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Disability Resource Centre


Contact Details

Barton Road,
Cambridge, CB3 9BB
01223 335 900

Access Issues

Ms Raashree Dhanaraj
01223 335905

Location, Services and Transport

Barton Road, in Newnham, with rear entrance from Selwyn Gardens off Grange Road. A 20 minute walk to the city centre. 10 minutes to Sidgwick Site and University Library via Selwyn Gardens. 30 minutes to Downing Site and New Museums Site.


Barton Road is busy with traffic in both directions. Pavements and cycle paths are wide and smooth. 20 mph speed restrictions are in place along Grange Road.

Services and shops

Several small shops and a pub on Newnham Corner, and a small Co-Op store at the end of Barton Road.


Car park on site. Disabled students and staff can obtain parking permits on medical grounds. Visitors please arrange with the Porters before parking.

Other transport options

U bus stops on West Road and Grange Road, a 5 minute walk from College. The number 18 bus service also stops on Barton Road outside College.

General Information

1800 mature undergraduates and 330 postgraduates. For men and women aged 21 and over. Modern, cosmopolitan college, welcoming and supportive towards families and international students. Access around the College is generally very good, although the lack of signage may cause a problem for visitors and new students. Please ask if you need any help to familiarise yourself with the College.


Wolfson College is a no smoking site, with the exception of the designated external smokine areas.

Medical facilities

College nurse available and first aiders are contactable via the Porters' lodge. See the section on ‘Mental Health Issues’ below regarding Peer Support system.

Emergency procedures

If you have any requirement regarding any emergency procedure, such as evacuation, please inform us via the contact details above.

Accommodation and Catering

Wheelchair-accessible rooms

Two specifically designed wheelchair-accessible rooms, one en suite and with an adjacent room for an assistant. Four other rooms near an accessible toilet can be utilised, if needed.

Other rooms

Most rooms are en suite, particularly in the newer blocks. Many are ground floor or accessible by a lift.

Live-in assistants and assistance dogs

A live-in assistant would be possible in the accessible accommodation. Assistance dogs can be accommodated, but please discuss well in advance.

Early induction and vacation stays

Flexible accommodation, with preiod or termly license contracts. Early induction possible on arrangement.

Catering arrangements

Cafeteria serves three meals daily. Kitchens all in residential blocks and houses. No catering charge. Self-catering is possible.

Special diets

Please speak to the catering team regarding special diets. Information regarding allergens is available.

Physical Access

College grounds in general

The main entrance is from Barton Road. The rear entrance is from Selwyn Gardens, via  Grange Road. College grounds are all level and accessible, with no outside steps or stairs. Paving is level and smooth. College buildings are spread around the site.

College buildings in general

All public areas are accessible for wheelchair users. Bredon House and the Main Building can be accessed via ramped side entrance. There are lifts in the Main Building, the Library, R Block and the Chancellor's centre.


The Bar is situation in the Main Building on the ground floor and can be accessed via a ramped side entrance. The Bar is spacious and flat-floored, with moveable furniture. The Bar as a high counter.


The cafeteria servery is next to the Dining Hall on first floor of the Main Building. The servery is fully accessible. It has a one-way system and cashless card payment. Staff will help, if required.


No chapel.

College offices

Accommodation and fees office are on the ground floor. The Tutorial Office is on the first floor of Bredon House, accessible by lift but through one awkward door. Staff will meet elsewhere on request.

Common rooms

Large club room  is located on the ground floor of the Main building, which is level and accessible, with moveable furniture.

Computer facilities

Ground floor of library building. Level, spacious and carpeted, with moveable chairs. Wireless internet in library, club room and seminar room. WiFi will be available in all bedrooms by October 2017.

Dining hall

First floor of the Main Building. Access by lift, through two wide single doors. Spacious, with long dining tables and moveable chairs.

Fellows' areas

No separate Fellows' common room or high table.


Gardens are all within the grounds, with level paths and lawns, and there are several benches.


The two main laundry rooms have a small step leading into and are situated at the back of the site. Arrangements to an alternative laundry can be made, if necessary.


First floor of a building. The lift requires proximity card to operate. Level, spacious and carpeted, with plenty of workspace and space between shelves.

Porters' Lodge and post room

Ground floor of the Main Building, up three steps at front entrance or via ramped side entrance. No bell for assistance. The Duty Porter can be contacted by telephone throughout the night. Mail boxes nearby, all accessible.

Sport facilities

there is a small ground floor gym, which is level and accessible. There is a tennis court. No sports fields.


There are accessible toilets on located first floor of the Main Building near the Dining hall, in the Library, in the Lee Seng Tee Hall, on every floor of the Chancellor's Centre and in accommodation blocks A, R, S and T.


  • Lee Seng Tee Hall, used for exhibitions, large meetings, plays and concerts. Level access, smooth and spacious inside, with stackable chairs. The stage accessible on arrangement. Accessible toilet inside.
  • The Chancellor's Centre is an accommodation/conference block for short term visitors. Carpeted and spacious, with a large lift to all floors, and accessible toilets on each level. There are two large  and four small seminar/teaching rooms, which are all accessible.
  • There are computer and study rooms on the ground floor of the Library, which is carpeted and spacious, with proximity card entry.
  • Seminar room in the Jack King Building, has a level entrance through two double doors, flat and spacious inside.

Visual Impairments

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs welcome.

Computer facilities

Special hardware or software for visually impaired users could be acquired, by arrangement.

Large print, Braille and audio

Large print letters and information are available on request. Touch readable buttons in lifts, and audio information in the Chancellor's Centre and Main Building lifts.

Library and magnification equipment

Good lighting, with extra lights on work desks and bright black-on-yellow signs. No special facilities for text enlargement. Please ask the Librarian or the IT Department for ongoing lift access in the Library.

Signs and wayfinding

There is signage to the Porters' Lodge. Assistance will be given by the Poerters to all areas of the College.


  • External steps have no markings or handrails.
  • Buildings and external areas are lit at night.
  • Large windows and good lighting in bar and Library.

Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

Induction loops are available in the Lee Seng Tee Hall and Dining Hall.


Visual or sensory alarms could be acquired if needed.


  • Some traffic noise from Barton Road at peak times, but generally the site is quiet and peaceful.
  • Most public areas, including the Library, are carpeted and softly furnished.

Specific Learning Difficulties and Mental Health Issues

Arrangements regarding Specific Learning Difficulties are on an individual basis, in conjunction with the Disability Resource Centre. Peer Support system in operation, whereby trained student counsellors are available to discuss personal problems or issues of mental health.

Planned Access Improvements

The information on this page is the responsibility of Wolfson College. The DRC updates information as it is received from the College. This page was last updated on 21st April 2017. To ensure the information contained here is current, please check with Wolfson College.