At a glance...
  • Solid academic tradition: most years, Chad's students achieve among the very best academic results in the University (30% of students earned a first class degree in 2013).
  • A small, relaxed, friendly, liberal-minded college, where it's okay to be yourself.
  • Picture of a group of Chad's students (with gaping mouths, showing few cavities!)Highest sports participation rate in the University.
  • College-based academic and research staff, with 25 Fellows and Research Associates.
  • Library resources are the most extensive in the University, with eight libraries and study rooms in College.
  • Perfect size: 390 undergraduates and 150 postgraduates in taught and research degrees in all disciplines.
  • Highest completion rates in the UK (97% most years).
  • Chad's has best employment rate in the University and the University has one of the best in the UK.
  • Centrally-located, right across from the Cathedral, just 2 minutes from the very centre of historic Durham City.
  • Student-support second to none, with a student to staff ratio of 7:1 (the University aims at 24:1).
  • Innovative and unique college-based Collegiate Studies Programme to supplement department-based learning.



View of College along Bailey, looking NorthOne of the oldest colleges in the University, St Chad's is spread out among superb historic locations in mediaeval Durham. We pride ourselves on maintaining the very highest academic standards, with students studying for everything under the sun in a relaxed, open, supportive atmosphere. We're small enough to make our claim to being a community more than mere rhetoric, but we're also large enough to give people plenty of scope simply to be themselves.

The College is remarkably situated, occupying a dramatic site just fifty metres from Durham Cathedral -- a World Heritage Site. Beyond the back gardens, the land falls away into the wooded gorge of the River Wear which girds the high peninsula, once the citadel of the Prince Bishops and a symbol of Norman power.

Chad's students come from all over the UK, from Europe and from over twenty different countries overseas. A large majority of our UK students come from the state sector, and everyone who can make the grades is invited to apply.

The College has the best possible completion rates of any higher education institution in the UK, and Chad's students do remarkably well: for several years now, virtually all of our students graduated with a good first or second class degree. What's more, over ten years, out students have had the highest employment rate in the University.

Ideally-sized at just over 500 students, the College offers students the twin advantages of being part of a small, supportive, historic liberal-minded college, while being fully part of one of the larger and best universities in Britain.

The College is particularly committed to internationalism, co-sponsoring, for instance, the Ruth First Fellowship, which brings a postgraduate from Southern Africa to study for a year. In addition, we sponsor a project in South Africa itself, where our students volunteer at St Matthew 's High School in the Eastern Cape.

Picture of students lining street and chanting on Chad's Day

Fantastic Spirit...

Every college says it's friendly and has great spirit, and that's no doubt true. But what makes Chad's just a bit different is not only Picture of rugby playersthe College's relaxed atmosphere, but the way students and staff work together. At St Chad's, students share in the actual governance of the College, which is a self-governing institution recognised by the University. Because we share governance with students, there is little of the 'we-they' atmosphere you often find in large institutions. This is a real community for real adults –– some young and some a bit older –– who are keen to take personal small picture of students rowingresponsibility while still having the time of their lives.

The College has strong rowing, football and rugby traditions for men and women. There is a well-equipped gym in College, which supplements the University's offerings.

The College not only supports sport, but also supports the arts, offering organ scholarships, positions for artists and poets in residence, music summer schools, and promoting just about everything else you can think of -- from jazz singers and players to a top-notch college choir, headed by our professional Director of Music.


An exceptionally-strong academic tradition...

Unlike most Durham colleges, St Chad's has its own academic staff appointed by the College itself - Fellows - who engage primarily in research. Many of the research interests of the thirty-or-so fellows and research associates feed directly into the College's Collegiate Studies Programme (see below), which supplements the formal departmentally-based studies of our students. In addition, the College has a number of visiting fellows each year, many of whom are resident in College.


Each student is assigned a College tutor, who is generally a member of the University's teaching staff or a professional from the North East. Tutors are there to support students and to help them find their way through college and university structures. Tutors are often the first port of call if a student is facing difficulties - whether he or she simply wants someone discreet to speak to or wants more particular help.

The Collegiate Studies Programme

To help students make the most of their time at university, St Chad’s has a unique Collegiate Studies Programme (CSP). CSP offers students opportunities to acquire a range of life experiences and skills to complement those obtained through university courses. CSP aims to help students develop their critical abilities and self-knowledge. The programme also gives students an opportunity to get out of Durham and to discover the rich social and economic history of the North East. The programme also offers one-off modules in management and people skills, which are useful for employment, volunteer service and life in general.

Libraries & IT

St Chad’s has eight library/study rooms located in its Main Building, making it one of the largest college libraries in Durham. These are an excellent resource for St Chad’s College students, providing a variety of study environments and a large stock of books. All library rooms have hard-wired and wireless internet access. See our Library page....

Much more could be said about the College, and anyone interested in applying is encouraged to look through the rest of the website and to visit the College in person.

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St Chad's College

University of Durham,
18 North Bailey,
Durham DH1 3RH.

General Enquiries: 0191 334 3358
Fax: 0191 334 3371