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Durham University

St Aidan's College

Social spaces

The Junior Common Room (JCR) social area

The JCR social area is the main hub for activity and socialising within college. It is well equipped with comfortable sofas for chatting, and also has two pool tables, table football, table tennis and a Wii and Playstation 3, complete with HDTV, to provide a welcome relief from academic endeavour.

There's usually a lot going on in the JCR. Whether it is hosting the weekly salsa classes or committees preparing decorations or setting up for college events, or people relaxing playing the piano, chatting, or using the games facilities, the JCR is the heart of undergraduate activity.

The JCR is also home to the college shop. Run by the JCR Shop Committee and student staff, it provides a non-profit service to students and stocks various essential items. In the evening the shop runs a toastie bar which is hugely popular. The shop gives students a chance to experience some of the practicalities of running a business as well as providing a service.

TV lounge

The TV room is adjacent to the JCR and boasts a 50" HD television with Sky and a DVD player. The room has a cosy feel; a particularly popular thing to do is to push two sofas together to make a 'pod' and curl up to watch your favourite programmes.

The Bar

Aidan’s bar provides our members with an excellent social space, complete with a 68” TV, darts board and beer garden, as well as a great selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at inexpensive prices. It’s the perfect place to have a quiet one as well as enjoy Aidan’s many social events from regular quizzes to our much-loved Summer Festival in June.

The sabbatical Bar Steward runs the bar alongside our great team of student Bar Staff, giving the bar a friendly atmosphere as well as providing them with the opportunity to gain valuable experience alongside their studies.

If you’d like to get involved with the Bar or have any suggestions then please don’t hesitate to get in contact at

Outdoor spaces

During the summer months the gardens are a hive of activity. Whether its games of volleyball, cricket, 5 a-side football or grand BBQs and sunbathing, the sun brings the gardens alive and fantastic summer days, and nights, are guaranteed.