Hi, Physics fresher happy to answer any questions.
If you like a small city, but with loads of friends, places to visit in historic towns and great countryside nearby....it's for you.
Firstly... the city. It's amazing, I really have fallen in love with Durham as a place. It's so beautiful, small, cobbled streets, the amazing Cathedral, lovely local people (in town and working in our College). If you fancy distant, amorphous megalithic lumps of places....do NOT apply to Durham.
Lovely small city with great countryside all around....it will suit you very well.
Physics and science generally at Durham University is at the highest level. I can say the quality of all my Maths/Physics lectures/tutorials/labs have in the main been exceptional. Some of my lecturers are world leaders, but approachable and truly inspirational. Seriously, this place is quality...the real deal.
Colleges. I'm on the Bailey, at St Chads. It's a terrific area. 2 minutes walk to town, 10 minutes to the science site. Cathedral out my front door every morning. Every college is special however...and each have their best qualities. I adore Chads though..it's small, inclusive and very community orientated (with a great bar too), but every College is proud of their traditions, and everyone is loyal to their College. Quite right too.
Durham city, Durham University, College, subject.... I can honestly say I have had an unforgettable experience thus far. Its been wonderful. I wish I was going back to Durham today rather than next week. Plus, there's Candlemas Ball/Chad's Day coming up in February!!!! Pity we have collection exams next week... but we work and play hard as Durham students!
Anyone successful enough to hold a Durham offer...firm right away! It's going to be the best few years of your life.