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Durham University

Josephine Butler

Accommodation and Catering

Postgraduate Accommodation

All accommodation is based at Josephine Butler College at the Howlands Site. All of our rooms and single, en-suite, and offered on a self-catering only basis.

Total PG rooms % Standard % En- suite % Single gender % Shared
Josephine Butler College (Durham) 52 0% 100% 0% 0%

About one third of our postgraduates live in college at any one time. We are a mixed College of postgraduates and undergraduates. Postgraduate students all live together in a dedicated postgraduate block. Accommodation is organised into flats made up of six rooms and a large shared kitchen. All of our rooms are single en-suite. A typical bedroom is approximately 4.60 metres by 2.60 metres (including the en-suite pod). There are a number of larger rooms designed for students with disabilities - please make sure the Vice-Principal is aware of any special needs you may have which could affect your allocation of room (e.g. wheelchair user) when applying for accommodation.

Each study bedroom has:

  • Bed
  • Wardrobe
  • Drawer Unit
  • Wifi Internet
  • Television Aerial Socket(*)
  • Desk and desk chair
  • Desk lamp

All bedrooms can access the University WiFi.

A typical bedroom is about 4.60 metres by 2.60 metres (including the en-suite pod). There are a number of larger rooms designed for students with disabilities - please make sure the Vice-Principal is aware of any special needs you may have which could affect your allocation of room (e.g. wheelchair user).

Other measurements you may want to know are:

Bed to Desk – 118cm

Bed to Pod – 75cm

Shelves – 71cm wide

Wardrobe to Door – 200cm

(*) Note - if you have a television in your room, you will need a separate TV licence for it, or use televisions available in the common room lounge or bar. More information is available at (tvlicensing.co.uk/studentinfo).

Applying for Accommodation

Please note that if you have applied for College accommodation at Butler through the College Postgraduate Office, notification of your accommodation request is not provided until June. If you have paid your accommodation deposit before the 1 June guarantee deadline, then you are guaranteed an offer of a room in university-maintained accommodation. This means that if you are not offered a room at Butler, you will be offered a place at another college in June. If this happens, you can transfer membership to this college, or you can retain membership of Butler and live in private accommodation. For more information about the accommodation process, please visit https://www.dur.ac.uk/collegiate.office/pgcollegeallocations/

Catering

Because all of our rooms are self-catered, we have made sure that you are equipped with a large, modern kitchen with everything that you need. Our kitchens feature the following facilities:

  • Cooker, Fridge and Freezer
  • Kettle, Toaster and Microwave
  • Iron, Ironing Board and Vacuum
  • Individual (lockable) storage areas
  • Table and Chairs
  • Comfortable Seating
  • Television Point

Groceries and Meals

Supermarket deliveries can be made to the College. In the city centre (easily accessible via the Park and Ride bus directly outside the College) you will find a Tesco Metro which provides amply for the needs of the vast majority of students, as well as many smaller shops and the indoor market which provides discounts to students. Alternatively, there are several bigger supermarkets on the outskirts of the city (including Sainsbury's and Tesco Extra) which can be reached by bus.

College Coffee Shop and Bar

Although we are a self-catered college, if you don't want to cook, a wide variety of meals at reasonable prices can be purchased from our bar kitchen, including burgers, pizza, curry and pasta. During the daytime, the college coffee shop can satisfy your hunger with a range of sandwiches, light bites and sweet treats, and is a great place to work in an informal atmosphere.

Formal Dining

Formal dinners are an integral part of the social calendar here at Josephine Butler and we have several a term, with themes ranging from murder mysteries and Harry Potter to Burns night and Valentine's day. They provide an opportunity for the whole of College to come together, and are fantastic evenings of wining, dining and entertainment, which can be fully formal (e.g. gowns, lounge suits and dresses), fancy dress or black tie. Our formals are some of the most popular in the University, and with good reason, as you will come to see!

Scholars' Suppers

We hold regular, free informal meals for our postgraduate students - Scholars Suppers - in which we invite current postgraduates to talk about their research to a lay audience E.G. 'How the Econcomy Works According to a Physicist', 'Fun with Lasers, Chemicals and Spirals' and 'Sound, Space and Social Life: Street Music in China'. This gives the postgraduate community a chance to share the fellowship of the table, get to know each other and some College Mentors, as well as discuss the topic in an informal, academic setting.