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As one of the larger hill colleges with a diverse community of over 1500 students, staff and mentors from all over the world, Van Mildert offers a relaxed and lively environment with a wide range of clubs and societies on offer.

We are particularly well-known for our community and fundraising spirit, with our growing number of outreach projects. Van Mildert's sports teams and societies also play a huge and active role in the college community offering opportunities in personal development and leadership as well as fostering an inclusive atmosphere for all.

  • Location

    Van Mildert is located 'on the hill' approximately 15 minutes' walk from the centre of Durham City. We are close to the University's Lower Mountjoy, approximately a 10-minute stroll, and only a few minutes walk to the rest of the University Departments.
    The college grounds on a sunny, clear day
  • History

    The College is named after William Van Mildert (1765 - 1836), the last Prince Bishop of Durham. An Englishman of Dutch descent, he was instrumental in the founding of Durham University in 1832 and his castle is the present University College.
    Van Mildert college overlooking the lake on the the college grounds

Location

Van Mildert is located 'on the hill' approximately 15 minutes' walk from the centre of Durham City. We are close to the University's Lower Mountjoy, approximately a 10-minute stroll, and only a few minutes walk to the rest of the University Departments.
The college grounds on a sunny, clear day

History

The College is named after William Van Mildert (1765 - 1836), the last Prince Bishop of Durham. An Englishman of Dutch descent, he was instrumental in the founding of Durham University in 1832 and his castle is the present University College.
Van Mildert college overlooking the lake on the the college grounds

Welcome to Van Mildert College

Durham University has 17 very diverse and distinctive colleges; even so, at Van Mildert we consider ourselves exceptional. Our College occupies a unique lakeside setting on the hill, with a range of great facilities and friendly support staff. High academic achievement is matched on the sports field, in the concert hall and on the stage and especially by our many outreach and volunteering projects with our partners in and around the city. As Principal I, along with the Deputy Principal Dr Victoria Brown, seek to be open and committed to supporting the student body through the presidents and executive committees of Junior and Middle Common rooms, helping drive and deliver their agendas for the benefit of all the many members of the College.

Van Mildert is one of the largest colleges with some 525 residents and over 1300 members. Here you find a friendly, comfortable and secure environment, supported by an active mentor system and a dynamic Senior Common Room. Here too there is ample space to develop your own interests, talents and personality and establish enduring friendships with your peers. We can offer an excellent library, comfortable reading rooms, computer room, music suite (with rehearsal rooms and a recording studio), a well-equipped gym, snooker room, spacious common room and bar, as well as the largest dining hall in the entire University.

The success or otherwise of our inclusive College community depends to a very large extent on yourselves, an ambitious student cohort with fresh aspirations and innovative ideas. You are encouraged to participate in the life of the College community (there are over 50 clubs, committees and societies) and engage in some of the many activities that define the unique Van Mildert community. And when you leave you will join the ranks of a distinguished alumni population that has made its mark on society in Britain and elsewhere.

Professor David Harper, Principal of Van Mildert College.

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