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Parking, accessibility and accommodation


  • Paid parking: There is an NCP car park at Russell Square, which is five minutes’ walk from Student Central (where you collect your tickets and gown) and Senate House (where your ceremony will be held). 
  • Disabled parking: There is a limited number of disabled parking spaces outside Senate House, which is allocated on the day on a first-come-first-served basis.


  • Student Central and Senate House are accessible to visitors with restricted mobility, including wheelchair users. 
  • The Events Team may contact you before the ceremony, to confirm your requirements and ensure the event will be as accessible as possible to you. 
  • If you and/or your guests have particular seating requirements, please complete the relevant section on the booking form and include information on the following: 
    • if you and/or your guests have restricted mobility 
    • if you and/or your guests have sensory restrictions (hearing and seeing) 
    • if you and/or your guests cannot manage steps 
    • if you and/or your guests require an end-of-row seat. 


  • We have negotiated a special rate at the Montague Hotel for guests of Birkbeck graduates who wish to stay in London overnight. The hotel is a few minutes' walk from Student Central and Senate House. 
  • When booking, please quote code 'Birkbeck, University of London' to obtain the special rate. 

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