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Question about Durham colleges

Hi all,
I've been deciding on Durham college, and I really like the Bailey ones (especially Hatfield, St John's and castle) but I'm just worried about the distance from campus and the catering. I don't want 3 meals a day, and additionally I'd have to walk from campus back to town everyday for lunch, which seems like alot of hassle. Could anyone that goes there/has been there advice me on these....

At catered colleges do you have to have 3 meals a day, or can you pick to only have 1 (and only pay for 1)?

How long is the walk from the Bailey colleges to the science buildings (and are there any shortcuts)?

Do lots of people walk back into town for lunch, and would I have time to do so between lectures?

And finally, I know Durham is pretty hilly so would it be foolish to think that taking my bike would speed up the journey?

Thanks!
Hello. Durham grad here. I’ll try to answer your questions.

You don’t have to have 3 meals a day. Nobody will force you to. But (as far as I know) catered colleges don’t have a proper kitchen for students so I don’t know how you’d want to live off one meal. Your catering costs are included in the accommodation fee so you can’t pay for only one meal.

Most people walk in Durham. It’s a very small campus. From the Bailey to the science site, it’s about a 25 minute walk. There are definitely short cut and you’ll absolutely speed up your walking while living in Durham. Your lectures might also not be in the science buildings. I studied Economics and never had a lecture at the business school.

Lots of people go back to college or town for lunch. There isn’t a set lunch time so you might have lectures throughout the afternoon. Plenty of people also bring a packed lunch. Catered colleges actually make packed lunches that you can pick up before you leave.

Cycling in Durham is fine but not recommended and not many people cycle. There isn’t good enough infrastructure for it and the roads are rather icy in winter. It would definitely cut your journey a bit but I found that walking to lectures is a great way to socialise with your course mates and friends. It’s never a lonely walk.

All that being said, if I were to choose again, I’d pick Mary’s.
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Original post by arobrusker
Hello. Durham grad here. I’ll try to answer your questions.

You don’t have to have 3 meals a day. Nobody will force you to. But (as far as I know) catered colleges don’t have a proper kitchen for students so I don’t know how you’d want to live off one meal. Your catering costs are included in the accommodation fee so you can’t pay for only one meal.

Most people walk in Durham. It’s a very small campus. From the Bailey to the science site, it’s about a 25 minute walk. There are definitely short cut and you’ll absolutely speed up your walking while living in Durham. Your lectures might also not be in the science buildings. I studied Economics and never had a lecture at the business school.

Lots of people go back to college or town for lunch. There isn’t a set lunch time so you might have lectures throughout the afternoon. Plenty of people also bring a packed lunch. Catered colleges actually make packed lunches that you can pick up before you leave.

Cycling in Durham is fine but not recommended and not many people cycle. There isn’t good enough infrastructure for it and the roads are rather icy in winter. It would definitely cut your journey a bit but I found that walking to lectures is a great way to socialise with your course mates and friends. It’s never a lonely walk.

All that being said, if I were to choose again, I’d pick Mary’s.


Thank you so much! Its really reassured me!

Yeah, I think Mary's might be my 3rd choice - can I ask why you'd pick it if you were to choose again?
Original post by Emmmaaaa...
Thank you so much! Its really reassured me!

Yeah, I think Mary's might be my 3rd choice - can I ask why you'd pick it if you were to choose again?


I have a couple of friends from Mary’s who really loved their college. It’s a fairly small college so it’s a very tight-knit community. They’re very close to where my lectures were in first year (science site) and not far from town either.

The bailey colleges sometimes have an elitist vibe (more so Hatfield) so I personally prefer Hill colleges since they’re more down to earth. It all depends on what you prefer.

The building is pretty too, so that’s a plus.
Hiya, last year I was living in a Bailey college and definitely didn’t take me 25 mins to reach the science site. From my place was more like 10 to 15 and maybe 20+ if I needed to go to the upper science site (meaning psychology, maths and others departments).
I went back to college to have lunch most days and I was able to do it even when 8 only had 1 hour gap between lectures. You will need to eat really quickly but it’s doable. Another option is getting packed lunch

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