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Colleges and wider student experience

Information for postgraduates

Full-time Postgraduates

All students are members of one of our colleges. College allocation is made after you have received and accepted an offer from the University. Once you have received an offer from the University, our Colleges Postgraduate Office will contact you to provide you with further information about college membership and accommodation options.

Once you have accepted your University offer, you can express a preference for membership of a particular college if you would like to, but this is not compulsory. If you express a college preference and your first choice college cannot give you membership, your application will be passed to an alternative college which has vacancies to be filled. If you prefer not to select a college, we will select a college for you on your behalf.

At this stage you can also apply for college accommodation if you would like to. If you wish to apply for accommodation, please ensure the college you choose provides the kind of accommodation you would like to apply for.

Part-time and Distance-learning Postgraduates

Part-time and distance-learning students are automatically allocated to a college for membership only, determined by their programme of study. College accommodation is not available, but full membership is provided as standard. Some colleges may be able to provide short-term, temporary accommodation for part-time or distance-learning students who are members. You should contact your college directly to enquire.

For information about private accommodation, please see www.durham.ac.uk/accommodation.office/