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Durham university provisional college allocation

I got a provisional acceptance from Castle for LLB. It’s where I wanted to go when I first applied to Durham. Does the university change provisional colleges often? Will I be allocated some random college in a while?
Original post by csk20
I got a provisional acceptance from Castle for LLB. It’s where I wanted to go when I first applied to Durham. Does the university change provisional colleges often? Will I be allocated some random college in a while?

Hi there

They try to keep you allocated to your provisional college but sometimes if one college gets oversubscribed after results day, they do have to shift some people around. There's no guarantee that you'll be kept in Castle but there's also no surety that you'll definitely be reallocated. It's best to just wait and see what happens.


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Original post by Durham Students
Hi there

They try to keep you allocated to your provisional college but sometimes if one college gets oversubscribed after results day, they do have to shift some people around. There's no guarantee that you'll be kept in Castle but there's also no surety that you'll definitely be reallocated. It's best to just wait and see what happens.


-Himieka (Official DU Rep)

Do you know if there’s any possibility, say for example I was ranked my 4th preference, in august if the amount of students for my subject in the colleges I have ranked 1st 2nd and 3rd are too low (e.g if they didn’t achieve the grades) would I be allocated to a college of a higher preference? Sorry if this is confusing!
Original post by Anonymous
Do you know if there’s any possibility, say for example I was ranked my 4th preference, in august if the amount of students for my subject in the colleges I have ranked 1st 2nd and 3rd are too low (e.g if they didn’t achieve the grades) would I be allocated to a college of a higher preference? Sorry if this is confusing!

Hi there

I wouldn't say that's something common. There's nothing you can do about it but if they think they could potentially put you in your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices to balance students out, I don't see a reason why they wouldn't do that. Still, it's likely that you'll stay in your provisional allocation so I wouldn't have much hope honestly.

-Himieka (Official DU Rep)
Original post by Durham Students
Hi there

I wouldn't say that's something common. There's nothing you can do about it but if they think they could potentially put you in your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices to balance students out, I don't see a reason why they wouldn't do that. Still, it's likely that you'll stay in your provisional allocation so I wouldn't have much hope honestly.

-Himieka (Official DU Rep)

Thank you for replying so quickly! Do you know why re-allocations happen on results day out of interest, as the website slightly confused me, is it due to over subscription?
Original post by Anonymous
Thank you for replying so quickly! Do you know why re-allocations happen on results day out of interest, as the website slightly confused me, is it due to over subscription?

Yes, it might be because many people end up meeting their offers which leads to a majority of a particular department in one college or more people getting allocated than there are rooms. To balance that out, they have to then reallocate.

-Himieka (Official DU Rep)
Do you know what happens if a student is allocated to a college (6th ranked) but they cannot afford to pay for it, as it is catered?
Also what if it does not fit with the students wishes, such as gowned or not?
The FAQ's are a bit unclear.
Is it possible to move colleges once a provisional one has been allocated, if for example, a student has been given catered accommodation but they cannot feasibly pay for it?
Original post by Anonymous
Do you know what happens if a student is allocated to a college (6th ranked) but they cannot afford to pay for it, as it is catered?
Also what if it does not fit with the students wishes, such as gowned or not?
The FAQ's are a bit unclear.


Original post by AnonymousOphelia
Is it possible to move colleges once a provisional one has been allocated, if for example, a student has been given catered accommodation but they cannot feasibly pay for it?


Hiya

I understand this can be an unpleasant situation to be in. I'd recommend emailing the college office ([email protected]) and explaining your situation to them since you got catered despite opting for a self-catered college. Try to outline the feasibility of you attending Durham if they weren't able to reallocate you. I'm not sure if this will be of any help but it's worth a shot. As for the gown situation, I don't think that's going to be a big issue once you're here. Even though gowns can look pretty cool, formals are more about having good food with good company and you'll get that at all colleges!

If they're unable to offer you a self-catered college, the only other option would be private accommodation like Rushford Court, Ernest Place, Student Castle, or a shared house. I lived out in my first year as well and it requires more effort in terms of going out and socialising because you're not living in college but other than that, it's usually cheaper and more peaceful to live in. If you decide to go for this option, let me know here and I can signpost you to some resources where you can find private accommodation.

-Himieka
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