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Durham University

Colleges & wider student experience

Explore the colleges


College

Year founded

Total no. of students

No. of students living in College (UG and PG)

No. of 1st year UG rooms

No. of en-suite 1st year UG rooms

No. of shared 1st year UG rooms

C = Catered S = Self Catered

Gowned formal dinners ****

Chapel/Multifaith room

Collingwood College 1972 1563 555 461 194 16 C N N
Grey College 1959 1200 466 360 87 19 C Y Y
Hatfield College 1846 1300 422 332 91 66 C Y Y
John Snow College 2001 1001 358 344 344 0 S Y N
Josephine Butler College 2006 1300 553 411 411 0 S Y Y
St Aidan's College 1947 1250 397 300 43 51 C N Y
St Chad's College 1904 559 279 85 54* 45** C Y Y
St Cuthbert's Society 1888 1301 470 390 106 32 C S N N
College of St Hild & St Bede 1839 1410 459 372 0 0 C N Y
St John's College 1909 530 233 150 15 18 C Y Y
St Mary's College 1899 929 314 230 29 0 C Y Y
Stephenson College 2001 900 433 315 155 0 S N N
Trevelyan College 1966 950 320 235 0 20 C Y Y
University College (Castle) 1832 1100 538 337 132 30 C S Y Y
Van Mildert College 1965 1403 524 407 22 0 C N N
South College (opening 2020) *** 2020 TBC 492 TBC TBC 0 S N Y

* Figure includes shared ensuite and standard rooms.

** Figure includes single and twin ensuite rooms.

*** South College opens in 2020 with a reduced no. of students with the intention of growing by 2022 to 1200 students.

Our interactive map can be viewed here.

College

Year founded

Total no. of students

Total no. of students living in College* (PG and UG)

Total no. of PG rooms

Total no. of en-suite PG rooms

C = Catered

S = Self Catered

Gowned formal dinners**

Chapel/Multifaith room

Collingwood College 1972 1563 555 32 0 C N N
Grey College 1959 1200 466 51 0 C S Y Y
Hatfield College 1846

1300

422 42 0 S Y Y
John Snow College 2001 1001 358 70 70 S Y N
Josephine Butler College 2006 1300 553 30 30 S Y Y
St Aidan's College 1947 1250 397 56 50 C N Y
St Chad's College 1904 559 279 45 30 C S Y Y
St Cuthbert's Society 1888 1301 470 40 40 S N N
College of St Hild & St Bede 1839 1410 459 43 0 C N N
St John's College 1909 530 259 24 0 C Y Y
St Mary's College 1899 929 314 19 10 C Y Y
Stephenson College 2001 900 431 60 60 S N N
Trevelyan College 1966 866 320 44 27 C Y Y
University College (Castle) 1832 1100 538 115 115 S Y Y
Van Mildert College 1965 1403 524 72 72 C N N

Ustinov College (PG only)

1965 1300 412 398 398 S N N
South College (opening 2020) *** 2020 2020 492 TBC TBC S N Y

*Student figures and room numbers provided are for the 2018/19 academic year and are subject to change.

**All colleges have special dinner events called 'formals' some colleges wear academic gowns at these events.

**South College opens in 2020 with a reduced number of students with the intention of growing by 2022 to 1200 students.

Our interactive map can be viewed here.

Durham currently has 16 colleges and a new 17th college is being built to welcome new students arriving in 2020.

New college developments

To help achieve our University Strategy, 2017-2027 goal that 50% of our students will live in college accommodation, our new 17th College will open in 2020, along with a new home for John Snow College (Illustration of the new site pictured above).

The colleges will between them have 1000 student beds on a high-quality purpose-built site, and each college will have its own unique look and feel with its own common room, support offices and café bar. The site both Colleges will occupy, close to the main University Campus and other Colleges, will also have a Hub with an events hall and a Multi-Use Games Area and benefit from good public transport links to other Departments and Durham City centre.

For 2018/19, John Snow College and Stephenson College are based on the Howlands site, where Stephenson College will remain for 2019/20 and onwards. 

For 2019/20, John Snow College will be based at Rushford Court