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

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.


Formal meals are held once a week in Haughton dining room, with two extra special “megaformals” in Leech Hall each term. All regular formals are free, even to livers out, so make good use of them while you can! Existing students with a CIS login can sign up to formals here.

For members of the MCR, formals are held in the Tristram Room.

Order a prospectus

Durham University's Undergraduate Prospectus for 2017 entry is now available to order or you can view our full, interactive version online.

Meet a student

The reason I love St John's College is that it functions like a family. Being a small community there is a unity between the years and across friendship groups, which helps to create a welcoming and friendly dynamic. There is something for everyone: with bountiful sports teams, societies, music groups and theatre companies, John's is a place where each individual is recognised and celebrated for what they bring to the table. The college itself is charming - an idyllic row of houses in prime location along the Bailey - it truly feels and looks like a home. I adore the sense of college spirt, and am honoured to be part of such a lively, diverse, yet close-knit community. 

Flo, BA Theology

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.