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Durham University

St Cuthbert's Society

Prospective Students

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At Durham University, you not only choose a programme of study, you also choose a college, which every student belongs to. A college is a vibrant, supportive community that provides opportunities for you to gain new experiences and develop skills to achieve more in your future life. Each college has its own distinctive character defined by its buildings, traditions and people, and each offers a range of facilities for study, sports, socialising and relaxing.

St Cuthbert's Society is one of the oldest and friendliest student communities in Durham. Cuth's has a lot to offer potential students, from academic and personal development to a whole host of clubs and societies, many of which are unique to the college. With two residential sites, one on the Bailey, the historic heart of Durham, and a more modern residence at Parsons Field ten minutes away.

Life at St. Cuthbert's Society can be hugely exciting and rewarding. Not only are we the only Durham college which can offer catered and self-catered accommodation, but we also have two gyms, a library, two bars and a range of other facilities which you can find out about on these pages.

Anyway, if you want to know more about us and would like to visit, please contact Reception on to arrange a pre-applicant visit. You can also visit us through the University's Pre-Application Open Days or if you have been made an offer for undergraduate study, come along to the Post-Application Open Days in March.

Message from the Principal

Dear Student,

We are often asked by prospective students why they need to apply to a college and why St Cuthbert's Society. To answer the first question is a bit tricky: Durham University is a collegiate University and you have to be both a member of a college and a member of a department. Sometimes when I mention "a collegiate university", we still get blank looks. What is a collegiate University? Well, apart from the bricks and mortar (and some have better looking bricks and mortar), colleges provide the opportunity to be part of a diverse community which brings you in contact with people from different cultures and backgrounds. It's about living and dining together, sharing experiences and developing as an individual. You could argue that you can get that from a non-collegiate university but what we have is so much more and I suppose the only way to truly experience a collegiate university is to try it.

The answer to the second question is simple: St Cuthbert's Society is one of the oldest colleges, set up in 1888, is also one of the largest (c.1300), provides accommodation to 465 students and is keen to attract students from a broad range of backgrounds and who can contribute to the life of the college: arts, music, drama, sports or just mere life experience. We are also the only college (and I can say this with the upmost confidence) that provides catered, part catered and self-catered facilities. For catered options, this includes full board (3 meals a day, 7 days a week), part catered is 10 meals a week (lunch and dinner, Monday to Friday) and self-catered (is exactly what it says on the tin). You can also "pay as you go"; in other words, use us as a cafeteria.

Best Wishes,

Professor Elizabeth Archibald

Principal, St Cuthbert's Society