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What is Durham Uni like ?

I’m thinking of applying to Durham Uni this year but I have some questions: Are most people that attend Durham privately educated ? Are people stuck up? Is the town a dump? Are there lots of independent shops and cafes ? What is the nightlife like ? Overall what’s the best thing about Durham Uni ?
Are most people that attend Durham privately educated?
No

Are people stuck up?
Some, yes, but like other unis

Is the town a dump?
No

Are there lots of independent shops and cafes?
Some. You need to go and visit.

What is the nightlife like?
Apparently decent

Overall what’s the best thing about Durham Uni?
Top uni, strong academics, cute girls, good vibes.
Chemistry Research, Durham University
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Original post by Anonymous
I’m thinking of applying to Durham Uni this year but I have some questions: Are most people that attend Durham privately educated ? Are people stuck up? Is the town a dump? Are there lots of independent shops and cafes ? What is the nightlife like ? Overall what’s the best thing about Durham Uni ?

Hi there

For the first question, I've found a mix of people here at Durham- both private and state school educated. There's also a society called 93% club for and by state-schooled students in Durham aiming to enhance the experiences of this population. Honestly people can be stuck up anywhere you go but I've found most of them around here to be friendly. The town is not a dump IMO, it's got a lovely intimate and rustic vibe. Yes there are loads of independent shops and cafes and a variety of cuisines can be found ranging from Indian, Italian, Korean, American to classic British ones. The nightlife's pretty bustling with several bars and pubs around the town and also each college has its own bar. Some notable ones are Jimmy Allens, Klute, Bishop's Mill, Osbournes, Revolution etc.

What I love the most about Durham is the collegiate system. It offers such a supportive environment from the very first day you move in, to the day of graduation. Colleges are more than just where you live, they allow you to socialise with new people and grow into a better version of yourself using hands-on support.

We have @thedurhamstudent Instagram, Youtube and Tiktok channels run by current Durham students which show what life's really like at Durham. I'd definitely recommend checking them out. Let me know if you have more questions :smile:

-Himieka
Original post by Anonymous
I’m thinking of applying to Durham Uni this year but I have some questions: Are most people that attend Durham privately educated ? Are people stuck up? Is the town a dump? Are there lots of independent shops and cafes ? What is the nightlife like ? Overall what’s the best thing about Durham Uni ?


I'm a Durham fresher and I am at Hatfield College (known to be notoriously posh), to simply answer your question, yes quite a few people you will meet are posh and well-off. But that does not meet they are stuck-up (sure there are a few stuck-up people, but that's everywhere). No one really discriminates based on poshness, and you will find your group of friends.
There are loads of independent shops and cafes and they are very good (highly suggest flat white and Whitechurch). The town is very beautiful and the locals are friendly as well (unless you act like a knob). I will say that there is a lot of walking, most people don't use buses, but I reckon you'll get used to this (Pro tip: choose a bailey college but trust me whatever college you'll end up in the chances are you'll really like it). The nightlife I would say is mixed, there are a few good clubs and a few were small and cramped ones (My favs are Bohemia, Babylon, and ofc Spoons)

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