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Van Mildert College

About Van Mildert College

Welcome to Van Mildert College from the Principal

“Durham University consists of 16 very diverse and distinctive colleges. Van Mildert is, however, exceptionally distinctive. Our College occupies a unique lakeside setting on the hill, with a range of great facilities and friendly support staff. High academic achievement is matched, for example, on the sports field, in the concert hall and on the stage and especially by our many outreach and volunteering projects with our partners in and around the city. Our senior management team (Principal, Deputy Principal and Bursar) is open and committed to supporting the student body through the presidents and executive committees of Junior and Middle Common rooms, helping drive and deliver their agendas for the benefit of all the many members of the College.

Van Mildert is one of the largest colleges with some 525 residents and over 1300 members. Here you find a friendly, comfortable and secure environment, supported by an active mentor system and a dynamic Senior Common Room. Here too there is ample space to develop your own interests, talents and personality and establish enduring friendships with your peers. We can offer an excellent library, comfortable reading rooms, computer room, music suite (with rehearsal rooms and a recording studio), a well-equipped gym, snooker room, spacious common room and bar, as well as the largest dining hall in the entire University.

The success or otherwise of our inclusive College community depends to a very large extent on yourselves, an ambitious student cohort with fresh aspirations and innovative ideas. You are encouraged to participate in the life of the College community, there are over 50 clubs, committees and societies, and engage in some of the many activities that define the unique Van Mildert community. And when you leave you will join the ranks of a distinguished alumni population that has made its mark on society in Britain and elsewhere.”

David Harper, Principal of Van Mildert College

A safe place to live, work and study

Durham University has been named the third safest university in England and Wales by The Complete University Guide 2015.