The Collegiate System

Durham University has a unique collegiate system, which we believe provides our students with better opportunities to meet like-minded people and to pursue new interests. Durham is made up of 16 distinctive colleges which every student and member of staff is affiliated with for the duration of their time here. The colleges vary in terms of size, style, facilities and ethos. Trevs is the third (3rd) smallest of the college, just larger than Chad’s and John’s. We believe this works in our favour, with approx. 200 freshers arriving every year, it’s so easy to get to know everyone.

Colleges are residential bodies that provide students with all the facilities they could possibly need to have an incredible university experience. As a part of our college you instantly become part of a welcoming community. Trevs is one of fourteen colleges based in Durham City; having been built in 1966 it is one of the most modern colleges and was originally only for women- it is now a mixed college. One of the most striking features is our hexagonal building, but herein lies the beauty, we are largely held within one building, meaning you can, and are encouraged to, wear pajamas at all times.

Teaching does not take place in colleges and is instead conducted in one of Durham’s numerous departments. This means that students not only have access to expert tuition but they also have the chance to mix with students from different colleges in lectures, seminars, tutorials or labs. Although, university is all about what you can learn outside of these, and so all of our bedrooms are working bedrooms, equipped with a desk and chair, our exceptionally well stocked college library is open 24/7 (pajamas welcomed, again) – follow this link for more information.

Students at Trevs study in every discipline offered at Durham City Campus, so the college offers a mixed, varied and exciting learning environment. The balance of college life and departmental teaching, joined together by the college staff, means that Durham is a place where you can both learn and thrive, especially in Trevelyan.