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Durham University

Hatfield College

Location & Buildings

The buildings of Hatfield College range in age from those of the 17th century to a large modern block completed in 1968.

Porters' Lodge

Gatehouse and the Porters' Lodge/Reception

As you enter Hatfield College, Gatehouse is the first building on the right. The Porters' Lodge is situated within Gatehouse. Manned during the day by the College Receptionist and throughout the evening and night hours by the College Porters. This is the first port of call for visitors and guests. Gatehouse offers 18 single and 6 twin rooms.


The Chapel

The College Chapel is the focus for religious life in the College. It is also a place for reflection and quiet contemplation. The Chaplaincy is Anglican with a strong chapel choir (entry by audition in the first week of the Michaelmas Term).  The Chapel is open to all and warmly invites members of the College community to attend any service.  The Chaplaincy also hosts the Hatfield College Interfaith Forum for people of all faiths and of none.

Kitchen Block

The Dining Hall and Kitchen Stairs

The Dining Hall is early Georgian and the oldest part of the College. Capable of seating up to 200 people, the Dining Hall, with its portraits of the past Masters of Hatfield, provides an elegant setting for the College's Formal meals. A small number of Fellows' flats and student rooms are located above the Dining Hall.

Unsurprisingly you will find the offices of the Food & Beverage Services Manager and the Head Chef in Kitchen Stairs.

SCR Sitting Room

The Senior Common Room

As the name suggests, this is used by the friends and staff of the College as a place to relax and meet, to have a hot drink and read the newspapers. Again, students do often use this room when meeting with Mentors.


C&D Stairs

C & D Stairs Accommodation Blocks

Comprising of 16 single and 13 twin rooms, these areas are in the centre of College.

A&B Stairs

Melville Building, A & B Stairs

These particular 25 rooms are the best twin-bedded rooms in the University. They are the only student rooms in the University which, when used for guests in the vacation, have been accredited with a 4 star b&b rating. All but two rooms are twin rooms and all except two rooms are en-suite.

The Library, Reading Rooms, Computer Room and Art Room are located on the lower ground floor.

Birley Room and Rectory

The Rectory and the Birley Room

The Rectory is the College's main administrative block. You will find the Master, the Vice-Master, the Assistant Master, the Chaplain, the Senior Administrative Secretary, the Student Support Office, the Finance Officer and the Hatfield Trust/Association all in this building.

You will also find a further 19 student rooms of which 7 are twin bedded.

The Birley Room is also part of the Rectory Building and is used for meetings, play rehearsals, discos, dining and musical events during term time and vacations.

Palmers Garth

Palmers Garth

A short walk from the main site of College, situated across the river; Palmers Garth houses 57 students in 8 twin and 41 single rooms. To quote the JCR Handbook it offers "a real spirit of a community within a community" and is only a minute's walk from College across Kingsgate Bridge. Palmers Garth has its own TV room, laundry and all rooms are linked to the University IT Network. A Resident Warden (usually a postgraduate student) lives in this block and is available to the residents for advice, support, tea and biscuits.

Pace Building

Pace Building

Pace houses 44 students in en suite accommodation in E, F, G and H Stairs. It also incorporates the Music Room, two gyms, a common room and self-catering kitchen.

J Stairs

Offering 15 single rooms and overlooking Dunham Court. Residents here are conveniently located for the College Laundry which is on the the ground floor of this block.

Jevons Building

Newly refurbished in 2017-18, Jevons comprises K, L and M Stairs and offers single ensuite rooms including a flat used by a JCR Sabbatical Officer. A multi-purpose social space, cafe and bar with wif-fi access is located on the ground floor of the Jevons Building.

Bailey House

Bailey House offers 50 single rooms in a block which is opposite the Gatehouse on North Bailey. Bailey House offers its residents modern study-bedroom facilities over four floors, with a communal kitchen/meeting area on the ground floor.


Palatine House

James Barber House

The building offers 45 single rooms in a single storey bulding behind Anchorage Terrace, along Church Street. It is only five minute's walk from College and is our self-catering Postgraduate Centre offering a sense of "independence" from main College but within reach of all its facilities. James Barber House has its own lounge area, kitchen, dining hall, laundry, quadrangle and lawned area.