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Durham University

PVC Colleges & Student Experience Office

Undergraduate College Allocations

All students at Durham University are members of one of our colleges. Colleges are residential communities that offer student-led opportunities and events in drama, music, sport and volunteering, as well as a wide range of other activities and facilities. Colleges also offer professional support for student wellbeing and self-development.

We hope that all our first-year undergraduate students will take up the opportunity to live in college, and we can guarantee an offer of accommodation to those who apply for it. The majority of our student rooms are located in colleges themselves, with some in college-managed accommodation elsewhere in the City. Accommodation may be catered or self-catered, en-suite or standard. You can find out more about our colleges and the range of facilities and opportunities they offer on our website at Our Colleges - Durham University.

As part of your UCAS application, you can express a preference for a college. This allows you to indicated a single preferred college or to make an open application if you have no preference. If you receive an offer from us, you will receive a separate invitation to rank multiple colleges in order of preference. We encourage all applicants to find out more at Our Colleges - Durham University and to submit their ranked preferences. If you choose not to do this, we will take the preference you gave us on your UCAS application into account when allocating your college membership.

Our allocation process will begin later in the admissions cycle and by May 2022, all offer-holders will have been provisionally allocated to colleges. The allocation process takes your preferences into account, but also seeks to balance the number of students from each Department across the colleges. These two factors are applied to match each offer-holder with a college. You can see more detail on how this works here

This is a provisional allocation, pending the publication of exam results. In order to ensure that all our applicants have the chance to benefit from living in college or college-managed accommodation, we do reserve the right to change your college allocation after the A-level results if needed; this is a rare occurrence.

If you are successful in meeting the terms of your offer and your place at Durham is confirmed – or if you do not meet the terms of your offer, but the University nevertheless agrees to confirm your place – then your final college allocation will also be confirmed shortly thereafter. As noted above, in the great majority of cases this will be the same as the provisional allocation received earlier in the year. We will try to ensure that your confirmed college remains the same as the provisional college membership allocated earlier, but, as outlined, we do reserve the right to change your college allocation if after the exam results some colleges become over-subscribed. If you have applied to live in our accommodation, we will first send a room preference email (please note again that it may not always be possible to meet your preference) and then we will issue your licence agreement for you to secure your accommodation.

Contact Details

Accommodation and Allocations Office

Durham University
Mountjoy Centre
Hawthorn First Floor
Stockton Road