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Durham University

Colleges & wider student experience

Postgraduate Accommodation

College accommodation is not guaranteed to postgraduate students. To be considered you must ensure you complete the college application for 'College Membership with Accommodation'. Accommodation is provided where we have availability. 

There are a number of single occupancy rooms available within college accommodation for postgraduate students. We also have a small number of couple and family rooms on a first come first served basis, and determined by availability. 


Around one-third of our postgraduate community live in college accommodation.

All full time postgraduate students can express a preference for whether they would like to live in college accommodation, or choose to live in private rented accommodation instead. 

Every college offers a variety of comfortable, networked study bedrooms. All postgraduate bedrooms are single occupancy, except for our designated family accommodation. Each college has different types of room facilities on offer and not all options are available within each college. We therefore advise that should you be interested in college accommodation you research the colleges to establish what each offers. For more information visit our individual college summary pages.

You are eligible to express college preferences for membership with accommodation once you have accepted your postgraduate offer from the University.

All of our bedrooms come equipped with...

  • bed
  • desk
  • desk chair
  • wardrobe
  • drawer unit
  • internet access
  • shared pantry or kitchen facilities
  • en-suite or shared bathroom facilities


Your college is designed to provide an environment that will enhance your student experience.

Many colleges provide, or have close access to, a range of facilities including a selection* of the following. The information below is not intended to be an exhaustive list nor is it a guarantee that all facilities listed will be available in all colleges and at all times. See individual college web pages for further details:


IT suite


TV lounge 
Games room 
Postgraduate Common Room (MCR, GCR and SCR)

Sports and fitness

Sports court 

Music and arts

Music practice room 
Performance space 
Art room

Day-to-day living

Chapel/Multi-faith room 
Laundry facilities


Gardens/outdoor areas
Multi-purpose halls 
Bookable meeting rooms

Part Time and Distance Learning Postgraduates

Part time or distance learning students are not eligible to live in University accommodation full time. Some colleges may be able to provide short-term or temporary accommodation for part time or distance learning students who are their members, although this is not guaranteed. You should contact your college directly to enquire in the first instance.

For information about private accommodation, please see our webpages for the Accommodation and Allocation Office.