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Our colleges

Durham currently has 15 undergraduate colleges (see below for future developments) which share many similarities; each offering excellent accommodation and facilities, lots of opportunities for personal development and a comprehensive support system. 

However every college has its own distinctive character, defined by its buildings, traditions and people. Some are housed in historic buildings; others are modern. Some take pride in age-old traditions; others are more informal. Some are larger, offering a particularly diverse community. Others are smaller and everybody knows everybody! All colleges are within walking distance of lecture facilities, study facilities, bars, cafés and shops. Whichever college you live in we are sure that you will quickly settle in and soon feel at home.

For more information about each college see ‘Our at a glance’ guide below and follow the links to each individual colleges webpages.

New college developments

To help achieve our University Strategy, 2017-2027 goal that 50% of our students will live in college accommodation, our new 17th College will open for 2019/20, along with a new home for John Snow College (Illustration of the new site pictured above).

These facilities, which between them will have 1,000 student beds, will be the best that Durham has to offer, and each College will have its own unique look and feel. The site both Colleges will occupy, close to the main University Campus and other Colleges, will also have a Hub with an events hall and a Multi-Use Games Area and benefit from good public transport links to other Departments and Durham City centre.

For 2018/19, John Snow College and Stephenson College will be based on the Howlands site, where Stephenson College will remain for 2019/20 and onwards.

Colleges at a glance



% of
1st year

% of







N 10% 5% Y N 1,563 1
Grey FC Y 12% 8% Y Y 1,150 G
Hatfield FC Y 17% 46% N Y 1,100 2
John Snow SC Y 100% 0% N N 1,125 7
Josephine Butler SC Y 100% 0% N Y 1,130 9
St Aidan's FC N 0% 40% Y Y 1,400 A
St Chad's FC Y 78% 70% N Y 555 3
St Cuthbert's FC/SC^ N 20% 9% N N 1,301 4
Stephenson SC N 100% 0% Y N 1,100 8
St Hild &
St Bede
FC N 0% 0% N Y 1,363 5
St John's FC Y 29% 23% Y Y 530 J
St Mary's FC Y 10% 0% Y Y 910 M
Trevelyan FC Y 0% 12% Y Y 866 T
University FC/SC Y 10% 30% N Y 1,100 U
Van Mildert FC N 5% 0% Y N 960 V

*Please note:
a) These figures are subject to annual change.
b) A higher proportion of single, en-suite bedrooms are reserved for returning third or fourth year students who wish to live in college. Please contact your preferred college for details.

**All colleges have special dinner events throughout the year called 'Formals'. Some colleges practice the long-established tradition of wearing gowns at these events. Others are less formal and do not wear gowns to dine in.
FC: Fully catered SC: Self catered
^A 10 meal package is available to SC students at St Cuthbert's

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