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Freshers' Dinner

On your arrival day at Stephenson College all new students are invited to attend the Freshers' Dinner.  This Dinner is held in a marquee attached to the Waterside Room.  The Dinner is attended by Freshers, College Officers, JCR Executives and your College Mentors.  After the Dinner the JCR take you through into the College Bar to dance the night away. 


This is one of the official ceremonies of Durham University and one of its historic traditions. It is a ceremony that each student is formally admitted to the University. The Ceremony involves all Senior members of University staff, including the Vice-Chancellor, the College Officers and the Heads of Facilities.  A new Stephenson student is picked at random to sign the Matriculation Book on behalf of all the new Stephenson students. Before the Ceremony the College will have the annual Freshers' photograph.  These can been found in the College Reception.

Block Sports

Each year the JCR organise a Block Sports afternoon.  This is where the students from your Block compete against each other in games such as Build the Train, Sack Race and many more fun activities for all students. 

Locomotion Dinners

Each student who lives in College automatically pays for a Locomotion dinner for Term 1 and 2.  The Locomotion Dinners usually have a theme such as Halloween and Valentines Day and are held in the Waterside Room.  This is the opportunity to dine formally with College Officers, JCR Executives and invited guests from other Durham Colleges.

College Balls

The Christmas and Summer Balls are two distinctive events which take place each year.  This is the opportunity to celebrate the end of Term 1 and Term 3.  The JCR organise these events which include a sit down meal and entertainment which go on into the early hours.


Doxbridge is the inter-collegiate tournament between College Sport Teams from Durham, Cambridge and Oxford.  Doxbridge takes place towards the end of March in Dublin. 

Stevo Day

Each Summer the JCR organise a Stevo Day.  This is when inflatables and giant games are brought on to College grounds for all Stephenson students to enjoy.  This event usually happens before the exam period for a relaxing enjoyable day before the exams.