• Durham University

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    Welcome to Durham University

    The third oldest university in the UK, Durham’s historic ties resonate through the campus. If you attend here, you’ll be living and studying in some of the oldest buildings in the country. The main campus includes Durham Castle and Cathedral, a World Heritage Site and one of the main landmarks of the city. A smaller campus based in Stockton, just over 20 miles away, also forms part of Durham University.

    Highly renowned, the institution has previously been ranked among the top 100 universities in the world, with many of its courses considered the best in the UK.

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    Courses and fees

    There are more than 200 undergraduate courses to choose from, with Natural Sciences one of the most popular subjects.


    The Faculty of Social Science and Health covers courses in archaeology, geography, education, politics, law and medicine. It’s the biggest department within the university.

    The Faculty of Arts and Humanities has courses in history, English, modern languages, music, philosophy and religion. It also is in charge of pre-sessional English courses for international students.

    The Faculty of Science teaches courses in biology, chemistry, engineering, physics and psychology, amongst others. The broad-ranging Natural Sciences degree programme is looked after by this faculty, which is a course that enables students to study for two or more subjects alongside science.

    For more information on the courses offered visit Durham University’s website.


    Durham University is ranked highly for all of its specialist subjects and continually performs well in both Worldwide and UK rankings.


    Durham University has a wide selection of study abroad schemes in place including Erasmus+ and an exchange programme. For international students coming to study at the university there are plenty of courses to ease you into study, including a pre-sessional English programme.

    Tuition fees

    For further information, visit Durham University’s website.


    Don't let the historic exterior fool you: Durham University offers up state-of-the art facilities, including the new £60m Palatine Centre which was opened in 2012 and is home to the student services on offer. The main Bill Bryson Library also was extended in 2012, with the addition of 500 study spaces and enhanced computing facilities.

    At Queen's Campus, Stockton, the purpose-built campus has a range of modern facilities including sports and social venues.


    Leafy and residential, Durham is perhaps a bit more serene than most universities. Sitting on the cusp of the medieval city centre, you'll have an inspiring backdrop for your studies. Just 20 minutes away by train is Newcastle, which provides a lively nightlife scene and a wide range of music and entertainment venues.

    If you're based on Queen’s Campus, you’ll be close to the centre of Middlesbrough, which is about 5 miles away. A bit of a change from the historic air at Durham, there’s a great student scene to enjoy and a close-knit student community.

    Library and study facilities

    The Bill Bryson Library, named after the author and previous chancellor of the university, is the most extensive of the libraries on offer. There are also specialist libraries for those studying business or education related degrees.

    At Queen's Campus, a specialist library is available which has its own study facilities and books related to the courses on offer at Stockton.


    As a student of Durham University, you'll get a university email address along with access to online learning facilities, where course information and learning materials are available to download remotely. A network of computers and Wi-Fi is available across campus, as well as internet connections in every dorm room, so you can stay connected wherever you are.

    Careers service

    A special Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre is on site and all students will be assigned their very own careers advisor. From CV building, to special events and jobs fairs, the centre organises and hosts a number services to enhance students' careers. And it doesn't stop once you graduate: you can still use the careers centre if you need help getting your foot on the ladder.


    As well as the standard university facilities, Durham University has two museums, which are free for students to visit. The Oriental Museum displays collections of art and architecture from the Middle East and Asia, while the Museum of Archaeology celebrates the architecture of Durham.

    In addition to this, Durham's colleges provide a range of social facilities that enable students to get involved in a range of extra-curricular activities.

    Student union

    Durham University's student union helps enhance the student experience with Palatinate, the student-run newspaper, and its Purple Radio station. The Riverside Bar and Cafe is also the place to be for drinks, karaoke, and open mic nights. You never have to worry about how to get home too: the union organised Nightbus is a specialised taxi service that will pick you up from the city centre and across campus. No more walking home in the dark!


    Sport is a central part of student life, with high quality cricket, rowing and fencing facilities. There are two sports centres, with the Graham Sports Centre in Durham offering high-quality features like a performance analysis suite and indoor rowing tank. At Queen's Campus there are facilities including white water rafting as well as eight multi-use sports courts.

    Medical and welfare services

    There’s a dedicated team who offer counselling services and help and advice to students with disabilities. In addition to this, if you've got children, a special university nursery is on offer for children up to school age.

    Financial aid

    The university offers an Access to Learning Fund and University Hardship Fund for students who are finding it difficult to cope financially. In addition to this, there are several scholarships up for grabs for students who excel in certain subjects or who are from the local area.


    Accommodation at Durham is based on the college that you choose to belong to. There are 15 based in Durham City and Queen's Campus, Stockton.

    The expectation is that all first year students will live in college accommodation, and your college will be the place where you socialise and meet students and staff from all levels, disciplines and nationalities.

    Durham University also has a dedicated team in place to help you find private and off-site accommodation.

    Open days

    Visiting a university on an open day is the best way to get to know whether it's the right place for you. At Durham's general open days you'll be shown around the different colleges and get to meet members of staff as well as see the facilities that are on offer.

    A range of opportunities are available at Durham University so you can decide whether it’s the right university for you. Durham University’s website lists the type of visits available and the latest dates.

    University wide open days take place in June and July, while visit days for those who have received an offer to study at Durham University take place each year in March.

    For more information on open days, read The Student Room's guide.

    Term dates

    The academic year is divided into three terms: Michaelmas, Epiphany, and Easter. Each term lasts approximately two months, with about a month’s holiday in between.

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