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Year founded 2001
Motto Me quondam mirabitur orbis  (One day I shall astonish the world)
Number of students living in the college 433
1st year rooms


Catering options Self-catered
Gowned formal dinners Non-gowned Formal dinners
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Welcome to Stephenson College

Freps 2022

Situated in the historic cathedral city of Durham, Stephenson College is one of seventeen colleges at the world-leading Durham University.

Stephenson College is a modern, progressive, values-led College which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2021. Our College is named after the great inventor and social innovator, George Stephenson. Sustainability, innovation, global citizenship and civic engagement are the core pillars of Stephenson College life, and we believe that change starts with us.

Stephenson College has five core values that form the basis of everything we do as a College; these values are curiosity, courage, inclusion, responsibility and kindness.

Stephenson welcomes students from across the UK and around the world and we make sure all of students feel at home in County Durham from the moment they arrive. Students lead and participate in all areas of College life and we have a vibrant, diverse undergraduate and postgraduate community. Welcome!


Stephenson Volunteer Awards 2024

University student
Applying to Stephenson College has proved to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. The incredibly warm sense of community has allowed me to create great friendships during my time at Durham, whilst the opportunities to develop and grow have given me a huge advantage as I begin my career. During my time at Stephenson College, I helped to manage the café-bar and was also elected as the JCR Chair by my fellow students. In these exceptionally rewarding roles, I was able to build relationships, develop confidence, and learn key skills which aided me in applying for and securing a graduate role at PwC.

Jordan Guthrie
BA Hons Economics & Politics 2023



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Stephenson College

Howlands Farm
South Road
County Durham

Tel: +44 (0)191 334 0545