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Durham University

St Aidan's College

St Aidan's College Virtual Visit

Welcome to your virtual visit to St Aidan's College Durham, where you can experience what we offer.

We would have loved to welcome you to our Visit Days. Unfortunately due to COVID-19 we cannot welcome visitors. Instead, we have produced this site to offer you a virtual visit. We hope you enjoy finding out about life here at St Aidan's College, known in Durham as ‘The Rainbow College’.

Dr Susan Frenk, College Principal

Dr Susan Frenk, College Principal

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.

We’re here to support your studies and enhance your student experience

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 and values cultural differences. We're confident that you'll find like-minded friends with similar interests who will enable you to enrich your experience during your time at St Aidan's. We pride ourselves on being friendly and unassuming, encouraging all students to develop their full potential, as well as helping others.

Our student support and development team is here to support all our students, from starting as fresher’s through to graduation. A group of experienced and dedicated staff will listen, advise and assist you throughout your time as an Aidan’s Student. They should become your first port of call for any concerns you may have.

If you would like to hear more about our student support and development team, please watch our open day video, we would usually deliver this in person. We have also accumulated a useful list of FAQs about our accommodation, catering, arrival and other often-asked questions from students.

Any questions?

If you have any queries about St Aidan’s College please email us via You can also find lots of information on the Durham Admissions Page click the link to find out more

A note for Parents and Guardians: we are unable to discuss applicant offers with a third party.

Meet Nanki…

"Aidan’s has a warm, non-judgemental and caring embrace, which is embodied by every member of the Aidan’s community. I believe that Aidan’s offers something for everyone. There are numerous ways to get involved in varying capacities whether it is sports, welfare, arts, or volunteering to help the wider community. There are also opportunities to showcase your leadership skills through the various JCR officer positions. Being involved with the Aidan’s community helped me learn and grow in many ways. St. Aidan’s has undoubtedly been an indispensable part of my university experience and I have made friends that will last a lifetime." Psychology Student