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Your College – Undergraduates

Every student at Durham is a member of a college, and every college provides a sense of community and belonging, which stays with you all the time you are a student here and long after you leave.

Find out more about our collegiate system and what it offers you as a Durham student. Learn more about each of our distinct colleges spread across the city, and how they enable you to create your own Durham student experience.
Read our 2021 Undergraduate Colleges Guide
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What is college membership?

At Durham, you will become a member of a College community, which represents everyone, from new undergraduate to PhD student. Our Colleges offer space to live with, and learn from, one another, as well as to debate, socialise, and mix with other students; and there are numerous opportunities to engage in sport, outreach, music, theatre, and the arts.

You can also live in your College, alongside friends. College is a place to develop your skills and enhance your wellbeing, with dedicated support and guidance from staff ready to offer help at every stage of your time at Durham. All our Colleges provide facilities to support your academic learning, and your personal development, such as libraries and social spaces and, in some Colleges, a chapel or prayer room.

Every College has a representative body for undergraduate students called the Junior Common Room. As a member of the Junior Common Room, you can participate in elected student leadership, organise student-led events, and engage in local, regional, and global issues. Sixteen of our colleges welcome both undergraduate and postgraduate students, with a seventeenth postgraduate-only College. Our seventeen Colleges mean hugely increased opportunities for challenge and for making memories; there is truly something for everyone.

University student
For me, the colleges attracted me to Durham. I saw the collegiate system as one that would promote and champion diversity as well as provide opportunities to try new things such as sports. I was able to take part in college rowing, basketball and football which are sports I had never really played before.

Seun Onalaja
BA Accounting and Finance, Stephenson College