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Student Accommodation

  • All new first year undergraduate students become members of one of Durham University's colleges and are made an offer of accommodation.
  • Every Durham University student belongs to a college, whether living in accommodation there or elsewhere; colleges provide an environment to encourage and support students' studies and personal development
  • Most teaching and college accommodation is centrally located in the city of Durham. From the furthest colleges, walking distance is around 25–30 minutes.

Accommodation Costs

Catered from £7,425 to £7,901 per year
Self-Catered from £5,233 to £5,708 per year

The costs above are for the academic year 2019/20

Student Life

  • Durham's famous cathedral and castle are at the heart of the city, forming a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is compact and friendly, welcoming students and visitors to a mix of high street shops and boutiques, excellent cafés, bars, restaurants and cultural activities. No matter where you are in the city, you are never far from the university's colleges, academic departments and facilities. 
  • There is a huge amount to do in Durham, from walks and boat trips along the River Wear, to street markets and museum visits. The city also plays host to the popular Lumiere Festival, the largest light festival in the UK, and there are range of leisure facilities and attractions.

Nightlife and Culture

  • There are many pubs and restaurants and a couple of nightclubs – and the university itself is at the heart of much of the activity in the city. Every college provides shared community facilities including a bar, sports, societies and associations, events and activities.
  • Durham University has its own museums which host a variety of exhibitions each year. The university also has its own botanic gardens which is free to enter for Durham University students. .
  • Within the heart of the city, the Gala Theatre is situated on the banks of the River Wear and is also home to two cinema screens. Durham Dramatic Society is based in the City Theatre at Fowler's Yard, and Durham Book Festival is an annual fixture.
  • Across the North East region there are many opportunities to watch sport. Durham County Cricket Club is based in Chester-le-Street, around 8 miles from Durham City, and football, rugby, basketball and ice hockey are all played in the region.


  • Everything in Durham city is within walking distance to all university locations.
  • Local bus services operate from the city bus station, including park-and-ride services; and express coach services run daily from most major cities to Durham.
  • Durham is on the main-line railway with many high-speed services daily from London, taking around 3 hours.
  • Access to Durham city by road is good, with the A1 motorway providing, fast, easy access from the north or south, and the A66 from the west.
  • 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).