College Life at Digby Stuart College

Digby Stuart College Roots

Digby Stuart has a long and distinctive history. Founded in 1874 as a teachers’ training college, it is among the oldest higher education institutions in England, and one of the very first to provide education for women. Digby Stuart was by the Society of the Sacred Heart (an order of French nuns who came to England in the 19th century), and continues to retain its original ethos and links with the Society, whilst welcoming students of all faiths or none now in the modern day. 

Digby Stuart College takes its name from 2 members of the Society of the Sacred Heart, Mother Mabel Digby and Mother Janet Stuart. Many of the other buildings are also named after significant members of the Society from its long and rich history here at Roehampton.

Today, its historic buildings are complemented by contemporary style lecture theatres, seminar rooms, computer rooms, the Student Information centre, University library, Hive Café, chapel and modern residences which provide self-catering, en-suite accommodation for students. Life at Digby Stuart includes a whole host of events which happen annually over the year and the College will often hold one off events inspired by the students studying at the College.

As part of the University of Roehampton, the college is home to 4 academic departments; English & Creative Writing, Social Sciences, Drama, Theatre and Performance and Humanitites.

The college’s social facilities are open to all staff and to residential and non-residential students.

Modern Day Student Life at Digby Stuart

Digby Stuart hosts over 800 students within its University accommodation onsite which is part of the main University campus. This means that despite before joined to Froebel and Southlands Colleges, Digby Stuart has developed its own sense of community and often busy way of life compared to the other Colleges at Roehampton, although the membership of the college swells to over 2000 when those living off site are taken into account.

The College has 2 elected student officers which work together with the College team to develop the life on Digby Staurt’s Campus and helping to arrange all the events for student and staff. Ensuring to keep to College traditions while also establishing new ones with todays generation of students, the perfect example being the Colleges motto of “Part of the Pride” to reflect Digby’s mascot, the lion and is printed on our College hoodies and other merchandise that you can buy from the College team.

Accommodation and Living

Digby Stuart has accommodation available for a mixture of students. Rooms are available as standard or en-suite and depending on your block can be group with between 7-28 other rooms to share kitchen facilities. Further information on the rooms at Digby Stuart can be found online.

The College coordinates a ‘Flat Rep’ scheme, in which flats have a 2nd or 3rd year in residence that is able to welcome the new students to campus on arrival and support them throughout the year. As the more experienced students on campus they help make those new to the area aware of local facilities, how to get around campus and generally provide a friendly face that can answer questions. Our reps also work directly with the college to help arrange social events and ensure that new students are included in all college activity. 


Student Social Space "The Digby Den"

Digby Stuart students have their own chill out space for use during the days and evenings which include sofas and arm chairs, large screen TVs, kitchen space to allow you to warm your lunch and a small stage area that societies and sports teams often use to hold events in. It also hosts noticeboards and information on upcoming college events.

Quiet Room for Graduate Students

Next door to Digby Stuart Chapel is a room with sofas and chairs for graduate students to relax and enjoy a quiet time. All graduate students are welcome to use this space, accessed through the corridor on the south side of the chapel.

Hive Café

The Hive is a coffee shop run by Growhampton, the Student Union’s social enterprise that is open every day 8am-4pm. They serve hot and cold drinks, soups and sandwiches from the feel good bakery and host events throughout the week and in the evenings (including film screenings, a pop up thrift shop, bike workshop and more). You can even buy fresh produce grown right here on campus at the Market Day every Thursday.


On site you’ll find a Costa Coffee in the Den area which serves a selection of hot drinks to take away along with a selection of food including cold sandwiches, salads and snacks. You’ll also find our canteen in the Den which serves a larger selection of hot drinks, sandwiches and cold snacks between over lunchtimes each week.