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    I have accumulated some questions over the few weeks lurking on various Durham fourms. They are Castle based, but some of them anyone could answer.

    1. From what I understand, the gowns worn to formals are big, black, and you just throw them over your skirt/top combo. Where and when do you get ahold of these gowns? Do I have the right idea of them?

    2. Freshers of Castle normally get stuck in some pretty bad rooms, despite paying a lot for them. Are they really horrible, or have people made them work with decorations?

    3. A lot of students go clubbing/pubbing during the nights. Is this 99.9%, or is it more like the people who post here just club a lot? I'm not so much into the clubbing scene as some make Durhamites out to be.

    4. Is there an orchestra at Durham? Any Castle-based orchestras?

    5. Could anyone get me a link to a Durham University map that has the location to various centers and colleges?

    6. Is attending Open Day worthwhile? While I know vibe is an important part in choosing a university, I'd have to fly across the Atlantic to attend a day's worth. While flying isn't a problem, I'd hate to go all the way there and only have some formal and a lecture telling information I already know.

    7. Is it easy to get lost? I know most universities are very big and intimidating, but Castle seems to be a little bit more difficult. I'm used to everything being laid out instead of stacked upon each other, if that makes sense.

    8. How many students work part-time? Where do they work?

    9. Do many students have cars/mopeds/transportation? Is bus riding/walking a typical means of transportation?

    10. I understand most Castle freshers have to share a room, and I've made peace with that. What is the size of the room, and what furniture is present before we move in? Also, what's the bathroom situation like?

    Thanks for any help! Durham seems like a great place to go. ^^
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    5. Map

    6. GO TO AN OPEN DAY The post-application ones are best.

    7. :rofl: No (if you do, old ladies will help) (if you manage to get lost I'll give you a fiver though)

    9. If you live in castle, you won't need a car/bus/moped Heck, if you live anywhere in Durham, all you need is feet!
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    2. The really manky moatside ones are getting redone so you've got nowt to worry about
    3. I despise clubbing, I have never actually been to a club in Durham. However, this shouldn't impede your life, social or otherwise. There'll always be someone who wants to do whatever you want to do.
    4. There are at least 2 orchestras at Durham. And one at Castle of which Becca is secretary (I think).
    6.You should go to an open day if you have the money. However, I know quite a lot of people (including internationals) who didn't come ot an open day and still love it.
    7.Good ol American grid-planning. But no, it's very hard to get lots as Durham is tiny.
    8. Some students (not a huge amount) work part time outside of their college, however a lot earn extra money by working int heir college bar or shop.
    9. All livers-in at college walk everywhere.
    10. I'd imagine size varies but I think rooms come with bed x2,deskx2,wardrobex2 etc etc. Bathroom situation also varies depending on where you are.
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    1. When visiting Durham I stumbled across the gown shop and the woman there told me that the colleges buy the gowns off them and sell them to us during Fresher's week. You should be able to buy new and 2nd hand ones when you get here.
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    Right, I'm a Castle fresher so I'll try my best to help:

    1. Yeah, you have the right idea. Don't worry about buying one, you'll be sold one when you arrive.

    2. The rooms you're talking about are Moatside, and yes they are pretty shocking. But with a bit of luck they'll all be refurbished in time for you.

    3. Not everybody goes out clubbing every night, so you won't feel left out. And there's plenty of other stuff to do.

    4. Probably

    5. It's a bit of a **** map but here you go: http://www.dur.ac.uk/map/

    6. Personally I would make the effort. It's cheaper to pay for a flight over here than it is to pay all your fees then drop out because you hate the place. And besides, Durham open days are great fun.

    7. Durham is tiny, pretty much everywhere is within walking distance. Yet for some reason I always seem to get lost (and I'm a Geography student...).

    8. I think most (myself included) just work in the vacations, as there's just too much to do in Durham. Try and get a job in college though, that way you can socialise while earning cash!

    9. No, it's too small and there's nowhere to park (especially at Castle). You don't even need to bother with buses unless you're leaving Durham/are extremely lazy.

    10. First of all, most Castle freshers do not share, but a fair few do. I shared a room in the Keep in my first term. The rooms vary quite a lot in terms of size, but they're all fairly large so you're not going to be on top of each other. You get a bed, a desk, a wardrobe, some draws, and possibly a desk lamp. Obviously there's two of everything in the shared rooms. As for the bathrooms... http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f6...oad/shower.jpg
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    (Original post by fieldsofanfield)
    http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f6...oad/shower.jpg
    :toofunny:
    Is that serious??!
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    Lol, no. That's well old now
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    *sigh* that is TOO old! :rolleyes:

    Map - http://www.durhamcity.gov.uk/pdf/map.pdf (It's a PDF file if you don't notice - it's not a University one but rather one from the City council, but it's pretty good! )

    Attending an open day - whilst people say "It's cheaper to get a flight over here that to come over and then drop out"....if you think you're going to enjoy it and don't really have too many reservations about Durham then an Open Day isn't completely necessary.....I know that if I was going to a University over in California that I probably wouldn't fork out the hundreds of pounds for a flight if I felt that it was the right place to go, unless I was particularly rich, which if you are, then get over here and have a look around! (though there aren't any open days between now and October, but can still come over and get a tour and stuff, just contact your college)
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    (Original post by dobbs)
    *sigh* that is TOO old! :rolleyes:
    Before you start flaming, I would just like to point out that I knew about this before you. You know, with the sign being on the door of my showers and everything.
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    (Original post by fieldsofanfield)
    Before you start flaming, I would just like to point out that I knew about this before you. You know, with the sign being on the door of my showers and everything.
    I don't care whether you knew about it before me or not! :rolleyes: I might've known about the joke "Why did the chicken cross the road?" "To get to the other side" before you but it doesn't mean that it's not old if I told it to people now.

    It was a funny joke that spread around the internet and people like us who spend a lot of time on the internet see it A LOT. Then people who don't spend as much time on the internet are like "Wow have you seen this?!" and you're like "Haha yeah a while ago". THEN people who never spend anytime online talk about it and you're getting a bit bored of it now. ARGH!

    lol sorry, I think I just had a bad experience with it :p:
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    1. From what I understand, the gowns worn to formals are big, black, and you just throw them over your skirt/top combo. Where and when do you get ahold of these gowns? Do I have the right idea of them?
    Yup. You'll be sent a form with various things you might want to buy just before the beginning of term, it'll be added on to your battels (termly bill).

    2. Freshers of Castle normally get stuck in some pretty bad rooms, despite paying a lot for them. Are they really horrible, or have people made them work with decorations?
    You pay exactly the same as everyone else in the whole uni - all rooms are the same price regardless. All University College rooms are either nicely refurbished (over this summer) or in the castle (or both).
    3. A lot of students go clubbing/pubbing during the nights. Is this 99.9%, or is it more like the people who post here just club a lot? I'm not so much into the clubbing scene as some make Durhamites out to be.
    I didn't think I'd like clubbing, turns out I was wrong. There's plenty to do other than club though; there's enough friends around that there'll always be someone watching a film, sitting chatting (etc. use your imagination) instead.
    4. Is there an orchestra at Durham? Any Castle-based orchestras?
    Yes. Ask Becca about that.

    5. Could anyone get me a link to a Durham University map that has the location to various centers and colleges?
    Already one linked to
    6. Is attending Open Day worthwhile? While I know vibe is an important part in choosing a university, I'd have to fly across the Atlantic to attend a day's worth. While flying isn't a problem, I'd hate to go all the way there and only have some formal and a lecture telling information I already know.
    Durham open days are awesome and worth it, but maybe not worth a double transcontinental journey.
    7. Is it easy to get lost? I know most universities are very big and intimidating, but Castle seems to be a little bit more difficult. I'm used to everything being laid out instead of stacked upon each other, if that makes sense.
    No. Durham's pretty small anyway, and getting lost in the castle would be somewhat of a challenge (read: you'd have to get so drunk you couldn't see).
    8. How many students work part-time? Where do they work?
    Not many; banks, bars, bookies (betting shops), pretty much anywhere that employs teenagers part time.
    9. Do many students have cars/mopeds/transportation? Is bus riding/walking a typical means of transportation?
    Durham's tiny, you won't need a car/moped. Some people have bikes, but they're not necessary.
    10. I understand most Castle freshers have to share a room, and I've made peace with that. What is the size of the room, and what furniture is present before we move in? Also, what's the bathroom situation like?
    Shared rooms are nice and sharing is fun. You'll have 2 of everything you need 2 of and probably a nice view from the castle, since that's where most of the shared rooms are. The probability of sharing in first year is only about 50% though.
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    Oh and finding your way back to castle if you do somehow manage to get lost is really easy since you can see it (or the cathedral, its neighbour) from everywhere within a radius of about 5 miles.
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    Orchestra! Yay!
    Right, Castle has its own orchestra which is described in the prospectus as a 'symphony orchestra'. Don't believe this. We are a non-audition orchestra, so we let anyone in, whatever level. How much of a symphony orchestra and how good we are varies each year depending on the intake of freshers and how enthusiastic people are. This year has been REALLY successful, with lots of brilliant people joining us. We don't play extremely challenging music because we are mixed ability and we want stuff that everyone can play atleast *some* of, so if you're looking for a laugh and a relaxed atmosphere, then Castle orchestra is the group to join. It's also great way of meeting people from other years and colleges as we have a few members from other colleges too.
    If you're after some hardcore Shostakovich or Stravinsky and a more 'proffessional' approach, then you should audition for DUOS (Duham University Orchestral Society). They play to an EXTREMELY high standard and do a lot of challenging pieces. DUOS is really hard to get into, or so I've hear (never tried myself because I suck!) and it takes a lot of committment, but if you're a capable musician you'll be prepared for that anyway.
    Even if you do decide to join DUOS you can still come to Castle Orchestra, we welcome EVERYONE, even people that can only play the recorder (we have a recorder ensemble!).
    Sadly, I won't be here next year, so if you do decide to come to Durham and join Castle orchestra you'd have to wait a year to meet me, but if you have any more orchestra-related questions fire away!
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    (Original post by ampersand)
    6. Is attending Open Day worthwhile? While I know vibe is an important part in choosing a university, I'd have to fly across the Atlantic to attend a day's worth. While flying isn't a problem, I'd hate to go all the way there and only have some formal and a lecture telling information I already know.
    I was told when I called that there were no more post - application days this year. ie ones where you get to sleep in college \ meet others that you may be with next year etc.

    Don't know if that's relevant, but certainly i wouldn't think it's worth flying thousands of miles for a chat and a tour on a wednesday afternoon.... so be sure to check what's on offer before you decide! :rolleyes:
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    (Original post by dobbs)
    lol sorry, I think I just had a bad experience with it :p:
    What, masturbating in showers?
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    (Original post by paddylad)
    What, masturbating in showers?
    Nope they've always been enjoyable and pleasurable experiences
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    Oh god.
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    (Original post by Timothy)
    Oh god.
    See? Tim agrees with me
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    Wow, you guys are great. ^^ Thanks a lot for the quick answers.
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    (Original post by Timothy)
    Oh god.
    Hahaha, this reminds me of the Wishy conversation......:toofunny:
 
 
 

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