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Durham University

St Aidan's College


We are a fully-catered college. Meals are held in our dining hall three times a day, seven days a week on a self-service basis.

St Aidan's dining hall

St Aidan's dining hall

The food at Aidan’s is very good indeed, offering the option of a cooked breakfast in the morning, hot meal and the help-yourself salad bar at lunchtime and a three course meal for dinner. Mealtimes at Aidan’s are an excellent way to meet other students, make new friends and soak up some of Aidan’s legendary College spirit.

Formal dinner at St Aidan's

Formal dinner at St Aidan's

Formal Dinners

We have Formal Dinners three times a term. These are often smart events which bring the college together for great food and entertainment. On occasions these events are fancy dress, with past themes including, Heros and Villains, Myths and Legends, Halloween, Under the Sea and Pirates of the Caribbean to mention just a few.

As in most Durham Colleges, the residence charge covers all your meals during term-time.

Example St Aidan's kitchen

Example St Aidan's kitchen

Kitchen space

In addition, all students living in college have access to a kitchen. Kitchens include a hob, a microwave, a toaster, a sink and stroage space. 

Kosher Kitchen

In addition to our main kitchen, we host the University's only kosher kitchen, which supports the Jewish Sabbath meals and other festivals.

For the evening Sabbath meals, the kosher kitchen conforms to Jewish dietary law concerning food and its preparation. For example, pork is specifically prohibited, and vegetables and fruit must be thoroughly cleaned to ensure no insects are eaten. Other products, such as some yoghurt brands and some breakfast cereals, contain gelatine or glycerine, which are also prohibited, while items such as cheese and wine must come from an approved source.

The facilities allow the Jewish Society to have a dedicated space to use for Friday night dinners as well as other events including speakers, film nights and festival celebrations.