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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 £7,422 to £7,883 per year
Self-Catered from £5,195 to £5,655 per year

Student Life

  • 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 hilltop 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.

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 activity in the city. Durham Dramatic Society is based in the City Theatre at Fowler's Yard, and Durham Book Festival is an annual fixture.
  • 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.
  • Across the North East region there are many opportunities to watch sport. Durham County Cricket Club is based in Chester-le-Street, around eight miles from Durham City, and football, rugby, basketball and ice hockey are all played in the region.


  • 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.
  • 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 three 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).