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Care Leavers

Current Students

As a Durham student you have access to a vast range of support to enable you to make the most of your time at Durham.

The below links will give you more information about some of the support available to you here at Durham

Colleges and Accommodation

All University accommodation is based in one of our colleges and every Durham University student belongs to a college, whether you live in college or elsewhere. Our colleges offer a vibrant, supportive community full of opportunities for you to gain new experiences, develop skills to achieve more in your future life and most importantly, have fun while you're at it! 

You may have accommodation requirements which are unlike other students that you know but please do not worry as we are able to accommodate a wide range of requirements. If you feel that the typical accommodation package which we offer is not suitable for your circumstances please get in touch with your colleges student support adviser who will be able to offer you further information.

Colleges are a big part of life here at Durham and offer a lot of support to all students. Usually, you will be given a ‘College Tutor’ and this is a person who you can go to if you would like advice and support. Your tutor will often have several people who they look out for and your ‘tutor group’ may consist of several students. Groups are very informal and can be an excellent way to meet new people.

Financial Support

We understand that coming to university can be a big financial commitment and at Durham we have a range of different support available for you should you need it. Durham offer several forms of financial support that you may be eligible for in addition to statutory support (government loans and grants).

  • Information relating scholarships can be found here.
  • Information about 'Hardship Funds' can be found here.

Why not head to our financial support information page for more information about how we can help you whilst at Durham.

The Student Finance website also provides a wealth of information about funding your time at university which you may find useful.

Counselling Service

The Counselling Service offers a high standard of service in counselling for those who are finding that their difficulties are hard to manage and/or are affecting their studies/work.

The Counselling Service is here to enable you to become more effective in your lives and overcome barriers to achieving your full potential.

You may feel anxious about approaching the Service and talking about your concerns. This is normal. Whatever your problem you will be very welcome and treated with respect.

For further information about counselling support at Durham please see the Counselling Service webpage.

The Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre

The Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre is a free service that is offered to Durham Students. The Centre can offer a wide range of support to help you both in the short and long term. If you want support finding employment whilst you study you can take advantage of the vacancy advertising service and this can be complemented by support with your long term prospects, such as CV workshops, employer master classes and mock interviews. Go to their webpage to find further information about how they can support you.

Disability Support Service

If you have any queries regarding disability, specific learning differences (SpLDs), mental health problems, medical conditions or any other issues, and you are a prospective student or a current student we actively encourage you to contact our specialist team. Our friendly advisers are willing to discuss, in confidence, any concerns you may have. For further information, please see the Disability Support Service webpage.


Nightline is an anonymous, non-directive and non-judgmental support service set up and run by students for students. You can contact Nightline any day of the week during term time from 9pm to 7am by phone email or instant messenger. The contact number is on DUO and on the back of your student campus card.


Durham University Day Nursery is a diverse community open to all, including University staff and students, and members of the public. Our nursery staff are caring, highly experienced, and fully qualified professionals who work in partnership with parents to provide a safe and stimulating environment for babies aged from three months old to school age children. The nursery also has excellent special needs facilities.