I have one son studying at Durham and one in Sheffield. Re housing, accommodation in the 1st yr was £6500 Sheffield and £8000 Durham -catered. So although Durham was more he had the convenience of all meals provided, and no food to buy, so probably evened itself out. For the 2nd Yr Sheffield was £145 Inc bills , and Durham next yr will be £165 without bills, but given how costs have gone up everywhere I guess Sheffield will be more for next yr (son is doing placement so accommodation for next yr is not needed). Durham is more prestigious than Sheffield, but both good Uni's. Sheffield was Durham sons insurance choice. Whilst Durham is more prestigious than Sheffield, if you think the course in Sheffield is better, then you need to weigh up what you want. The college system in Durham is its unique selling point, so supportive, so much to do, balls, formal dinners, events, clubs, societies...the social life is great, so much so that son no 1 wished he had worked harder so he could have gone to Durham!!. My son doesn't find his college cliquey at all, he is at Trevs, known as the friendly college, and that is how he has found it.