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Welcome to John Snow College


It is expected that all incoming fresher students will live in College accommodation during their first year, in order to take full advantage of the College community. All applicants who wish to "live out" must apply in writing to the College Principal explaining their reasons for not living in College accommodation (Please note, there is no guarantee that permission will be granted). Requests to live out should be directed to Professor Carolyn Summerbell at

Please ensure that you apply for College accommodation early and clearly state any preferences you may have. We try where we can to allocate students to their preferred accommodation type, but as you can imagine this is not always possible. We can assure you that you will gain the full College experience if you live in College.

John Snow College Accommodation

Student flats consist of approximately six or seven rooms which share a kitchen. There are both en-suite rooms and rooms with a shared bathroom.

Facilities in each bedroom include:

The College also has a social spaces and facilities including a College Bar (The Igloo), TV, a shared gym and open spaces around the College.

Please contact for further details.


Durham University have arranged contents insurance cover from Endsleigh Insurance Services Ltd for students who reside in College accommodation.

If you would like to see information on what is covered by the current contents insurance service, plus details of optional additional/top up covers, please visit

Checking Contents Insurance Cover

You can enter your policy number HH1288 at to check your policy details.

You should visit the review cover link to:

  • Check what is covered
  • Check key exclusions and limitations
  • Check your policy excess
  • Check how to make a claim, extend and personalise your cover

It is important that you find out exactly what the basic level of cover is as you may find that this is not sufficient for your individual circumstances and you need to extend it to protect all of your possessions both in and outside of your room.


If you will require specific access to the accommodation block (such as wheelchair access etc), please get in touch with email address and we will be able to give further details and assess your needs.

TV Licence

If you have a television in your room, you will need your own TV licence for it. More information is available at (

Accommodation Fee

Click here for a breakdown of the accommodation charges for 2018/19. Please note that the charges stated are correct at the time of publishing but are subject to change.