Classism at Durham?Watch
In reality, there are instances that may be considered ‘classist’ just as there are in other universities. I won’t lie to you, 99% of the people I’ve encountered are southerners from privileged backgrounds, but it’s horrible to automatically assume that, because of this, they’re nasty people. Really, no one really gives a crap about your background after freshers week. Don’t let these rumours deter you.
As for the drinking culture, I’ve never felt pressured in any way. I would say I’m comfortably in between introverted and extroverted and so I go out when I want to and stay in when I want to. There is a laddish vibe to Durham but that’s part of the fun!