As someone said above, Durham is a city university, not a campus university (it's pretty much the opposite of Nottingham, which is a huge self-contained campus where you have to get a bus/taxi to the city). So the departments and colleges are spread all over the city. There's a mini-campus at the science site, where science students and some social science students have lectures, and the main library is there.
(Original post by NYU2012)
Just wondering what the Durham campus looks like - can't really find any pictures anywhere.
Was hoping someone might have a link to some good pictures of the campus?
Currently trying to decide if I want to firm Durham or Nottingham and unfortunately cannot visit.
Which subject will you be studying? If it's a humanities or social science subject then you'll probably have your lectures in Elvet Riverside, which is a 3 minute walk from the centre of the city. Individual departments (where you'll have seminars) are spread across the city too, usually in townhouse type buildings.
This is the main street leading from town to the science site which most students probably walk along every day. The humanities & social science lectures are usually in the brown building on the left. http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?q=dur...9,r:2,s:0,i:71
Elvet Riverside lecture theatres - http://www.liveco.biz/ElvetRiverside.htm
History department - http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?q=dur...97&tx=81&ty=54
Philosophy department - http://www.dur.ac.uk/philosophy/research/
Politics department - http://www.dur.ac.uk/sgia/imeis/
There are some good photos on this blog - http://yellowpinkandsparkly.blogspot...to-durham.html
Bailey colleges - http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2383758
Typical row of student houses (where 2nd/3rd year students live) - http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?q=the...9,r:6,s:0,i:78
Photos and video tours of colleges are here - http://www.dur.ac.uk/colleges/
The main library - http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/developments/mainlibrary/ and http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/tours/
If you've seen pictures of your college, the science site and the city centre then that will make up a good idea of what you'd be seeing for 3 years! On most days, you'll probably walk through the city to get to lectures, so just google 'Durham' and you should find a lot of pictures of the city!
Last edited by undergradstudent; 04-04-2012 at 11:24.
I think if you're here for 3 years people tend to focus on student-led activities (college JCR, societies, student theatre, volunteering, etc) rather than things run for the public. I've never been to see a film or play at the (public) Gala theatre, but I've been to numerous student plays and musicals at the DST theatre and been to the hild bede cinema a few times, my friends who go to dance/fitness classes are part of the DSU society rather than using the local gym's classes, people play college sport rather than joining public sports teams, etc. When I first looked round the city I was quite worried that there wouldn't be anything to do, but I think it's because of that that there are so many student societies and sports teams.
(Original post by affinity89)
Durham is pretty and quaint. On sunny days, it is beautiful and the cathedral is stunning.
But, I find it quite claustrophobic, especially during term time. The student population is huge compared to the size of the city.
I studied at Lancaster University - Lancaster is a similar sized city, but it seemed to have a lot more going on and a lot more facilities...
How long will you be studying for? I am going to be Durham until July, as I am doing a 1 year course, and I think that is a nice length of time - as mentioned, I've already grown a little bored of the place, but I appreciate how pretty it all is. If I was in Durham for a full three years though, I think I might go a little stir crazy lol.
Last edited by undergradstudent; 04-04-2012 at 19:11.