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Congratulations and Welcome!

Vice-Principal of Van Mildert CollegeWelcome 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.  

Durham University consists of 17 diverse and distinctive colleges. Van Mildert is, however, exceptionally distinctive. Our College occupies a unique lakeside setting on the hill, with a range of great facilities and friendly support staff. High academic achievement is matched, for example, on the sports field, in the concert hall, on the stage and by our outreach and volunteering projects with our partners in and around the city. Our senior management team is open and committed to supporting the student body through the Presidents and executive committees of Junior and Middle Common Rooms, helping drive and deliver their agendas for the benefit of all the members of the College.  

With over 1700 members and more than 500 residents, Van Mildert is one of the largest colleges in Durham. Here you will find a friendly, comfortable and secure environment where you can develop your own interests, talents and personality and establish enduring friendships with your peers. We offer an excellent library, computer room, music suite (with rehearsal rooms and a recording studio), a well-equipped gym, snooker room, spacious common room and bar, as well as the largest dining hall in the entire University.  

The success or otherwise of our inclusive College community depends on you all: an ambitious student cohort with fresh aspirations and innovative ideas. I encourage you all to participate in the College community - there is something for everyone with over 120 clubs, committees and societies - and engage in some of the many activities that define the unique Van Mildert community. When you leave you will join a distinguished alumni population that has made its mark on society in Britain and elsewhere. My very best wishes to you all.

Louise Gildersleeve, Vice 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!

Henry Bashford
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

Enrol online

Enrolment opens eight weeks before the start of your programme.
Two students studying in Teaching and Learning Centre with hot drink

Fees and Funding

Information about Optional Charges, Scholarships and Bursaries available at Van Mildert College
The lake and buildings of Van Mildert College


For all undergraduate queries, please contact

For all postgraduate queries, please contact 


The Mildert Feather sculpture by Danish artist Erik Heide takes pride of place in our Jubilee Garden

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

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!


What does Mildert mean?

My decision to go to Durham, and specifically Van Mildert College was made during a Summer School! By Ellie Brown.

'Opera by the Lake' with Sir Thomas Allen

Read about Van Mildert's Opera by the Lake event, a spectacular music performance in our Ann Dobson Hall. By Matthew McCullough
Soloists at Opera by the Lake

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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