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Durham University

Josephine Butler

Josephine Butler College at Ushaw

Ushaw College is a beautiful, historic building set in 30 acres of gardens 5 miles out of the Durham city centre. Built in 1808 and first founded as the Catholic Seminary for the North of England, Ushaw College has a long tradition of teaching and learning. As far back as 1890, courses here were affiliated to Durham University. Today, continuing its rich history of education, the College is home to Durham University Theology and Ministry students, as well as Durham Business School's executive course delegates. With state-of-the-art teaching facilities and en-suite rooms, Ushaw College blends the ancient with the modern to create a unique and truly memorable learning experience.

For the academic year 2014/15 Josephine Butler College will accommodate 48 postgraduate students at Ushaw College. The accommodation is organised into flats with a large shared kitchen. There are 12 twin rooms.

Accommodation is available on a fifty week let basis from the start of the academic year at a charge of £4750. PGCE accommodation is available at a charge of £4300

Please note that the College closes during the Christmas holidays, usually from around 22 December to 2 January. Students are required to vacate their bedrooms though accommodation is available at an alternative College in Durham.

Each study bedroom has:

  • Desk and desk chair
  • Desk lamp
  • Bed
  • Wardrobe


As well as having use of all the fantastic facilities a short distance away at Josephine Butler College in Durham City, Ushaw College boasts the following facilities:

Everyday life:

  • Spacious, modern bedrooms* with en-suite and internet access in every room organised into flats with shared kitchen / living areas
  • A number of double rooms available
  • 2 laundry rooms with washing machine and drier
  • Car parking at Ushaw (students are permitted to park in Durham Howlands car park only)
  • Service bus (U1 bus service - Number 43 and 48)
  • Mini-bus

Social spaces:

  • Large dining hall used for formal dinners at least once a term
  • 3 Common rooms/TV lounge
  • Landscaped grounds with good accessibility

Sports and Fitness facilities:

  • Extensive grounds in open country side

History of Ushaw College Buildings

The Bounds Wall with Ball Courts at St Cuthbert's College, Ushaw is listed at Grade II. Historic interest: as the Roman Catholic Seminary for the north of England, the college had a distinct identity partly derived from its lineage back to the English College of Douai. This was expressed particularly in the ball games which formed a significant elements of college identity; * Architectural interest: as buildings designed for the purposes of sport, these are very unusual in being designed by a leading architect of the day, Joseph Hansom; * Group value: the bounds wall and ball courts have a strong visual and functional relationship with the adjacent listed college buildings.

The College had a strong tradition of distinctive ball games including handball, and "Cat", an ancient game thought to have been adopted at the English College in Douai.

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