Durham University has a policy that once a college allocation is made then it is part of our broader offer and not something that will be changed at an applicant’s request.
Having multi-disciplinary academic communities is very important to maintaining our unique collegiate experience and so our allocation process is designed to ensure that this academic balance is maintained.
In the case where an applicant wishes to defer their offer of a place at Durham, please note that colleges are allocated in the year of application and would not be changed once finalised.
The only exceptions to this are as follows;
a) If an applicant has declared that they have a disability or medical need that they feel cannot be met by the college to which they have been allocated.
b) If an applicant has a disability or medical need that the University can reasonably meet in a specific college or colleges, but the applicant has been initially allocated to a different college.
In such circumstances, the applicant themselves should contact their allocated college to see if their needs can be met or mitigated. It is important that applicants liaise directly with their allocated college in the first instance so the college are aware of any concerns an applicant may have, but also to fully establish how they can meet your needs, where possible.
If an applicant still feels they require another college, and after liaising directly with their allocated college, the college will provide further details to enable you to submit a written request for further consideration of your needs to the Accommodation and Allocations Office. Written medical evidence from a healthcare professional to support this request is also required.
PLEASE NOTE - The medical evidence and request to transfer will need to clearly link the applicant's medical needs with the stated requirement to enable us to make reasonable adjustments to support equality of access and opportunity to students with specific needs. It is not sufficient to provide evidence where the GP or other healthcare professional suggests a reallocation to a specific college or location without further context. Where the medical evidence is not specific, the University will interpret this for the context of Durham University. Please be aware that the adjustment may be able to be met by the original allocated college. Only when this has been fully explored would consideration be given to a potential reallocation.
IN ADDITION - Reasonable reallocations are made on the basis of removing potential barriers to beginning study at Durham University. The University will not normally consider reallocations based on a desire for proximity to other Durham locations that are not part of the University.
The University will work closely with the applicant to ensure that their needs are being addressed appropriately. This may require the applicant to be re-allocated to a college where the University considers those needs can be best supported.