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Durham University

Colleges & wider student experience

Part time and distance learning

College Allocation 

After you accept your postgraduate offer from the University, you will be allocated automatically to one of four designated colleges that provide college membership only to part time (PT) and distance-learning (DL) postgraduate students: These colleges are:

  • Hatfield College
  • St Mary’s College
  • Van Mildert College
  • St Aidan’s College 

The exception to this are Theology postgraduate students who are automatically allocated to St John’s College.

The college you are allocated is determined by the programme you have chosen to study. You will be contacted directly by your college with further details of your membership after your allocation is finalised. We unfortunately cannot guarantee that college accommodation can be provided to you. 

If you were a member of a Durham University college during a previous degree and wish to remain a member of that college during your PTDL course, please contact the Accommodation and Allocations Office at after accepting your University offer for more information. 

We appreciate that because of the nature of part time and distance learning study you will be facing different challenges to those students studying full time. You might be trying to study whilst you work, manage family commitments, or finding time for other personal interests or hobbies. We appreciate also that getting to know and meet other students is not always as easy, particularly for those students whose mode of study may not bring them to Durham very often, or not at all in the case of some distance learning students.

Find out how your college can help with this and what your college offers part-time and distance-learning students.