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Durham University


Why Durham?

World class University 

Durham is ranked as one of the world's top 100 universities, and is in the world's top 25 for the quality of, and demand for, its graduates. Durham is England's third oldest university, with excellent research, teaching and leisure facilities. Durham's undergraduate employment record is amongst the best in Britain.

A safe place to live

Durham has been ranked in the top three safest universities to study in the 2013 Complete University Guide.

A collegiate community

Durham is different. Unlike most other British universities, Durham has colleges, and our structure is different from other collegiate universities. Every student is a member of a college, and is admitted to the university jointly by a college and their department.

Our colleges act as a focus for much of Durham's social life and provide a supportive environment for study and personal development. Each college provides facilities such as libraries, music societies and sports teams catering for all standards of competence from beginner to inter-varsity level.

Unrivalled location

Durham is an attractive historic city with one of the (we think the!) most beautiful cathedrals in the world. Durham is a compact city so you will find lectures, tutorials, laboratory and library provision will in most cases be a short, and often picturesque, 5-15 minutes walk from your room. Most of our students find the human scale of Durham City a huge advantage. Durham has a friendly feel but still provides the facilities you would expect of a thriving city including many excellent cafés, bars, restaurants, theatres, shops and a superb choice of events and entertainment. The student union's Kingsgate bar was crowned 'Best Bar None' which means it is the safest and best run licensed premises in Durham hosting Jazz Café as well as some of the biggest nights in Durham including Planet of Sound and Revolver.

Durham is ideally located both for outdoor enthusiasts and those who prefer the urban environment. The Lake District, Hadrian's Wall, the North York Moors, Lindisfarne and the Pennines are all within easy reach, while Newcastle-Gateshead, is only 15 minutes by train, and has theatres, concerts, cinemas and one of Europe's largest indoor shopping areas.


Durham has excellent road and rail links. London is three hours, Edinburgh two and York one hour away by rail. Newcastle, with its excellent cultural and social amenities, is nearby.

Key facts

A world top 100 university.

Durham's College system is different. 

Beautiful and historic location.

Durham Cathedral and the Castle together form a UNESCO World Heritage site right in the midst of the University.

Excellent rail and road links.