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Josephine Butler

 Josephine Butler

OUR MOTTO: "Comme Je Trouve - We take life as we find it, and make of it what we can." 

Welcome to Josephine Butler College - We are now officially 10 years old.

June 2016 to July 2017 is our year of celebration events to mark our 10th Anniversary . Please have a look and see what we have planned.

As Durham's youngest College having opened in 2006, we are free-spirited, flourishing and full of life. We have a vibrant, inclusive community of around 800 students from a variety of backgrounds and encourage all our students to get involved with our pioneering spirit.

Why choose Butler?

  • Inspiration and opportunity: We are always open to new ideas giving you the inspiration and the opportunity to be as innovative as you want to be and make things happen. 
  • Excellent support: Our outstanding college mentor system (rated as excellent by our students) means you have all the support you need to make the most of your time at University.
  • Traditions with a twist: We take pride in keeping up some of the University's oldest traditions, giving them our own unique Josephine Butler twist.

Who are we?

We are named after the 19th Century social reformer, Josephine Butler, who had a profound influence on society's view of women's health and education.

  • Butler is a fully en-suite, self-catering College.

Butler Mascot - the Mole

You can now buy our beautiful luxurious fur Josephine Butler Mole mascot to have and to treasure forever as your reminder of your time at Josephine Butler College. Why not buy it as a gift for a friend or treat yourself to one for your room or if you are graduating ask your Parents for it as a gift.

These are available at the price of £17.50 each in a gift bag.

If you would like to purchase one please contact the JCR office or the College Secretary on or

College video.

Have a look at our fabulous Butler video.


Hello, hello and welcome

We would like to say hello and a very warm welcome all our new intake of students at Butler. We will see you all on Freshers Sunday (2 October). We are so looking forward to having you here and you all new becoming Butlerites 

(30 Sep 2016) » More about Hello, hello and welcome

Goodbye to our presessional students

We are saying goodbye to our pre sessional students we have had with us over the summer. We hope you have all have enjoyed your experience with us and wish you the best of luck in your new Colleges.

Some of you are staying with us and we look forward to getting to know you even better.

We are currently welcoming new Post Graduate students and shortly our International Fresher’s will arrive then all of our Fresher’s on Fresher’s Sunday 2 October which is a such a lovely and very special day for us all and we do look forward to it so much.

(22 Sep 2016) » More about Goodbye to our presessional students

Monday 31 October 2016

Monday 28 November 2016

Friday 9 December 2016

“ Butler is beautiful, shiny and new. It has a good mix of people from all walks of life and you really get a sense that things are there for the taking if you want it as students run most of the day to day activities. Butler is simply wonderful!”
Student Experience Survey

Contact Details

Josephine Butler College
Durham University
South Road
Reception: 0191 3347260