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Colleges and wider student experience

Non-University accommodation

About one-third of new postgraduate students live in University accommodation. The other two-thirds live in private accommodation in and around Durham City. A range of private accommodation is available in Durham City and its neighbouring areas. 

Househunting tips and advise in looking for private accommodation is provided by the Accommodation Office

Durham is a small city, and private rooms or houses in some areas are in high demand, however there are a variety of accommodation types, locations, and costs in the area. You should expect to pay the highest rents the closer you are to the city centre.

Some students live in houses in the surrounding areas, which are only 2-4 miles away from the centre, but which have a good supply of housing and are usually cheaper than rents in the city centre. These areas normally have good public transport links.

Durham County Council - Durham Student Life app

Durham County Council has developed the Durham Student Life app to welcome students to the city, by giving access to a range of information about living in Durham at your fingertips.

The app gives you help and advice on a wide range of issues from events and housing to handy guides on recycling and rubbish collection. Students can access this information anywhere 24 hours a day.

Find out more and download the FREE app now at