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Durham University

St John's College

College Covid-19 information and planning

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, and following government directives, St John’s College has remained open, while operating differently. Due to governments and restrictions, we are constantly reviewing our Covid safe environment. We remain open for business and are looking forward to all that this new term will bring.

Student services

Staff are normally available via email, telephone and Microsoft Teams. Their working hours may vary slightly from normal, and they may take longer than usual for to respond to queries. For contact details, see the contact list on this page. We offer student support online during office hours on Cranmer Tutors are offering support to students of Cranmer, also via telephone, email and online.

Helping Hands Appeal

We launched a fundraising appeal in order to lend a helping hand to those individuals in our community who are struggling financially as a result of Covid-19. Find out more here.

Operational planning

  • Our staff teams are developing detailed operational plans to ensure the safety of our staff and students while offering a Johnian college experience. You can find a detailed overview of our operational models for accommodation, college life, facilities and student services in relation to the Covid-19 alert levels in the document below.
  • These plans are adapted continuously in response to government/local restrictions and guidelines.
  • We expect to start the new term at alert level 3, with a blended virtual/in person operational model, and certain restrictions on College life and facilities indoors for safety reasons.
  • We are excited to develop a new outdoor café/bar area: Linton Garden Bar. We have also hired a large marquee for Michaelmas term, which will offer flexible social space for various events and activities.
  • We will continue to offer a range of college events and activities online to keep our community together across social distancing measures.
  • Cranmer Ordinands receive detailed information separately about teaching and operational arrangements.
  • Under current local restrictions, only residents and staff are permitted on College grounds. Students living out may only access the LRC/library (if members). We look forward to welcoming students living out into College as soon as permitted.
  • College life will certainly be a little different from usual, especially in the first term, but we will be the same friendly and welcoming community as always.


Floor circulation plan

Contact us

St John's College 
3 South Bailey 

Opening hours: 08:00 – 23:00

T: +44 (0)191 334 3500


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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.