At Durham University, students have a choice of a wide range of courses, access to research-informed teaching by world-leading experts, outstanding study facilities and a great experience outside of their studies. The collegiate system is at the heart of the distinctive Durham experience, offering a diverse, multidisciplinary community of academics, students and staff from different backgrounds and cultures.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

Town Centre
Town Centre

In or close to the centre of a town


The university is composed of individual colleges

Full Service
Full Service

Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: D86

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 75%
  • Postgraduate 25%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 93%
  • Part Time 7%

Where students come from

  • UK 72%
  • EU 6%
  • Other 22%

Student gender

  • Male 45%
  • Female 55%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • The Bill Bryson Library is the largest library, named after the bestselling author and former Durham University chancellor. Whether working with friends or using quiet individual study rooms, the libraries provide a range of study environments to suit, and are open 24/7 during the run-up to exams. A subject support team and friendly staff help students make the best use of the libraries.
  • Resources in the libraries include over 1.6 million books. The university also subscribes to over 300,000 online resources, such as e-books, e-journals and databases.  Extensive cultural collections are held at Palace Green Library, the Oriental Museum, Durham Castle and across the campus.
  • IT facilities include PC areas, Wi-Fi, laptops for loan, and printing facilities.

Student jobs

  • The Student Employment Service is based within the Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre. It works with employers within and outside the university to facilitate suitable part-time and vacation work for Durham University students.
  • Information is provided to students looking for part time and vacation work, and students are supported in making effective applications. The service also advises on employment related matters such as working hours, income tax, National Insurance etc.

Careers advice

  • The highly-rated Careers and Enterprise team provides a wide range of services both centrally and within subject departments, in partnership with colleges and the Student Union. 
  • Advisers give one-to-one support, group presentations and advice on application and CV development. The service also supports the development of employability and enterprise skills, gives business start-up advice, and offers an academic study skills programme.
  • The team has strong and developing links with national and local employers or business groups, holding more than 150 employer events annually. Over 180 organisations attend recruitment fairs over six days in term 1.
  • An online vacancy service is provided, giving access to thousands of job, placement, internship and work experience opportunities throughout the year. In addition, the service's comprehensive website and social media activity gives 24/7 access to wide-ranging resources, information, development activity and career planning support.
  • The Careers and Enterprise team was shortlisted in the 2017 Awards for Excellence run by the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services, for the Durham International Student Employability Programme, developed and delivered in partnership with the English Language Centre.

Health services

  • The university has close links with local NHS providers; most students register for GP services with the Claypath and University Medical Group. 
  • Other service providers available to students on campus include Talking Changes Therapy, the Early Intervention in Psychosis team, and drug and alcohol services.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • The Counselling Service is available to all students. A team of trained and experienced practitioners help students to manage difficulties that impact on their studies and university life. Please refer to the university website for details.

Disability support

  • The university's specialist Disability Support Service offers advice and guidance to both prospective and current students with disabilities, medical or mental health conditions, or specific learning differences. Please refer to the university website for details.

Students' Union

  • Durham Students' Union is the champion of all Durham students. Durham SU is an independent body and as such represents over 17,500 students across both Durham and Queen's Campus, with five elected student officers holding the university to account, supported by hundreds of student representatives and committee members. Durham is a collegiate university, and the union works alongside colleges to engage students around issues of welfare and student experience, ensuring these issues are addressed.
  • Durham SU is home to over 250 student groups. Within these groups students can connect with like-minded people outside of their colleges and departments. Here they can develop their skills and enhance their student experience.
  • Durham University Charities Kommittee (DUCK) – the Raise and Give or RAG group – is one of the best in the country, raising hundreds of thousands of pounds each year for local, national and international charities.


  • The oldest of the university’s 16 colleges, University College, was founded in 1832 at the same time as the establishment of the university. The most recent is Josephine Butler College, founded in 2006. In 1987 Durham Cathedral and Castle became a World Heritage Site, of which the university is a joint guardian.
  • In 2012 the opera singer, Sir Thomas Allen was appointed as the university's 12th Chancellor.
  • A brand new college will open at the start of the academic year 2020/21. Currently known as South College it will offer self-catered accommodation with 1,000 student bed spaces across a range of rooms with en-suite or shared bathroom facilities, cluster flats and townhouses. Extensive facilities will include music and performance practice rooms, and provision for sports.

Fascinating Fact

  • Durham was one of the first universities to establish medical training (1834) and the first to award Civil and Mining Engineering degrees to meet regional and national needs during the industrial revolution (1838).

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Gabby Logan − former Wales international gymnast and TV presenter with BBC Sport and ITV.
  • Richard Adams − founder of Traidcraft, the Fairtrade Foundation, and Warm Zones.
  • George Alagiah − journalist and, since 2007, newsreader of BBC News at Six.
  • Will Carling − former rugby union player and captain of England from 1988–1996, winning 72 caps.
  • General Lord Richard Dannatt − retired senior British Army officer, formerly chief of the general staff 2006−2009, now member of the House of Lords.
  • Will Greenwood − former rugby union player and member of the 2003 World Cup-winning squad.
  • Lorraine Heggessey – TV producer and executive, first ever woman to be controller of BBC One, from 2000−2005.
  • Chris Hollins − journalist, presenter and sportsman.
  • Jeremy Vine − broadcaster and journalist with his own topical talk show on BBC Radio 2.
  • Nish Kumar – stand up comedian and TV host.


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