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St John's College


St. John’s is a fully catered college, which means that students living in are provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week during undergraduate term time. John’s students that do not live in college are able to purchase a meal ticket when they need to dine in on occasion. There is a vegetarian alternative available for every meal and the college will happily cater for students with special dietary requirements.

Meals are served in the two college dining rooms; with John’s Hall students dining in Haughton and their Cranmer contemporaries eating in Bowes. Formal meals are held once a week in the newly refurbished and extended Haughton dining room, with two extra special “megaformals” in Leech Hall each term.

Postgraduates have access to kitchens in their own buildings although if living in they get college meals during term times. For postgraduates living out there is another larger kitchen/dining area in the Postgraduate Centre.

As a testament to the quality of the catering at John’s, it regularly features in the top rankings of the Catering section annual Student Experience Survey.

Postgraduates, members of the Middle Common Room, are able to also join inter-college formals which are always great to get to know lots of people.

Meet a postgraduate

I was very pleased to have been given a place at Durham University, not least because of its international reputation as an institution producing high quality scholars. It has also been exciting to become a member of St. John's College.

St. John's was my first choice given its history of fostering students in a close and diverse community, as well as the immediate access to necessary resources which it offers postgraduates.

My expectations of the college have been surpassed with the warm and helpful attitude of its many staff, and the sociability of the student body. Durham is now my third university, and it is the collegiate system we have in place which helps establish a sense of belonging, and a support network at the very start of the academic year.


Alex, PhD Theology and Religion




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.