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Durham University

Colleges & wider student experience

Expressing a preference

We encourage every student to express a preference for a college using the college codes in your UCAS application.

Your college preference and college allocation has no reflection on your chances of getting an offer from Durham; that decision is made by your academic department.

We will do our best to allocate you a place in your preferred college, but where this is not possible you will be allocated to an alternative college which may have different accommodation or catering arrangements. For further information on how we allocate students to colleges refer to our allocation process.

To help you select a preferred college, you can use information on college websites, attend a Pre-application Open Day and visit Durham City to look around. You can also talk to current or past students of the University but be warned, you will probably find they will try and get you to like the college they went to!


The cost of accommodation at Durham University can vary depending on the type of accommodation offered. For the latest information please visit college costs.

CollegeCampus Code
Collingwood 1
Hatfield 2
St Chad's 3
St Cuthbert's 4
St Hild and St Bede 5
John Snow 7
Stephenson 8
Josephine Butler 9
St Aidan's A
Grey G
St John's J
St Mary's M
Trevelyan T
University U

Van Mildert


Open (No Preference)


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