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Durham University

Colleges & wider student experience

Additional college and student experience charges

Durham is a proudly collegiate university and, as a Durham student, you are or will become a member of a college. Your college will be the hub of your non-academic life and each college offers access to many exciting student-led opportunities, from managing sports teams and organising social events, to representing your fellow students. By participating in this way, you can influence and deliver the activities and events within your college and across the University community.

Every college has a representative bodies of students. For undergraduates, there is the Junior Common Room (JCR), and for postgraduates there is the Middle Common Room (MCR). Other names used include a Student Representative Council (SRC), or a Graduate Common Room (GCR). These student-led bodies organise many of the events, societies, sports, and other activities within our colleges. Common Rooms are led by an elected body of voluntary student officers, including an Executive Committee. Through the Common Rooms, student life at Durham is shaped by the students themselves.To help fund the organisation and activities that Common Rooms provide, all students are asked to become a member of the appropriate College Common Room. Joining your Common Room means that you have the opportunity to play a full part in the life of your college community.In addition to Common Room membership, many Colleges have additional facilities and services that can enhance your experience at Durham. Colleges ask their students to contribute to these services and facilities by making a donation; this varies across colleges depending on the service or facility offered.

Alongside the Colleges, there are also opportunities in Sport, Music and Theatre available across the University via Experience Durham and through the many and varied societies of the Students' Union. There may be some additional charges involved in becoming a member of teams and societies and this page provides information on and links to these charges.

It is important to point out that you have to opt in to pay Common Room membership and other charges. If you choose not to opt in, some services and facilities in your college, and those provided by the Common Rooms, may not be available to you and you will not be able to participate in Common Room elections. Your College and Common Room can give you more information on this.


Glossary of terms

  • JCR: Junior Common Room (student representative body within a college for UG students)
  • MCR: Middle Common Room (student representative body within a college for PG students)
  • SRC: Student Representative Council (student representative body within the College of St Hild and St Bede for both UG and PG students)
  • GCR: Graduate Common Room (Student representative body within Ustinov College)
  • SCR: Senior Common Room (a representative body within the College for graduates, academic staff, support staff, and associate members of the University as well as some members of the local community)

This page outlines 2018/19 charges except where stated.


Collingwood College

Charge Description
JCR £120 £40 per year £120 payable in the first year. This contributes to the day-to-day running of the JCR, subsidising JCR societies and services. If you wish to take part in any JCR events or use their facilities you must pay this charge. For more information please follow the link www.durham.ac.uk/resources/collingwood/JCR-and-MCR-Levy-Components.pdf
MCR £45 £45 made up of JCR membership £40 and MCR membership £5 (all MCR members are automatically members of the JCR). It contributes to the day-to-day running of the JCR & MCR, subsidising societies, events and services. If you wish to take part in any JCR or MCR events or use their facilities you must pay this charge. For more information please follow the link www.durham.ac.uk/resources/collingwood/JCR-and-MCR-Levy-Components.pdf
1972 Club Contribution £19.72

Payable in your first year. This contribution supports the ongoing work of the College and The 1972 Club in providing students with access to invaluable careers advice and expertise from alumni, networking events, once-in-a-lifetime internships, and funding to support student projects. It also ensures that graduates have access to annual newsletters and invitations to alumni events at Collingwood, elsewhere in the UK, and around the world!

Lormor Library & Learning Resource Centre
£10

Payable in your first year. This is a contribution to the ongoing work of the College’s Lormor Library: its upkeep, resources, and activities. More than just a study space, the Lormor Library is also a social hub, which hosts regular student-led events and sessions to support your personal and academic development.


Grey College

Charge Description
Induction Week
£36 (undergraduate) The Induction Week charge consists of a range of internal and external events to help new undergraduate students get to know each other. This includes social events, talks and society fairs.
Grey Association £51 This covers the cost of joining Grey Association for life. The Association is the body of alumni (former students of Grey College) and helps the College by supporting its work with our past students. For further information refer to your Induction Handbook.
JCR £55 per year

The JCR Levy (membership fee) is £55 per year, and on joining you’ll be a member of a community of over 1,000 students. Most students opt to pay for the duration of their degree at the start of their studies (e.g. £165 for a 3-year BSc/BA etc.). The JCR is run by students for students, and whilst JCR membership is optional we strongly encourage all students to join to make the most of their time at Durham. The levy goes towards subsidising the running of the JCR and its activities. Through participation in sports and societies, students get to know many people from across the College.

The JCR organises most of the student life in College and allows members to:

  • Join practices, performances (or equivalent) and meetings of college societies and sports clubs, including the right to stand for office of the society/club. Non-members can only participated if they pay a yearly joining fee for each club/society they wish to be in
  • Vote at JCR meetings, and stand for elected office;
  • Represent the JCR on college committees and through taking on unelected roles supporting and organising JCR activity, including helping with Induction week and Visit Days;
  • Priority booking time and payment of preferential members’ rates to events organised by the JCR (including Induction week, Balls, Formal Dinners).
  • Access to use of JCR equipment (musical instruments, sports, tech);
  • Preferential rate on membership of the College gym.
MCR £55 This covers the cost of joining Grey's postgraduate student body for one year. Members of the MCR also benefit from automatic membership of the JCR, with all of the benefits listed above. Not opting into the charge means that you will not be entitled to take part in these activities or will be subject to an additional charge per event where non-members are invited.
Academic Gown £53 new OR £25 (second hand) Grey is a gowned College. We wear gowns to Matriculation, and Formal Dinners that take place regularly throughout the year. Many of our students choose to buy their own gown (new or second hand) but there is no requirement to do so. The Common Rooms have a small number of gowns that can be hired for occasions that require the wearing of a gown.

Hatfield College

Charge Description
Clubs' & Societies' Levy £50 Payment of the levy for College clubs and societies confers the right and benefit to apply to the College's clubs and socieities, including the College's two gyms, boats, and Music Practice Room. This is a one-off payment for the duration of a student's period of study and is payble in addition to the JCR or MCR charge.
Hatfield Association £25 This is for associate membership of the College's alumni assocation. This is a one-off payment for the duration of a student's period of study.
Hatfield Trust £10 The Hatfield Trust makes grants, scholarships, payments, and awards to students.
JCR £180 (one-off payment for the duration of the course) Undergraduate students elect JCR Officers who represent undergraduate students to the College and University. Being a part of Hatfield's JCR allows you to use facilities within College such as the Music Room and Computer Room, as well as attending subsidised formal meals and Hatfield JCR-run events. Paying the JCR levy transforms the College from being little more than individual residences to being a community. This is a one-off payment for the duration of a student's period of study for their undergraduate course.
Library and Computing Room £36 Facilities aimed to support undergraduate learning.
Linen pack £35 You may purchase a bedlinen pack. The pack comprises a duvet, duvet cover, pillow, pillow case and a sheet.
MCR £50 (one-off payment for the duration of the course) Postgraduate students elect MCR Officers who represent postgraduate students to the College and University. The Common Room arranges social and other recreational events for its members. This is a one-off payment for the duration of a student's period of postgraduate study.

John Snow College

Charge Description

JCR for 1 year (or less) UG courses;

MCR for all PG courses

£30

At John Snow College the Junior Common Room is a student led organisation, charged with creating your student experience from the day you move in to the day you leave as a Graduate of Durham University! In order to create your student experience and cover our costs of running events, sports and societies we charge a one off optional fee of £100 when you arrive, which covers you for your entire time at John Snow College. Opting in to the JCR entitles you to a huge variety of perks. These include priority access and member rates to college events including College Balls and our College Day as well as eligibility to participate in our College sports and societies. Being a member also allows you to shape how college life is run, by being able to vote at student councils, and being eligible to run for student officer elections. We like to think of it as covering your costs in advance, and even with a relatively low level of participation, our students find that they have saved the money back from the member perks. Being a JCR member also entitles you to access to our development initiatives, such as our generous Student Development Fund which funds members to travel all over the world taking part in exciting career and personal development programmes. Participation in the JCR is hugely popular and we find the majority remain opted in. More information is available on our website or you can email snow.jcr@durham.ac.uk

JCR for 3- and 4-year UG courses £100

Josephine Butler College

Charge Description
JCR £135 Membership of the JCR is a unique element of Durham University life creating a fund which helps us put on our amazing events throughout the year, including Freshers’ Week, Fashion Show and our annual Summer Ball. It also helps fund our groups and campaigns, such as buying in equipment for sports and societies, and helping towards welfare campaigns. This fund also helps improve the experience of those living outside of college. It is a one off payment for a three year UG programme. We ask that you pay this charge to ensure that we can keep producing these great events and that we are able to provide for all the sports, societies, and committees that you would like the join throughout your entire time at the college. If you do not wish to pay you will be asked to pay a premium for events and to join sports, societies, and committees. There are also some events which are restricted, and priority will be given to JCR members. The JCR makes your college experience truly memorable, so #GetInvolved and be part of something special.
MCR £35 This confers membership of the MCR (including the JCR - see above) for one year of your postgraduate degree or the 4th year of your undergraduate studies. 4th year UGs will no longer have JCR membership if they do not pay the MCR levy. The MCR together with the JCR make your college experience truly memorable, so #GetInvolved and be part of something special.
Butler Association Fund (1 year courses) £20 This confers membership of the College Association for life. This fund also includes support for running and stocking the College Library (with many course texts and a laptop loan system) and support for members to bid for assets, development projects and opportunities. The fund is overseen by the College Trust Board, with a majority independent membership and representation from the common rooms.
Butler Association Fund (2 or more year courses) £40

This confers membership of the College Association for life. This fund also includes support for running and stocking the College Library (with many course texts and a laptop loan system) and support for members to bid for assets, development projects and opportunities. The fund is overseen by the College Trust Board, with a majority independent membership and representation from the common rooms.


Stephenson College

Charge 2019/20 Description
JCR - 1 Year / MCR £60

Common Rooms are run by elected students who form the Executive Committee together with the elected Non-Executive officers and their committees. They are run by students for students to enhance your experience at University and to ensure there is a calendar of events, sports, societies, student welfare and other opportunities to get involved.
The Levy is a one off payment to become a member of the JCR/MCR. Membership allows you to run for positions, vote in elections and participate in committees, ensuring you have the opportunity to contribute to and shape the student community. The Levy also includes a College tie or pashmina.

There are over the course of the year activities carrying additional costs, for example the Summer Ball, and facilities such as the on-site gym. JCR/MCR members benefit from a significant discount (usually approximately 50%) on charges for these.

JCR - 3 Years (if paid at once) £150

St Aidan's College

Charge Description
Charities Donation £18 The charities contribution enables the college to conduct charitable missions, and by paying the charitable donation, you gain a say in which charities receive aid from the college.
JCR - Erasmus/Exchange Postgraduate 1 year £50

The JCR is the student body compromising of undergraduates and postgraduates, providing a huge number of social and extracurricular opportunities.The JCR Levy provides membership of the JCR and is excellent value for money. Membership benefits include voting rights in JCR Meetings, subsidised access to sports teams and societies as well as subsidised entry to many large events that take place in college throughout the year and the college gym. On top of this, the levy crucially contributes to the overall running of the JCR and the activities within it as well as funding many aspects of college life. The vast majority of students join the JCR; over 90% of new students signed up for membership of Aidan's JCR in 2017! If you decide to opt-out of paying the JCR Levy you will be subject to paying a premium for most JCR activities; the extent of the premium is specific to the particular activity and will be publicised appropriately. For example, if you are non-member you will pay more to attend JCR events such as formals and the summer ball. Ultimately, paying the levy ensures you have full access to the St Aidan's student community, a decision which year on year students feel is both worthwhile and value for money!

Please note: if you paid the Levy as an undergraduate at Aidan’s you do not need to pay again for your Masters.

JCR - Undergraduate (Lifetime Membership) £150
Linen pack 18/19 £35 This pack includes: 1 pillow, 1 pillowcase, 1 duvet, 1 duvet cover and 1 sheet (£35).
SCR Joint Member Fee £20 The SCR offers joint subscriptions for those who wish to sign both themselves, and their partner up to the SCR. Both partners receive the same benefits as described under 'SCR Member Fee'.
SCR Membership Fee £15 Membership gives you access to SCR facilities and events, and JCR facilities, some of which are free and some carry a separate or additional charge. Membership allows you to stand for committee positions within the SCR. You can join both the SCR and the JCR, subject to subscribing to each. Please see 'JCR - Exchange and Postgraduates' for JCR subscription charges and information about the full benefits of the JCR. For more information please see the SCR website here: community.dur.ac.uk/st-aidans.scr/
St Aidan's Association £25 Provides for graduates to enjoy life membership of the Alumni Association of St Aidan's College.

St Chad's College

Please consult the following web page: www.stchads.ac.uk/admissions/what-does-all-this-cost


St Cuthbert's Society

Charge

Description
JCR £157.50 Over 98% of students who are in St Cuthbert’s Society are members of the JCR, which is a 1400 strong student body. Everything that the JCR offers is only available to its members, those that pay this one off fee. The JCR provides over 40 different sports and societies and a variety of facilities including two gyms, a music room, a conference room and it runs the college library. Additionally, it charity runs its own finances and organises the main social events of the year. These JCR events include but are not limited to: Michaelmas Ball, St Cuthbert’s Feast, Summer Ball and Cuth’s Day. There is also an outreach committee that provides volunteering and fundraising opportunities as well as an international and welfare committee to represent and support you. The JCR is run for students, by students, and there are over 110 positions in the JCR ranging from a ball manager to a member of finance committee. You can run for any of these positions in a JCR meeting and it’s a great way to meet people and develop employable skills, no experience required! Cuth’s JCR is a registered charity, which aims to enrich and support students’ lives during their degrees. When you meet Durham Alumni, the first question is not ‘what subject did you study?’ but ‘what college were you at?’. Cuth’s JCR provides the extra curricular opportunities that make Cuth’s the unforgettable community that it is. Please contact president@cuths.com if you would like any more information.
Post graduate JCR £52.50
Trust £5 Contribution to College Trust fund

College of St Hild and St Bede

Charge Description
Association Charge £30 Alumni Association fee. The membership fee is for life-time membership. See following link for further details www.durham.ac.uk/resources/hild-bede/CollegeFeesandChargesfurtherinfo.pdf
Gown £5 Hire of gown for Matriculation. There is a University and College matriculation and the majority of Hild/Bede students wear gowns for these ceremonies. See following link for further details www.durham.ac.uk/resources/hild-bede/CollegeFeesandChargesfurtherinfo.pdf
SRC - Postgraduate £53.50 per year Student Representative Council fee. See following link for further details www.durham.ac.uk/resources/hild-bede/CollegeFeesandChargesfurtherinfo.pdf
SRC - Undergraduate £160.50 Student Representative Council fee. See following link for further details www.durham.ac.uk/resources/hild-bede/CollegeFeesandChargesfurtherinfo.pdf
SRC - Foundation/Erasmus/Exchange £50 Student Representative Council fee. See following link for further details www.durham.ac.uk/resources/hild-bede/CollegeFeesandChargesfurtherinfo.pdf

St John's College

Academic year 2019/20 charges

Undergradautes

Service and benefits

Charge

Option

Description

SJCR membership

  • Run by students for students
  • Representation in College affairs
  • Events and entertainment throughout the year
  • Peer-led welfare and financial assistance
  • Full access to all SJCR clubs and societies (except the Boat Club)
  • Funding for new societies and events

£135

(3 year course)

£180

(4 year course)

Opt-out

Included in first term’s College accommodation invoice for students living in College.

Invoiced at start of year for students living out of College.

You can opt out by ticking the box on the Induction Questionnaire or by emailing johns.secretary@durham.ac.uk before Friday 30th September 2019.

You will be refunded the fair amount if you take a year abroad (as part of your degree) or decide not to continue with your studies.

Freshers’ T-shirt & Wristband

  • The T-Shirt covers all Induction Week activities and events run by the SJCR
  • The Wristband covers entry to clubs

£15 one off cost (T-Shirt)

£5 one off cost (Wristband)

Opt-in

Paid in cash on arrival.

College Gym membership

  • Access to the College gym and fitness rooms (induction necessary)

£30 per year

Opt-in

Payment at St John’s College Reception.

Academic Gown

  • Required at our free formal dinners, matriculation and SJCR meetings

£55 (new)

£35 (second hand)

Opt-in

Paid in cash on arrival.

All gowns can be sold back to the SJCR following completion of your degree.

St John’s Boat Club membership

£30 per term (competitive)

£10 per term (social/casual)

Opt-in

Email johns.boatclub@durham.ac.uk for details.

Room damages deposit (College residents only)

£100 refundable deposit

Included in first term’s accommodation invoice.

Returned at end of academic year subject to satisfactory check of your room and the common areas on your floor/corridor.

Linen hire (College residents only)

  • Duvet cover, sheet, pillowcases and towel provided and changed once a week
  • Bed remade once a week

£6.60 per week

Opt-in

Invoiced for the academic year by the Finance Office.

For more information, see www.durham.ac.uk/st-johns.college/collegelife/accommodation/laundry/

To opt in, email johns.housekeeping@durham.ac.uk.

Laundry card (College residents only)

  • Free laundry and drying!

£20 refundable deposit

Opt-in

Pay on Freshers’ Sunday or at a later date at Reception. Deposit refunded when card returned to finance office.

Library

  • Access to books and study space in the brand new Learning Resource Centre

Free (for students who have lived in College for a year)

£50 per academic year (for students who have never lived in College)

Opt-in

For students who have paid a College residential fee for a year, College library membership is automatically included and issued for the duration of their course, including if they live out of College later.

For all other students, College library membership is £50 for a full academic year. To sign up, email johns.library@durham.ac.uk.

Postgraduates

Service and benefits

Charge

Option

Description

MCR membership

  • Access to our dedicated Postgraduate Centre:
    • Space for individual and group study
    • Social space and TV
    • Computer room equipped with University networked computers, individual ports for laptops and Wi-Fi access, and free printing.
    • Recently renovated kitchen
    • Free refreshments throughout the year.
  • Representation in College affairs
  • Dedicated postgraduate events and entertainment throughout the year
  • Peer-led welfare and financial assistance
  • Full access to all SJCR clubs and societies (except the Boat Club)
  • Funding for new societies and events

£45 per year

Opt-in

Included in first term’s College accommodation invoice for students living in College who have opted in.

Invoiced at start of year for students living out of College who have opted in.

To opt in, tick the box for MCR membership in the postgrad welcome questionnaire, or email johns.finance@durham.ac.uk no later than 11 October 2019.

College Gym membership

  • Access to the College gym and fitness rooms (induction necessary)

£30 per year

Opt-in

Payment at St John’s College Reception.

Academic Gown

  • Required at our free formal dinners, matriculation and SJCR meetings

£55 (new)

£35 (second hand)

Opt-in

Paid in cash on arrival.

All gowns can be sold back to the SJCR following completion of your degree.

St John’s Boat Club membership

£30 per term (competitive)

£10 per term (social/casual)

Opt-in

Email johns.boatclub@durham.ac.uk for details.

Room damages deposit (College residents only)

£100 refundable deposit

Included in first term’s accommodation invoice.

Returned at end of academic year subject to satisfactory check of your room and the common areas on your floor/corridor.

Linen hire (College residents only)

  • Duvet cover, sheet, pillowcases and towel provided and changed once a week
  • Bed remade once a week

£6.60 per week

Opt-in

Invoiced for the academic year by the Finance Office.

For more information, see www.durham.ac.uk/st-johns.college/collegelife/accommodation/laundry/

To opt in, email johns.housekeeping@durham.ac.uk.

Laundry card (College residents only)

  • Free laundry and drying!

£20 refundable deposit

Opt-in

Pay on Freshers’ Sunday or at a later date at the Finance Office. Deposit refunded when card returned to Reeption.

Library

    • Access to books and study space in the brand new Learning Resource Centre

    Free (for students who have lived in College for a year)

    £50 per academic year (for students who have never lived in College)

    Opt-in

    For students who have paid a College residential fee for a year, College library membership is automatically included and issued for the duration of their course, including if they live out of College later.

    For all other students, College library membership is £50 for a full academic year. To sign up, email johns.library@durham.ac.uk.

    St Mary's College

    Charge

    Description

    JCR

    £95 (3 year course)
    £115 (4 year course)

    Payable by undergraduate students in their first year of study, this subscription contributes to the day-to-day running of the JCR. The JCR is a student-led organisation that really can enhance the experience of being a student at Durham. The JCR organises a wide range of social events in College that are highlights of the student calendar. They also organise and run all College sport and societies, which cover a wide-range of extra-curricular opportunities including art, music, drama, politics, volunteering and other individual interests. It’s hard to convey just how vibrant the JCR is at St Mary’s College and the opportunities it provides to students to make friends with people from all years of study and all disciplines, and to get involved at whatever level feels right for them, but you can find out more by visiting the JCR website: http://community.dur.ac.uk/smcjcr/

    Students are members of their JCR for the duration of their studies and the subscription subsidises the cost of social activities organised by the JCR, the running of the College sports clubs and societies, as well as helping to maintain JCR facilities. If you wish to take part in any JCR activities, use their facilities, stand for an elected position, or vote, then you must be a member of the Common Room.

    MCR

    £31 (1 year)

    The MCR is the Common Room for postgraduate students, mature undergraduate students, and for undergraduates in their fourth year of study. Like the JCR, the MCR is a student-led organisation that is designed to enhance the experience of its members whilst at Durham. Payment of the MCR subscription provides access to JCR clubs and societies, to events organised by both the MCR and JCR, and to the dedicated space for the MCR and its facilities. It also allows members to stand for positions in the MCR and to vote in MCR elections.

    Library Contribution

    £3 per year of study

    Payable in the first year of study, this is a voluntary contribution to help maintain the facilities provided by the College Library (for example the purchase of new books as seen as appropriate by the Librarian and their student team). Any student who chooses not to contribute will not be disadvantaged in any way from making full use of the College Library.

    Induction Week Charge

    £45 (JCR)
    £18 (MCR)

    This charge subsidises the events organised by the JCR or MCR during Induction Week. Both Common Rooms organise a number of internal and external events during the course of the week to help students get to know each other, their College and the City.

    Gym Membership

    £20 per year

    The College has a gym, managed by the JCR which is made accessible to those members of the College who opt to join and pay and complete the necessary Health and Safety requirements.

    Academic Gown

    £53 (new) OR £25 (second hand)

    St Mary’s is a ‘gowned’ College, which means we wear gowns at Formal Dinners. These dinners take place approximately three times a term and are popular events. Gowns are also worn at Matriculation, the University event where students are formally admitted to the University. Many of our students choose to buy their own gown (new or second hand) but there is no requirement to do so. The Common Rooms have a small number of gowns that can be hired for occasions that require the wearing of a gown.


    Trevelyan College

    Charge Description
    Library Contribution £30/£40/£10 An optional College Library contribution of £30 for three year undergraduates, £40 for students who will spend four years in Durham, and £10 per year of attendance for postgraduates (and one year undergraduates), is also levied on the first bill to help cover the costs of our college library.
    JCR £130 for 2018/19 (increased for 2019/20 TBC in due course) JCR dues (membership of the undergraduate common room) are charged in the first year only. This payment will cover your whole time in Trevelyan. Only common room members will be able to play sport, engage in societies and join in JCR events and elections. Please refer to the section ‘JCR Dues’ near the front of the Freshers Handbook www.durham.ac.uk/resources/trevelyan.college/HandbookJCR2019.pdf for full details of what opting in to JCR membership means you are able to partake in (to be published over the summer).
    MCR £35 MCR dues are charged each year at the rate of £35. MCR Dues are paid to help run all of our college activities. By opting in you can join any of the college societies, teams, and clubs of the JCR (see above) and MCR; run in, and vote on, MCR elections; attend all of the college formals; and many more things throughout the year.
    Gym Membership £30 per year The College has a gym, managed by the JCR which is made accessible to those members of the College who opt to join and pay and complete the necessary Health and Safety requirements.
    Academic Gown £55 (new) £35 (second hand) Trevelyan College is a gowned college. We wear gowns to formal dinners and to University matriculation. Gowns are provided by the JCR at the cost on the left and can be sold back to the JCR at the end of your degree.
    Society Subscriptions varies A subscription charge may apply in some JCR Societies
    For students on one year courses, a number of these additional charges are reduced e.g. the Library contribution will be £10, JCR subscription, £43.33.

    University College

    Charge Description
    Castle Society Membership - postgraduate £10 Covers life membership of the Durham Castle Society, College's alumni association for current and former members of the College. Find out more at www.castlealumni.uk
    Castle Society Membership - undergraduate £30 Covers life membership of the Durham Castle Society, College's alumni association for current and former members of the College. Find out more at www.castlealumni.uk
    JCR 1 Year £60 One-off payment at beginning of the course, covering the full period of your study (The JCR levy is £60 a year).

    JCR 3 Years £180
    JCR 4 Years £240
    MCR Full-Time £50 The MCR membership fee grants you access to twice weekly formals as well as all other MCR events including all of the University College Balls for a full year of study.
    MCR Part-Time £25

    Ustinov College

    Charge 2019/20 Description
    GCR £40

    Ustinov Graduate Common Room (GCR) is a group made up of students and alumni, representing Durham University’s postgraduate community. The GCR is run by a committee of students and elections are held several times a year. We are also a registered charity. Our main aims are providing support to our students and running a social calendar for our members and other postgraduates.

    The majority of our funding comes from the GCR levy, a small charge (one of the cheapest in the University) which gets you membership of the GCR. This gets you the ability to run and vote in our elections as well as discounted access to many of our events and facilities. This includes the Ustinov gym and music room as well as trips, formals, karaoke, parties and live music nights. We want to make your time at Ustinov one of the most memorable periods of your life!

    For more info, see ustinovgcr.com or search for the “Ustinov College 2019-2020” Facebook group.

    Van Mildert College

    Charge Description
    Erasmus/Exchange Common room 1 term £12 Membership of the appropriate Common Room – JCR or MCR – for the duration of your studies at Van Mildert College

    Erasmus/Exchange Common room 2 terms £24
    Erasmus/Exchange Common room 3 terms £36
    JCR £155 The JCR Levy (Membership Fee) contributes to the everyday running of the Junior Common Room and lasts for your whole time as an undergraduate. By being part of the JCR, you are becoming a part of a community of over 1000 students, and it entitles you to take part in our events, sports and societies. The levy goes towards subsidising these activities, from Formals to Fresher’s week and more, meaning you can get involved in all the JCR has to offer. Opting out of the levy means you will not be entitled to take part in these activities.
    Linen pack £35 Bedding packs contain a duvet, duvet cover, pillow, pillowcase and fitted sheet.
    MCR £35 The MCR Membership Fee lasts for one academic year. It provides you with membership of the MCR which is a community of over 200 postgraduate students, all of whom are members of Van Mildert College. It also entitles you to membership of the JCR and SCR. As a result of opting into this charge you are able to participate, as a postgraduate student, in all events, sports and societies run by the JCR, MCR or SCR. The MCR Membership Fee is used to subsidise a range of activities in College. Opting out of the charge means that you will not be entitled to take part in these activities or will be subject to an additional charge per event where non-members are invited.
    Van Mildert Association Membership £30 Payment of this one-off charge offers lifetime membership of the Van Mildert Association; the alumni association of Van Mildert College. The association offers current students access to a network of alumni who provide careers mentorship and support engagement with College life through the provision of vital scholarships and bursaries. Alongside this the association organises reunion events for current and former students throughout the year across the UK and overseas. It has a membership of many thousands of former students many of whom remain in contact with the College long after graduation. The VMA is an independent organisation to which membership fees will be transferred.

    Durham Students' Union Groups

    Durham Students’ Union supports the activities of around 250 diverse student groups which are all student led. As such the costs associated with being a student group member may vary significantly from group to group depending on a variety of different factors including running costs, membership numbers and external funding capabilities. In compiling this report we have tried to reflect the average cost for each type of cost associated with student group activity but there will be some variation between groups.

    Membership charges

    Some student groups offer free memberships whilst others charge a membership fee between £1 and £75. These are set by the committee on an annual basis. Multiple year memberships for some groups can also be purchased and these are sometimes at a cheaper yearly rate than the annual membership. (4 Year memberships are the standard multiple membership product, reflecting the time many Durham students study at the University.)

    This table reflects the membership fees charged by our student groups for the 18/19 academic year:

    Membership Fee

    Number of Student Groups

    £0

    26

    £1-£5

    100

    £6-£10

    24

    £11-£20

    18

    £21-£30

    6

    £31-£50

    4

    Over £50

    1

    Event Tickets Fees

    Some student group events require additional fees to be paid. These are frequently large events including balls, international travel, club nights, socials etc. but can also be in regards to smaller student group events at the discretion of the committee. Group members often receive a discount compared to the non-membership price. The average cost of a student group ball is £50 with smaller scale events usually costing between £1-£10.

    Kit/Stash/Equipment

    Some groups may require or give members the option to purchase clothing items or equipment relevant to their student group at an additional cost. Particularly relevant for DUCK and active student groups. Kit costs would usually be between £8-£25 but will vary depending on the item. Most equipment is covered in the membership cost with some groups charging different membership prices depending on whether the participant requires the equipment or not.

    Transport Costs

    Transport to and from student group events may not be covered by the membership fee so student groups on occasion do charge members for organised travel. This would usually cost no more than £10 a member but would depend on the distance to and from the location of the trip.

    Travel Insurance

    International trips require members to purchase their own travel insurance at an additional cost to the member themselves. This would usually cost between £5-£20 but may vary depending on individual requirements and the location of travel.

    Travel Vaccinations

    International trips may require certain vaccinations to have been undertaken and these are at an additional cost to the member themselves. These cost approximately between £100-£250 but may vary significantly depending on the location of travel and whether members have had any of the necessary vaccinations before.

    Class/Speaker Costs

    Active student groups in particular may charge costs to help cover the cost of instructors and this may also be the case for student groups who do guest speaker events to cover costs associated with a particular guest speaker. Class/speaker costs are usually between £1-£5.


    Experience Durham Groups

    Durham Student Theatre membership charges

    • £25 – for life
    • £10 - for a year

    Paying for this membership allows any individual to be involved in shows, e.g. production team, cast, tech crew, socials, workshops, band, as well as have access to discounted show tickets. Discount student tickets usually cost £5.

    Theatre company charges

    Some theatre companies have subs for members.

    DULOG - £15 for life

    DOE - £40 for life

    There are also certain productions (such as some of the DST shows performed in the Gala Theatre) that charge participants.

    An individual who is spending money on a production – e.g. rights, set, costumes - is always reimbursed by the show’s taking and the theatre company the show is under. There are times when the student does not keep receipts, or reimbursements are slow. However we have a firm policy where no individual should be out of pocket for personal show expenses.

    However, there are the occasionally added expenses. These tend to be for events taking place outside Durham such as a production being chosen for the National Student Drama Festival, Inter-Uni Drama Festival, tours and Edinburgh Fringe. Shows that do have additional expenses make these costs transparent before inviting participants. For example, every show which is entered into NSDF is informed that – should their shows be chosen - there is an added cost to cover the festival ticket, accommodation and food while there. Similarly, shows that choose to tour to the Edinburgh Fringe are also transparent with their cast and crew about possible additional expenses. Edinburgh Fringe is arguably the most expensive tour as companies can spend up to 4 weeks in the city, and can be expected to personally pay for accommodation, as well as food and ticket prices while they are there. In a society with close to 900 members, it is only around 100 members who tour.


    Team Durham sports clubs membership charges

    Club

    Subs Amount

    Per

    Notes

    American Football

    £200

    Year

    Rookies pay £100 each team for first two terms; additional £20 per person for league affiliation

    Archery

    £50

    Year

    Athletics/Cross Country

    £60

    Year

    £110 life membership

    Badminton

    Year

    Baseball

    £80

    Year

    Basketball

    £85

    Year

    Boats

    £300

    Year

    Boxing

    £10, £20, £30 or £40

    Term

    Canoes

    £40

    Year

    Cheerleading

    From £200-500

    Year

    Clay Pigeon Shooting

    £35

    Year

    £50 if after October

    Cricket (Men's) MCCU

    £150

    Year

    Cricket (Men's)

    £75

    Year

    Cricket (Women's) MCCU

    £150

    Year

    Cricket (Women's)

    £50-130

    Year

    Cue Sports

    £20

    Year

    Cycling

    £30

    Year

    Equestrian

    £25

    Year

    On top of the membership fee you will pay £18 per lesson + petrol

    Fencing

    £60

    Year

    Football (Men's)

    £150-170

    Year

    Football (Women's)

    £140

    Year

    Futsal

    No membership fee as this is included as part of the Football Club membership

    N/A

    Golf

    £65

    Year

    Handball

    £40

    Year

    Hockey

    £123-363

    Year

    1s and 2s - £363; 3s, 4s and 5s - £138

    Jiu Jitsu

    £30.00

    Year

    Gi (kit) sold separately

    Judo

    £80.00

    Year

    Lacrosse (Men's)

    £80-90

    Year

    £90 for returners and £80 for freshers and scholars

    Lacrosse (Women's)

    £60-140

    Year

    1s and 2s - £140; 3s and 4s - £120; 5s - £90; 6s - £60

    Netball

    £150

    Year

    1s and 2s - £150; 3s, 4s, 5s, - £120

    Orienteering

    £20

    Year

    Rifles

    £65

    Year

    £50 for Exec members

    Rugby League

    £135

    Year

    Rugby Union (Men's)

    £180

    Year

    Pre 1.10. £180; pre 31.10. £200, after 31.10 £230

    Rugby Union (Women's)

    £155

    Year

    £160 if one week late; £165 if later than one week

    Sailing

    £180-380

    Year

    1s - £360; 2s - £320; 3s - £260

    Shotokan Karate

    £70

    Year

    Ski/Snowboard

    £30

    Year

    £15 for social members, £30 for competitors; if you are competing you will need to pay for own training

    Squash

    £150

    Year

    M1s,2s- £150; W1s,2s- £130; M3s- £125; M4s,5s,W3s,4s- £110; Development squad- £80

    Surfing

    £25

    Year

    Swimming

    £100-225

    Year

    Development Squad £100; BUCS squad £225 + £3/ session (twice a week)

    Table Tennis

    £100/80/30

    Year

    £100 Fresher’s (+ free T-shirt); £80 returners; £30 development squad

    Taekwondo

    £60

    Year

    Tennis

    £260-300

    Year

    1s and 2s - £300; 3s £285; 4s and M5s £280; W5s and M6s - £260

    Triathlon

    £100

    Year

    Ultimate Frisbee

    £70-75

    Year

    Volleyball

    £100-200

    Year

    1s - £200; 2s - £150; 3s - £100

    Water Polo

    £70-200

    Year

    1s - £200; 2s - £140; 3s - £70

    Weightlifting

    £80

    Year

    In the case of some sports clubs there are additional costs associated with participation such as accommodation, travel and equipment which are not included within the annual subscriptions. These additional costs vary from student to student depending upon the level and volume of competition they undertake.


    Music Durham membership charges

    £6.50 per year (or £4 per year for non-performers)

    Music Durham performer membership allows individuals to join Music Durham-affiliated groups. Both performer and non-performer members benefit from reduced tickets to Music Durham concerts and social events, where ticket costs apply, and access to free masterclasses and workshops.

    Some Music Durham ensembles charge additional subs for members.

    Society

    Charge 2018-19

    Big Band

    £20

    Brass Band

    £12

    Chamber Choir

    £30

    Choral Society

    £20

    Classical Ensemble

    £15-£20

    Concert Band

    £10

    Divinity Quintet

    £5

    Dunelm Consort

    £0

    Durham Dynamics

    £15

    Durham University Voices

    £8

    Flute Choir

    £5

    Foot Notes

    £10

    Full Score

    £10

    Gamelan

    £0

    Gospel Choir

    £5

    Hill Orchestra

    £15

    New Art Music Ensemble

    £0

    Northern Lights

    £30

    Orchestral Society

    £40

    P'ungmul

    £0

    Palatinate Orchestra

    £30

    There are occasionally additional expenses. This tends to be for competitions that societies choose to take part in, in which case a fee may be charged to cover transport and accommodation costs, or for music tours in the UK and Europe. The most expensive tours can cost up to £450, paid in instalments throughout the year. Tours are optional, and societies can point individuals in the right direction to apply for financial support if needed.