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Durham University

Colleges & wider student experience

College catering


Fully-catered colleges

Fully-catered colleges provide three meals a day for seven days a week during undergraduate term time. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are self-service and are hosted in your college dining hall. Small kitchen facilities are available for postgraduate students during undergraduate vacation periods.

Eating together in our fully-catered colleges is a great way to socialise and catch up with your friends, where you have flexibility to choose from a wide variety of the different hot or cold food options available.

Part-catered colleges

At part-catered colleges, as well as the fun of cooking in your own kitchen, you can also enjoy regular meals in your college dining hall. At St Cuthbert's in Durham, you can opt for a meal package of 10 meals per week throughout the undergraduate term. Further information is available on individual college websites.

Self-catered colleges

Self-catered colleges provide large, equipped kitchens you share with a number of students. This can range from six to ten students. All shared kitchen facilities have the following:
- Cooker
- Fridge and freezer
- Cupboard space
- Table and dining chairs
- Sink and washing up area
- Microwave, toaster and kettle

Experimenting with your own home-cooking within shared kitchens is a great social space where you can cook and eat together, giving you the flexibility and freedom to eat what and when you want.

Living out, dining in

Undergraduate students usually move out of college accommodation in the second year and around two-thirds of postgraduate students live in private rented accommodation. If you miss college catering you can still have a meal back in college if you want to. College catering is reasonably priced and in some colleges, you can just 'pay as you go'.

Whether fully-catered, part-catered or self-catered, all colleges have special dinner events throughout the year called 'Formals'. This is where the college comes together for an evening of dining.

The cost of your college accommodation varies depending on whether you live in catered or self-catered accommodation.

See our webpages for undergraduate and postgraduate accommodation charges.