As well as attending lectures and seminars, you will also experience the vibrant social life of the University itself. Bill Bryson, our ex-Chancellor, once said 'Don't let your degree get in the way of your education' and as a student in the School of Education you are in for a great deal of fun!
When you join us you will become a member of the Durham Students' Union, which represents your voice in the wider sphere of University government and nationally as part of the National Union of Students. The DSU is also responsible for managing over 200 student-run societies, catering to a broad range of interests. If skydiving, surfing, politics, dance, creative writing, or theatre sound appealing, then we have the society for you! In the rare instance that we do not have a club for your hobby you can found a society of your own with the help of the DSU. Another option available to you is to become a part of student government itself as a DSU representative for your college.
As Durham is a collegiate university, you must choose one of our colleges to join. All colleges have their own bars, societies, sports teams and arts productions for you to enjoy and participate in. Every college throws its own ball and holds a fun-filled college day dedicated to its members. One college even hosts its own outdoor music festival. All of these events are organised by students for students - next year it could be you! There are 13 mixed (undergraduates and postgraduates) colleges and one for postgraduates only (Ustinov) on the City campus for you to choose from. The School of Education is based near Hild Bede College and our ideal location means that you will be only five minutes from the centre of Durham.
Although music, the arts, volunteer projects and sports are a prominent feature of college life there are also opportunites to participate in these activities on a higher level, representing the University itself. You could play sport in Palatinate purple for Team Durham; write for one of the oldest student newspapers in the country; climb mountains, wear fancy dress, or hitchhike for DUCK; or play for one of our many professional standard orchestras.
Durham, the city
Durham is a charming city, home to many quaint cafés and tearooms, vintage clothing stores and shops dedicated to national brands. Although small, it does have a variety of pubs, bars and nightclubs, all of which are very popular! Newcastle is 15 minutes away by train and can offer you even more entertainment.