Balliol welcomes all students with a disability (undergraduate and graduate). You are warmly encouraged to visit or contact us to discuss how we can plan to support you, in collaboration with the University’s Disability Advisory Service.

Accessibility and accommodation

The College is working to improve access and this page contains details of what we are currently able to offer. There is also an Oxford University-wide Access Guide.

Room with disabled access at Broad Street main site (photo: Rob Judges)The College owns several rooms that are specially adapted for disabled students, with disabled showers. There is one on the main site, one in the Graduate Centre at Holywell Manor, and three in our newest buildings at Jowett Walk.

Access to the three Balliol sites is as follows:

Broad Street (main site): Wheelchair access is via the metal gates off Magdalen Street East; please make the Lodge aware so that the Porter can operate the automatic gates. The Chapel and Front Quad can then be accessed via the Fellows’ Garden and the Chapel Passage. There is accessible teaching space on the main site and access to the Hall via a lift. It is also possible to arrange car parking. For other details of disabled access, please see this map showing wheelchair access at Broad Street.

Holywell Manor: Access is limited. It can be accessed from Manor Place, linking through the Garden and into the South Wing corridor for access to the specially designed room and shower. A ramp enables access to the Cockpit and Music Room. Here is a map of wheelchair access to the public rooms at Holywell Manor.

Jowett Walk: There are two lifts, one from the entrance to the ground floor and from there another lift to the Pilch Studio.


There are many ways in which we can help users with disabilities to get the most out of the Library. For more information see this page.


There is an audio loop system in the Chapel. Access to the Chapel is via portable ramp: if you require access to it, please contact the Lodge (telephone 01865 277777).

Lecture Room XXIII

Lecture Room 23 on the Broad Street main site has a lift, full wheelchair access throughout and an adapted toilet. It also has an audio induction/ hearing loop.

Arrangements for examinations

If students need practical help with, or extra time for, examinations because of a disability (for example, if it would be impossible for a student to sit examinations in the Examination Schools, or if a candidate needed to use a computer), the Undergraduate/Graduate Administrator (as appropriate) can seek permission for, and organise, the required special provision.

Further information

The Disability Officers at Balliol are:

Current students can also contact the JCR Disabled Students’ Officer or the MCR Disabilities Officer with any concerns relating to disability. The Wellbeing and Welfare page lists people in College to contact if you need help or advice. See also: