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St Cuthbert's Society

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.1200), 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 is "says on the tin). You can also "pay as you go", in other words, use us as a cafeteria.

Anyway, if you want to know more about us and would like to visit, please contact Reception on cuthberts.reception@durham.ac.uk 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, come along to the Post-Application open days in March.

Best Wishes,

Professor Elizabeth Archibald

Principal, St Cuthbert's Society