The Institute of Advanced Study is situated on Palace Green, a World Heritage Site at the heart of Durham City, in a Grade I listed building called Cosin's Hall. Having undergone a complete refurbishment, Cosin's Hall opened its doors to welcome the Institute's first cohort of inaugural fellows in January 2007.
A number of the single occupancy offices overlook the magnificent Norman castle, and to the left are views of Durham Cathedral. IAS Fellows enjoy the peace and tranquility of this beautiful area, broken only occasionally with the sound of the Cathedral bells, and within Cosin's Hall they have their own personal office space and full access to communal areas such as the fellows’ lounge and kitchen. Cosin's Hall hosts certain IAS events, although large lecture based events are accommodated in colleges and other University venues.
Durham is a collegiate University with sixteen colleges in total. The majority of IAS Fellows are accommodated in one of these colleges for the duration of their Fellowship. Fellows are warmly welcomed into a college community that will very much become their home for three-months. Fellows are provided with an en-suite room or flat, which include some self-catering facilities. During term time Fellows are invited to dine in college for their breakfast and evening meals, giving them the opportunity to meet and engage with academics, students and other visiting fellows based at their college. Fellows are invited to become a member of their college’s Senior Common Room and encouraged to participate in a wide variety of college activities, including Formal Dinners. Fellows are often offered the opportunity to give a talk to the college SCR and other invited guests about thier research, and in some instances it will be the Fellow's college that will host their public lecture.
For further information about the colleges offering hospitality to IAS fellows please follow the links below:
- Collingwood College
- Grey College
- Hatfield College
- St Chad's College
- St Cuthbert's Society
- St John’s College
- St Mary’s College
- University College
- Van Mildert College
The Directors of the IAS, in liaison with the colleges, will decide which college will host which fellow. Most Colleges are able to offer accommodation to a Fellows' spouse or partner but not all can accommodate children. No pets are allowed.