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Student Accommodation

  • Every Durham University student belongs to a college, whether living in accommodation there or elsewhere; colleges provide an environment to encourage and support student's studies and personal development.
  • All university accommodation is based in one of the university's colleges, providing a variety of accommodation and catering options within a small, supportive community.
  • As well as accommodation, colleges also have their own student-led events, including balls, concerts and productions; and with students taking on roles and responsibilities for running aspects of the college, also provide opportunities for leadership-development.

Accommodation Costs

Durham Campus

Number of university/college beds 4,571
Typical annual cost of university/college accommodation £6,823–£7,058
Typical annual cost of private accommodation £4,420–£5,564

Queen's Campus

Number of university/college beds 881
Typical annual cost of university/college accommodation £5,464–£5,464
Typical annual cost of private accommodation £2,496–£3,380

Living Here

  • City Population: 42,123
  • Student Population: 15,000
  • Durham is one of the major cultural and historic cities in the UK. Bill Bryson has called it 'a perfect little city'. Standing side by side on the prominent hill top site and encircled by the River Wear, Durham Cathedral and the castle (a university college) overlook the city of Durham, with its ancient, cobbled streets.
  • From the seventh century A.D. onwards, as well as exercising his spiritual duties, the Bishop of Durham acted as the civil ruler of the region as the Lord of the Liberty of Durham, claiming local authority equal to that of the king.
  • Durham Castle, together with the cathedral, was awarded the status of a World Heritage Site in 1986 in recognition of their historical importance.

Getting Around

  • Access to Durham by road is good with the A1/A1(M) motorway provides, fast, easy access from the North or South, and the A66 from the West.
  • Express coach services run daily from most major cities.
  • Durham is on the main-line rail service with many high-speed services daily from London, taking around 3 hours.
  • Newcastle and Durham Tees Valley Airports are both served by regular domestic and international flights, while a ferry service operates from North Shields, near Newcastle, to Ijmuiden (Amsterdam).
  • Local bus services operate from the city bus station, including park-and-ride services. A free half-hourly bus service operates between Durham and Queen’s Campus, Stockton.

Culture and Nightlife

  • There are many pubs and restaurants and a couple of nightclubs, and the university itself is at the heart of much of the vibrant activity in the city.
  • Durham University has its own museums and hosts a wide variety of performances and exhibitions. Within the heart of the city, the Gala Theatre is situated on the banks of the River Wear and is also home to 2 cinema screens. DLI Museum and Art Gallery is located in parkland on the northern side of the city. Durham Dramatic Society is based in the City Theatre at Fowler’s Yard, and Durham Book Festival is an annual fixture. 
  • Sport can be watched at Durham County Cricket Club, based in Chester-le-Street, and Durham City AFC plays in the Northern Football League.
  • The university also has its own Botanic Gardens.