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Durham University

Colleges & wider student experience

Undergraduate residence charges

Durham University is a collegiate university and there are currently 16 colleges in total. There are 15 colleges that accept undergraduate students.

Whilst every college has accommodation available, because of our varied and historic estate, there may be different types of accommodation available depending on the college you are allocated. For example, a college may offer entirely single, en-suite, self-catered accommodation and therefore you cannot share a room or have any type of catered let in this college. As an alternative example, another college may offer standard catered lets and limited en-suite facilities.

Our college allocation process is designed to be fair, open and transparent. We try to meet an applicant’s preference wherever possible but we cannot do this in every case as demand for some colleges exceeds the places available. If you are unable to be allocated the college of your preference you will be allocated to a different college that may have a different type of accommodation available.

Whatever college you are allocated to, you will find a warm welcome and a community of students and staff who will help ensure your time at Durham is a successful and happy experience.


Note: Not all options are available in all Colleges. Please contact the individual College for further information

Accommodation for the academic year, to include either Induction or Congregation week

Accommodation for the academic year

Residence Including Catering*

(meals included during Induction Week and undergraduate term time)

Single Standard Rooms (shared bathroom facilities)



Single En-suite Rooms **



International Induction Supplement for Additional Accommodation


Residence with Self-Catering

Single Standard Rooms (shared bathroom facilities)



Single En-suite Rooms **



International Induction Supplement for Additional Accommodation



Shared Room



Single Room - Paired bathroom (Shared between two rooms)



No Sink




¾ or double bed



Vacation Buy Back Rate

Not available on request and only applicable in colleges where the University requires separate use of residential rooms during the Christmas and/or Easter vacation periods.

-£256 (per vacation period)

-£256 (per vacation period)

*Residence Including Catering

Catering is provided from the Sunday dinner prior to induction week for all new first year students with the exception of new international students arriving for international induction when the catering provision starts from the Wednesday dinner prior to induction week. For returning students catering is provided from the Saturday dinner before Michaelmas term commences.

The catering provided will be breakfast (including cooked breakfast option), lunch and dinner every day, Monday-Sunday, for the duration of the undergraduate terms. Term dates are published here. Students remaining in residence during undergraduate vacation periods will be able to purchase additional meal tickets. Students may be required to obtain meals from a different college during vacation periods.

** En-suite rooms

A student who requires an en-suite room but who has a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010 supported by appropriate medical or diagnostic evidence, will not be charged the supplements in a College where both standard and en-suite facilities exist.

If you would like to find out about the financial support that may be available to you, please visit our student financial support pages: