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St John's College


The Parsonage

The college has set aside a building known as the Parsonage as a music practice room for students who are that way inclined. It is equipped with both an upright and an electric piano, and its relative isolation and stone construction make it the perfect place to practice without incurring the ire of one's fellow students.


Organ and Pianos

The college chapel is home to the chapel organ; a "small, electric action instrument of two manuals and pedals reflecting the neo-classical trend of the 1960s". It is available for use by students of the college when a chapel service is not taking place. The college offers two organ scholarships to students; predicated upon them playing for some college chapel services. There are also upright pianos located in the Bailey Room and a Steinway/Boston grand piano in Leech Hall that can be played by students. 

Chapel Organ

Chapel Choir

The college chapel is home to the seventeen strong choir, who lead the singing during worship. They have been invited to sing at both Durham and Ripon cathedrals, and are a regular feature on Radio 4's Daily Service programme. The college offers a scholarship to students who sing as part of the choir during their studies. 

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

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