Choosing a College
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.
College summary table
The total student numbers given includes all full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students. All colleges have a mix of both male and female students.
There are also four colleges that accept part-time and distance-learning applicants for membership; Hatfield College, St Aidan's College, St Mary's College and Van Mildert College. They have approximately 250-300 of these students in addition to the below total student numbers.
|Year founded||COLLEGE POPULATION||ACCOMMODATION||CATERING|
|See key below*||
|Grey||1959||1200||130||40||0%||N||FC & SC||Y|
|St Chad's||1904||559||152||49||71%||N||FC & SC||Y|
|St Cuthbert's||1888||1301||217||40||100%||Y||SC & 10M||N|
|Ustinov (PG only)||1965||1300||1300||410||100%||Y||SC||N|
*FC: Fully-catered (during undergraduate term-time) / SC: Self-catered / 10M: Optional 10 meal per week package
**All colleges have special dinner events throughout the year called 'Formals'. Some colleges practice the long-established tradition of wearing gowns at these events. Others are less formal and do not wear gowns to dine in.
The University is a hub of events and activities for students, staff and the wider local community. Our online 'What's On' Guide provides a great way to organise your social diary as well as helping you get involved in free or subsidised activities. It's a great way to try something different and meet new friends!
For an up-to-date calendar of events visit www.durham.ac.uk/whatson.
Find out more about what Durham students are making happen and share your experiences #DUmakeithappen