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Overview

Year founded 1899
Motto Ancilla Domini
Number of students living in the college 312
1st year rooms

213

Catering options Fully Catered
Gowned formal dinners Yes
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About Us

Established in 1899, St Mary's is one of Durham's oldest Colleges. Our warm and friendly mixed community, comprises around 750 undergraduate members and 150 full-time and 200 part-time postgraduates. We are situated in a great location, close to many of the University’s academic departments and central facilities. Our neoclassical buildings and extensive grounds provide a beautiful environment in which to live and study.

 

  • Our History

    Although now a fully mixed College, the history of St Mary’s College is entwined with that of women’s education at the University of Durham. In 1895 the University Senate agreed to the granting of degrees to women and this resulted in a supplementary charter being granted.
    St Mary's College grounds and statues
  • Accommodation

    St Mary’s is a catered-only College offering accommodation to a diverse community.
    two students sitting in a bedroom, one in a chair and one on a beanbag, having a friendly conversation while relaxing

Our History

Although now a fully mixed College, the history of St Mary’s College is entwined with that of women’s education at the University of Durham. In 1895 the University Senate agreed to the granting of degrees to women and this resulted in a supplementary charter being granted.
St Mary's College grounds and statues

Accommodation

St Mary’s is a catered-only College offering accommodation to a diverse community.
two students sitting in a bedroom, one in a chair and one on a beanbag, having a friendly conversation while relaxing

College Life

At Mary's we believe there is something for everyone.

We have sports teams, drama groups, music societies and outreach groups, as well as social events such as our Michaelmas Dinner, Winter Ball, Masquerade Ball, Midsummer Ball, and Mary's Day when we deck the place out in Mary's purple and celebrate everything that is Mary's.
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St Mary's College Frep Team

Our Facilities

  • Sporting Facilities

    Our sporting facilities give students the opportunity to get involved in a number of team sports.

  • Music

    We have three music practice rooms and other spaces in College. We also have a K. Kawai piano in Kenworthy Hall which is available for Grade 8 pianists to use.

  • Social Spaces

    There is a small bar and the Dining Hall and Kenworthy Hall are used for larger College social occasions such as formals, balls, drama productions and live lounges.

Find out more about what we have to offer

St Mary's Rugby Team.

Our talented artists support St Mary's events.

Our grounds are used for regular events, such as St Mary's Day.

Student Social

Hear from our students at St Mary's and find out what College life is like.

Highlights

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Find out about student life at St Mary’s College, in this short video.
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Sharing everything that is great about student life at St Mary's.

Get in touch

Contact us by phone or email below to find out more about accommodation, admissions and student support.

St Mary's College

Elvet Hill Road
Durham
DH1 3LR

 

Tel:+44 (0)191 334 5719