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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 looking forward to welcoming our new students 2017/18

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

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.

Butler is expanding! Please bear with us through the minor disruption whilst we modernise our site over the following year.

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.

Image: Matt Ricketts

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 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.

These are available at a 'welcome' special offer price of £10.00 each in a gift bag.

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

College video.

Have a look at our fabulous Butler video.

One world week 2017.

Welcome new students!

(27 September 2017)

The College would like to extend a warm welcome to our new Undegraduates and Postgraduates joining us this week. We hope you thoroughly enjoy your time at Josephine Butler College!

From the 27th of September we will be welcoming Postgraduate students and International Undergraduates to the College, welcoming them through a welcome buffet and PG Formal on Friday. On Sunday 1st October we will welcome 450 Undergraduate students to the College. We hope you thoroughly enjoy your time at Josephine Butler College.

We would like to thank our Head Freshers' Week Reps Jackie Wright and Katy Matthews and International Officer Hannah Coogans who have organised all of the Induction Week activities. We would also like to thank MCR President Steve Bradbury for welcoming our Postgraduate students.

If you need anything throughout the week, please speak to someone in a yellow t-shirt or a member of College staff.

Photography by Huw Thomas & Hannah Vidal-Hall)

“ 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!”
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Contact Details

Josephine Butler College
Durham University
South Road
Reception: 0191 3347260

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