I don't think cars are allowed. Durham is really too small and ancient to be able to cope with potentially 9000+ cars through its infrastructure if everyone was able to bring them and there's also no room to park near most of the colleges. Don't worry, everything is within walking distance I actually can't imagine needed a car here.
Surely you also applied to Castle and Heavs will correct me if I'm wrong but surely there's hardly any parking space at Castle in particular? More importantly, unless you were a member of some sports team with incredibly bulky equipment and lots of away matches- why would you need one?
isn't there some congestion charge aswell?
There is certainly no room anywhere near the castle for en masse student parking, only palace green which gets filled up with tourists and theres no way in hell the university/cathedral would let students park there long term, and the courtyard for staff. I suppose if someone was desperate to have a car here they could investigate long term parking permits in Prince Bishops car park, but I think it would be very expensive and you really don't need a car in Durham as a student.
Unless you have some specific reason for needing a car, they're totally superfluous.
I have a first year friend at Collingwood who's taken a car with her, so it maybe possible at a hill college.
I was told not to bring a car-they asked me whether I was thinking of bringing a car and then told me they prefer you not to-also I think the guy said that getting a permit is very difficult.Plus there's a £2(?) congestion charge.
I'm thinking of living at home (about 40mins from Durham) so i was planning on driving in everyday. Would there be somewhere for me to park? (I've applied to St. Aidan's) Also, with all the parking fees and congestion charges would it actually not be much more expensive to live in Durham itself?
Dobbs: As a (relatively) local person to Durham, what're your views on people living at home?
To live at home would be a wasted opportunity.
Please don't live at home! The price difference between running a car for a year and living in college is so small in comparison to the benefits you'll have from living in as to be negligible. As I've said before, the most important thing about university is not studying, but learning how to live and who you are. You won't do that if you're still living with Mummy and/or Daddy.
I know what you mean, and this has posed a huge dillema for me but i think i will live at Durham although the costs of accomodation are very worrying!