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Durham University

St Aidan's College

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 St Aidan's. As well as the practical facilities college provides, we offer excellent personal support and a secure environment which complements the academic provision of your department. Active membership of college gives you a sense of community and a real focus for your social life. Many of our postgraduates were undergraduates at Aidan's and have decided to maintain their association with the College, having enjoyed the pleasures of the JCR and its facilities.

At St Aidan's, our students come from varied backgrounds from all over the globe and we aim to create an integrated community that respects cultural differences. We're confident that you'll find others with similar interests who will enable you to enrich yourself during your time at St Aidan's. We pride ourselves on being friendly and unassuming, despite looking down on all others from our elevated position in Durham!

For all international postgraduates: please see the following information provided by the Colleges and Student Experience Office: Useful links and guides

“When I came to Durham to start my PhD, I was worried that my life would be taken over by work, not only because of my workload, but because I didn't really know anyone and therefore had nothing else to do! However, the first night of moving into Aidan's college, there was a knock at the door. Three members of the Aidan's SCR (Senior Common Room; a body of postgraduates and Mentors which represent the senior members of college), came round to see if I wanted to join them and some other new members for dinner and drinks to get to know everyone. This just epitomises college life in Aidan's. ”

Simon Cork, PhD Neuroscience