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Disability Resource Centre


Contact Details

Mount Pleasant,
Cambridge, CB3 0BN
01223 336 250
01223 762 822

Access Issues

Ms Edna Murphy, Bursar
Dr Judith Bunbury, Senior Tutor
01223 336 126
01223 336 252
01223 336 111

Location, Services and Transport

St Edmund's is on Mount Pleasant, a one-way street linking Lady Margaret Road with the Huntingdon Road junction. It is a 10 minute walk to the City Centre, and around a 15 minute walk to all University Sites and the University Library. The College is fairly close to the Centre for Mathematical Sciences and the West Cambridge Site.


Traffic tends to get busy at peak times, as the street leads out of the city towards the A10 and A14. It is one-way, but there are few safe crossing places and the pavements are narrow and uneven.

Services and shops

City centre. There is also a small convenience store on Histon Road, which is nearby.


Parking is very limited on site, with one designated disabled bay near the main entrance. A disabled parking permit can be obtained if arranged in advance. One-way drop off and pick up system outside the main entrance of the Norfolk Building.

Other transport options

The Uni 4 bus stop on Madingley Road, about a 5 minute walk away. A bus service on Victoria Road leaves for the rail station and Addenbrookes site every 20 minutes.

General Information

500 mature undergraduates and postgraduate students. For men and women aged 21 and over. Medium-sized College with close-knit community of mature students. Family-friendly and with a supportive atmosphere. Accommodation includes accessible rooms, family maisonettes and accommodation for couples with or without young children.


Smoking is only allowed in designated areas outside of public buildings. No smoking in student rooms.

Medical facilities

Part time Nurse available for three hours each week during term. A Doctor's Surgery is nearby. First aiders are available during office hours and at all meal times.

Emergency procedures

Advise Reception if you will need help evacuating in an emergency. New accommodation blocks have evacuation lifts. There is an evacuation chair located within the first floor of the Norfolk Building for use within the building and the Tower.

Accommodation and Catering

Wheelchair-accessible rooms

There are 3 specifically designed wheelchair-accessible rooms in Brian Heap Building, with adapted en suite shower room.

Other rooms

There are 12 ground floor rooms within the Richard Laws Building that have access to accessibe bathrooms. All have wide doors and can be adapted according to need. En suite flats and maisonettes not suitable for wheelchairs.

Live-in assistants and assistance dogs

Live-in assistants are a possibility, but this needs to be discussed well in advance so that a room can be allocated. Live-in dogs are a possibility, with large grounds available for exercise.

Early induction and vacation stays

We are flexible regarding accommodation, so early inductions and late stays are possible. Staying over summer vacation is possible on arrangement.

Catering arrangements

Our Cafeteria offers 3 meals daily in Dining Hall, except Saturday when brunch is served and Sunday when lunch is available. Kitchen facilities depend on accommodation. The Brian Heap Kitchens are large and well equipped. A menu is available on the College website so that those with special dietary needs can plan ahead.

Special diets

Most special diets can be catered for with advance notice — liaise with the Catering Manager. Allergy forms are to be completed by each member on arrival. Food cannot be guaranteed free of nuts.

Physical Access

College grounds in general

Almost all areas of the College are accessible, with various buildings and accommodation blocks contained within a fairly small area of the grounds. Main common areas are on the ground floor of the Norfolk and Tower buildings and can be reached under cover.

College buildings in general

Level access to main entrance of the Norfolk Building, over a bump and through manual double doors. The Norfolk building runs down a long corridor, with several doors. Five floors in the Tower portion of the building, but the lift is small and not suitable for large wheelchairs.


The Bar is on the ground floor of the Norfolk Building, off the main corridor. Fitted furniture with a high bar. Large, spacious Combination Room directly outside the bar, where most people sit.


Our Servery is next to the Dining Hall. Level, smooth and spacious one-way system with fairly low serving counters and tray rails. Staff will help as necessary.


Level access from main corridor in the Norfolk Building or 3–4 steps with handrail from outside. Moveable chairs and space for a wheelchair. Two steps to the Altar.

College offices

Most College Offices are on ground floor of the Norfolk Building, off the main corridor. Staff based upstairs will meet elsewhere if necessary.

Common rooms

Combination Room in main corridor of the Norfolk Building. Large, smooth and spacious, with moveable furniture of various heights. A Pool table and television are also available.

Computer facilities

We have a floor of computers in the Library and space for laptops. All rooms are networked. There is wireless Internet in the Combination Room, Library and old Norfolk Library (Club Room).

Dining hall

Our Dining Hall is in the Norfolk Building. Ground level access, smooth and spacious inside with moveable chairs.

Fellows' areas

Our SCR is on ground floor of the Norfolk Building. Level, spacious and with moveable furniture. Some chairs have armrests.


Almost all areas of the grounds are level and accessible. Some gravel, but most paths are tarmac. Few benches currently.


Central laundry block near accommodation. Level access, wide door with no threshold, and accessible washing facilities. Accessed by using a swipe card.


New library opened Autumn 2006, fully accessible with a lift to all floors. Staffed office hours. Accessed by using a swipe card.

Porters' Lodge and Post Room

Reception is at the main entrance of the Norfolk Building, with a low counter. Pigeonholes are in a separate student post room past the Combination Room, accessible with a swipe card.

Sport facilities

We have a small Gym in the basement of new Library Building, with level access from lift. Large grounds.


We have a disabled toilet on the ground floor of the Norfolk Building. Disabled toilet in the Library and Brian Heap Building. Two disabled toilets, one with a walk-in shower, in the Richard Laws accommodation block.

Also, we have a few baths available in the Norfolk Building and Richard Laws building, (catagories 1-4, rooms with shared facilities), but all of our en-suite rooms are equipped with showers.


  • Large meeting area in new building and several seminar rooms in the Library, all fully accessible via the lift.
  • Most of our key-locked doors have now been replaces with swipe card access, also for student rooms.
  • The Huddleston Room on ground floor of Norfolk Building, fairly small but spacious and accessible, with moveable chairs.
  • The Okinaga Room on top floor of Tower with views over Cambridge. Lift not suitable for large wheelchairs. Stairs leading up to the Tower have continuous handrails.

Visual Impairments

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome.

Computer facilities

Special hardware or software for visually impaired users could be acquired if necessary. Both PCs and Macs are available.

Large print, Braille and Audio

Large print letters and information on request. New lifts all have touch-readable buttons, Braille and audio information.

Library and Magnification Equipment

Magnifying glasses and photocopiers for text enlargement are available. Other magnification equipment could be acquired if necessary.

Signs and wayfinding

External signage installed.


  • Dim lighting around most garden paths at night.
  • Most areas of the College, including the Chapel, Dining Hall and Combination Room, have large windows and good lighting. Wide-screen TV in the Combination Room.
  • State of the art audio-visual equipment in meeting/seminar rooms.

Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

Induction loop in the Library Building.


Visual or sensory alarms could be acquired if needed.


  • Traffic noise during peak times in some areas near the main street.
  • Most areas, except the Dining Hall, are carpeted and softly furnished.
  • Chapel is small and has good acoustics. No amplification is needed.

Specific Learning Difficulties and Mental Health Issues

Arrangements for students with Specific Learning Difficulties are on an individual basis, in conjunction with the Disability Resource Centre. Discuss your needs with your Tutor. Special arrangements for the taking of examinations can be made in conjunction with the provisions of the University.

Planned Access Improvements

Card access security system replaces key-locked doors, including room keys in new accommodation.

Other Useful Information

Please do discuss any disability or problem with the Disability Liaison Officers, as the College is willing and able to adapt and help as necessary.

The information on this page is the responsibility of St Edmund's College. The DRC updates information as it is received from the college. This page was last updated on 8th May 2017. To ensure the information contained here is current, please check with St Edmund's College.