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Durham University

St Aidan's College

 St Aidan's College

Welcome to St Aidan's College

Welcome to St Aidan’s, the ‘Rainbow College’. Join our community to engage with the world. From the creative arts to community engagement projects, peer mentoring and Pathways to Enterprise, our energy, enthusiasm and warmth encourage everyone to flourish.   

A modern College, we evolve as we explore new possibilities with our local and international partners. You can develop your talents, or discover new ones, in a caring and supportive environment. Our creative writing course is unique, our intercultural and interfaith exchanges are thriving, and our College spaces can host anything from meditation groups to ‘Live Lounge’ and ‘Open mic’ evenings. With the emphasis on participation, we have a great tradition of both informal and committed activity: from mixed frisbee to women’s rugby; yoga and meditation to tango, salsa and classical Indian dance. 

We are proud co-founders and hosts of Durham Pride and Durham City of Sanctuary, and of two research centres with community impact and growing global relationships at their heart. Through celebrations like Chinese New Year and international film nights, our Banipal Middle Eastern Writer in Residence Fellowship and JSoc’s Shabbat celebrations, we work towards active citizenship to challenge a fractured world.

Situated at the top of Windmill Hill, if you take a moment of calm near our haunting sculpture by Fenwick Lawson, the view of Durham Cathedral and the dramatic landscape of the city will always inspire you. In the same way, our modernity embraces sensitivity and respect for the other living histories and struggles of this complex region, where natural beauty and industrial resilience coexist.

COVID-19 update

Durham University remains open and is responding to the COVID-19 virus with the health and wellbeing of our community and the communities of which we are part as our first priority.

Whilst the Student Support Offices in college are currently closed to face-to-face interactions, remote support is available. If you have any concerns, please email to arrange a meeting. If you would like a phone appointment during weekday office hours (9am-5pm), please include your phone number in your email.

Collecting student belongings

If you are a current student and have any questions regarding collecting your belongings from college accommodation please email For more information click here.

More information

Answers to questions about Coronavirus can be found on the University's dedicated website click here.

Support and advice for students during COVID-19 click here.

For the latest advice from Public Health England click here.

For travel advice, please see the latest information from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office click here.

Contact Details

Windmill Hill

Tel: +44 (0) 191 334 5769
Fax: +44 (0) 191 334 5770
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