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Hello everybody!

I have been offered an unconditional offer for Law at Durham and am currently struggling to choose a college...

My priorities currently are:

1. Distance (close to where the lectures for Law are held); and
2. En-suite bathroom (as my stomach is very sensitive).

I am not really picky whether it is Catered or Self-Catered as I am ok with either...

Currently, my choices are - St Cuthbert, University, St Mary and St Chad!

Will be very grateful for any recommendations, thank you!
Original post by Anonymous
Hello everybody!
I have been offered an unconditional offer for Law at Durham and am currently struggling to choose a college...
My priorities currently are:
1. Distance (close to where the lectures for Law are held); and
2. En-suite bathroom (as my stomach is very sensitive).
I am not really picky whether it is Catered or Self-Catered as I am ok with either...
Currently, my choices are - St Cuthbert, University, St Mary and St Chad!
Will be very grateful for any recommendations, thank you!

Hiya,

Congratulations on your offer! Choosing a college can be quite stressful at times so I completely understand. Just a few things to keep in mind:

1.

While distance to the law department is an aspect a lot of students consider when choosing a college, its a common misconception, first year students rarely have lectures in their department buildings and it could be spread out all over the science site or the rest of the city (since we are a city campus). Still, the science site is your best bet since most students tend to have the vast majority of their classes there.

2.

University and St Chads are both located on the Bailey which is approx 10-15 mins away from campus but ensuite accommodation for Castle is located in Kepier Court which is not on the Bailey and is located quite far into the city centre so around 24 mins walk from the science site.

3.

As for St Chads, 70% of the shared rooms (usually ensuite) are given to first years but not always guaranteed and accommodation is in North Bailey.

4.

St Marys is located very close to the science site (10 mins or less approx) but the vast majority of first years are allocated a standard room with shared bathrooms unless they have medical or accessibility needs in which requires them to have an ensuite room (most ensuite rooms are given to returners or postgraduates).

5.

St Cuthberts Society (also my college) has two accommodations, one on the Bailey and the other on Old Elvet (known as Parsons Field). The one located in old elvet is the self catered accommodation and the only accommodation that offers ensuite rooms (only in Brooks House). The Parsons Field accommodation is actually the best of both worlds because its very close to the science site/the law building (10 mins) and the city centre as well as maiden castle. I also wanted an ensuite option but because Cuths has two accommodations, you're not guaranteed the Parsons Field accommodation and even if you are allocated Cuths Parsons Field, you're still not guaranteed an ensuite room in Brooks House.


I would suggest maybe St Cuthberts Society or St Chads since St Marys ensuite rooms are usually not given to first years. University college is the most popular college in Durham so it gets overly subscribed quite quickly so it may not be the best option to rank as number one (but if you prefer this college then you its 100% your choice!).

Have you considered some of the Hill colleges, a vast majority of them offer ensuite options and you're probably more likely to get an ensuite at the hill colleges. John Snow and South are both great options and they're not that far from the science site 🙂

I hope this can help and if you have any other questions, I'm more than happy to help.

-Ghala
Chemistry Research, Durham University
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Original post by Durham Students
Hiya,
Congratulations on your offer! Choosing a college can be quite stressful at times so I completely understand. Just a few things to keep in mind:

1.

While distance to the law department is an aspect a lot of students consider when choosing a college, its a common misconception, first year students rarely have lectures in their department buildings and it could be spread out all over the science site or the rest of the city (since we are a city campus). Still, the science site is your best bet since most students tend to have the vast majority of their classes there.

2.

University and St Chads are both located on the Bailey which is approx 10-15 mins away from campus but ensuite accommodation for Castle is located in Kepier Court which is not on the Bailey and is located quite far into the city centre so around 24 mins walk from the science site.

3.

As for St Chads, 70% of the shared rooms (usually ensuite) are given to first years but not always guaranteed and accommodation is in North Bailey.

4.

St Marys is located very close to the science site (10 mins or less approx) but the vast majority of first years are allocated a standard room with shared bathrooms unless they have medical or accessibility needs in which requires them to have an ensuite room (most ensuite rooms are given to returners or postgraduates).

5.

St Cuthberts Society (also my college) has two accommodations, one on the Bailey and the other on Old Elvet (known as Parsons Field). The one located in old elvet is the self catered accommodation and the only accommodation that offers ensuite rooms (only in Brooks House). The Parsons Field accommodation is actually the best of both worlds because its very close to the science site/the law building (10 mins) and the city centre as well as maiden castle. I also wanted an ensuite option but because Cuths has two accommodations, you're not guaranteed the Parsons Field accommodation and even if you are allocated Cuths Parsons Field, you're still not guaranteed an ensuite room in Brooks House.


I would suggest maybe St Cuthberts Society or St Chads since St Marys ensuite rooms are usually not given to first years. University college is the most popular college in Durham so it gets overly subscribed quite quickly so it may not be the best option to rank as number one (but if you prefer this college then you its 100% your choice!).
Have you considered some of the Hill colleges, a vast majority of them offer ensuite options and you're probably more likely to get an ensuite at the hill colleges. John Snow and South are both great options and they're not that far from the science site 🙂
I hope this can help and if you have any other questions, I'm more than happy to help.
-Ghala

Hi Ghala,

Thank you so much for this wonderful insight, I am truly truly appreciative of it! You have certainly given me a much better understanding and I will re-prioritise my planning. Just wondering if there is any way for me to reach out to you should I have any question/queries? Other then that, thank you!
Original post by Anonymous
Hi Ghala,
Thank you so much for this wonderful insight, I am truly truly appreciative of it! You have certainly given me a much better understanding and I will re-prioritise my planning. Just wondering if there is any way for me to reach out to you should I have any question/queries? Other then that, thank you!

Hiya,

I'm happy I was able to give a bit of insight, I will be monitoring this forum if you have any questions or you can send us a private message. 🙂

-Ghala

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