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Disability Resource Centre

Old Music School,
Downing Place,
Cambridge CB2 3EL
01223 335 058

Access Issues

Emma Furuta
01223 335 058

Location, Services and Transport

Downing Place, quiet road off Downing Street opposite Downing Site. It is a five minute walk to the city centre. The pavement outside the building is uneven and difficult, with few dropped kerbs and parked cars. Bicycle racks now available opposite the Centre.


Downing Place itself is fairly quiet, but there can be parked cars due to construction works and events at the church next door. Downing Street is always busy with traffic (in one direction) and bicycles (in both directions).

Services and shops

City centre.


Parking is difficult, but may be possible on the Downing Site or opposite the Language Centre with advance notice. Otherwise, it is best to park in the Lion Yard and walk. With a disabled badge, you can park briefly on the pavement outside to seek advice.

Other transport options

Bus station is three minutes' walk away.

General Information

Language teaching and resource centre open to students and staff of the University and members of the general public (learning resources only). Open 9am-7pm Monday to Friday in term time and 9am-5pm Monday to Friday in the vacation.


No smoking anywhere in the building.

Medical facilities

First aiders are on the nearby Downing Site and one is on-site.

Emergency procedures

No evacuation chairs.

Physical Access


Main entrance has one step up through double doors. Bell for assistance. Level wheel-chair access through side entrance with bell and intercom system. Low counter at reception.

Number of floors

Two floors in total, including ground floor.

Lifts and stairs

There is no lift to the upper level, but teaching can be accommodated on the ground floor on request. Stairs have a handrail.

Seminar/teaching rooms

Two teaching rooms on ground floor, and two on upper floor. All are level and spacious, with moveable furniture.

Resource Centre

John Trim Centre on ground floor. Spacious and carpeted, with moveable chairs. Always staffed when open, and staff keen to help. Two side rooms available on request.

Computer facilities

Many computers in John Trim Centre on ground floor.


Two accessible toilets (one for wheelchair access).

Common rooms

No designated common room.


  • Classes can be moved to ground floor rooms if needed — please ask in advance.

Visual Impairments

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs welcome with prior notification.

Computer facilities

Interactive whiteboards in classrooms. Other software and hardware can be acquired if needed. Staff are willing to help with accessing large fonts on the computers in the John Trim Centre.

Large print, braille and audio

Large print information on prior request. Many audio language learning resources available to use and borrow. Arrangements can be made for loaning materials.

Resources and magnification equipment

Magnifying sheets available. Good lighting. Photocopier available in reception area for text enlargement.

Signs and wayfinding

Good, clear signposting. Staff are available to help.

Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

Mobile induction loop in use. Please inform staff in advance if needed.


  • DVDs available for language learning.
  • Audio books and resources can be heard through individual headphones in the John Trim Centre.
  • Sign language course materials available.
  • Hearing impaired students have been successful at learning languages here in the past.


  • The Disability Liaison Officer can advise on learning strategies in one-to-one appointments and make arrangements in the Centre if needed. Please do come and let us know what you need.
  • Coloured paper available for photocopying.

The information on this page is the responsibility of the Language Centre. The DRC updates information as it is received. This page was last updated on 15 February 2016. To ensure the information contained here is current, please check with the Language Centre.