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College of St Hild and St Bede

Postgraduate Life

Every Durham University postgraduate student is a member of a college - a supportive, diverse community of students and staff from across the University. Whether you live in college, or 'out' in town or in your own home, you still benefit from the services and opportunities on offer in your college.

The College of St Hild & St Bede, founded in 1839, is the largest mixed community College in the University and has over 300 postgraduates as members, both non-resident and resident, who participate actively in College life. Our College community is very diverse and includes students from 27 different nationalities. This year 70 postgraduate students have chosen to live in College and this group forms the hub of a vibrant community.

The College occupies a 16-acre site to the North of Durham which benefits from being less than 5 minutes' walk from the City centre. We are surrounded by our own parkland and have our own sports facilities. There is one student body within the College, called the Student Representative Council (SRC). However, within this body is a postgraduate committee which have established the Postgraduate Society; and together these look after the interests of the postgraduates in college. Postgraduate students dine together as a group every Wednesday in the 50-seat dining room and the Postgraduate Committee/Society organises regular social events, including inter-college formal dinners, weekly social evenings, seminar evenings, film nights, and trips out of Durham into the surrounding area.


Watch our Hild-Bede film for a glimpse of College life...