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John Snow College


If you are a Fresher John Snow College Undergraduate, your catering arrangements will vary depending on where you live.

  • If you live in John Snow College, you will be part-catered. This means that you are self-catered most of the time, with the exception of Tuesdays and Thursdays evenings when you will enjoy College Dining in our Waterside Restaurant. This is included in your accommodation charge. Most first year students are accommodated within the College. View sample evening menus on the Waterside website.
  • If you live in Durham University Colleges' Accommodation at Mezzino,you also enjoy the same part-catered package if your room allocation in Mezzinois made via John Snow College, and this will be included in your accommodation charge.
  • If you live in the private sector accommodation, you are required to make your own arrangements for catering. However, you are welcome to join College Dining for a small charge.

There are plenty of places to pick up your groceries within the vacinity of John Snow College and Mezzino including Morrisons, Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury's Local. Sainsbury's Local is located directly adjacent the main entrance to John Snow College.

Meal times

John Snow College dines together on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Waterside.

For 2015-2016 Dinner is served from 5.15pm with service continuing until 6.45pm.

During the academic year, a total of 48, two-course evening meals are provided specifically for John Snow College students If you live in John Snow College or Mezzino, the cost of these meals is included in your accommodation charge. For all other students, meals can be paid for at the point of purchase. At College Dining, those not living in College accommodation can purchase meals.

College Kitchens

Students living in John Snow College and Mezzino accommodation will share a spacious, comfortable communal kitchen with their fellow flatmates.

John Snow kitchen

John Snow kitchen

Every kitchen has a wide range of facilities including:

  • Cooker
  • Sink and washing up area
  • Storage areas
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Substantial cupboard space
  • Table and dining chairs
  • Microwave
  • Kettle
  • Ironing board

It is the responsibility of all flatmates to ensure that the communal kitchen area is kept tidy, clean and safe. Room and kitchen inspections are performed on a regular basis.

John Snow College Dining in The Waterside Restaurant

For those Freshers living in John Snow College or Mezzino accommodation, your catered meals are held in the Waterside Restaurant on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. 

Waterside Restaurant

Waterside Restaurant

Resident students will be required to produce a valid dining card to receive their meal as part of their accommodation charge (which is issued upon arrival & each term). View sample evening menus on the Waterside website.

Waterside Restaurant servery

Waterside Restaurant servery

During the day, the Waterside is the main food outlet on Queen's Campus, offering a wide variety of hot and cold dishes including healthy eating options, pastas, carvery, vegetarian and halal choices.

In addition, the YUM deli bar adjoining the main Waterside provides a select-your-own salads and sandwiches service offering a range of delicious and varied fillings. If you are in a hurry you can simply choose from the YUM 'grab and go' selection of sandwiches or salads and hot or cold beverages.

We also have a coffee bar called Cafe Aroma which sells a full range of teas, coffees, snacks and light meals.

Formal Dinners

Each term, the College hosts wonderful Formal Dinners, where everyone dresses in formal wear plus their academic gown.

John Snow Formal Dinner

John Snow Formal Dinner

We enjoy a two course dinner with musical entertainment provided by our College societies. These dinners provide a great sense of occasion.

For those students living in John Snow College or Mezzino accommodation, the cost of Formal Dinners is included in the accommodation charge. Students who do not live in College accommodation, or are returning students, are also welcome to attend at a reasonable charge.