Choosing a College.
We get so many threads on this forum of people asking which college is for them, I thought I’d make a brief summary of each college. But really, only you can decide which college is for you – we on TSR don’t know you personally, so we can’t choose one for you.
Firstly, the Durham colleges tend to be grouped into categories and sub categories.
The categories are ‘Durham City’
, ‘Stockton Campus’
and their sub categories are ‘Bailey’
, ‘Hild & Bede’
Durham City colleges are not surprisingly in Durham City.
Bailey colleges are the older colleges in the old part of Durham, surprisingly on the bailey, near the Castle. They are right in town and close to Elvet Riverside, where the language dept. is based.
The Bailey Colleges are as follows:
– 2nd oldest colleges, lots of traditions including regular formal meals, medium sized with about 650-700 undergrads. May have to share a room in 1st year.
St Chad’s College
– smallest college with about 300-350 undergrads, supposedly has the nicest food, has regular formals. May have to share a room in first year. Cheapest bar.
St Cuthbert’s Society
– not technically a college, has a bar with a beer garden that opens at lunchtime, which is very popular. First year students are housed in accommodation all over Durham. About 1,100 undergrads.
St John’s College
– small college about 400-450 undergrads. Has links with the Church. Well-stocked bar. May have to share a room in first year. Traditional.
– oldest college, housed in Durham Castle. Medium sized, about 650-700 undergrads. Formals twice weekly, famed June Ball. First years may have to share a room.
The second category of Durham City colleges is the ‘Hill Colleges’. They are based up on a hill that goes out of Durham and are about a 10 minute walk from the town centre. They are more modern than the Bailey colleges and are close to the Science Site and the library. The hill colleges are as follows:
– large college, about 1,000 – 1,100 undergrads. The newest college. Has a large bar, a shop and a pizza bar. Sporty reputation. Modern accommodation. Backs on to botanic gardens. Has formal once a term, doesn’t wear gowns.
– medium to large college with about 800-900 undergrads. Very close to the science site. Has netball courts. Modern facilities.
St Aidan’s College
– college that is furthest away! Has a lot of steps. Reputation for being the party college. Pizza Bar. May have to share a room in first year. Medium-largeish college with about 800-900 undergrads. Has formals twice a term???
St Mary’s College
– oldest and most attractive of all the hill colleges. As of October 2005 it will be going co-ed after being all-female since it was founded in the early 20th century. Close to science site and library. Worst bar. Regular formals. May have to share a room in first year.
– smallest of hill colleges with about 450 undergrads. Famed for it’s strange hexagonal architecture. Large, airy bar. Lots of nice daffodils in spring, formals every other week. May have to share a room in first year, trevs students move rooms every term.
Van Mildert College
– medium – largeish college with about 800 undergrads. Has a lake with ducks. Most expensive bar. College with the smallest amount of shared rooms. Modern accommodation.
Josephine Butler College was the first college in the UK to be created in 30 years. It opened its doors to students in 2006 and the first year has seen unexpectedly good development in all areas of the college.
Butler College will have 800 students once it is fully established and houses 400 of these students. All rooms are self-catered, single & en suite rooms. The en suite pods consist of a sink, toilet and shower each. A kitchen is shared between six residents, with each resident receiving 2 cupboards storage space (one lockable) as well as a shared cupboard and a large fridge and freezer. Each kitchen is a large communal area with a dining table and six chairs as well as four sofa chairs. A hoover, iron & ironing board are shared between six residents.
Butler has the biggest bar in Durham, fitted with 35ml optics, 10 pumps, food facilities, hammock chairs, two pool tables, a hockey table, table football and 3 beds. There is also the JCR room, a chill out place equipped with life size bean bags, a 42" LCD screen and a PS2. It is hoped that more games consoles may be purchased/ made available in the future. It also boasts a modest library and an ITS suite fitted with six computers and a 67" interactive screen. The Howlands building provides a space for gowned formals and other events, as well as housing the laundry room and state of the art gym. The Howlands shop is also conveniently located by the main entrance to provide students with groceries and other amenities.
There are currently over 15 sports teams at Butler, ranging from Rugby & Rowing to Badminton & Ultimate Frisbee. There are also an abundance of societies, with the 'Butler Aeronautical and Space Administration' for the science orientated and the 'Film Society' and 'Drama Society' for the more normal students.
Many more details are available at the Butler College JCR website: www.butlerjcr.com
Thanks to 6+6=12 for te above description of Butler.
The next category of Durham City colleges is Hild and Bede, which is actually a college by itself.
I have put it on it’s own because it is neither on the Bailey, nor on the Hill.
The College of St Hild and St Bede
– largest college, with about 1,200 undergrads. 16 acres of grounds next to the river. Lots of facilities including a cinema and basketball and tennis courts. Not too near to the other Durham colleges. Has black tie formals.
In Durham City there is also Ustinov College
, which is postgrad only.
Aside from the Durham City Colleges, there are 2 other colleges to mention. They are the colleges at Queen’s Campus, Stockton, which is a satellite campus of the University of Durham. The colleges are as follows:
George Stepenson is the larger of the two. All rooms are ensuite and the Stockton Campus is very attractive and modern with lots of facilities.
(Original post by socialist cook)
The admissions secretary in the Politics department explained it to me as thus, many moons ago....
You apply to the department, they accept you, and then they look at which college you've put down for. If that college has filled its 'quota' for politics students you then get moved onto a college that hasn't filled its 'quota'. So it's not really like 'pooling'.
She also said, this was what most departments did in Durham.
Thanks to Sooz for this link:
Lots of useful photos of most of the colleges.
CLICK HERE FOR VIDEOS ABOUT EACH OF THE DURHAM COLLEGES