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Congratulations and Welcome to New Postgraduate Students

Welcome to St Mary's College! On behalf of the whole College community, I congratulate you on gaining a place at Durham University for your postgraduate qualification and at St Mary’s. Our college is a warm and vibrant place, and we all look forward to you becoming part of the community.

I look forward to meeting you before long!

Professor Maggi Dawn

College Principal

The MCR is a diverse student body that represents the interests of postgraduate, mature (over 21 at the start of an undergraduate course) and 4th year undergraduate students. During the Welcome and Orientation Week, we will be holding events as an MCR and in conjunction with the JCR to help you to get to know your fellow students. We have an exciting and busy year ahead!

MCR Interim Committee
St Mary's College



College Information

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Enrolment opens eight weeks before the start of your programme.
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Middle Common Room

In St Mary's College, postgraduate, mature and fourth-year undergraduate students combine to form the Middle Common Room (MCR).
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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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Covid-19 Safety

We're working hard to welcome you safely and delivering quality education and student experience. Visit our Covid Safety Information webpages for applicants for the latest advice. We can't wait to see you soon!

Covid-19 Response: Applicants and Future Students

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 bring to University

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

Welcome to Durham – and stop worrying!

Moving to University can be a daunting prospect but there’s no need to worry, you’ll feel right at home here.
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Get in touch

If you have any queries about any of this information or any aspect of coming to Durham please contact us.

St Mary's College

Elvet Hill Road



Tel: +44 (0) 191 334 5719