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Durham University

St Cuthbert's Society

About Cuth's

St Cuthbert’s Society is one of the largest and oldest student communities at Durham. Founded in 1888 as an alternative to collegiate living, it still retains that independence of spirit, but now offers its students all the advantages of being a college of Durham University.

Cuth’s occupies two sites, with rooms and gardens on the historic Bailey in the heart of Durham, and self-catered, modern flats across the river at Parson’s Field. We thus provide a uniquely flexible range of accommodation and catering options to our diverse and international student body.

Cuth’s offers outstanding opportunities for student participation in sport, the arts and volunteering, which are supported by its exceptionally energetic Junior Common Room, as well as a lively programme of interdisciplinary lectures and events to enhance the academic experience.

Who was St Cuthbert?

St Cuthbert's Society is named after St Cuthbert of Lindisfarne (c. 634-20 March 687), who lived in Anglo-Saxon Northumbria as a monk, bishop and hermit. St Cuthbert is celebrated every year on his Feast day, the 20th March, and the Society is included in the Cathedral's celebration of the Saint. As well as this, the JCR Social Committee organises a large-scale formal dinner, 'The Feast of St Cuthbert', which takes place every year.

The St Cuthbert's Society Shield depicts the gold and garnet Pectoral Cross of St Cuthbert, which was discovered the last time his coffin was opened in 1827.