The Durham Difference
Durham's college system is arguably the most distictive feature of the University. Most students belong to a college - an allegiance maintained not just throughout their time at Durham, but for life. Each college is a small community providing a wide range of activities and facilities. Joining a college is free and the benefits are huge!
Colleges are not directly involved in academic teaching, but one of their main purposes is to provide an environment conducive to learning. As well as providing accommodation Colleges are an excellent forum for mixing with other postgraduates, as well as staff and undergraduates. Each college also offers additional study facilities, has their own sport and social scene and offers an excellent advice and support network including pastoral care. Every college has its own distinctive identity and ethos and it's worthwhile having a look to see which best suits you.
Because all the School programmes are taught at Queen's Campus we do encourage students to join either John Snow or George Stephenson Colleges, however, if you have a preference for a particular College please indicate this on your application. Every effort will be made by the Graduate School to arrange membership with the College you requested. In the event that this is not possible, membership with an alternative College will be arranged.
Accommodation: If you are offered membership of a College, this does not imply that you will automatically be offered accommodation by that College. If you are interested in College accommodation, you will be contacted by your College once you have accepted your offer of a place. Your College will then consider your requirements and inform you if it is possible to offer you accommodation. Any accommodation queries should be directed to your College.