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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.

Colleges are at the heart of the Wider Student Experience where you can socialise and personally develop; providing you with experiences that can help 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, nationalities, disciplines and cultures. 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. 

As well as a range of on-site facilities, colleges offer a comprehensive programme of student-led events and extra-curricular activities as well as personal support. You can even help run aspects of your college, which provides you with unique leadership opportunities and gives you valuable experience for your future career.

All postgraduate students are allocated to a college for membership, regardless of the mode of study or whether you wish to live in college or not.