Campus Accessibility

Buildings

Access
University of Alberta buildings in Edmonton have physically accessible ground level entrances with door paddles, elevators, and accessible washrooms. 

Fire Alarms
Visual fire alarms are installed in the hallways and larger classrooms of many buildings, but not all; work continues in this area to ensure that visual alarm systems are installed in all areas of the University, including washrooms.

The University of Alberta is undergoing major construction projects. For more information and to view maps for pedestrian or vehicle access, review the current construction disruptions

Augustana Campus in Camrose does not have a fully accessible campus. Students who need classrooms to be relocated should contact Student Accessibility Services as soon as possible.

Classrooms

Most classrooms at the University of Alberta are physically accessible. Several classrooms have been modified to provide easy and comfortable access for students with mobility disabilities, and reserved seating can be arranged for most classrooms upon request. 

Larger lecture theatres have visual and auditory fire alarm systems. They do not have loop systems compatible with assistive listening amplification systems. Request for special furniture needs can be made through SAS. We can also provide signage to reserve space for students registered with our office. 

If students encounter any difficulties accessing their classrooms, they should contact staff at Student Accessibility Services. Arrangements may be made to address classroom accessibility.

Augustana Campus in Camrose does not have a fully accessible campus. Students who need classrooms to be relocated should contact SAS as soon as possible.

Grounds

It is University of Alberta practice to clear snow or obstructions away from accessible entranceways before all other doors. For information about snow removal or other grounds-related concerns regarding accessibility, contact Facilities Management at 780-492-5224.

Tips for preventing Winter slips can be found here

Ground Level Access Map and DATS Pick-up / Drop-off Zones

This map shows ground level access to university buildings as well as the DATS (Disability Transit System in Edmonton) pick-up / drop-off zones.

Campus Map (PDF)

Emergency Evacuation Procedures for Persons with Disabilities

Please see our Emergency Evacuation Procedures for persons with disabilities. For information about campus safety, visit Protective Services

Events

Major University events such as Convocation, University Open House, and several other public events are held in buildings which are wheelchair accessible and have interpreting services. CART (realtime captioning) services may be provided as well. With proper and advance notice, accessibility arrangements, including but not limited to, interpreting/CART services, can be made for University events; please contact the event organizer to inquire about event accessibility.

Libraries

Library staff provide a wide range of services including orientation sessions, retrieval and photocopying of materials and extended loan periods for students who are blind, partially sighted, or have limited mobility. For more information, please visit Library Services

Parking

Access to proximal or accessible parking may be a reasonable accommodation. SAS Accessibility Advisors can work with students and Parking Services to determine eligibility for accessible parking spaces. Consult with an SAS Accessibility Advisor

North Campus Parking Services contact information can be found here

Augustana Campus Parking Services contact information can be found here

Residences

Residences on North Campus have barrier free rooms in three complexes: HUB, International House and Lister Centre. For further information, contact the Ancillary Services Administration Office by phone at 780-492-4281, fax 780-492-7032, email housing@ualberta.ca, or visit Residence Services.  

For information about residence options at Augustana Campus in Camrose, visit Augustana Campus Residence Services.

Scooters and Wheelchairs

SAS maintains a small fleet of scooters and wheelchairs for students experiencing mobility challenges on campus. They are available for a small fee on a first-come-first-served basis. Students with documentation of permanent disabilities related to mobility may be eligible to have fees waived. Contact SAS reception at 780-492-3381 or by emailing at sasrec@ualberta.ca for further information. 

Telephones

All public telephones have volume control, and some phones are low-mounted to be within easy reach.

There are two public TTY* payphones located on the Edmonton campus. The first is on the main floor of the Students’ Union Building near the south-west entrance and the other one is located on the main floor of the northeast LRT station.

*A TTY is a device with a keyboard used with the phone by deaf and hard of hearing callers, or those with a speech impediment that prevents clear communication over the phone. It has a small screen that displays the text of what is typed and communicated back and forth across the phone lines. Both the receiver and the sender of the phone call must have a TTY. For people who do not have a TTY but wish to call a deaf person who has a TTY, they can call the Message Relay Centre (MRC) at 1-800-855-0511 (for Alberta) and the operator will assist with these calls.