Durham is a collegiate-based University and there are 16 distinct Colleges. Each college has its own personality and traditions. We believe that this gives you a more well-rounded University experience and allows you to meet like-minded people. Each College has its own staff, JCR and MCR committees, sport clubs, and societies. If you choose to live in College during your studies it will become your home away from home!
The teaching at Durham University doesn’t take place in Colleges like at other Universities but is based in you department, meaning that there is a mix of subjects and interests and that in your lectures you get the chance to meet people from different Colleges.
Established in 1899, St Mary’s is Durham’s third oldest College. Originally founded as a pioneering women-only College, our community is now mixed and comprises around 750 undergraduate members and 150 postgraduates. We also have a cohort of part-time distance learning students (c 300). It is a traditional college that provides fantastic facilities. It has both an amazing environment and atmosphere that provide perfect conditions for living, socialising and working.