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Congratulations and Welcome to New International Students

A very warm welcome to students joining us from overseas!

Around one third of our undergraduate students are international, and we have students from across 45 nationalities. Quite a few of our staff are international too, from countries including the Philippines, Cape Verde, Croatia, Sweden, Burundi and Sri Lanka.

International students living in College are invited to arrive from Wednesday 21 September for international welcome events, three days earlier than Home/UK students. But whether you live in College or out, we invite you to see College as your home during your studies, and to make use of all the support and facilities available.


International & Postgraduate Formal Dinner – Friday 23 September, 5.30pm

All new international and new postgraduate students will be invited to this complimentary College formal, starting with a drinks reception, followed by three course meal and cheese.

This event offers a special opportunity to get to know other new students and College staff over good food – try book your tickets so that you are here for it! Invitations and details for sign-up will be emailed to new students at the end of August. If you wonder what a formal is, check out this blog post by Clarissa.



"Choosing John's was one of the best decisions I've ever made. From the moment I first stepped into college, I knew that this was where I belonged. Everyone — both students and staff — is incredibly welcoming, and the college's small size means you'll bump into friendly faces every day. Despite being an ocean away from my hometown, John's quickly became my home away from home, and I truly can't imagine my university experience elsewhere."

Kaylyn Lu
International student at St John's College
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St John's College Accommodation FAQs

For more information about our accommodation, read the answers to our frequently asked questions.

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College Information

Below are some useful links for before you arrive in Durham.

Find out more

Enrol online

Enrolment opens eight weeks before the start of your programme.
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University International Welcome and Arrival Pages

The MCR is a thriving intellectual and social community, meeting the specific needs of postgraduate and mature students.
Leavers formal



Your first week in Durham – University Induction Week Events Timetable

The Timetable has been designed so College events don’t clash with any of your academic departmental events, but offer you lots of opportunities to meet your fellow Freshers, find your way around and settle into student life.

To help you keep track of where you need to be, and what you need to do during your first busy days at university, in your College and your Department, we have created a day-by-day University Induction Planner. This should help you to plan your schedule, so you don't miss anything - from being issued with your Campus Card or meeting the staff in your Department, to trying out for a sports team or joining a student society.
Your Personal Induction Planner
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Student updates

Check out our student blogs to read more about life at Durham from our students. Don't forget to follow us on social media!


What to Pack for Uni - International Edition

Read our top recommendations to add to your packing list ready for your arrival at Durham.

Freshers' Week at St John's

Read about international student Kaylyn's experiences of Freshers' Week at St John's College.
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