Welcome to the University of Durham forum: where prospective and current students can discuss everything from the differences between colleges to the nightlife, an abundance of Rahs to the Stockton campus.
Stocktons not a bad place. I went there once and the rooms seemed nice, the campus was modern, never experienced the food. Didn't go to the Rocket so I can't comment on that and the town itself seemed a little more like a 'normal' town then Durham does. It also apparantly has the widest High Street in the UK. The colleges were only a short walk out of town, no further then the hill colleges are in Durham, in fact probably closer and you don't have to trek up a hill to get back. Stockton seemed like a nice enough place to me, and everyone I've ever met from stockton has been absolutly lovely.
Durham doesent actually have a campus, the colleges, teaching buildings etc are spread out around the City. On campus at Queens are the teaching buildings, including library, IT facilities, music rooms etc as well as the dining areas, cafe. Theres also an astroturf which hosts loads of sports. Stephenson college is located on campus, no more than 3 minutes away from anything else on the campus. Snow is just less than a 10 minute walk away. The Rocket union and train station are about a 5 minute walk away from campus as is the nearest food store. Its definitely different to Durham, but not negatively. I can't believe that some people in Durham have to walk 20 minutes plus to lectures in their first year! Surely thats what living in college is about? I woke up at 8.50, grabbed some toast and still made it to lectures for 9! Now I live half an hour walk away it really makes me appreciate the convenience of going to a campus rather than a city university.
The campus is very nice, with newish college halls, brilliant lecture facilities and some nice people.
its just a shame we cant 'float' it away from Stockton, turn it into an island, where only students can enter, and tresspassers are shot. Because Stockton is a completely depressing place, i feel like returning home every time i step out the front door, as the weather is permamanently awful, the pavements laden with chewie and spit, chavs will ask you for the time about every 5mins, prostitutes will loiter...and everything shuts on a sunday, there isnt even a car or a pigeon in the town centre on sundays, its a ghost town.
so yes, the campus does have a great social life, and nice buildings, its just a shame it was built in such a sesspit really.