Modern accommodation set within beautiful and tranquil grounds near the centre of Durham.


St Aidan's College offers modern accommodation set within its beautiful and tranquil grounds. The inspirational backdrop and original architecture make St Aidan's a truly unique and ideal venue.

We can offer both ensuite and standard bedrooms (with shared bathroom facilities) during University vacations. These clean and comfortable bedrooms come equipped with tea and coffee making facilities, towels and toiletries.  We can offer both single and twin rooms. Smoking is not permitted anywhere within the College.

Rooms are serviced daily and our rates include a full cooked English breakfast.

History to the present day

Founded in 1947, St Aidan's is one of the larger colleges with approximately 800 members, of whom about 750 are undergraduates.

The college was designed by renowned architect Sir Basil Spence, the creator of Coventry Cathedral. St Aidan's College is noted for its unique architecture with its distinctive design based on curves and arches.

Food and Drinks

Our rates include a full English breakfast served between 8 and 9am in the College Dining Hall.

The college bar is generally open most evenings from 6 to 11pm. Check at receptions for opening times.

Grounds and gardens

Guests can relax in the landscaped grounds or take a stroll down the hill and along the banks of the River Wear in the heart of Durham City.

Other facilities

Wi-Fi access is available in the bar and library (ask at reception for a login and password).


Disabled access available

20th century buildings

Breakfast Included

Parking (free)

No smoking


Free broadband access (wired)

Shared gardens

Food and Drinks

Cooked breakfast (included)


Nearby Recreations

Recommended walks

Pub (walking distance)

Museums (walking distance)


Golf course (walking distance)

Theatre (walking distance)

St Aidan's College, Durham - Reviews


Based on 59 reviews
Service 4.2
Rooms 3.7
Food 4.1
Value 3.9
Overall Experience 3.9

This first visit to the beautiful and friendly city of Durham was very much enhanced by my accommodation in the St Aidan's College. A pleasant walk from the railway station, friendly greeting by the 'College staff on arrival, nice clean room - with lovely view of gardens - and a really fantastic selection of breakfast foods. Intend to make, at least one, return visit.
Mrs Susan R

The staff at this college were exceptionally friendly and willing to accommodate my needs. I felt the breakfast was quite good, as were the standard of the rooms, but it was the staff that I will remember the most from my stay. Thank you.
Mrs Shelagh P

Very helpful, friendly staff at St. Aidan's. It would be useful to be able to book a twin room - on the website there was only the choice between single and double. Will definitely use the service again.
Ms Gillian H

If you are looking for a base for your break, this is ideal. 20min walk to the centre of Durham (Castle,Cathedral, university and all). After a large cooked breakfast, up to exploring further afield!
Mr Darren S

Eight of stayed at St Aiden's during the Durham Miners' Gala and found everything about the accommodation to be more than satisfactory. We'd all be delighted to stay there again.
Mr Ron G

We very much enjoyed our stay - thank you.
Mr Nigel M

Very good! Thanks!
Mrs Tess M

Enjoyable stay. Really helpful man on reception on arrival. Will definately use again.
Mr Paul L

We (+70) enjoyed the breakfast conversations with so many visitors from all over the world, young and old, either attending summer classes or having a re-exam. The location is ideal to leave your car behind and visit the city center, the Botanical Garden and the Oriental musuem by foot.
Mr Nicolaas B

Perfect location for Durham experience. All of the staff were very friendly and efficient. The room was very clean with tea and coffee making facilities. Although our room was not en-suite, it had a basin and the showers and toilets were only a few metres away in the corridor and were very clean.
Mrs Deborah R

Arrival Info

Address: DUCAT Ltd, DurhamDH1 3LJ, United Kingdom

Check In: From 2pm Check Out: By 10am

On arrival please report to reception or the Porters' Lodge, which is manned 24 hours per day.

If you are arriving by car the college has 80 car parking spaces, however these are used by college staff and other guests - so are subject to availability.  However there is a park and ride car park located approximately 10 minutes walk from the college.

St. Aidan's College is a 5 minute taxi ride (about £3) from Durham Station. All the taxi drivers know Aidan's college, so you won't need to give them directions. Alternatively, if you're carrying light luggage, the walk from the station through town is picturesque and will take about 30 minutes. There is a tourist map on the platform.