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Student Life

In Durham City you are among some of the world's finest architecture. This is a truly beautiful city, where the famous Castle and Cathedral - together designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site - dominate the skyline.

With a population of around 43,000, Durham has a compact, friendly feel but still provides the facilities you would expect of a thriving city including excellent cafés, bars and restaurants. We're only ten minutes away from Newcastle by train, where you'll find a wide range of choices for entertainment, culture and shopping. It really is the best of both worlds.

Durham has a good mix of shops - both high-street names and individual boutiques selling their own ranges of goods.

The Gala Theatre and Cinema in Millennium Square hosts a range of national touring productions as well as amateur shows from student and local groups. There is also a highly successful public concert series, Musicon, which showcases international professional musicians.

As well as the spectacular architecture around the City, you can also enjoy University facilities such as the Oriental Museum - specialising in all the major civilisations of the East, from Egypt to Japan - and the Botanic Garden - an oasis of calm set in 25 acres of mature woodland featuring plant collections from around the world.

Durham is also home to the annual Durham Book Festival which attracts a diverse range of major writers who come to read their work in venues around the City.

The City has played host to the popular Lumiere Festival. The largest light festival in the UK, this spectacular array of installations and projections illuminates Durham’s buildings, streets and bridges attracting thousands of visitors to the City.

For those moments when you seek a bit of tranquillity, there are plenty of green spaces around and many quiet walks to enjoy, especially along the leafy banks of the River Wear.