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Congratulations and Welcome to New Students 2021!

Congratulations on your offer, we are looking forward to welcoming you to our vibrant College community soon! Further information about the pre-arrival process and who to contact can be found here.

Congratulations and Welcome!

Welcome to Van Mildert College! Congratulations on your remarkable and well-deserved achievement. You are joining one of the world’s best universities and a very active, caring and open college community. We are excited to welcome you.

The 2021 intake of 'Mildertians' will include students from around the world and your studies at Durham University will be complemented by your involvement in musical, sporting or other extra-curricular opportunities.  At Durham University, we call this vital part of your time with us the 'wider student experience' and we hope that you will make the most of the opportunities available by getting involved in at least one enrichment activity (but most likely many more!).  Now is the time to start thinking about how you will contribute to College life and make the most of your wider student experience.  Whether you are a new undergraduate or postgraduate, there are so many opportunities available to try something new or develop a long standing interest. 

At Van Mildert College we pride ourselves on the creativity, diversity and enthusiasm of our students and support the development of a community built on mutual respect in which everyone can flourish in their own way.  This year, we will be welcoming you to Durham at a time of both optimism and uncertainty as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve.  However, we will continue to prioritise the safety and wellbeing of all of our students and staff and we feel confident that your student experience in Durham will be hugely fulfilling. 

The student support team at Van Mildert College will be in contact with you via email very soon after your place with us is confirmed. They will send all new students, undergraduate and postgraduate, an email containing an important link to our pre-arrival check list which you must complete as a priority. If you have any questions about this you should contact the team using the email addresses below.

With warmest wishes,

Dr Victoria Brown

Deputy Principal, Van Mildert College

University student
Welcome to Mildert! I am sure many people will have congratulated you on your place at Durham University, but I want to also take this opportunity to warmly invite you into the vibrant, weird, inclusive, and wonderful community that is Van Mildert College Junior Common Room. I was elected earlier in the year to lead the JCR for the coming year and will be in contact with you via email soon to tell you more about the opportunities available for both undergrads & postgrads. Huge congratulations!

Lucy Egan
JCR President


Important Information

A welcome letter from the College team has been sent via e-mail to all students  with a confirmed place at Durham University and Van Mildert College. Please make sure to read all the information and attached links in full, as the email will direct you to information we require you to complete prior to your arrival at Van Mildert College. 

All the information you need to know regarding pre-arrival will be sent via email.

Find out more

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Enrolment opens eight weeks before the start of your programme.
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Fees and Funding

Information about Optional Charges, Scholarships and Bursaries available at Van Mildert College
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For all undergraduate queries, please contact

For all postgraduate queries, please contact 


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Induction and Orientation at Van Mildert College

Visit the University Induction Week Events Timetable, designed so College events don't clash with any of your academic departmental events. This offers you lots of opportunities to meet your fellow Freshers, find your way around and settle into student life.

Your Personal Induction Planner

Get in touch

For all pre-arrival queries, please contact us via the links below.

Van Mildert College

Van Mildert College, Mill Hill Lane, Durham, DH1 3LH

College Reception Tel: +44 (0) 191 334 7100


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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

News and Updates from Van Mildert College

Check out our student blogs to find out more about life at Van Mildert College. Don't forget to follow us on social media!


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