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Colleges and wider student experience

Accommodation guarantee

The following information applies to full time postgraduate students only who wish to apply for a single study bedroom within college accommodation. 

Durham University has a number of rooms available to postgraduate students. Subject to room availability, Durham offers a guaranteed offer of single accommodation within a college or college managed accommodation to applicants whose course starts in September/October 2018.

To qualify for the Accommodation Guarantee you need to:

  • accept your offer to study at Durham University
  • apply for college membership and accommodation by submitting the college application by 01 June 2018
  • make the £250 accommodation booking fee payment by 01 June 2018

Applicants who have formally accepted a postgraduate offer at Durham in September/October will be invited to complete the college application from March time.

To maximise your chances of obtaining a room in your preferred college we strongly advise that you apply and pay your booking fee as early as possible. You do not need to wait until you fulfil the conditions of your offer before you submit the college application. Once you are invited to apply, you are eligible for college allocation.  If you subsequently fail to meet the academic conditions of your offer your booking fee will be fully refunded to you.

Please note the Accommodation Guarantee does not apply to a specific college.  If the college that you are allocated to in the first instance becomes fully allocated, you may be offered accommodation in another college. If you are offered accommodation in another college and choose to accept it then your college membership will be transferred.

Non-Guarantee Waiting List

Applicants who apply after 01 June can still submit an application for accommodation and make the booking fee payment, which will place you onto a non-guarantee waiting list for college accommodation. There is no guarantee that accommodation will be available, although we may be able to offer a limited number of single rooms to applicants on this list. Further information about the non-guaranteed waiting list will be provided to applicants throughout the summer.

Family accommodation

There is limited university accommodation available for students bringing their partners or families to Durham. Keenan House at Dryburn Court, about 1 mile north-east of the city centre, contains 70 one, two and three bedroom flats.

We regret that we are unable to offer a guarantee of accommodation to family applicants as demand always exceeds availability. Early applications are strongly advised.