Frequently Asked Questions
Why choose John Snow College? What is the accommodation like at MO?
We are a diverse and inclusive modern College with traditional values, offering self-catered en-suite accommodation (which includes ¾ sized beds). We have excellent, brand new amenities which include: an events hall, gym, dance studio, yoga studio, music practice room and a multi-faith/quiet room. The Junior Common Room (JCR) & Middle Common Room (MCR) have offices and social space which includes a café/bar and an outdoor Multi Use Games Area (MUGA).
Will it be finished in time for 20/21?
All building work is on schedule and College staff and College REPS will be moving into the buildings to prepare the facilities for your arrival!
Can I change college?
Durham University has a policy that once a college allocation is made then it is part of our broader offer and not something that would be changed at the applicant’s request.
You can find out more about the allocation policy at https://www.dur.ac.uk/colleges.se.office/allocations/
When do I apply for accommodation?
Undergraduate students who have met the conditions of offer and have returned their AS12 confirming their place will be offered accommodation.
To apply for membership and accommodation at John Snow College, you should choose ‘John Snow College as your first choice on the College Membership Form
Students do not need to do anything about accommodation before A-level results are published. Once the student has confirmed their place with Durham University they will be sent an accommodation preference form. The form will be used to allocate the student into flats so it is important that it is returned as soon as possible. If the accommodation preference form is not returned to us we will assume that the student does not want college managed accommodation.
Do I have to move out during the vacation periods?
No. Your license to occupy allows you to stay in college over the vacation periods. Students normally remain in their allocated room for the full academic year. Some colleges offer ‘buy back’ schemes for student bedrooms. John Snow College does not offer this option.
How much does it cost to live in John Snow College Accommodation?
Please refer to the Undergraduate/ Postgraduate residence charges:
Residence charges are inclusive of, electricity/gas, hot water and heating
What are the laundry facilities?
There are pay-as-you-go washing machines and tumble dryers.
Will I find out my room number prior to arrival?
No, you will receive details on your arrival.
Can I select a preference for a flat type?
Yes, you can express your interest for flat type on the accommodation preference form which will be sent to you following A Level results.
We offer a variety of flat types:
- Female Only
- Male Only
- Alcohol Free
- Vegetarian/Vegan (Meat-free/fish free)
- Dust Free (Student’s with a preference for a cleaner environment)
- Nut free/coeliac/lactose Intolerant
*Please note this is a preference only and cannot be guaranteed.
Is accessible accommodation available?
John Snow College have four wheelchair accessible ensuite bedrooms for those students who require this type of accommodation. All accessible study bedrooms are located on the ground floor.
What do I need to bring?
The College will provide a list of items to bring closer to your arrival.
Do I need a TV licence?
You must provide your own television licence if you bring a TV to College. Your parents licence does not cover your television in College accommodation. The TV Licensing Authority has informed us that they may carry out checks on the premises.
Is there internet?
DU provide free student Wi-Fi across the estate, including MO accommodation.
Will I have insurance cover for my accommodation?
Will I have Insurance Cover for my accommodation?
Durham University have arranged contents insurance cover from Endsleigh Insurance Services Ltd for students who reside in College accommodation.
Enter your policy number HH1288 at https://www.endsleigh.co.uk/personal/home-insurance/check-your-student-cover/ 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.
Can I park my car at College?
You are advised, strongly, not to bring a vehicle to College. Wherever possible, please use public transport, cycle, walk or share transport to and from the campus. Cycle stands are provided in College and across the university campus. The University policy regarding car parking can be found at https://www.dur.ac.uk/estates/transportparking/
Can I bring my bike?
Yes, MO will have bike storage on site and the City is cycle friendly, with lots of storage points across the estate. Colleges encourage safe use of personal cycles, including the use of cycle helmets and lights.
How far is it to walk to the main campus?
MO is part of the network of Colleges known as the ‘Hill Colleges’. The Colleges are situated close to the City’s park and ride facility, enabling easy access to both the City centre and other amenities. MO is a 10-15 minute walk (downhill) to the main campus, with other University departments spread across the City.
Where are the local amenities?
Public transport passes MO regularly, providing transportation to the City centre and out of town shopping areas, where you can find TESCO Extra, ALDI, LIDL and TK Maxx.
What is the JCR?
The Junior Common Room (JCR) is the College’s undergraduate student body. This group is represented by the JCR President and Committee. The JCR is responsible for student enrichment and providing the wider student experience.
What does the JCR do?
The JCR organises events, runs multiple sports teams and creates societies within College. Furthermore, the JCR Committee meet regularly to discuss issues within College, feeding back comments about their role and what improvements could be made to give our students the best experiences possible. The JCRs are run by students who are elected by their peers to run specific aspects of College life such as balls, welfare campaigns, socials and gowned events.
For more information: https://www.johnsnowjcr.co.uk/postoffer-visit-day-2020
What sports could I do?
At John Snow College we have lots of sports that you can get involved in, either on a competitive level or just for fun. It is a great way to meet new people and take part in some healthy competition with friends. We have many talented students who take part in a number of competitive sports at both College and University level. The main sports played at John Snow College are as follows, however we do have other sports available and we are always interested in developing others:
- Men’s Rugby
- Women’s Rugby
- Men’s Basketball
- Men's Football & Futsal
- Women’s Hockey
*New for 2020/21*
- Men’s Hockey
- Women’s Football
- Paw Prints Dance
What societies could I join?
There are so many societies you can join at John Snow, it's a great way to meet people with similar interests as you. All of the societies are welcoming and inclusive, it does not matter if it's something you have never done before, if you haven't done it in a while or you just want to give it a try. There's something for everyone at John Snow!
- Art Soc
- Baking Society
- Blizzard Theatre Company
- British Sign Language
- Christian Union
- Fem Soc
- John Snow Book Club
- John Snow Charity Fashion Show
- LGBTQ+ Soc
- Music Society (singing group, violin group, woodwind ensemble, jazz band and rock band)
- Vegan and Vegetarian Soc
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