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Is durham as bad as everyone says?

I got an offer to study at this university but I've heard a lot of bad things when it comes to making friends and socialising with people at Durham. Many say that it's full of privately educated students with odd attitudes. I have my concerns coming from a state school and having a background that's not particularly wealthy.

However i've heard great things about Durham's Computer Science department and how its well funded etc.
Reply 1
Although I went to the Durham campus in Thornaby, which has now moved to Durham, I went up to Durham frequently. I used the various bars, the debating union, and the library. In almost all of my interactions, most people were friendly.
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Original post by omgwha
I got an offer to study at this university but I've heard a lot of bad things when it comes to making friends and socialising with people at Durham. Many say that it's full of privately educated students with odd attitudes. I have my concerns coming from a state school and having a background that's not particularly wealthy.

However i've heard great things about Durham's Computer Science department and how its well funded etc.

Hey, Im also a CS applicant at durham, I have friends who went last year to durham and for the most part found it sociable and friendly, as it is quiet a small uni and city.however as any top uni you do always run into snobs and certain collegesw have seperate reps for that.
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HI, yeah man I'm also concerned about the same thing like I want to go to Durham as my first choice for Accounting and Finance but I heard there is not diversity and everyone has an attitude lollll
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Original post by omgwha
I got an offer to study at this university but I've heard a lot of bad things when it comes to making friends and socialising with people at Durham. Many say that it's full of privately educated students with odd attitudes. I have my concerns coming from a state school and having a background that's not particularly wealthy.

However i've heard great things about Durham's Computer Science department and how its well funded etc.

ngl i heard bad things ab it too but ibr everyone has bad things to say ab any uni so im like let me just see for myself. tbh you could just attend an open day and see how people are and ngl i thought durham would be cheaper for accom but its so expensive so im looking at accom near newcastle lolll. Bro i swear everything is just mad expensive so i prob have to firm travelling 30 mins to uni
Original post by omgwha
I got an offer to study at this university but I've heard a lot of bad things when it comes to making friends and socialising with people at Durham. Many say that it's full of privately educated students with odd attitudes. I have my concerns coming from a state school and having a background that's not particularly wealthy.

However i've heard great things about Durham's Computer Science department and how its well funded etc.

hi, i’m feeling the same way :frown:
i recently received an offer to study english literature but i'm really concerned about meeting new people based on the horror stories (especially being from the north east) and don’t think i’d fit in with the rich private school culture :frown:
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Original post by Anonymous #1
hi, i’m feeling the same way :frown:
i recently received an offer to study english literature but i'm really concerned about meeting new people based on the horror stories (especially being from the north east) and don’t think i’d fit in with the rich private school culture :frown:

sameee its so hard because aside from that durham seems great
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Original post by haykub
ngl i heard bad things ab it too but ibr everyone has bad things to say ab any uni so im like let me just see for myself. tbh you could just attend an open day and see how people are and ngl i thought durham would be cheaper for accom but its so expensive so im looking at accom near newcastle lolll. Bro i swear everything is just mad expensive so i prob have to firm travelling 30 mins to uni

travelling 30 mins isn't too bad but if i were to commute the shortest would be 1 hour. theres no wayyyy im doing that 😭. also I feel like having flatmates and being close to the university is part of the experience I dont rlly see myself having a great social life otherwise because im not that outgoing.
Hi everyone, I'm in my first year at Durham at the moment and honestly there are posh people here and lots of people I know come from private schools and richer families. But there are also plenty of people from state school like me and the uni is doing a lot to try and make it a more welcoming environment. There is also a grant that lots of people from backgrounds like mine get - I think next year it's anyone who's eligible for the student loan gets it to help with costs. Some people are a bit posh yeah but most of them are really nice and there are some from state schools. Sometimes you have to have a bit of a thick skin but generally it's alright.
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Durham is old but nowhere near Oxbridge or ancient Scottish universities old. Durham is closer in age to the University of London, 1830s. Durham is like a hybrid of college and campus universities. It is not much like the civic universities (at Durham, there's no Gothic architecture, no redbrick, no big marble buildings). Think Georgian townhouses and 60s campuses mainly. Whilst it has old colleges, they're sometimes not particularly large (St Hild and St Bede and Hatfield stand out) and many of its colleges only date to the 1960s, its union is 1960s. It ranks very well in some subjects, although by no means outstanding in others. Its age in English terms, its old colleges, including the Castle (University College, opposite the cathedral) and its city's perceived beauty have arguably aided its standing as a university. It also has some museums of its own. Newcastle's not far from Durham for a larger place and brighter lights. Still, Durham has got to be livelier on a daily basis than St Andrews - that place feels like a monastery.
(edited 3 months ago)
Original post by omgwha
I got an offer to study at this university but I've heard a lot of bad things when it comes to making friends and socialising with people at Durham. Many say that it's full of privately educated students with odd attitudes. I have my concerns coming from a state school and having a background that's not particularly wealthy.

However i've heard great things about Durham's Computer Science department and how its well funded etc.

Hiya

Congratulations on your offer!

I completely understand your concerns about the university and tbf, I had similar ones as a POC student and not coming from a particularly wealthy background. In all honesty, you will find students like that in Durham. And many of them come from wealthy backgrounds so it's easy to think that you might not fit in but I can assure you that there are people from diverse backgrounds here. The student population at Durham gets easily generalized because of the rude people but that's not the case in reality. I have met so many people in all the time that I've spent here (I'm in my 3rd year now) and a majority of them have been nice and friendly. Plus just because somebody comes from a rich background doesn't mean they'll have a poor attitude towards others. You just have to put yourself out there and try to find 'your people' which is definitely possible. Personally, if I encounter somebody rude, I just ignore them for my peace. And I don't think this is something peculiar to Durham either as you can find rude people at most unis.

Ofcourse there is lots of support available too. There's a 93% club which aims to build a social community for state-school students at Durham, including social events and collaborations with students who went to non-state schools to encourage inclusivity. I would say this is a great place to start if you feel concerned. I'm sure they'd be happy to answer any of your questions regarding life at Durham if you text them on Instagram. Additionally, all colleges have welfare support where you can book 1-1 sessions and talk about any concerns in a confidential and safe space. Reporting measures are also in place if you face any discriminatory behaviour including the welfare support in colleges as well as the Report + Support Service.

I hope at least some of this helped quell your concerns but please feel free to follow up on this if you wish :smile:

-Himieka
(edited 3 months ago)
Reply 11
Original post by omgwha
travelling 30 mins isn't too bad but if i were to commute the shortest would be 1 hour. theres no wayyyy im doing that 😭. also I feel like having flatmates and being close to the university is part of the experience I dont rlly see myself having a great social life otherwise because im not that outgoing.

heyy, yeah I know it’s not too bad but I’m thinking I want to save as much as possible like if I’m spending £5 everyday on train fees or whatever travel expenses I’m using I might as well just get an accom near the uni cuz it might end up being cheaper for me in the long term. Def you should have flatmates and be close to get the experience ngl I’m not that outgoing either esp in such a new environment but I’ll try talk to people ig. But anywayyyy what course r u doinggg maybe we could be friends if I do end up going
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Original post by haykub
heyy, yeah I know it’s not too bad but I’m thinking I want to save as much as possible like if I’m spending £5 everyday on train fees or whatever travel expenses I’m using I might as well just get an accom near the uni cuz it might end up being cheaper for me in the long term. Def you should have flatmates and be close to get the experience ngl I’m not that outgoing either esp in such a new environment but I’ll try talk to people ig. But anywayyyy what course r u doinggg maybe we could be friends if I do end up going

comp sci
Original post by omgwha
comp sci

Oh cool that’s nice man
Original post by Anonymous #3
Oh cool that’s nice man

its scary you know because I keep hearing about it being so hard to find a job in tech nowadays
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Original post by Anonymous #4
its scary you know because I keep hearing about it being so hard to find a job in tech nowadays

wait really?? I thought it would be easy since tech is growing like a lot so more need for employees in that area ygm, but yeah I think maybe it’s different for everyone like u might end up getting a really good job
I've applied to Durham for Economics, and waiting on an offer. Is the nightlife as terrible as its reputation says?
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Original post by harry1coombs
I've applied to Durham for Economics, and waiting on an offer. Is the nightlife as terrible as its reputation says?

my manager went durham and he said that it’s not the best but it has its own charm
Original post by harry1coombs
I've applied to Durham for Economics, and waiting on an offer. Is the nightlife as terrible as its reputation says?

Hiya

In my experience, nightlife in Durham is quite alright- I wouldn't rank it less than 6. I'm not someone who goes out very often- maybe once or twice a month- but whenever I do, I really enjoy it. Most students tend to go to college bars as there are 17 of them. College bar crawls are super common and you can either do one yourself or join one organized by societies. There are several local bars and clubs too and the most student-dominated ones are Fabios, Jimmys, Klute, Katie O'Briens, and so many more. If you want a bigger city vibe, Newcastle is just 13 minutes away by train which costs about £5 for a round trip.

If you're not into drinking then you can still go on these night outs and just not drink or choose non-alcoholic beverages. Alternatively, societies also hold events in the evening which you can join. I know the Curry Club organizes curry nights at one of the restaurants in town which you can buy tickets for. Castle is organizing a paint-and-sip event for Valentines Day where you can paint your own tote bags, have a mocktail and snacks or just meet new people. It's usually open to all Durham students although, owing to limited seating, Castle students may be given priority in booking.

Hope that gives you a better idea but if you wanna know more about it and hear from other people, you can talk to students on Unibuddy- https://www.durham.ac.uk/study/student-connect/unibuddy/ :smile:

-Himieka

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