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. We ensure all students have the opportunity to have a say in their education and the College. All New College Durham students are automatically part of the Students' Union and can access the support, advice and wider services on offer.

We represent our students at the highest decision-making bodies within the College to ensure that your voices are heard. We exist for you and our priorities are governed by you. We are committed to constantly improving your educational experience.

The SU’s main purpose is 
‘to advance the education of all New College Durham students’

We achieve this by:

  • Promoting the interests and welfare of students at New College Durham during their programme of study.
  • Representing, advising and supporting students;
  • Being recognised as the representative channel between the students and New College Durham senior leadership and any other external bodies
  • Providing social, cultural and recreational activities and forums for discussion and debate for the personal development of its students.


The National Union of Students (NUS) is the largest student organisation in the UK, representing millions of students and providing a national voice. As part of the NUS we support their core values to promote, defend and extend the rights of students, within New College Durham and alongside NUS on a national level.

Please take charge of your education, get involved, be heard and allow us to help you shape your education to be the best that it can be.



TOTUM is the number one student discount card and all students enrolled on a programme of study can purchase a TOTUM card.  For further information or to purchase your card click here.

During the current pandemic, TOTUM Cards will be delivered to your home address.


Citizen Card

If you study at New College Durham you can apply for a citizen card.  This is a legal form of identification, which you may require to prove your age or identity, e.g. a DBS application.  For further information or to apply please click here.

During the current pandemic, Citizen Cards will be delivered to your home address.  Please be aware that you must already be a student enrolled on a programme of study to access the New College Citizen Card application portal.


The Students’ Union supports activities, societies and development opportunties for students. They give you the chance to make new friends and share or develop your interests with like minded people.

Events and Fundraising

The Students’ Union hold a range of events and activities throughout the academic year.


The Students’ Union is proud to support a range of voluntary activities.  


The Students’ Union is responsible for all aspects of student representation in College from Course Reps to Student Governors.

Advice and Support

Located in the Students' Union office, The SU is open every working day and the LDC is there to help with any problems you might have.

Register to Vote

All students who are over 16 are entitled to register to vote in the UK.  However you cannot legally vote in the UK until you are 18 years. If you've never registered to vote, or have recently moved house, register now.