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Disability Resource Centre


Contact Details

Sidney Street,
Cambridge, CB2 3HU
01223 338 800
01223 338 884

Access Issues

Dr Catherine Sumnall, Admissions Director
01223 338 872
01223 765 744

Location, Services and Transport

City centre. A ten minute walk to the New Museums Site and Downing Site. 20 minutes to Sidgwick Site and the University Library.


One way, part-pedestrianised street outside main entrance. Often busy with service vehicles, buses and bicycles.King Street route: one-way street to rear of College; bus route, but fewer cars.

Services and shops

City centre. All shops and services on doorstep, including supermarket opposite.


Car park adjacent to main building. Parking permit on arrangement with Porters' Lodge (01223 338800).

Other transport options

Close to bus station.

General Information

360 undergraduates and 190 postgraduates. For men and women.


Smoking only permitted outdoors in Cloister Court garden.

Medical facilities

Nurse holds daily surgery during full term (tel. 01223 338 826).

Emergency procedures

Advise porters' lodge if you will need help evacuating in an emergency. No specific evacuation facilities.

Accommodation and Catering

Wheelchair-accessible rooms

Three fully accessible rooms, each with an en-suite bathroom and kitchen. One is on the ground floor near library, and the other two are accessible by the lift.

Other rooms

New accommodation block Blundell court has 100 en suite rooms, all accessible on ground floor or via lifts. Blundell court is adjacent to the car park.

Live-in assistants and assistance dogs

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

Early induction and vacation stays

Early and late stays normally possible, at usual room rates.

Catering arrangements

Generally good kitchen facilities near accommodation, so self-catering an option. Cafeteria is reasonably accessible and priced.

Special diets

Special dietary requirements can be catered for in advance by prior arrangement with the Head Chef.

Physical Access

College grounds in general

Step up to main entrance. Level entrance through side gates, if open. Entrance through back gates on Jesus Lane has one step, and is very narrow. Mostly level and fairly well paved. All areas accessible except South Court, which contains student accommodation.

College buildings in general

Most buildings accessible. Lifts to most upper floors.

Student Bar

Wheelchair lift to main building, however there are steps down to the bar. Level access via car park, with two heavy doors and two security keypads. Level and spacious inside, with moveable furniture. Disabled toilet, opened with key.


In hall. Hall has a permanent ramp. Heavy double doors, usually propped open during mealtimes. Level and spacious inside.


Three steps and double doors to enter chapel. Four steps to altar area. A ramp could be fitted if necessary. Fixed pews, but plenty of room for a wheelchair.

College offices

Most College offices, including tutorial and College office, have one step up or down. If necessary, staff will meet students elsewhere on arrangement.

Common rooms

JCR TV room not currently accessible, but likely to be redeveloped in the next two or three years. MCR is upstars, with no lift.

Computer facilities

Computers on upper floor of library. Access via spiral staircase, with handrails, or via a lift. Lift not large enough for wheelchairs. Level and spacious inside, but quite a few doors to open. All rooms are networked.

Dining hall

Permanent ramp into hall. Heavy double doors. Level and spacious inside.

Fellows' areas

SCR is accessible. Fellows' parlour is upstairs, with no lift.


One low step into garden from main site, or level access via back entrance. Mostly level, with paths throughout.


Garden Court - Small lift, two very heavy doors and a step.

Blundell Court - Accessible from King Street car park. Facilities include accessible washer and dryer.

Sussex House - Lift access available.


Level access to ground floor. Fixed workspaces, but plenty of room. Well-spaced shelves, and staff will help fetch high books or books upstairs. Upper floor accessed by spiral staircase, with handrails, or via lift.

Porters' lodge and post room

Level access to porters' lodge from main site, although not main entrance. Post room accessible,by a small step.

Sport facilities

Sports fields at St John's (changing rooms up steps). College Gym in Sussex House with lift access from Hobson St.


Disabled toilets near bar and hall, opened with key. Unlocked disabled toilet in the William Mong building.


  • Theatre in the William Mong building has two small steps to main entrance. Level access via fire door at back, on arrangement. Moveable seating inside.

Visual Impairments

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs probably allowed, but discuss in advance.

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 available on request. Security keypads and buttons in lifts are not Braille or touch-sensitive.

Library and magnification equipment

Rather dull lighting downstairs at night. Brighter fluorescent lighting upstairs. Magnifying sheets available.

Signs and wayfinding

Generally well lit around main areas. Moveable signs are in place for conferences.


  • Lighting in most main buildings generally better than most.
  • Security keypads on many doors around College may cause problems.

Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

Induction loop in the William Mong building, where the theatre is.


Visual alarm in the adapted flat. Sensory alarms can be acquired.


  • Hall and bar can get noisy when busy, but furnishings fairly soft.
  • Music often played in bar.

Specific Learning Difficulties and Mental Health Issues

  • General study skills classes offered at start of year. Private classes can be arranged as necessary.
  • Flexible at interview and exams.
  • Arrangements are on an individual basis, in conjunction with the Disability Resource Centre. Discuss your needs with your tutor.

Planned Access Improvements

  • In the next two to three years, the bar and TV room may be altered and expanded, with access improvements also.
  • Sports facilities may change in next five years.
  • New student centre planned for the future (JCR, MCR and catering facilities)

The information on this page is the responsibility of Sidney Sussex College. The DRC updates information as it is received from the college. This page was last updated on 11th May 2017. To ensure the information contained here is current, please check with Sidney Sussex College.