Computer Laboratory

Maps and directions

William Gates Building

We are located on the University's West Cambridge site, 2.8 km west of the city centre, off Madingley Road. Our address is:

Computer Laboratory
William Gates Building
15 JJ Thomson Avenue
Cambridge CB3 0FD

Surrounding area

William Gates Building


Layout and room numbering

William Gates Building Zones

Room numbers are of the form XY00
X is the floor: G (Ground), F (First), S (Second)
Y is the zone: N (North), S (South), E (East), W (West), C (Centre)
00 is the room number, numbers increase from North to South or from West to East

Large scale diagram (PDF file)

The Street

The Street

The Street is the name given to the corridor which runs the length of the William Gates Building, and is the first corridor you access when you walk through the main entrance.

It is open access to the public, and where you will find Reception, the Café, the student hang-out area and have access to the Lecture Theatres on the Ground and 1st floors.

You can also access the courtyards from The Street.

For information about the building and access, visit the Access and security page.

Floor plans

The floor plans are large – the PDF versions are scaled down and will print on A4 paper.

For an interactive building map with furniture, try openroommap.

Directions

Information on getting to the Computer Laboratory by:

By Car

Please look at the PDF map and directions for getting to the William Gates Building by car.

On foot or by bicycle

The William Gates Building is 2 km (1.3 miles) west of the City Centre, along Madingley Road, towards the American Cemetery.

For a map of directions from the City Centre you can view the Googlemap Cycle and footpath route from City Centre to JJ Thomson Avenue.

From the City Centre:

  • Go west on Garret Hostel Lane
  • Cross Queen's Road into Burrell's Walk (past the University Library)
  • Cross Grange Road into Adams Road
  • Continue at the top onto the Coton cyclepath
  • Turn right into Clerk Maxwell Road
  • Turn left beside the Centre for Applied Photonics and Electronics to the William Gates Building.

The official university map should help you to trace this route. A map of the area surrounding the William Gates Building shows the final part of this route.

Tip: For routes from anywhere in Cambridge, consult the Cambridge Cycling Campaign online journey planner.

By local bus

There are two regular bus services from the City Centre to the William Gates Building, and a third to the nearby Park and Ride Site, 10 minutes' walk away:

  • Universal Bus
    The Universal Bus operated by Whippet runs between the Madingley Road Park and Ride Site, railway station and Addenbrooke's Hospital via the West Cambridge Site and the City Centre. The route map can be found here. The Service will operate a 15 minute frequency Mon to Fri and a new 20 minute service on Saturdays between Madingley Park and Ride and the railway station.
    The Universal Bus stops are on the West Cambridge Site itself. In the City Centre they stop on Silver Street (on the west side of Silver Street Bridge) and Trumpington Street (near the Fitzwilliam Museum, and near Pembroke Street). Discounts will apply for University card holders, just show the driver your card and pay just £1.00 per journey. Non University card holders also get a reduced journey price of just £2.00 per journey.
  • Citi 4 Bus
    The Citi 4 bus operates from Cambridge Drummer Street (Stop D3) with a stop outside the Veterinary School on the West Cambridge Site. For Citi bus timetable details, visit the Stagecoach website.
  • Madingley Road Park and Ride
    This Park and Ride service runs every 10 minutes between Newmarket Road and Madingley Road, via the City Centre.
    Make sure that you catch the bus travelling in the right direction, to Madingley Road. If in doubt, ask the bus driver.
    The bus stop in the City Centre is Stop D2 in Drummer Street.
    The bus terminates at the Madingley Road Park and Ride Site which is approximately 10 minutes' walk from the William Gates Building.
    For further route and timetable information, visit the County Council website.

For more information about all three bus services, see the links from the Bus Services page maintained by the Estate Management and Building Service.

By coach

All national bus services currently stop in Parkside, by Parker's Piece. From here you will need either to take a taxi or walk to Drummer Street and catch a Citi 4 local bus from Bay D3.

Tip: If your bus (e.g., the X5 from Oxford, or coach from Stansted or Heathrow airport) stops at the Madingley Road Park and Ride Site, which is only 800 m west of the Computer Laboratory, then getting off there is far faster and more convenient than going to the City Centre followed by the 3 km back out.

By train

Cambridge train station is located one mile south-east of the City Centre.

There is a frequent train service between Cambridge and London:

  • London King's Cross station (45 - 60 minutes journey)
  • London Liverpool Street station (60 - 90 minutes journey).

The fast trains leave roughly every half hour between 6.00 am and midnight. For more information, visit the National Rail Enquiries website.

Getting from the railway station to the Computer Laboratory

The Universal Bus operates a direct link from the railway station to the West Cambridge Site.

By plane

The nearest and most convenient airport is London Stansted (STN), followed by London Luton (LTN), London City (LCY), and London Heathrow (LHR).

From Stansted Airport

  • By coach: Coaches run fairly regularly from Stansted to Cambridge. Visit the National Express website for details.
    The journey is approximately 60 minutes and you arrive at Parkside, by Parker's Piece. From here you will need either to take a taxi or walk to Drummer Street and catch a Citi 4 local bus from Bay D3.
  • By train (see National Rail Enquiries for more information):
    Trains run hourly between Stansted and Cambridge with a journey time of about 40 minutes.
    Enquire about buses or trains at the airport.

See instructions elsewhere on this page for getting to the Computer Laboratory from Cambridge station by taxi or bus.

From Luton Airport

For information on how to get to and from Luton Airport by train, road or coach, visit the To and from the airport pages of the Luton Airport website.

From London City Airport

For information on how to get to and from London City Airport by train, road or coach, visit the Getting to and from the airport pages of the London City Airport website.

From Heathrow Airport

  • By coach:
    There is a fairly frequent coach to Cambridge which leaves from Heathrow Central Bus Station; some coaches also call at Terminals 4 and 5. Enquire at the airport for stops and bus times, or check the National Express website.
    The journey is a little over two hours and you arrive at Parkside, by Parker's Piece. From here you will need either to take a taxi or walk to Drummer Street and catch a Citi 4 local bus from Bay D3.
  • By train (see National Rail Enquiries for more information):
    Either:
    • Take the Underground (Piccadilly Line) to King's Cross station (about 45 minutes) and take a train to Cambridge station.
      OR:
    • Take the Heathrow Express to Paddington (15 minutes) and then the Underground (Circle Line or Hammersmith & City Line) to King's Cross (another 15 minutes), and take a train to Cambridge station.

See instructions elsewhere on this page for getting to the Computer Laboratory from Cambridge station by taxi or bus.

From Gatwick Airport

  • By coach: You are advised to go by train, as coaches between Gatwick and Cambridge can take up to 4 hours.
  • By train (see National Rail Enquiries for more information):
    Take the train from Gatwick to London St Pancras (formerly the Thameslink service, but now operated by First Capital Connect) and take a direct train from King's Cross to Cambridge (St Pancras and King's Cross stations are adjacent).
    Alternatively, you can take the Gatwick Express train to London Victoria station and take the Victoria Underground line to King's Cross station for a direct train to Cambridge.

See instructions elsewhere on this page for getting to the Computer Laboratory from Cambridge station by taxi or bus.

Tip: Coming from north-western Europe, the Eurostar service to London St Pancras International followed by a train from King's Cross, which is adjacent, is often more convenient than flying.

More travel information

The nearby (1 km away) Isaac Newton Institute provides even more detailed travel information about getting to West Cambridge.