Additional benefits 2021/21

Students' Union Activities and Discounts
The Students’ Union makes sure you have the best possible experience at College. Our Students' Union (SU), can offer you informal one-to-one support and the opportunity to get involved in a range of college activities and voluntary work.

The SU Card offers you a range of local and national student discounts on your favourite shops, stores, restaurants and attractions.

As part of your course, you will be involved in a whole range of specially organised activities that help to build friendships and team work skills.

You will have opportunities to go on a variety of trips in the UK (and some overseas), as well as local activities such as paintballing and go-karting. Your time with us should be enjoyable and packed with great experiences!


Bistro 1819
Bistro 1819 offers a friendly service, where our aspiring chefs use the finest and freshest ingredients. The licensed restaurant comprises a professional, contemporary and intimate environment, offering morning coffee, lunch, fine cuisine evening meals and catering for private functions. 

Onsite shop and food court
Whether it is a coffee and a snack, or a cooked meal, we have got it all!

Our onsite shop, POD, sells snacks and grab and go lunches. Fancy something different? Head to the Food Court to fuel up at breakfast, enjoy a fresh sandwich, wrap or jacket potato from the deli bar, or pick up the daily special meal for lunch.

Coffee shops
Our onsite Costa serves fresh bean to cup coffee, with pastries at breakfast and paninis at lunch, there are plenty of options for a morning snack or quick lunch. 

Starbucks is located in the Sports and Music Building. It offers three coffee roast profiles, a range of snacks and sandwiches and comfy sofas for you to sit down and enjoy time with your friends.

Duke of Edinburgh Awards
You can participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme, which leads to the achievement of an Award that gives you the skills, confidence and view on life that is recognised and valued by universities and employers.

It is a real adventure and you’ll enjoy loads of new experiences, discover talents you did not think you had, as well as challenging yourself and meeting new friends.

The Study Store
The Study Store supplies books, stamps, greeting cards, stationery items, art materials, memory sticks and much more.

Skills Competitions and Events
You will get the opportunity to be involved in competitions and events which will be a great addition to your day to day learning.

You will be encouraged to participate in plenty of competitions to demonstrate your skills. Examples include:

  • Association of Hairdressers and Therapists (AHT) Competition
  • Major Series Culinary Challenge
  • Skill Build (CITB Construction Skills)
  • Simulated Dragon’s Den (Business)
  • World Skills
  • National Apprenticeship Week.

ASC (Advice Support Careers)
ASC can provide you with an impartial and confidential service, if you need careers guidance or advice on student finances, or personal counselling. ASC provide a comprehensive range of information on careers, courses in further and higher education, personal or health issues, student funding and welfare.

Online Resources: Home access
NCD online is accessible at any time of the day, anywhere in the world (providing you have a computer with internet connection). 

It provides you with:

  • Important announcements
  • Course information, handouts, learning resources and discussions
  • Contact details for your tutor(s) and fellow students
  • Space to save your work, blogs, wikis and reflective journals
  • The ability to create e-portfolios
  • Software to check your work against plagiarism.


Related information

Students Union logo

Students' Union

Welcome to New College Durham’s Students’ Union (SU).  We are here to make sure you have the best experience possible at the College.


College services

We have an impressive range of facilities onsite including Halo hair and beauty salon, Steps2Fitness gym and dance studio and Bistro training restaurant. There are also cafes and shops, plus free parking.