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Darwin Houses

University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NY

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  • Comments View
    • The reception for the Darwin Houses is the main reception in Darwin College.
    • Please see the separate guide for Darwin College for more details.


  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the city.
  • This venue is situated in Canterbury.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Canterbury West.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.


  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details. View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • There is parking available on Darwin Road, outside Darwin College.
    • This is for Pink Zone Permit Holders between 08:00 - 17:00 Monday - Friday, and Blue Badge holders at all times.
    • There are also Blue Badge bays available in the Registry Car Park opposite these (shown in photograph 2).

Outside Access (House 1)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the house, off the central courtyard area.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open away from you (push).
  • The doors are single width.
  • The door(s) is / are light.
  • The door opening is 69cm (2ft 3in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • The bell is 137cm (4ft 6in) high.
    • There are identical doors at the entrances to all other houses.

Level Change (House 1)

  • There is a / are step(s) to access this area / service.
  • The step(s) is / are located in front of the entrance.
  • There is / are 1 step(s) to the area / service.
  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is / are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is / are deep.
  • The steps do not have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • There are identical steps at the entrances to all houses, except Houses 7 and 20, which are accessed by 15+ deep, marked steps with handrails both sides.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • Photographs 1 and 2 show the ground floor shared kitchen in House 1.

Other Floors (House 1)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1-2.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on the left going up.
    • There is a landing.
  • Other View
    • The services / areas on the floors which are not accessible are further rooms and the shared bathrooms.
  • Comments View
    • There are similar stairs in Houses 7, 13, 14, 20 and 26, except the stairs in 7 and 20 do not have landings.
    • All other houses only have 14 steps between the floors.
    • Some houses have the handrail on the right hand side going up.


Additional Info

  • Staff do not receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents can be requested in Braille.
  • Documents can be requested in large print.