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Durham University

Colleges & wider student experience

Information for postgraduates

The collegiate system is what will make your Durham University experience so special and different from anywhere else.


The colleges are what will make your time at Durham so special and different from anywhere else. Colleges are at the heart of the Wider Student Experience where you can socialise and develop; providing you with a sense of belonging, opportunities and experiences that can allow you to graduate with much more than just a degree. Colleges are thriving international and multidisciplinary communities. Your college will be where you will meet students and staff from all levels, disciplines and cultures and have the opportunty to interact on an academic and social level.
Being part of a college means that you get the benefits of a large, international university whilst being a member of a smaller, friendly scholarly community. Colleges offer a comprehensive programme of student-led events and extra-curricular activities as well as personal developement. You can help run aspects of your college through the Common Rooms, which provide you with unique leadership opportunities and gives you valuable experience for your future career. All students are allocated to a college for membership, regardless of your mode of study or whether you live in college or not.