Welcome to St Mary's College
Established in 1899, St Mary's is one of Durham's oldest Colleges. Originally founded as a pioneering women-only College, our community is now mixed and comprises around 750 undergraduate members and 150 full-time and 200 part-time postgraduates. We are a warm and friendly College situated in a great location, close to many of the University’s academic departments and central facilities. Our neoclassical buildings and extensive grounds provide a beautiful environment in which to live and study.
The Collegiate nature of Durham University provides its students (undergraduate and postgraduate) with the opportunity to live and study in small communities that support its individual members, academically, personally and socially – bringing the University experience to a more human scale. Here at St Mary’s we are known in Durham as being one of the friendliest colleges: wherever in the world and whatever background you are from, St Mary's will welcome you.
We offer outstanding opportunities for academic and personal success in a caring environment. We are modern and dynamic in our outlook, encouraging our students to get involved with all that Durham has to offer, to whatever extent is right for them. We are all about supporting our students throughout the course of their studies to reach their academic and personal potential, and to prepare them for post-University life.
We also value our heritage and traditions: founded as a College for women at a time when women were not able to take University degrees, St Mary’s College has played an important part in the history of higher education in the UK and internationally. The principles of social justice and equality of opportunity upon which the College was founded are still as important to our mixed College community today as in 1899.
It is this positive experience of being a part of a supportive and caring academic community that leads so many of our students to retain a lifelong affiliation with St Mary’s, returning for many Alumni events and supporting our current student body.
As our students attest, there really is something about Mary’s.