Information on the accessibility of campus 

Access statement and access handbooks

The University of York's has a Corporate Level Access Statement and Access Handbooks that have been created for buildings on campus.  

Hearing loops

Approved meeting and teaching rooms on campus

These are rooms with a hearing loop that has been tested and endorsed by members of staff with hearing loss. Additional equipment may also be required where a room layout has been changed from its default. For example, extra microphones, if a seminar room is changed to boardroom style for a meeting.

In addition, the approved rooms, with the exception of K/133, are also wheelchair accessible. 

Approved meeting rooms

Environment Building - ENV/106*

James College - G/N/001*, G/N/002*, G/N/010*, G/N/013* and G/N/020* 

King's Manor - K/G33*+

Law and Management Building - LMB/102B

Market Square Boardroom - MSD/202*

Psychology - PS/B/202 and PS/B/204

Research Centre for Social Sciences (Yorkshire House) - YH/102* and YH/110*+

Vanbrugh College - V/C/026X* and V/N/044

 Approved rooms suitable to seminars and events

Biology - B/T/005 and B/T/019

Chemistry - C/A/102* and C/B/101 

Derwent College - D/L/002,  D/L/006, and D/L/028

Environment Building - ENV/005* and ENV/105X*

Law and Management Building - LMB/002X and  LMB/030 & 031

King's Manor - K/133* (please note that access to this room is via a short flight of steps and is therefore not wheelchair accessible)

Physics and Electronics - P/L/002, P/T/005, P/T/006 and P/X/001

Piazza Building - PZA/016+, PZA/017+, PZA/021+, PZA/022+, PZA/023+, PZA/205+, PZA/206+, PZA/207+, PZA/208+, PZA/209+, PZA/212+, PZA/213+, PZA/221+, PZA/222+, PZA/223(seminar rooms) and PZA/103 (tiered lecture theatre)

Psychology - PS/A/202,  PS/B/020* and PS/C/003*

Ron Cooke Hub - RCH/037 and RCH/248 & 250 (Lakehouse)

Other rooms on campus

In addition the following rooms on campus have been tested and endorsed by members of staff with hearing loss as being suitable for meetings as they have good lighting and acoustics but no hearing loops or microphones.   These are also wheelchair accessible.

Meeting rooms

Derwent College - D/N/130*

Ron Cooke Hub - RCH/102e, RCH/105X and RCH/235 

Seebohm Rowntree Building - ATB/038*

Vanbrugh College C Block - VC/123*

* These rooms can be booked during vacations. 

+ Recommend booking additional Revolabs microphones from the Audio Visual Centre for meetings.

Information about hearing loops on campus is available on the Audio Visual Centre webpages (login required). 

It may also be possible to utilise some teaching spaces on campus for meetings with advice and assistance from the Audio Visual Centre.

Building codes and room numbering

This is a guide to the University Building Codes and room numbering format.

Cash points

There are accessible cash points at the banks in Heslington village and at Vanbrugh College, James College and in Market Square. 


Security staff are on duty 24 hours a day to help in emergencies and provide information. Reception desks are equipped with first aid boxes and porters can arrange appropriate medical help.

Food outlets

Food outlets on campus are signposted clearly and college dining rooms and snack bars are accessible from ground level. Nisa supermarkets in Halifax College and Market Square are also accessible.

The most easily accessible catering facilities are in Vanbrugh College,  Roger Kirk Centre,   Library, Piazza Building and Ron Cooke Hub.

The King's Manor Refectory is on the first floor but accessible by lift. 

If you have any special dietary requirements and/or food allergies please contact the University's Catering Services

IT and online service

IT Services provide information on IT accessibility for staff and any enabling software provided.

Lecture and seminar rooms

You can find information about the facilities available in lecture or seminar rooms, including images showing the room layout (login required). 

Library and Archives

The University library has information for disabled users, while the Borthwick Institute for Archives has information on access to their reading rooms and collections.

Reporting access issues on campus

Access issues on campus can be reported to Estates Services using the online Facilities Helpdesk (login required).

If the issue is urgent you can contact the Facilities Helpdesk by phone on 01904 32 5555 or email

York Sports

York Sports has an Access Guide for its facilities. You can contact them if you have any specific accessibility needs.