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Centre of Development Studies



Our address is Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT

This is on the Sidgwick Site


On Foot

We can be reached in ten minutes on foot from the centre of town (King's Parade). Nearby landmarks are the University Library and the 'Backs', which are the gardens and parks running along the Cam at the back of the colleges.

By Bus

The Universal Bus runs between Addenbrooke's Hospital and the West Cambridge site, stopping right outside our building. The service runs every 15 minutes from Mondays - Fridays, and every 20 minutes on Saturdays. The bus doesn't go as far as Addenbrookes at the weekends.

For details of the route map and timetable, see the links on the webpage below.

By Train

Trains run regularly to Cambridge from both London King’s Cross and London Liverpool Street. If you are coming from the North, it is advisable to change at Peterborough. West Road is a 10 to 15 minute taxi ride from the railway station.

By Bike

For those wishing to cycle, there is a large covered bike shed alongside the Alison Richard Building, in addition to the numerous bike racks elsewhere on the Sidgwick Site.

Did you know about the wonderful interactive online cycle map from CycleStreets? Find a safer, quieter or quicker route for you to cycle today:

By Car

  • From Junction 12 of the M11
  • Drive for approx 1.5 miles into Cambridge (Barton Road)
  • Turn left into Grange Road
  • Turn 3rd right opposite the Rugby Club (West Road)
  • The Alison Richard Building is located towards the end of West Road, on the right hand side


We do not have dedicated parking for patrons, however, you may find the following helpful:

  • Pay & display parking on West Road: current charge is 20p per 10mins Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; free after 5pm and on Sundays; blue badge holders free.
  • 2 bays for blue badge holders are available on the Sidgwick Site.
  • The nearest unregulated streets are Herschel, Adams and Cranmer Roads.
  • If you are a speaker at a seminar or are visiting by invitation, a parking permit is available on request.