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Durham University

PVC Colleges & Student Experience Office

Undergraduate College Allocations

The college allocation process will begin this year on 12 February 2021.

Our allocation process is designed to be fair, open and transparent. We seek to maximise the number of applicants who are allocated to a college of their preference.

We are delighted to announce a new development.

You are now able to rank all of our colleges in order of preference using a new online form.

We have introduced this opportunity as we know that many applicants are interested in a number of colleges, and being able to state only one preference has been too restrictive. That is why we are delighted to announce a new development that lets you do just that!

The allocation process will then seek to place you in your 1st preference college. If it is unable to do this it will move through your rankings until it is able to allocate you. You can rank three, four, five up to all sixteen colleges in order. Any colleges you leave unranked will be randomly sorted in the event that you are unable to be allocated to one of your preferred colleges.

We hope that using these rankings will enable many more applicants to receive a college allocation that they are satisfied with. However, if you have previously submitted an 'Open' preference and do not wish to submit a preference ranking then you don't have to do anything. A college will be automatically allocated for you.

As a Durham student, being a member of a college offers somewhere that is so much more than just the place where you will live. In each of our colleges, you will find a sense of community that is distinctive to Durham. Durham University is a collegiate university and our colleges are multidisciplinary, scholarly environments. All our colleges are small, thriving communities with many fantastic opportunities to participate and engage with college and university life. Each of our colleges will give every new student member a warm and friendly welcome that will last a lifetime.

The colleges offer consistent levels of support and we aspire to create diverse communities that reflect our core value of inclusivity. We receive many thousands of applications each year and our unique collegiate system is a core part of our student experience. We have one of the lowest drop-out rates of all UK universities and high levels of student satisfaction.

We recognise however, that not all applicants will be allocated to the college of their preference. We try to minimise this number but for most colleges there will be a number of applicants reallocated due to their preference college being over-subscribed for their subject.

Contact Details

Accommodation and Allocations Office

Durham University
Mountjoy Centre
Hawthorn First Floor
Stockton Road