Disability Resource Centre (DRC)

King's College

Contact Details

King's Parade,
Cambridge, CB2 1ST
01223 331 100
01223 331 193

Access Issues

Mr Phillip Isaac, Domus Bursar
01223 761 375
01223 331 315

Location, Services and Transport

City centre. A 10–15 minute walk to Downing Site and New Museums Site. Five minutes to Sidgwick Site and University Library from Garden Hostels.


Traffic is restricted along King's Parade, but it can still be busy with cars and bicycles in both directions. Pavements are uneven, crowded, and often cluttered.

Services and shops

City centre.


Several disabled bays on King's Parade. Small forecourt in front of King's can often be used for quick visits, but check with the porters first (tel. 01223 331 100). Main car park off West Road, near Garden Hostels. Disabled students could obtain a permit.

Other transport options

Uni 4 bus stop in Trumpington Street nearby.

General Information


Approx 424 undergraduates and 232 postgraduates. For men and women. Large, well-known College located directly in the historic city centre. Access is fairly difficult for wheelchair users, as almost all buildings are listed.


Currently no smoking in public buildings. Smoking allowed in some (but not all) private rooms. (Smoking is not permitted in rooms used for conferences, or rooms which have been refurbished since 2010.)

Medical facilities

Nurse holds a weekday surgery during full term, noon–2pm (tel. 01223 331 650).

Emergency procedures

Advise Porters' Lodge if you will need help evacuating in an emergency. Evacuation chairs in some places.

Accommodation and Catering

Wheelchair-accessible rooms

One wheelchair-accessible room with adapted en suite bathroom in New Garden Hostel and a further wheelchair-accessible room with adapted en suite bathroom on the main College site. Market Hostel offers a disabled accessible bathroom which is not en suite.

Other rooms

Many of the more modern accommodation blocks are now en suite and accessible, depending on your needs. New Garden Hostel, Market Hostel, St Edward's Passage Hostel and the Keynes Building may be suitable.

Live-in assistants and assistance dogs

Live-in assistants could possibly be accommodated, and grants may be available to help towards the cost. Assistance dogs have been accommodated in the past.

Early induction and vacation stays

Early induction possible on arrangement. Staying over vacation depends on accommodation, and you may be asked to move rooms.

Catering arrangements

Cafeteria serves three meals daily (brunch and dinner at weekends) in hall. Epos card payment. Formal hall once a week in term time. Kitchen facilities vary greatly according to accommodation — New Garden Hostel, Market Hostel and King's Parade (for graduate students) are the best for self-catering.

Special diets

Most special diets can be accommodated with notice — speak to the catering manager. Information regarding nut allergies is provided.

Physical Access

College grounds in general

Level access to main entrance during day. Gates closed at night, and entry is through key-locked door with high threshold. Bell for assistance. Level back entrance through very heavy key-locked gate. Surfaces mostly paved or gravel, with some cobbles.

College buildings in general

Access to most main buildings awkward. Main Keynes building is up several steps from Front Court, with no handrail. Access via Webb's Court and corridor around ground floor of Keynes accommodation. A powered entrance now available from Webb's Court.


Keynes building. Carpeted, level or sloping inside, and fairly spacious. No low bar counter. Disabled toilet down short ramp. ‘Cellar’ bar in basement, down dark, narrow stairs, with no lift.


Keynes building. Level access from bar or hall. Can get crowded at peak times. Low tills and tray rails. Staff will help as necessary.


Ask at North Gate for the doors to be opened. A few steps inside, covered by steep temporary ramps. Plenty of space for wheelchairs, but arrange in advance if attending a concert or ticketed service.

College offices

Most College offices, including tutorial, development, accounts and catering offices, are up several steps. Staff will meet elsewhere on arrangement.

Common rooms

JCR within bar. MCR up a large flight of stairs, with handrail, but no lift. Low sofas and chairs inside.

Computer facilities

Computer room in basement, down a narrow flight of stairs with no handrail. All individual rooms networked. Computers in library accessed by lift.

Dining hall

Keynes building. Level access from cafeteria or bar. Very large inside, with large well-spaced tables and moveable chairs.

Fellows' areas

Two steps up from Front Court, or ramp via Webb's Court. Disabled toilet reached via another door in Webb's Court.


Fellows' gardens across Queen's Road, through key-locked gate. Mostly level, but gravel paths make it hard going for wheelchairs. Large level grass area. Few benches.


Main laundry in basement, down steep stairs. New Garden Hostel laundry at ground level. Laundry in Spalding Hostel on ground floor.


First and second floors of Webb's Court. Ramp to main door, and small lift up to library. Swipe card access. Some sections up several steps, with no handrail. Toilet down steps, with no handrail. High shelves and cramped workspaces. Staffed office hours.

Porters' Lodge and post room

Porters' Lodge up one step. Post room up several steps, with no handrail. Porters can keep or deliver post for you on arrangement. Lodge manned 24 hours a day.

Sport facilities

Small gym in basement of Webb's court, down steep, slippery ramp and through narrow heavy door. No supervision or alarm. Telephone available.


Disabled toilet in bar, rather awkward due to inward opening door. Disabled toilet in Saltmarsh room and in Webb's Court, near Beves room entrance.


  • Beves meeting/dining room has level access from cafeteria and Keynes corridor, also ramped access via Webb's Court. Spacious inside, with moveable furniture.
  • Saltmarsh rooms up a twisting flight of stairs, with handrail. Access is possible via library lift, but arrange in advance. Disabled toilet inside.
  • Both Gibb's building and A staircase, where most Fellows have their offices, are accessed only via long flights of stairs. No lifts are currently possible, although arrangements could be made to have supervisions and meetings elsewhere.
  • Coffee shop accessed via ramp from bar. Low counter. Small but not cramped, and staff will help carry drinks and food to tables. Moveable chairs and tables, some with armrests. Some low sofas and chairs.

Visual Impairments

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs welcome.

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 on request.

Library and magnification equipment

No special facilities for text enlargement. Lighting in library rather dim, but portable lamps are available on request.

Signs and wayfinding

Very little signposting around College (except to keep off the grass). Staircases are labelled, mostly externally, but you have to look closely. Ask porters for directions.


  • Bar and coffee shop very well lit, with big windows.
  • Strobe lighting is sometimes used in the cellar bar and during King's Events. Ask the organiser in advance if it will bother you.
  • Hall can be very dimly lit, especially for formal dinners.
  • Little lighting in Fellows' gardens, although the paths to New Garden Hostel are dimly lit.

Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

No induction loops currently available.


No sensory fire alarm available.


  • Music in bar often loud, but staff will turn it down on request. Softly furnished, so good acoustics during the day. Cellar bar (when open) controlled by sound monitor.
  • Chapel is very large and echoey. No loop or other sound enhancement system installed. Ask to be seated appropriately if attending a special service.
  • Hall is also large and echoey.
  • Coffee shop is furnished with sofas and dining chairs and can be very noisy at peak times.

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.

The information on this page is the responsibility of King's College. The DRC updates information as it is received from the college. This page was last updated on 8 January 2013. To ensure the information contained here is current, please check with King's College.