The College provides accommodation for 320 undergraduates. We have 27 shared twin rooms and 266 single rooms.
The college aims to provide all first-year students with a place in either a shared twin or single room in college, but in exeptional circumstances may not be able to do so. In addition students might be able to spend one further year in residence in college, but this cannot be guaranteed. Students are expected to live out for at least one year and it may well be two years (or three years for a four year degree). The Master, Senior Tutor and Student Support Administrator are responsible for the allocation of all rooms in College. There is a University Accommodation Office in Dunelm House (Students Union) http://www.durhamstudentpad.co.uk/ which provides help in finding private accommodation to rent in Durham. Normally first year students do not live within the grounds of the actual Castle.
Around 100 of our student members live within the walls of the actual Castle, mostly in the Keep, but also in Garden Stairs, Hall Stairs, Fellows' Garden, the Junction and the Norman Gallery.
We have three accommodation blocks just outside of the Castle; Bailey Court, Owengate and Moatside Court. Around 70 of our student members live in our Bailey Court B, C and D blocks; 50 of our student members live on nearby Owengate; and 100 of our student members live in the nearby Moatside Court, P, Q, R and S blocks. All Bailey Court, Owengate and Moatside Court accommodation is within 3 minutes walk of the Castle.
Please note: There is no self-catering accommodation and few en-suite rooms in University College.
We aim to provide all first-year students with a place in either a shared twin or a single room in College (but in exceptional circumstances may not be able to do so). First-year students are allocated rooms by the College and some students must expect to share a room.
All our study bedrooms are fully equipped with essential furniture. You are expected to provide your own bedding (duvets are preferable), pillow-cases, towels, crockery/cutlery for tea and coffee in room. All bedrooms have high-speed connections to the University network, so you can access the web and email day and night!
Accessibility: If you have any special medical requirements please let us know and we will do our best to make sure your specific needs are met. In view of the Castle’s stone steps, cobbles, staircases and Grade 1 listed building status, the College is not suitable for students with mobility difficulties; however, other colleges have purpose-built facilities.