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Collingwood College


Social Spaces

There are many social spaces around the college. The JCR area contains table tennis, pool tables, seating areas and the JCR shop (which stocks drinks, snacks and essentials). This space is available for everybody to use and the area is also transformed into a dance floor at college events and after formal dinners.

Collingwood has its own coffee shop, "The Wood'n'Spoon" and a TV Room, The Peter Bayley Room. 
"The Stag's Head" is Collingwood's bar - one of the largest and most successful college bars in Durham. As well as being used for big college events, such as formals, the bar is used by many to meet with friends, to relax with soft drinks and snacks, to watch sport fixtures on the big screen, or even to settle down with a laptop for a bit of study! "The Stag's Head" holds many events throughout the year - a weekly quiz, regular Open Mic music nights and charity events. The bar is a place for everybody to enjoy.

At Collingwood, we are lucky to have a lot of outdoor space. The Meadow area can be used for relaxing, studying, or for sports practices. The Meadow is where the majority of "Collingwood Day" happens. After exams, the whole college comes together to enjoy a day in the sun, listening to bands play and celebrating. 

Collingwood is also situated next to the Botanical Gardens. 

The Lormor Library and Study Spaces

There are plenty of study spaces in Collingwood to complement University wide study facilities.

Many students will study in their bedrooms. Others choose to study in Collingwood’s own IT suite, which has a number of networked computers, printers and scanners, and is available 24/7.

Our College library, the 'Lormor Library', carries some 11,000 items which are available to all members of College; this includes our fiction and DVD libraries. Collingwood is the only College with a dedicated Library building which is heated throughout the day and is a pleasant quiet environment in which to work. The Lormor Library has wifi as well as 4 networked points.

Access to the main study area is 24/7 and you will be provided a code for the door on arrival. Access to the stock is from 11am to 9pm daily throughout term time.

Your college Library is also your first point of call for equipment loans. We have laptops and digital voice recorders that we are able to lend if needed.

Resources in the Lormor Library are included in the University’s Online Library Catalogue.

Suggestions for items to be purchased by the Library can be recorded in the suggestions file or emailed directly to the College Librarian, Germaine Holmes, at

Employment opportunities also exist and if you are interested, please contact the College Librarian. 

Sports Facilities

Our 'Mark Hillery Gym' was built in 2011. Fully-air conditioned and looking out over the Meadow, the gym contains treadmills, rowing machines, stepping machines, exercise bikes, and various weight training equipment. It is available to all members of Collingwood College – the JCR, MCR and SCR. The low membership fees mean the gym is incredibly popular, and may be the secret behind Collingwood’s dominance in the Inter-Collegiate Sports Leagues!

The Tennis Court has been recently resurfaced and is available to book. Collingwood also has a lot of outdoor space, such as the Meadow, which can be used for sports practice. 

Arts & Music

Collingwood has a flourishing music and arts scene, with many practice and performance spaces available around the college. 

The music rooms are available to book, but there is also a piano in The Peter Bayley Room available for practice at any time.

In 2013, we welcomed David Venables as Collingwood's artist in residence. David had permanent studio space in Collingwood, and ran workshops for students over the course of the year. Read more about David and his work here.


Meet Matt...

Name: Matthew Mutton
Subject: Chemistry (MChem)

Involved in: Sports (Collingwood Hockey and Rugby), Bar Committee, JCR Vice-President 2013-14. 

"Collingwood is more than just a place to live; it’s a community in which you will start to feel part of a family.

The accommodation at Collingwood is very good; the rooms are very clean and spacious. The best part about living in Collingwood is the wealth of facilities on site, from Laundry to the Bar and Coffee shop - you may never need to go outside!

Meals are one of my favourite aspects of college life. Aside from great food, meal times are very social - time with relax with your friends and take your mind of your degree for a while!

At Collingwood we pride ourselves on having the most informal formals! Last year we a range of themed events - from the “London Underground” fancy dress formal, to the more formally dressed “Blind Date” and Burns’ Night dinners."