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Welcome to New Undergraduate Students


University student
A warm and enthusiastic welcome to Josephine Butler College. Your journey with us marks an exciting step into a contemporary community committed to your growth and success. As you join Butler, you are embracing an inclusive and supportive environment that values curiosity, friendship, and personal development. Our community of students, staff, alumni, and friends work together to create opportunities for all. Our Junior Common Room (JCR) provides the core of undergraduate student life: a self-organising group embodying the spirit of everything Butler.

Professor Gillian Hampden-Thompson
Principal of Josephine Butler



University student
Welcome to Butler! Our Junior Common Room (JCR) provides a wide variety of opportunities to #GetInvolved, develop your skills and knowledge, and have a fulfilling wider student experience. Our amazing students run our sports, societies, and committees and we highly encourage you to take part. We aim to have something for everyone and, if you think there's something missing, we're here to help you create it! Butler is an incredibly close-knit community despite our size and we hope you grow to love it as much as we all do. If you have any questions, feel free to message us on Instagram @butler.sabbs or email us at We're so glad you're joining us and we'll see you soon

Daniel Stuart (He/Him)
JCR President

College Information

After results day, we will contact and keep new students updated via email. This will be in the form of 'InThurmation'.  The first issue will be sent out on 24 August. If you are not receiving these, please email

You will be given an arrival/registration time and date slot which will be on either Saturday 23 or Sunday 24 September. We ask you to stick to this as closely as possible as we have limited parking spaces.

Find out more

Enrol online

Enrolment opens eight weeks before the start of your programme.
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Transitioning to Higher Education Support and Information

Coming to university to study at any level can feel overwhelming. At Durham we want to help provide the most relevant information and support.
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Your first week in Durham – University Induction Week Events Timetable

The Timetable has been designed so College events don’t clash with any of your academic departmental events, but offer you lots of opportunities to meet your fellow Freshers, find your way around and settle into student life.

To help you keep track of where you need to be, and what you need to do during your first busy days at university, in your College and your Department, we have created a day-by-day University Induction Planner. This should help you to plan your schedule, so you don't miss anything - from being issued with your Campus Card or meeting the staff in your Department, to trying out for a sports team or joining a student society.
Your Personal Induction Planner
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Get in touch

Contact us by phone or email below to find out more about us.

Josephine Butler College

Durham University
South Road

Tel: +44 (0) 191 3347260