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Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre


Contact Details

Ridley Hall Road
Cambridge, CB3 9HG
01223 746 580
01223 745 681

Access Issues

College Administrator
01223 741 071
01223 746 581

Location, Services and Transport

A five minutes walk to the city centre over Silver Street bridge. A two minute walk to Sidgwick Site, and ten minutes to University Library via Sidgwick Site. Ten minutes walk to Downing Site and New Museums Site.


Sidgwick Avenue is fairly busy with traffic at peak times, and with fast-moving bicycles during hourly lecture changeovers. Pavements are uneven, and there are many parked cars. Ridley Hall Road and Newnham Walk are quiet, residential streets.

Services and shops

City centre. There is a 24 hour petrol station and several small restaurants and shops on Newnham Corner. The Sidgwick Site buttery is also close by.


On site car park with two disabled bays. Entry off Sidgwick Avenue and exit to Newnham Walk. Call in advance to reserve a space. Disabled students could obtain a regular permit.

Other transport options

Uni 4 bus stop in Silver Street.

General Information

The student body consists of up to 75 men and women, most of whom are training for ordained minstry in the Church of England. The College is part of the Cambridge Theological Federation, and has strong links to the Faculty of Divinity. Lay Ministry (at Ridley Hall) is also based here. Family friendly, although no family accommodation can be offered. Many buildings are listed and would currently be difficult for those with severe disabilities. However, a detailed access audit and consultation has recently taken place, and access improvements are ongoing in many areas.


Smoking is not permitted anywhere in College or on the College premises.  This includes smoking cigarettes and vaping (e-cigarettes, personal vaporisers and ENDS)

Medical facilities

No nurse. First aiders available during office hours.

Emergency procedures

Advise reception if you would need help evacuating in an emergency. Evacuation facilities will be reconsidered if lifts are installed.

Accommodation and Catering

Wheelchair-accessible rooms

Two new fully wheelchair-accessible rooms, with shared bathroom, kitchen and laundry facility. Temporary ramp available until a permanent ramp can be installed.

Other rooms

Several ground floor and en suite rooms.

Live-in assistants and assistance dogs

Live-in assistants and dogs would be difficult to accommodate within the College, but please discuss your needs well in advance.

Early induction and vacation stays

Early inductions and staying over vacation would be possible on prior arrangement.

Catering arrangements

Three meals daily are served in the dining hall Monday to Friday. Kitchens available for self-catering at weekends, but full self-catering is not permitted. Low level kitchen in accessible accommodation.

Special diets

Special diets and allergies can be catered for. Please notify the College of any requirements on your application form.

Physical Access

College grounds in general

Main entrance through archway, up and down two steps. Intercom due to be installed at main entrance. Temporary ramps can be made available, but please arrange in advance. Grounds all accessible by slabbed paved paths and some gravel.

College buildings in general

Most buildings have at least two steps up, many without a handrail. Plans are in place to ramp most main areas within the next two or three years, and to install lifts where needed.


No bar.


Low-level servery within dining hall.


Level access at rear of chapel. First time visitors please arrange in advance. Spacious inside, with moveable chairs.

College offices

Two steps up to most College offices. Ramps are planned. Staff will meet elsewhere on arrangement.

Common rooms

Common room opposite dining hall, up many stairs with no handrail. Carpeted and fairly spacious inside, with moveable furniture of various heights.

Computer facilities

No central computer room. All individual rooms are networked.

Dining hall

Up many stairs with no handrail. Plans in place to install wheelchair lifts. Spacious and level inside, with moveable tables and wooden bench seating.

Fellows' areas

No separate area for senior and academic staff.


Gardens within grounds of College. Fairly even slabbed paved paths, some gravel, and level croquet lawn. All accessible. Several benches.


Main laundry in basement, down stairs. Washing machine fitted in disabled accommodation.


Library up three flights of stairs, with one handrail. Books can be taken to an accessible location on request.

Porters' lodge and post room

Reception up steps from main entrance archway. Intercom due to be installed at entrance. A window has been fitted linking the archway directly through to reception.

Sport facilities

No gym or sports fields.


Disabled toilet inside staircase near hall. Currently up four steps, but a temporary ramp is available until a permanent one can be built.


  • Lecture hall currently up several steps. Temporary ramps available. Level and spacious inside, with moveable furniture.
  • Seminar rooms up several steps and through awkward doors. Access would be possible on prior arrangement. Moveable furniture inside.

Visual Impairments

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs welcome for short visits, but please advise in advance. Live-in assistance dogs would have to be discussed well in advance.

Computer facilities

No central computer facilities. Speak to the College Administrator in advance.

Large print, Braille and audio

Large print information on request. Many of the new external signs have Braille and touch-readable letters.

Library and magnification equipment

No special lighting or magnification equipment currently. Could be acquired if needed, and has been in the past.

Signs and wayfinding

Good, clear, white on brown external signs (with Braille) and red on white directional signs. Large, clear, colour map at entrance. Paper maps available.


  • Lighting around College site recently improved, with lights on all staircases and common areas, and around grounds.
  • External steps and stairs are not usually marked, and many do not have continuous handrails.

Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

Induction loop in chapel. There are plans to install more loops this year.  Please contact the College if you require induction loop information.


Strobe alarms on staircases. Disabled accommodation is fully alarmed. Vibrating alarms could be acquired if needed.


  • Peaceful and quiet around the College site, as it is shielded from roads and traffic noise.
  • Most common areas are small and softly furnished, and have good acoustics.

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.  If you require to use a Learning Support room/area, please contact the College

Planned Access Improvements

  • Plans in place for extensive ramping and the installation of wheelchair lifts within the next few years.
  • Induction loops, intercom at main entrance, and other smaller access improvements are ongoing.

The information on this page is the responsibility of Ridley Hall. The ADRC updates information as it is received from the college.  This page was last updated on 26th June 2018.  To ensure the information contained here is current, please check with Ridley Hall.