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Hi I’m international and I will be going to the business school.

I want a self-catered, en-suite accommodation (i’d love a double bed too if that depends on the college also). I’m an introvert and pretty shy so I think a small college might be better?

Which college should I choose? Are there any other factors that I should consider?
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Original post by Anonymous
Hi I’m international and I will be going to the business school.

I want a self-catered, en-suite accommodation (i’d love a double bed too if that depends on the college also). I’m an introvert and pretty shy so I think a small college might be better?

Which college should I choose? Are there any other factors that I should consider?

I would recommend John Snow or South. They’re majority en-suite and if you don’t get an en-suite room you share a bathroom with one other person. They’re both self-catered and the business school is right behind them. The beds are 3/4 sized so in between single and double bed size.
Chemistry Research, Durham University
Durham University
Durham
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Original post by Anonymous
Hi I’m international and I will be going to the business school.

I want a self-catered, en-suite accommodation (i’d love a double bed too if that depends on the college also). I’m an introvert and pretty shy so I think a small college might be better?

Which college should I choose? Are there any other factors that I should consider?

Hi there

Ensuite self-catered accommodations are mostly in big hill colleges like South, John Snow, Josephine Butler and Stephenson. The only other option is Cuths (Parsons Field site) but that will be quite a walking distance from the business school. Therefore I would recommend either of the four colleges I've mentioned above. You have the best chance of getting an en-suite in South, John Snow and Josephine Butler. I think you will like being in a big college despite being an introvert, it might be good to try and socialise with people coming from different walks of life. But even if you don't like that, you absolutely don't have to interact beyond your comfort zone! The good thing about big colleges is that there is so much to get involved in so there is a higher possibility of you finding your niche.

-Himieka
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Original post by Durham Students
Hi there

Ensuite self-catered accommodations are mostly in big hill colleges like South, John Snow, Josephine Butler and Stephenson. The only other option is Cuths (Parsons Field site) but that will be quite a walking distance from the business school. Therefore I would recommend either of the four colleges I've mentioned above. You have the best chance of getting an en-suite in South, John Snow and Josephine Butler. I think you will like being in a big college despite being an introvert, it might be good to try and socialise with people coming from different walks of life. But even if you don't like that, you absolutely don't have to interact beyond your comfort zone! The good thing about big colleges is that there is so much to get involved in so there is a higher possibility of you finding your niche.

-Himieka


hi, thanks for replying, could you tell me what exactly are the differences between colleges apart from the accommodations? what would you do in your college?
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Original post by Durham Students
Hi there

Ensuite self-catered accommodations are mostly in big hill colleges like South, John Snow, Josephine Butler and Stephenson. The only other option is Cuths (Parsons Field site) but that will be quite a walking distance from the business school. Therefore I would recommend either of the four colleges I've mentioned above. You have the best chance of getting an en-suite in South, John Snow and Josephine Butler. I think you will like being in a big college despite being an introvert, it might be good to try and socialise with people coming from different walks of life. But even if you don't like that, you absolutely don't have to interact beyond your comfort zone! The good thing about big colleges is that there is so much to get involved in so there is a higher possibility of you finding your niche.

-Himieka


i looked at the prices for accommodation and saw that there are different renting periods. how do i know if i need 30, 34, 38 or 39 weeks?
Original post by Anonymous
hi, thanks for replying, could you tell me what exactly are the differences between colleges apart from the accommodations? what would you do in your college?


Hiya

The difference isn't much honestly, most of them have the basic amenities like a college bar, gym, library, and JCR room. Colleges host events like formals and balls and some colleges have gowned formals (like harry potter) while others are non-gowned. With the bigger hill colleges, you get also get access to a badminton/tennis court. However, that shouldn't be much of an issue since you can always go to the Maiden Castle Sports Centre for all sporty activities. The JCR memberships and other costs involved with colleges also vary. For instance, South's gym membership is £90 for JCR members while the same at Josephine Butler is £20. Colleges also have their owns societies apart from the SU ones that are open to everyone. You can find these listed on the JCR websites of each college. Perhaps the only biggest difference that I should've mentioned earlier is catering vs self-catering.

Hope that helps :smile:

-Himieka

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