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Overview

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

372

Catering options Self-catered
Gowned formal dinners No
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Welcome to Stephenson College

In the words of George Stephenson, we hope that every Stephenson student will, at some time and in their own way, ‘astonish the world’. 

As one of youngest colleges in Durham, we mix the best University traditions with new ideas to do things the Stephenson way. It’s our students’ intellectual curiosity and innovation that make it a unique place to be.  

We’re a self-catered college, but still love dining as a community and we’re the only college that holds Semi-formal ‘Locomotion’ Dinners where we can eat in a relaxed setting. We also host Formal Dinners and have special events throughout the year like the Summer and Winter Balls and Stevo Day where our whole community comes together in celebration.  

Stephenson students are vibrant, inventive and inclusive. We have many sports clubs (from rugby to cheerleading) and societies (from the Rocket Theatre to FemSoc). There is a place for everyone. But if you think we’re missing something, we’ll help you set it up. 

Platform 2 is our social hub, so whether you want to enjoy live theatre, play pool or relax with friends in front of a film, this is the space to do it. Platforms 3 and 4 are our dedicated study spaces, and we have a host of indoor and outdoor facilities, all set in calm green surroundings on the land of a former farm. Just make sure you save time to grab a coffee and lunch at Platform 1. 

Our Connections Programme is your personal enrichment opportunity. From leadership to volunteering, we provide you with the access and support to develop as active global citizens. 

Whatever your passion, Stephenson is the place to pursue it. 

  • About Us

    Stephenson is a truly modern 21st Century College and one of the youngest in Durham. Find out more about us.
    Group of student reps in front of the bar on an open day
  • College Life

    College life is one of the key pillars of Durham University. Every Durham University student belongs to a college - a vibrant, supportive community that provides opportunities for you to gain new experiences and develop the skills to achieve more in your future life.
    Group of students holding the letters Stevo Day in front of Stephenson College

About Us

Stephenson is a truly modern 21st Century College and one of the youngest in Durham. Find out more about us.
Group of student reps in front of the bar on an open day

College Life

College life is one of the key pillars of Durham University. Every Durham University student belongs to a college - a vibrant, supportive community that provides opportunities for you to gain new experiences and develop the skills to achieve more in your future life.
Group of students holding the letters Stevo Day in front of Stephenson College

Facilities

  • Gym & Sports

    Our sporting facilities give students the opportunity to get involved and keep fit.

  • Platform 1

    Located in Platform 1, the café –bar is right in the heart of Stephenson Central.

  • Study Space

    We have three different areas for students to study and work on group projects.

Find out more about our facilities
Multi use games area

Our Multi-Use Games Area.

Stephenson Central Platform 1 with students

Opening daily, the café is the perfect place to meet with friends.

Platform 3 students studying

At Stephenson we have dedicated study space to support our students’ learning.  

Accommodation

Accommodation

Discover more about what accommodation options are available.

Frequently Asked Questions

View our list of FAQ's to find out more about Stephenson College.

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Get in touch

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

Stephenson College

Howlands Farm
South Road
Durham
County Durham
DH1 3DE

Tel: +44 (0)191 334 0545