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Durham University

Colleges & wider student experience

Before you arrive


There are lots of things you can do to get a head start on student life before you arrive!

Visit your College and Academic Department welcome pages and use the Online Planner to help you plan your Induction Week schedule, according to your College and Department activities and events.

Plus a few key tasks to think about below!

Enrol Online

Enrolment opens eight weeks before the start of your programme. After your acceptance has been processed you will receive two email messages from which provide:

  • Your Computing and Information Services (CIS) username
  • How to derive your CIS password and guidance on how to access the system

The messages are sent 24 hours apart and are sent to the email address you provided when you applied so it’s important to let us know of any changes to this information.

The emails are sent to the personal email address you provided when you applied, so it is important that you keep us up-to-date with any changes to this information by contacting the Student Records Team at You may also need to monitor your spam folders to see if the messages have arrived there.

After you have received both emails you will need to:

  • Change your password
  • Log into Durham University Online (DUO)
  • Choose the “Banner Self Service” link in duo under “External Tools”
  • Choose Registration and Enrolment
  • Enrol with the University
  • Upload a photograph for your campus card

You will receive information from your department about registering for your programme and modules. You should follow the advice given about whether to complete registration for programmes and modules before you come to Durham, or whether to wait until you arrive before making final choices, so that your department can give you further advice and information.

All incoming Durham undergraduates will be given pre-arrival access to an online course to help prepare for studying at Durham Univesrity.

The “Transitions into HE" short induction course will be available in Durham University online (DUO). It includes video interviews with Durham students and staff, interactive activities, exercises, self-assessment tools and a discussion board and focuses on 4 themes:

  • Preparing for Academic Study
  • Introducing Independent Learning
  • Digital Literacies
  • Preparing for Your Arrival.

Register with a Doctor

We take the health and wellbeing of all our students very seriously. For this reason we encourage you to register with a local doctor whilst you are resident at the University, also to check your vaccinations are up to date.

Visit the 'Essential Medical Information' webpage for full information on registering with a Doctor and health advise for new students.


Sport plays a big part in the day to day activity of many Durham students. We have the largest participation rate of any university in Britain and are confident that there will be something for everyone! We have over 50 clubs and many of our sports run 3rd, 4th and 5th team/squads as well as development programmes so please do not assume that University Sport is not for you. We want to hear from everyone who would like to represent their university!

Ranked second in the overall British University Sport League Table for the past six years and, in 2017-18, we maintained our position as Britain’s number 1 Team Sport University for the second year running.

We are always looking for talented sports people, so if you are interested in representing Durham University in any sport, please let us know before you arrive by competing the Interest in Univerity Sport Form, or visit the Team Durham website.

Durham University is a safe place to live and study

We take the safety and well being of our students seriously and work closely with Durham Constabulary to foster good links with the Police and local community. PCSO 7184 Rebecca Carey, is Durham Constabulary's Police University Liaison Officer and she visits each of the Colleges during Induction Week to offer advice and information on how to keep yourself and your property safe.

Find out more about the role of Police University Liaison Offer as PC Carey introduces hereself and welcomes you to Durham.

From St Aidan's to Ustinov, how to say place names at Durham University

From St Aidan's to Ustinov, how to say place names at Durham University

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Student produced video tour of the campus to give you a head start on how to pronounce the names of our buildings and colleges!