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Hi I’m just wondering whether it’s possible/the likelihood to be re-allocated after results day from a self-catering to a catered college. I really like durham but would only be able to go if i am in a self-catered college due to financial reasons. I don’t want to firm durham and then find out that my college is catered.
Thanks :smile:
Original post by anonymous
Hi I’m just wondering whether it’s possible/the likelihood to be re-allocated after results day from a self-catering to a catered college. I really like durham but would only be able to go if i am in a self-catered college due to financial reasons. I don’t want to firm durham and then find out that my college is catered.
Thanks :smile:

Hi there

It's hard to say whether you would be reallocated but if you firm Durham, there is more of a chance that you won't be reallocated than if you insure it. The reallocation priority order is listed here: August Confirmation and Your College Allocation

Also if you rank self-catered colleges all higher up, it's easier for the allocation team to understand that you prefer self-catering and they'll try their best to allocate you to one. If you do get reallocated to catered, it's worth contacting your preliminary college in the first instance and explaining your situation to them, who can then signpost you to the allocations team if necessary. More info on this is here: College Transfer Requests

Alternatively, you can look for private housing outside colleges (that's what I did too in my first year). I can signpost you to sources for searching for houses if this situation arises, but hopefully it doesn't. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you! :smile:

-Himieka
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Chemistry Research, Durham University
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Original post by Durham Students
Hi there
It's hard to say whether you would be reallocated but if you firm Durham, there is more of a chance that you won't be reallocated than if you insure it. The reallocation priority order is listed here: https://www.durham.ac.uk/colleges-and-student-experience/colleges/your-college---undergraduate/august-confirmation---college-allocation/
Also if you rank self-catered colleges all higher up, it's easier for the allocation team to understand that you prefer self-catering and they'll try their best to allocate you to one. If you do get reallocated to catered, it's worth contacting the admissions team and explaining your situation to them. Alternatively, you can look for private housing outside colleges (that's what I did too in my first year). I can signpost you to sources for searching for houses if this situation arises, but hopefully it doesn't. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you! :smile:
-Himieka
You are really such a credit to Durham uni with your kind, thoughtful and helpful replies.
Original post by Anonymous
You are really such a credit to Durham uni with your kind, thoughtful and helpful replies.

Awh that's so sweet haha, I just really enjoy helping students on here because I was in your shoes too and would've loved for someone to answer all my questions also ☺️

-Himieka
Original post by Anonymous
You are really such a credit to Durham uni with your kind, thoughtful and helpful replies.
cant agree more!
Original post by Durham Students
Hi there
It's hard to say whether you would be reallocated but if you firm Durham, there is more of a chance that you won't be reallocated than if you insure it. The reallocation priority order is listed here: August Confirmation and Your College Allocation
Also if you rank self-catered colleges all higher up, it's easier for the allocation team to understand that you prefer self-catering and they'll try their best to allocate you to one. If you do get reallocated to catered, it's worth contacting your preliminary college in the first instance and explaining your situation to them, who can then signpost you to the allocations team if necessary. More info on this is here: College Transfer Requests
Alternatively, you can look for private housing outside colleges (that's what I did too in my first year). I can signpost you to sources for searching for houses if this situation arises, but hopefully it doesn't. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you! :smile:
-Himieka

I filled out my top 5 choices for colleges at Durham. St Mary’s was my top choice, and a few other colleges I had picked on the list however I got randomly allocated to Van Mildert and received a preliminary offer(didn’t put that on the top 5), now I am really trying to change and have emailed Durham college department and they have said no, emailed st Mary’s to ask about waiting list they said no. What can I do? I really want to go to St Mary.
Original post by Anonymous
I filled out my top 5 choices for colleges at Durham. St Mary’s was my top choice, and a few other colleges I had picked on the list however I got randomly allocated to Van Mildert and received a preliminary offer(didn’t put that on the top 5), now I am really trying to change and have emailed Durham college department and they have said no, emailed st Mary’s to ask about waiting list they said no. What can I do? I really want to go to St Mary.


when did you get sent it??
Original post by Anonymous
I filled out my top 5 choices for colleges at Durham. St Mary’s was my top choice, and a few other colleges I had picked on the list however I got randomly allocated to Van Mildert and received a preliminary offer(didn’t put that on the top 5), now I am really trying to change and have emailed Durham college department and they have said no, emailed st Mary’s to ask about waiting list they said no. What can I do? I really want to go to St Mary.

Absolutely nothing unfortunately. Their website is clear in that they will not reallocate you. I have heard excellent things about Van Mildert however, and my daughter has put it as second choice after Collingwood. You're absolutely guaranteed a single room at Van Mildert and their bar is much better than Mary's if that's any consolation. When did you hear that you had been allocated?
Original post by Anonymous
I filled out my top 5 choices for colleges at Durham. St Mary’s was my top choice, and a few other colleges I had picked on the list however I got randomly allocated to Van Mildert and received a preliminary offer(didn’t put that on the top 5), now I am really trying to change and have emailed Durham college department and they have said no, emailed st Mary’s to ask about waiting list they said no. What can I do? I really want to go to St Mary.

Hi there

Unfortunately there's nothing you can do really as reallocations only happen for medical reasons. Van Mildert is a great college tbf, I prefer their bar much more than Marys, it has some great outdoor seating area near the lake (with ducks!) that's amazing during the summer. I haven't seen their other facilities much but I'm sure it's a great place to be at. Honestly, it all boils down to the people you meet rather than the place you stay at. Facilities at all colleges will be more or less the same and you can always use some of Marys' facilities, but the people can really make a difference. Everyone ends up loving their college anyway so I promise you'll be fine! :smile:

Here's some blogs that talk about life at Mildert in case that helps:
Life at Mildert
What I really learnt at Durham

-Himieka

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