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Colleges and wider student experience

Accommodation and facilities

Our colleges share many characteristics but each college has its own distinctive character that stems from its architecture, history, location and spirit. Yet we find that students quickly settle in every college and from their new home they enjoy exploring the other colleges too.

To help you express a college preference, you can use information on college websites, prospective students can also attend an undergraduate Pre-application Open Day or a postgraduate Open Day and visit Durham City to look around.

You can also talk to current or past students of the University but be warned, you will probably find they will try and get you to like the college they went to!

Most undergraduate students live in college accommodation during their first year, with many choosing to return in subsequent years.

Every college offers a variety of comfortable study bedrooms, some with en-suite facilities. Many rooms are single, others are shared twin rooms. Each college has different types of rooms on offer, so for more information view our college summary table.

All of our bedrooms come equipped with...

  • bed
  • desk
  • desk chair
  • wardrobe

  • drawer unit
  • high-speed internet access
  • shared pantry or kitchen facilities
  • ensuite or shared bathroom facilities


All colleges provide or have close access to a range of facilities for studying, relaxing and socialising, sports and fitness, music, events and day-to-day living.


The cost of accommodation at Durham University can vary depending on the type of accommodation offered. For the latest information please visit college costs.

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