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    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.
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    Durham doesnt really have a campus, apart from Queens Campus which isnt in Durham.
    It has the science site where obviously all the science departments are but if you study anything else youll probably be in places all over the city.

    Science site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarbruis/1578789201/
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    (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.
    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.

    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!
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    As people have already said, it's a collegiate system, like Oxford and Cambridge.

    Students are allocated to a college, I think there are 16, give or take? You live in your college, there are facilities in your college, you are usually catered for in your college. It's like a miniature campus, but your lessons will be at faculty buildings dotted around Durham itself, that said, Durham is a small city, and everything is supposedly within walking distance.
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    (Original post by undergradstudent)
    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.

    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!
    Thanks

    I would be studying law, btw.

    How would you personally compare Durham to Nottingham (I assume you go to Durham?) I.e. what are the pros of Durham, in your opinion?
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    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.
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    (Original post by NYU2012)
    Thanks

    I would be studying law, btw.

    How would you personally compare Durham to Nottingham (I assume you go to Durham?) I.e. what are the pros of Durham, in your opinion?
    I haven't been to Nottingham since early 2009 (when I applied), but I didn't like it because it really did feel too much like a bubble. I know everyone says Durham is a bubble, but at least in Durham you're constantly in the city, walking past non-students, walking past shops, etc! Whereas when living on campus in Nottingham, you could not leave the campus for days as there's a post office, Boots, etc so you'd only see students and the university buildings, and I felt that I'd want to be able to wander around town more casually. I like having the freedom to walk everywhere rather than rely on buses/having to fill a taxi, and being able to go into town and get some food/a birthday card/new shoes on my way back from lectures rather than having to plan it, and also knowing that I can walk to nights out and home from them without ever having to spend money on a taxi (so if I want to leave after a bar crawl and not go on to a club, I can just walk home without having to find 4 friends to fill a taxi with).

    I think the main pros of Durham are the college system (there have been quite a few posts about colleges on this forum so have a search), the city rather than campus location (you save so much money by walking everywhere!) and the courses are flexible (assuming you're going to be an undergraduate) - you can take modules from other departments, see www.facultyhandbook.dur.ac.uk

    Make sure you do a deep comparison between the courses at the universities, you can see the modules you'd be taking at Durham at the link above and Nottingham should have a module list on their website, I think the course should be your main decision-making factor.
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    (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.
    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.
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    (Original post by undergradstudent)
    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.
    I suppose.

    Not having a proper cinema within reasonable reach is pretty rubbish though lol.

    With my course, I don't have the time to get involved with the student things. I tend to arrive at school at 8am and don't leave until past 5pm and the evenings/weekends are spent marking, planning, completing uni assignments etc. I keep getting emails about activities that are on when I am on placement - bit of a shame but there is nothing I can do. Plus, I don't benefit from the being able to walk everywhere either - it costs £2.60 each way to my current placement school and is around 3/4 miles away [not doable when you are lugging 30+ exercise books lol].

    Still, I am glad you were able to tell the OP about some of things going on. If you are able to get involved in that sort of thing, I am sure it must help and stop Durham feeling quite so small.
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    (Original post by affinity89)
    I suppose.

    Not having a proper cinema within reasonable reach is pretty rubbish though lol.

    With my course, I don't have the time to get involved with the student things. I tend to arrive at school at 8am and don't leave until past 5pm and the evenings/weekends are spent marking, planning, completing uni assignments etc. I keep getting emails about activities that are on when I am on placement - bit of a shame but there is nothing I can do. Plus, I don't benefit from the being able to walk everywhere either - it costs £2.60 each way to my current placement school and is around 3/4 miles away [not doable when you are lugging 30+ exercise books lol].

    Still, I am glad you were able to tell the OP about some of things going on. If you are able to get involved in that sort of thing, I am sure it must help and stop Durham feeling quite so small.
    I couldn't afford to go to a proper cinema even if Durham had one, the Odeons charge about £8 for a student ticket now

    Are you doing a PGCE? It's a big shame you aren't able to get involved with any of the student activities does the education department organise social activities or anything?
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    I couldn't afford to go to a proper cinema even if Durham had one, the Odeons charge about £8 for a student ticket now

    Are you doing a PGCE? It's a big shame you aren't able to get involved with any of the student activities does the education department organise social activities or anything?
    Aye to the PGCE.
    Not really. We had a little buffet organised by ourselves just before we went on placement but that was all. To be fair, a lot of the students are local [or rather not] and so they don't live in Durham itself and just travel in. Most of my friends live in Middlesbrough, so it makes social events a little hard.
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    (Original post by affinity89)
    With my course, I don't have the time to get involved with the student things. I tend to arrive at school at 8am and don't leave until past 5pm and the evenings/weekends are spent marking, planning, completing uni assignments etc. I keep getting emails about activities that are on when I am on placement - bit of a shame but there is nothing I can do. Plus, I don't benefit from the being able to walk everywhere either - it costs £2.60 each way to my current placement school and is around 3/4 miles away [not doable when you are lugging 30+ exercise books lol].
    Hi, can I ask what are studying?
    I will be taking Biomedical Sciences and I thinking it will be just hit books and nothing else.

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