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Department of Computer Science and Technology



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

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By cycle

To find the optimal cycling route from anywhere in Cambridge, consult the CycleStreets journey planner. Cycle parking is available in front of the William Gates Building in the covered cycle park

By bus

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

  • Universal Bus
    The Universal Bus runs between Madingley Road P+R, railway station, and Addenbrooke's Hospital via the West Cambridge Site and the City Centre. The route timetable can be found here.
    Ticket prices are £2 for a one-way journey, £3 for a return journey, and £1 for a one-way trip for University card holders who show their card at purchase.
  • 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 P+R service runs between Newmarket Road and Madingley Road via the City Centre (stop D2 in Drummer Street).
    The bus terminates at the Madingley Road P+R 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 park). 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.

From Cambridge train station

Cambridge train station is located one mile south-east of the City Centre. The Universal Bus operates a direct link from the railway station to the West Cambridge Site.