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St John's College

Sport at St John's

John's Mixed Lacrosse Team finished the 2014/15 season with a 12-1 win over Durham University Mixed Lacrosse.

Along with the many societies, there are an even greater number of sports teams which you can get involved in during your time at St John's. Through the MCR you may join any of the College sports teams which cater to every ability. For more niche sports and to take things to the next level you may also wish to play at a University level. Click here for a list of sports played in College and here for those played at a University level.

St John's College Boat Club

St. John's College has a fine history of rowing; the Boat Club was founded in 1910 and is one of the oldest in the university, and we usually place highly in intra- university competitions. The Boat Club operates from its own boathouse, nestled on the riverbank just below the College.

Durham Regatta

St John's Boat Club at the 2015 Durham Regatta

St John's students playing for the England Hockey team

"The phrase student-athlete doesn’t really convey the multitude of problems which come from trying to play international sport and taking a degree at Durham University at the same time. The word ‘student’ comes first in the phrase because that is the reason that you are at Durham University, and for myself I’m there to study geography, however the fact that I’m constantly dressed in sports kit, reminds me that I am also there to train. I have been a member of the University Performance squad for the duration of my time at Durham, and was selected to join the England U21 squad. Subsequently, I played for the U21s v Germany and the Great Britain Development Squad v the Welsh Seniors. Playing in these matches was an unbelievable experience, providing me with memories which will remain with me for the rest of my life. Not only did I feel immensely proud when I sang the national anthem for the first time, but I also felt a small kind of vindication for the times when I have compromised my academic work or social life to go to bed early before a game or practise on my own on the pitch at Maiden Castle. During the 70 minutes of a hockey match nothing which has come before matters and the only thing which enables you to succeed is putting in a lot of hard work. A theme which is shared both on the pitch and in a lecture theatre or in the library. Having lived-in during my third year in St John’s it has enabled me to focus on both my academic and sporting goals in Durham and I am grateful to everyone who has made that possible." JULES

St John's College gym

St John's College Gym

The College maintains gym facilites on site in Cruddas House. They are equipped with a range of equipment; from rowing machines stationary bicycles to resistance and free weights. These facilities can be booked and used by students who undertake a brief gym safety induction, and whom abide by the College's conditons of use.

Students can apply for gym membership using John's online here.

A new gym building is currently in construction adjacent to Cruddas House, right next to the current gym. This will be fitted with the latest gym equiptment and will be completed and available for use by Spring 2018.

How to apply

We encourage you to nominate St John's as your preferred college using the UCAS college codes in your UCAS application. The college you choose will not in any way affect your chances of getting an offer from the University; that decision is made by your academic department. If you choose not to select a college, the University will randomly allocate one for you on your behalf. This is known as making an open application.

If your first choice college is oversubscribed and cannot make an offer, a computerised system will allocate you to another college.

If you would like to choose St John's College as your preferred college, please do this by entering "DUR/J" in the appropriate place on your UCAS form.

If you would like to book a visit, or enquire about our next Open Day, please email

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.

St John's College Boat Club website

Visit the St John's College Boat Club website

Running for Charity


A big thank you to everyone in John’s who helped me raise over £2,000 for Barnardo’s and sponsored me to run the London marathon. I think in a university which is, in general, so privileged, understanding child poverty is really important.

Running the marathon was a lot of fun, the atmosphere can only be described as carnival, it was so amazingly well supported, and I definitely couldn’t have got round without all the jelly babies!​ Although training with all the hills in Durham, with fellow Johnian Sophie (who also ran the Marathon, ten minutes quicker than me!) made the actual marathon seem much easier, doing repeated five mile laps up to the 'cock o’ the North' isn't easy!


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.