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Off-Campus Accommodation In First Year

Hey, I'm wondering if it's possible to live off campus during first year & how I go about telling the university that I want to do this. I'm already looking at flats, etc, so no issues there - purely wondering if this is "allowed". I'm an offer-holder and very interested in the school but 100% would go elsewhere if I couldn't live off campus. Any info is really appreciated. Thanks !
Hi, do you mean like your own flat/apartment? I was thinking the same as i don’t want to live with people tbh.
Chemistry Research, Durham University
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Original post by ikarus03
Hey, I'm wondering if it's possible to live off campus during first year & how I go about telling the university that I want to do this. I'm already looking at flats, etc, so no issues there - purely wondering if this is "allowed". I'm an offer-holder and very interested in the school but 100% would go elsewhere if I couldn't live off campus. Any info is really appreciated. Thanks !


Hi there @ikarus03

I love your question because I'm the best person to help with that haha!

I'm a fresher and live outside. You definitely can live outside in your first year, it's just that most people don't. When you firm your college, they send you a room preference form to fill out. On that, they have an option to decline accommodation if you decide to live out so you can tick that box. Just in case you're not aware, you still are a part of college even if you don't live in. You can participate in all the activities they have on offer- from JCR to sports to everything else.

If you need any help finding off-campus accommodation, let me know and I can direct you to reliable sources :smile:

-Himieka (Official DU Rep)
Hi can you send some links to some off campus accommodation? Thank you
Original post by Anonymous
Hi can you send some links to some off campus accommodation? Thank you

Hiya,

I used the following in my house search:

SpareRoom: https://www.spareroom.co.uk/flatshare/durham (this is where I found my first house)
Sturents: https://sturents.com/ (this is where I found my current house)
Gumtree: https://www.gumtree.com/ (not really helpful but still an option)
Individual student property agent websites like Harringtons, Frampton & Roebuck etc.
There is also a Facebook page where students usually post if they're looking for more flatmates or houses available for renting: https://www.facebook.com/groups/162824307101648/

If you're looking to live out but want an ensuite, there are student accommodations like Rushford Court, Houghall Court, Student Castle, Earnest Place etc. which have a lot of facilities but tend to be expensive/far. You can definitely check them out.

As for rent, the houses closer to uni tend to be shared houses and more expensive. The ones that are farther are cheaper. Think about how much of a walk you can afford and check the distance on Google Maps before you finalise anything. Taking buses every day is easy but sometimes the buses don't show up on time so try to choose a place where you can walk from/have an alternative mode of transportation.

If you do live outside, definitely have a written contract with the rights and liabilities of the parties. It will be your go-to document in case something weird happens. Our SU has a contract-checking service which I definitely recommend: https://www.durhamsu.com/advice-and-support/contract-checking-tool

-Himieka (Official DU Rep)
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Thank you very much Himieka:smile:

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