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Durham Accommodation- First come first served?

Does anyone know how the Durham accommodation/college preferences work?

Is there any benefit to being early? (e.g. first come first served?).
Or is it all equal and generally a lottery as to whether you got your top preference(s)?

Any help appreciated
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Original post by Anonymous #1
do you know when that selection process actually begins?

It says on this webpage about receiving allocations by a certain date but can’t find anything obvious about when it starts.
https://www.durham.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/how-to-apply/durhams-colleges-and-your-application/#:~:text=Offer%2Dholders%20who%20have%20applied,the%20publication%20of%20exam%20results.
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They do everybody at once - there is a page which explains how allocations happen. If I remember correctly last year that happened later then the published date. These are only provisional allocations and a reasonable number of people are reallocated after A level results day. After A level results day you receive a confirmed allocation (last year this took over 2 weeks for everyone to have a confirmed allocation). Durham says that people who have met or exceeded their offer have priority in not being reallocated but each year there are people in this category who are reallocated.
Original post by PenguinSp4rkles
It says on this webpage about receiving allocations by a certain date but can’t find anything obvious about when it starts.
https://www.durham.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/how-to-apply/durhams-colleges-and-your-application/#:~:text=Offer%2Dholders%20who%20have%20applied,the%20publication%20of%20exam%20results.

The deadline is 30 April this year from what I can gather
Reply 6
Original post by Anonymous
Does anyone know how the Durham accommodation/college preferences work?
Is there any benefit to being early? (e.g. first come first served?).
Or is it all equal and generally a lottery as to whether you got your top preference(s)?
Any help appreciated

well i submitted mine back as soon as i got my offer which was at least 5-6 months ago and just received my 11th choice! so im assuming not lol!
i did mine in january and I got my seventh choice, it's a completely unbiased, random system. they pick out 100 randomised applicants and then allocate them their college, do the same throughout the cohort, taking into consideration their preference form and also proportion of students doing the same course etc. there is, from what I can see, no benefit to being early. one thing you should never do though is choose durham for a specific college, cos even your preliminary allocation can change on results day.
Got into castle even though I declined Durham lol
Original post by rinniekins
i did mine in january and I got my seventh choice, it's a completely unbiased, random system. they pick out 100 randomised applicants and then allocate them their college, do the same throughout the cohort, taking into consideration their preference form and also proportion of students doing the same course etc. there is, from what I can see, no benefit to being early. one thing you should never do though is choose durham for a specific college, cos even your preliminary allocation can change on results day.

Then they are lying. I was at Kepier court last year and all studio's were mostly Chinese, they love segregating internationals at the very least. I had this conversation with the accommodation manager and she told me exactly this was the case.
Original post by random_matt
Then they are lying. I was at Kepier court last year and all studio's were mostly Chinese, they love segregating internationals at the very least. I had this conversation with the accommodation manager and she told me exactly this was the case.
confused as to why you replied to my post with this, I didn't mention anything about international students?
Original post by rinniekins
confused as to why you replied to my post with this, I didn't mention anything about international students?

Your statement was a generalisation, you indicated nor specified neither.

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