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Maps, directions and travel info

Maps and travel information for visiting the Information Services Department (UIS), the UIS Service Desk, and the West Cambridge Videoconferencing suite.

Information Services Department and UIS Service Desk

UIS and the Service Desk are in the Roger Needham Building on the West Cambridge Site. The site is accessed from Madingley Road. The postal address is as follows:

Roger Needham Building 
7 JJ Thomson Avenue 
Cambridge CB3 0RB 

How to get to the Roger Needham Building

By train

Train travellers are advised to take a taxi from the station, or one of the frequent Universal buses to the West Cambridge site.

By Bus

Universal bus route map (click on a stop for departure info) | Universal bus timetable

The Universal bus (Whippet, route U) runs between Addenbrooke's Hospital and Madingley Road Park & Ride. It departs from Stop 8 at Cambridge Station (bus direction: "Madingley Road P&R"). Take the bus out to JJ Thompson Avenue, off Madingley Road, and alight at just after the bus turns into the West Cambridge Site (outside the Whittle Laboratory). Take the first left (still JJ Thompson Avenue), beside the Whittle Laboratory, and the Roger Needham Building is about a minute's walk, on the left as the road bends. The 20 minute bus journey costs £2 (£1 for University Card holders), and departs every 15-20 minutes.

To return to the city centre and rail station by bus, walk out of the Roger Needham Building's main entrance, cross the road and follow the footpath along the side of the William Gates Building (Computer Laboratory); the return bus stop is on the opposite side of JJ Thompson Avenue (bus direction: "Addenbrooke's").

By car

Via M25/M11: Exit at Junction 13. Drive into Cambridge on the Madingley Road (A1303). After approximately half a kilometre turn right into the West Cambridge Site onto JJ Thomson Avenue. After 100m turn left (just past the Whittle Labotratory) and follow the road round to your right. The Roger Needham Building is on the left, just after the first bend in the road.


Visitors can park outside the front door while they sign-in at Reception, and visitor parking is then available at the rear of the building. You will need to collect the access code from Reception in order to exit the car park.

West Cambridge Videoconferencing Suite

Room FW09 Computer Laboratory
15 JJ Thomson Avenue


Last updated: September 2017