Oxford Martin School

Formerly Old Indian Institute

exterior of building

All of the building is accessible, apart from the third floor 'attic' level. 



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The school itself has no parking spaces, so the nearest parking is in Broad Street.  Blue Badge holders can used the marked bays provided, and all other spaces are Pay and Display. 

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Oxford city centre blue badge parking map (725kb)



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 The main entrance to the building is a pair of powered double glass doors.  Reception can be contacted using the intercom on the right hand side.  If you require level access, please tell them when they open the door.  A set of steps leads to reception, which is through another glass door.  This door is manual, but is usually left open for ease of access.   Visitors who need level access can use the ‘sesame lift’ to reach reception level.  This is staff operated, and cunningly hidden behind the main steps!

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The main building lift is on the left hand side of the reception desk, and cannot go any higher than the second floor.  It has strong lighting, a mirrored back wall, and a voice which tells you about floors and doors.

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Accessible toilets

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There are two accessible toilets in the building, one on the ground floor and one on the first floor.  To reach the ground floor toilet, take the door on the right hand side in front of reception, and go all the way to the end of the main corridor.  The toilet block is located through the last door in the left hand side, and the accessible toilet will be straight ahead of you as you enter.  Please be aware that the door to the toilet block is quite heavy.

To get to the accessible toilet on the first floor, exit the lift and turn right to enter the café area. Go past the counter to the door in the back wall which leads to a small foyer area.  The door to the toilet lobby will be straight ahead of you.  Go through this, and the accessible toilet is once again straight ahead.   There are three doors on this route, and some users might find them a little heavy.

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Standard toilets

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There are blocks of standard toilets on the basement, ground and first floors.  These are located alongside the accessible toilets on the ground and first floor.  There is an extra block of standard toilets right at the end of the main ground floor corridor, and the standard toilets in the basement are off the main lobby.  Descend the main stairs and turn right.  The toilet block will then be on your left.

All toilets are suitable for all genders.

hearing loop

Hearing support system

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There is a fixed hearing loop in the main lecture theatre, and an infra-red system in Seminar Room 1.  It would be helpful if those needing to use the seminar room system could contact the events team in advance on (01865)287440 or events@oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk.

opening hours

Opening hours

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Term time

Weeks 1-9:
Mon-Fri 8.00-19.00
Sat Closed
Sun Closed

Vacation time

Mon-Fri 8.00-18.00
Sat Closed
Sun Closed


Christmas break.
Good Friday to Easter Monday.
August Bank Holiday long weekend.


Inaccessible areas

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The third floor is inaccessible to those requiring level access, as it is up a narrow spiral staircase.  This floor houses some research offices, but Oxford Martin staff will always allocate office space according to access needs. 

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At a glance

On-site disabled parking spaces 0
Parking nearby (within 200m) Blue Badge
Main entrance Level
Door entry Powered
Direct contact to reception Intercom
Number of floors 5
Accessible toilets 2
Lift to all floors No
Hearing support system Yes