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Durham University

St John's College

 St John's College


Welcome to St John's College

St John’s College is like no other Durham college. Founded in 1909 and set in a series of beautiful listed buildings in the heart of Durham city, our community enjoys stunning views of Durham Cathedral and boasts gardens and lawns stretching down to the River Wear. We are one of the smallest colleges, renowned for our lively and welcoming atmosphere. St John’s fosters a supportive community that will positively challenge, develop, and grow your individual strengths. The College has a degree of independence within the University, both financially and in its governance. Our students study for University degrees alongside members of other colleges, but we have the freedom to do things a little differently.

Keep up to date with College life

Our distinctive student communities of John’s Hall and Cranmer Hall, from across different disciplines, fill the College with life. Staff and students eat together, and our many social, academic and faith-based events bring the whole College community together. Out of term-time, the College hosts conferences and events with visitors from across the world, postgraduates stay in College to work on dissertations, and we welcome back alumni for reunions.


"Coming to John’s, and coming to Durham, is probably the best thing that’s ever happened to me."

Mob Rahman, BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics

St John’s College, Durham University

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Contact Details

St John's College
3 South Bailey
United Kingdom

Covid-19 Response

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St John's College, Durham is a recognised College of Durham University and incorporates Cranmer Hall. Charity No. 1141701 Limited Company No. 113496 (England and Wales) VAT No. 334 6364 57.