Main building is on three levels, with a lift between all floors except in Old Block. Most facilities are inside this building. Walkway to Pearl House accommodation, which has a lift to all floors. Automatic doors from back entrance through to the servery.

College buildings in general

Smooth and level, with wide corridors. Most heavy fire doors have automatic openers, including the Library. Some doors have security card system, which may be difficult if you have limited dexterity.


On two floors. Outside lift between floors. Main bar is downstairs, through a heavy door. Rather small, but with moveable furniture. Disabled toilet nearby.


Lift up to dining facilities. Spacious and level, with helpful staff. Epos card payment. Disabled toilet downstairs near lift. Tables suitable for wheelchair users.


No chapel.

College offices

Mostly ground floor offices.

Common rooms

JCR has level access from lift in Pearl House, and moveable furniture. MCR in graduate building (Canning and Eliza), fully accessible. Quiet room near library, level from corridor, with sofa.

Computer facilities

Computer room is next to library, downstairs via lift. Spacious, with moveable chairs. Security card scan to enter. All individual rooms networked.

Dining hall

Lift to dining hall, and automatic doors. Large, spacious, smooth inside, with moveable furniture. Disabled toilet downstairs, near lift.

Fellows' areas

SCR accessible. One step up to high table in dining hall.


Gardens on College site. Mostly smooth slabbed paving.


Basement, reasonably accessible via lift. Not accessible in graduate building.


Spacious inside. Security swipecard entrance. Two more upper levels, up stairs with handrails. Staff will fetch books if required. Workspaces on downstairs level.

Porters' lodge and post room

Level access from front entrance, through wide manual doors. Post in front entrance.

Sport facilities

Gym has level access via lift. Step into the gym, not suitable for wheelchair users. No sports fields. Two tennis courts on site.


Disabled toilets downstairs and on ground level, near lift. Disabled toilet in Buckingham House.


  • Buckingham House, fairly new accommodation block and conference centre opposite main entrance, is fully accessible.
  • Canning and Eliza Fok building, new accommodation block, is fully accessible.
  • Vivien Stewart meeting room, in main building, has level access with moveable furniture.
  • Art exhibition downstairs is accessible via lift.

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. Lift has audio information and touch-readable buttons.

Library and magnification equipment

No special facilities for text enlargement. Lighting in library is good.

Signs and wayfinding

Good directional signposting around College.


  • Dining hall is in upstairs dome, with large windows and excellent lighting.
  • Lighting generally fine around College.

Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

Induction loop in Buckingham House lecture theatre and seminar room, Vivien Stewart meeting room and Long room.


Visual or sensory alarms could be acquired if needed.


  • Generally very quiet around College, with little traffic noise.

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.

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