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Durham University

Computing and Information Services

Purchasing print credit

Buy print credit online

You can check your current balance and purchase print credit online using a debit or credit card (please note Visa Electron cards are not accepted). The minimum payment for online print credit top-up is just £1.

Free Print Quota Allocation

Undergraduates and Taught Postgraduates receive £0.50 free quota upon joining the University.

All Research Postgraduates (PGR) and University Staff receive free printing with the exception of the Large Format Printing devices in the University Library which charge at the usual price.

As before, all students can top-up their print balances individually via the print credit portal which is part of the Durham Mobile App.

Should departments wish to add further credit to Undergraduate or Taught Postgraduate accounts, then this can be requested by the Head of Department or Departmental Administrator via the IT Service Desk
https://servicedesk.durham.ac.uk

Charges

Our printers are smart, and they only charge you for what you print - so if you send a print job that is a mixture of colour and monochrome pages, you'll be charged accordingly and not just at the single rate.

  • A4 – each piece of paper costs 2p, then add on a cost of 3p per mono side printed and 18p per colour side printed.
  • A3 – each piece of paper costs 4p, then add on a cost of 6p per mono side printed and 36p per colour side printed.

This can be summarised as follows:

Paper/output choice

Cost

A4 single-sided monochrome 5p per page
A4 duplex monochrome 8p per duplex page
A4 single-sided colour 20p per page
A4 duplex colour 38p per duplex page
A3 single-sided monochrome 10p per page
A3 duplex monochrome 16p per duplex page
A3 single-sided colour 40p per page
A3 duplex colour 76p per duplex page

Large sizes, posters and special requirements

Based at the IT Service Desk in the Bill Bryson Library in Durham, our special large-scale (size A0, A1 and A2) printers are available for use. They are perfect for posters and displays and you can select matt or glossy paper. The service is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Our staff will provide you with help and advice on how to get your printing just right.

Specialist printing charges

Paper type

Cost per metre

Heavyweight paper £5
High-gloss photo paper £10

That means that:

  • An A0 printout at 120 cm in length would cost £6.00 on heavyweight coated paper (1.2 metres x £5.00 equals £6.00)
  • An A0 printout at 120 cm in length would cost £12.00 on high-gloss photopaper (1.2 metres x £10.00 equals £12.00)
  • An Oversize A0 at 124cm in length would cost £6.20 on heavyweight coated paper (1.24 metres x £5.00 equals £6.20)
  • An Oversize A0 at 124cm in length would cost £12.40 on high-gloss photopaper (1.24 metres x £10.00 equals £12.40)

Please note that specialist printing is chargable to both Staff and Students

Cash payments

You can also buy print credit with cash using our special kiosk - located in the print zone on Level 2 at the Bill Bryson Library