College Buildings

Though a small College, St Chad’s is spread across an unusually rich collection of Grade II listed properties. It is usually possible for undergraduates to live in College for two out of their three or four years. Approximately one-third of the College's postgraduates live in College residences.


The College has 189 bedrooms, with 232 beds, in 9 halls of

 Seventy percent of the rooms (134) are en-suite, and twenty-
 three percent of the rooms (43) are shared.

Main College


Main College is, as the name suggests, the main focus of much of College life. Half of the building was constructed in the 18th century, and the rest was added in 1961. The newest parts are not yet listed, but the oldest parts are Grade II listed.  The City Wall, which runs behind the whole of the Main site, is Grade I listed.

The four wings of Main College revolve around the glass-covered Quad, which, during term, serves as an extension of the Junior Common Room. The was constructed during 2002-3 by covering and enclosing a largely-unused pre-existing quad. It accommodates up to 140 people.

The College’s main dining hall, the Moulsdale Hall, adjoins the Quad. Indeed, the dining hall and the Quad are designed to be used simultaneously and together hold 260 people – more than enough to house the College’s resident population.









Most College staff and Fellows have offices in Main College. The College Office is on the ground floor and the Academic Office is on the first floor.

The libraries, the Junior Common Room (with TV and pool table), the computer room, the Media Academy (see below) and the two College Bars are all in Main College.  The College fitness room is located in Main College, but access is via Bow Lane (the fitness room has a number of rowing machines, exercise bicycles, weights and other fitness equipment).

College Libraries and Facilities




The eight College Library rooms are dotted throughout Main College. The Fenton Library opened in 2006 and is named after John Fenton, a New Testament scholar and former College Principal.  The three Fenton Library rooms are hidden away in the lofts. This, the newest of the College’s libraries, provides private study space for thirty students and is home to about a third of the College’s undergraduate collection.

The Research Library specialises in 18th and 19th century history, in liturgy and Church History. It is geared more towards postgraduates and has study space for eight students.

The Wetherall Theology Library, with study space for a further sixteen students, is located on the first floor of Main College.

The Brewis Library and the Williams Library as well as the Bettenson Room are all located on the ground floor: they house the Technology, Fine Arts, Geography and History collections.  There is also ample study space in each of them.

In addition, the Bettenson Room is used as a small seminar room by College and University departments during term.

The College Chapel






Main College is also home to the College Chapel. The Chapel was built as a temporary structure just after the First World War. The College hopes to replace the chapel in the next few years.  Morning Prayer is held daily, and there is a college communion service on Sundays.

Queen's Court

Queen's Court is just up from Market Square. In fact you can’t live any closer to the centre of Durham City than Queen's Court. This Grade II listed building is slated to become fully en-suite by 2014 and is home to undergraduates.



Epiphany House



This Grade II listed building was acquired by the College in 2006 and has been completely refurbished to provide en-suite rooms for undergraduates and postgraduates. It opened officially in October 2007.


The Boat house



The college boat house is located (unsurprisingly) on the bank of the River Wear, on St Chad's property below St John's College (St Chad's used to own the buildings above the boat house).  The boat house is scheduled for replacement before 2014, and the College hopes to move it to the paddock -- a large stretch of land just below Main College.

Lightfoot House







Lightfoot House is a Grade II listed building constructed in the 18th century. It is located on the Bailey, just next to Main College, and is named after an eminent 19th century, Durham-based New Testament scholar.  The house is used by First and Third Year students.  All but one of the rooms have en-suite facilities (the other one has private facilities). This building also has facilities for disabled access and has wheelchair accessible showers and toilets.

Langford House





This Grade II listed building is named after a former Judaism scholar and College Chaplain. Indeed, for many decades, it was the home of the College’s chaplains. Today, it is home mostly to third year students.  All its rooms are en-suite.

Grads' House







Confusingly-named, this Grade II listed building is home not to postgraduates, but to freshers and to third year students.  The name derives from its former use in the 60's and 70's as a residence for postgraduate students studying for postgraduate diplomas in Theology.  It was completely refurbished in 2010.

Hallgarth Street

This house is located four or five minutes from the College's main site.  It is usually populated by postgraduates.  Its five bedrooms are let out on a self-catering basis.


Ramsey House


Ramsey House is named after the former Archbishop of Canterbury Michael Ramsey, a resident member of St Chad’s College, a College Tutor, and member of the St Chad's College Governing Council. For many decades, Ramsey House was the home of successive College principals. Today, this listed building is home to 17 students. The College’s Horsfall Room is also located here: it can be booked for social gatherings (there is a good kitchen adjacent).

Trinity Hall



Trinity Hall was acquired by the College from the Cathedral in 2003. The Principal's lodgings are adjacent to the hall.  Most of the College's self-catered postgraduate population live here. In addition to a communal kitchen and common room, Trinity has 22 en-suite rooms and 3 rooms with shared facilities plus ample parking. 

The 19th century structure is located just up the banks from the River Wear, a picturesque eight-minute walk from Main College.  It is in a relatively quiet part of Durham and has ample parking -- a rarity in the centre of Durham City.