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About Us

Ask any Durham student about University life and it's likely they'll mention that one of the best aspects of studying here is our collegiate system. One of Durham's 'Hill Colleges', St Mary's occupies imposing neo-classical buildings with a wonderful view of the city and its Cathedral.

Originally founded in the 19th century, St Mary's retains the traditions of a long-established College in supporting and nurturing academic excellence, whilst also encouraging students to take advantage of the many opportunities available to participate in music, art, drama, sport and community projects. You'll find a wide range of extra-curricular activities to become involved in College life, including University societies.


University student
The College is one big family. Everyone is friendly and welcoming

Student Experience Survey
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A Warm Welcome

Adrian Simpson outside Mary'sSt. Mary’s College embodies the saying that while a degree is the achievement of an individual, an education is the work of the whole community. It is the friendliest of collegiate communities made up of undergraduate and postgraduate students, staff, alumni and other friends of Mary’s. We pride ourselves on the wide range of opportunities available to our students through our student-led common rooms, the supportive and respectful environment we foster and the talent of all our staff across our student development and support, catering, operations, administration teams.
Adrian Simpson

Our History

We are one of a kind and are proud of our history.
Entrance to St Mary's College

Alumni and Friends

We love to hear from our alumni community.
St Marys Graduation at Durham Cathedral
Cathedral viewed from Owengate with Durham Tours purple app logo in left corner

Durham Tours

Fancy taking a virtual tour around Durham? Our brand new 'Durham University Tours' app is available now in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store!

Learn more about our virtual tours