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About us

We pride ourselves on being a kind, inclusive community in which everyone, irrespective of background, can achieve their potential,. We ensure there is a strong focus on wellbeing and support both from trained college staff but also from student welfare officers.

Our aim is to ensure you have an outstanding time at Durham. At the heart of College life are sports for every skill level, societies ranging from the serious to pure fun, a focus on the performing arts, including our own theatre company and a range of brilliant events year-round, from balls and gowned formal dinners to relaxed Sunday brunches.
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What's it like being a student at John Snow College?

Here is a snapshot into what our current students have been up to since the beginning of the academic year of 2023/24.  

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Year founded 2001
Motto Per Scientiam et Prudentiam Quaere Summam (To seek the highest through knowledge and wisdom)
Number of students living in the college 492 of 1,503 total students
1st year rooms


Catering options Self-catered
Gowned formal dinners Yes
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Get in touch

If you have any queries please contact us.

John Snow College

The Approach

Mount Oswald




Tel: +44(0) 191 334 0046