Support for Students with Disabilities

The College and University are committed to providing appropriate support for students with disabilities. Disabilities, seen and unseen, should not prevent anyone from fulfilling their academic potential.


Support for Disabled Students

Wolfson College and the University of Cambridge welcome applications from disabled students, those with a specific learning difficulty, long-term health condition or mental health condition.   As of January 2018 more than 14% of  Cambridge students had disclosed a disability.  

The Disability Resource Centre (DRC) offers guidance, information and support to prospective students, applicants and current students with any impairment/disability or health condition, including those with:

  • specific learning difficulties (including dyslexia and dyspraxia)
  • physical/mobility impairments (including people with upper limb disorder/WRULD)
  • sensory impairments (eg hearing, visual)
  • mental health conditions (eg depression, anxiety disorder)
  • long-term health conditions (eg cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, HIV, diabetes, epilepsy)
  • Asperger syndrome, autism and ADHD

The College and the University have a legal obligation to make reasonable adjustments for disabled students diagnosed with any of the above, and we're keen to ensure these can be put in place to support you when applying to and studying at Cambridge. Therefore, we encourage disabled applicants to get in touch with the DRC and the College as soon as possible to discuss any requirements, whether you are a prospective student, an applicant, an offer holder or a current student.

The Disability Resource Centre (DRC) is the first port of call for any students with questions about disability-related academic support.  The DRC provides advice,  assessment and support for prospective and current students with disabilities. They can also help with providing resources, equipment and funding support.

Within the College, support for students with disabilities is managed by the Tutorial Office Manager, Ms Rajashree Dhanaraj, who serves as the College's Disability Liaison Officer for students.

Current students with concerns or questions about support for students with disabilities may also contact the Welfare Officer and/or  Disabilities Rep of the Wolfson College Students' Association' (WCSA).

The Cambridge University Students Union (CUSU) offers representation and support for disabled students.

Financial Support

Funds are available for Home (UK) students who have disabilities through the Government-financed Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs).  The DRC also manages a fund to provide assistance to international students with disabilities. Further information about funding is available from the DRC website.


Wolfson College has a main entrance on Barton Road and a rear entrance from Selwyn Gardens. There is one Porters' Lodge at the front of the College, which has level access. Wolfson College accommodation is all on the main College site.

The Dining Hall and College Offices are on the first floor and there is a lift giving access.

Wolfson College Library: for information about access, workspaces and borrowing at the Library, please visit our Support for disabled users page.  

For more information about our accommodation, see our Guide to Accommodation.

The college car park is just inside the Barton Road entrance.

There is a bus stop directly outside the main gate on Barton Road; bus number 18 stops there. The Cambridge Unibus 4/Citibus four route, which links the West Cambridge site right through to Addenbrooke's Hospital is within .6 mile. Online delivery is available from major supermarket chains.

Distances to Local Amenities

Nearest GP surgery Newnham Walk Surgery .7 miles
Nearest ATM Newnham Road Shell Station .7 miles
Nearest shops Co-op convenience store & Derby Store  Grantchester Street .4 miles
Nearest chemist Eltisley Avenue .6 mile
City centre 1.3 miles

Distance to Main Academic Sites

Sidgewick site .5 mile
West Cambridge site 2 miles
Downing/New Museums site 1.5 miles
Department of Chemistry 1.2 miles
Department of Engineering .9 mile
Judge Business School 1 mile
Mill Lane/Silver Street .9 mile
Addenbrooke's Hospital 3 miles
University Library .8 mile