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Visitor accessibility

Information for visitors with disabilities or other accessibility requirements. Disabilities can include visual, hearing, mental, cognitive, and learning, as well as medical or physical impairments.

Accessible public transport and parking 

Public transport

Nearby stations with step-free access include Euston Square, King’s Cross St Pancras, and Tottenham Court Road. 

Nearby bus stops include Russell Square, Tavistock Square, and Goodge Street Station.

Street parking 

Street parking is managed by Camden Council, one of the four central London boroughs in which the "blue badge scheme" does not apply fully. Unless your blue badge was issued by Camden Council, you are restricted to using designated "blue badge parking bays".

There is a blue badge parking bay, which can accommodate three cars, outside 20 Bedford Way.


Access to the building

There are two accessible entrances to our main building on 20 Bedford Way; one on the east side and the other on the west side.

East side - via Bedford Way

  • If you approach from street level at 20 Bedford Way, you can enter the building via a lift to the main reception area.
  • The accessible entrance is to your right, when facing the flight of stairs to the main revolving door.
  • Please use the intercom to call a member of staff at reception. They will help you operate the lift and get into the building safely.
  • A non-accessible entrance to your left, when facing the flight of stairs to the main door, is open from 7am-7pm. If you enter through these doors, watch out for the steps directly inside. There are six steps in total.

Google Street View of main entrance and accessible entrance

West side - via Woburn Square

  • If you approach from the pedestrian walkway between Woburn Square and Russell Square, you can enter the building via a step-free entry to our main reception area. 
  • When approaching from the walkway you will see our building on the left (opposite the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS) building).
  • The accessible entrance, which opens with a push button, is across the concourse, to the right of the revolving door.  

Google Street View of pedestrian walkway and entrance


Exiting the building in an emergency

All areas of levels four to nine of the building are accessible and feature horizontal means of escape and adapted facilities.

In the case of an emergency, levels one and three can be exited via the fire evacuation lifts in Core A. A reception staff member or a trained personnel will need to operate the lift to assist the mobility impaired person.  

  • If you are on level three, the horizontal exit is to the north in core C.
  • If you are on levels four to eight, horizontal exits are to both north (core C) and south (core A)
  • If you are on level nine, the horizontal exit is to the south in core A.

Students, staff, and visitors with disabilities or sensory issues are advised to submit a risk assessment-based PEEP (Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan) to ensure that any specific issues are addressed.

If you have not been in contact with a member of staff prior to visiting or attending an event, notify a staff member at the front desk when you arrive to submit your PEEP and raise any additional requirements or questions you may have.


Inside the main building

  • Guide dogs are welcome.
  • Wheelchair accessible toilets can be found on levels two (wing), three (library), four (wing), five (wing and core B), seven (core B) and nine (core B).
  • There are no hearing loop facilities available, but let us know if you need assistance planning or reserving seats in advance of an event. 

Events 

We aim to make our events as inclusive as possible. If you have any accessibility requirements or enquiries that are not covered in the access profile, please contact the Events and Marketing team at ioe.marketing@ucl.ac.uk