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About Us

Ask any Durham student about University life and it's likely they'll mention that one of the best aspects of studying here is our collegiate system. One of Durham's 'Hill Colleges', St Mary's occupies imposing neo-classical buildings with a wonderful view of the city and its Cathedral.

Originally founded in the 19th century, St Mary's retains the traditions of a long-established College in supporting and nurturing academic excellence, whilst also encouraging students to take advantage of the many opportunities available to participate in music, art, drama, sport and community projects. You'll find a wide range of extra-curricular activities to become involved in College life, including University societies.


University student
The College is one big family. Everyone is friendly and welcoming

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A Warm Welcome

All the staff at St Mary's across the various teams - Operations, Catering, Admissions, Administration and Welfare - are dedicated to supporting your studies, your interests and your wellbeing, ensuring that your time here is happy and productive. We hope to welcome you to St Mary's.
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Our History

We are one of a kind and are proud of our history.
Entrance to St Mary's College

Alumni and Friends

We love to hear from our alumni community.
St Marys Graduation at Durham Cathedral
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Durham Tours

Fancy taking a virtual tour around Durham? Our brand new 'Durham University Tours' app is available now in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store!

Learn more about our virtual tours