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Durham University

St John's College

About St John's

"So much I could say about John's! The people here are some of the warmest and kindest that I have ever met: I was welcomed heartily on my first day as a fresher, and have truly felt like part of a family ever since."

Josh Warren, Maths, 3rd year

A strong sense of community

St John’s, a recognised College in Durham University, is home to a family of about 500 undergraduates and 160 postgraduates from all disciplines and backgrounds. We also have around 80 members of Cranmer Hall, a thriving theological college where future church leaders are educated and formed. As one of the smallest colleges within the university, St John's is famed for being among the friendliest, with a strong sense of a family and community. The small size of the college means that is easy to get involved in College life: from the running of College through the Common Rooms, to student sports teams, societies and committees. We strive for academic excellence and have academic teaching and research staff based in the College.

Traditional yet forward-thinking

St John’s preserve collegiate traditions. Johnians matriculate in our 12th century chapel, in addition to the Cathedral; we wear gowns for weekly formal dinners; and still say grace in Latin. And yet, the College has a distinctly progressive, egalitarian outlook: it was one of the first colleges of Durham University to become co-educational (1973), and the first co-educational college to appoint a female Principal (1978). We believe that to lead is to serve, and on some formal dinners, the senior management serve the rest of the staff and students. All our different staff teams work closely together with students to create the unique John’s experience and to support charity and community projects. Throughout the year, the College’s Christian ethos translates into warm hospitality.

Contact us

The Principal's Office

St John's College 
3 South Bailey 

Office hours: 9:004:30pm

T: 0191 334 3856


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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.