We are a fully catered College offering single room accommodation to around 480 'live-in' students. All freshers are guaranteed accommodation and come to join a lively community where there is always something going on. Nurtured by our Student Welfare Support staff, be-friended by our mentors and looked after by our student colleagues and the SRC, we aim to make sure all new members to feel that they belong. This is regardless of background and how you choose to describe or identify yourself. With that feeling of confidence and security that you belong in Hild Bede, we encourage you to push yourself, try new things, explore new ideas, make new friends and connections and to ‘become’ as you develop and grow.
There is something happening every day from sports, to arts and theatre to action and activism. There are places in College to study to play and to relax.
Hild Bede is a rich, diverse and vibrant community that offers you the balance between academic endeavour, sporting and artistic achievement, and sociability via events and clubs and societies that enrich, entertain, stimulate and support you as you grow to be Hild Bede through and through.
Our college is widely known for the warmth of our welcome to our new students and the depth of affection we feel and in which we are held by staff, alumni and friends.
Hild Bede is situated on 16 acres of Parkland along the north bank of the River Wear opposite the Old Racecourse and with views over to the Bailey and Cathedral which is a few minute’s walk along the riverbank.
At the heart of Hild Bede lie its people.
We have amazing, kind and brillant staff, working across College operations in portering, catering, house-keeping and reception, in Student Support and supporting our Senior Common Room, Mentors, Alumni and Trusts and Funds. The team are led by our Principal and Vice-Principal and Senior Tutor. You will come to know many of these people well over the year with us.
The management of College is undertaken through our College Management Group and we are delighted here to have student representatives from the SRC and especially the President who provides that critical link between us and also into the wider University through the Presidents’ Forum. Your College is represented in the Division and at Senate by your Principal.
Hild Bede is a College with a long history and full of tradition. The present College, which was itself the result of a merger of St Hild’s College and the College of St Bede in 1975, joined the University in 1979. Ever since we have accepted students in all subjects, disciplines and professions.
Hild Bede looks out to the wider world, through our gateway location into the City and University, seeking to enable its members, of all ages and in all roles and capacities, to flourish and shine so that they too can be good citizens who improve the world around them.
We see ourselves as a place of kindness and conversation, where people can lead and serve and know they that are looked out for and looked after.
Those that come to Hild Bede join a family which has and will continue to strive to enrich our world through intelligence and endeavour and always be ready to embrace change but not abandon its heart.
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