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Colleges and wider student experience

Expressing college preferences

Full-time Postgraduates

All students are members of one of our colleges. College allocation is made after you have received and accepted an offer from the University. Once you have received and accepted your postgraduate offer from the University, the Accommodation and Allocations Office will contact you to provide you with further information about college membership and accommodation options.

Once you have accepted your University offer, you can express preferences for membership of a particular college if you would like to, but this is not compulsory. 

At this stage you can also apply for college accommodation if you would like to. If you wish to apply for accommodation, please ensure the college you choose provides the kind of accommodation you would like to apply for.


College summary table

The total student numbers given includes all full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students. All colleges have a mix of both male and female students.

There are also four colleges that accept part-time and distance-learning applicants for membership; Hatfield College, St Aidan's College, St Mary's College and Van Mildert College. They have approximately 250-300 of these students in addition to the below total student numbers.

COLLEGE POPULATION

ACCOMMODATION

CATERING

College

Year founded

Total
students

Total full-time
PG students

Total
PG rooms

% En-suite
PG rooms

Single gender blocks available

See key below*

Gowns for
Formal Dinners**

Collingwood

1972

1563

179

30

0%

N

FC

N

Grey

1959

1200

130

40

0%

N

FC & SC

Y

Hatfield

1846

1300

200

48

0%

N

SC

Y

Josephine Butler

2006

1130

125

44

100%

N

SC

Y

John Snow

2001

1001

35

0

0%

N

SC

Y

St Aidan's

1947

1250

200

50

80%

Y

FC

N

St Chad's

1904

559

152

49

71%

N

FC & SC

Y

St Cuthbert's

1888

1301

217

40

100%

N

SC & 10M

N

St Hild & St Bede

1839

1410

313

45

0%

N

FC

N

St John's

1909

530

160

26

0%

N

FC

Y

St Mary's

1899

929

144

20

40%

Y

FC

Y

Stephenson

2001

900

50

10

100%

N

SC

N

Trevelyan

1966

866

149

36

33%

N

FC

Y

University

1832

1100

450

125

100%

Y

SC

Y

Ustinov (PG only)

1965

1300

1300

410

100%

Y

SC

N

Van Mildert

1965

1403

200

50

100%

N

FC

N

*FC: Fully-catered (during undergraduate term-time) / SC: Self-catered / 10M: Optional 10 meal per week package
**All colleges have special dinner events throughout the year called 'Formals'. Some colleges practice the long-established tradition of wearing gowns at these events. Others are less formal and do not wear gowns to dine in.

Student life

What's On? 

The University is a hub of events and activities for students, staff and the wider local community. Our online 'What's On' Guide provides a great way to organise your social diary as well as helping you get involved in free or subsidised activities. It's a great way to try something different and meet new friends!

For an up-to-date calendar of events visit www.durham.ac.uk/whatson.

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