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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

As part of our new University strategy of 50% of our students to 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 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.

Colleges at a glance



Total number
of 1st
year rooms*

% of
1st year

% of







N 319 10% 5% Y N 1,103 1
Grey FC Y 235 12% 8% Y Y 1,000 G
Hatfield FC Y 138 17% 46% N Y 950 2
Butler SC Y 250 100% 0% N Y 875 9
St Aidan's FC N 270 0% 40% Y Y 1,285 A
St Chad's FC Y 115 78% 70% N Y 468 3
St Cuthbert's FC/PC/SC N 279 20% 9% N N 1,200 4
St Hild &
St Bede
FC N 315 0% 0% N Y 1,225 5
St John's FC Y 128 29% 23% Y Y 469 J
St Mary's FC Y 183 10% 0% Y Y 833 M
Trevelyan FC Y 177 0% 12% Y Y 800 T
University FC Y 156 10% 30% N Y 1,010 U
Van Mildert FC N 340 5% 0% Y N 1,100 V

John Snow

PC Y 230 100% 0% # # 1,125 7
PC N 280 100% 0% Y # 1,060 8

*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.
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FC: Fully catered PC: Part catered SC: Self catered

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