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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) usernam
  • 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.


Ranked 2nd in the overall British University Sport League Table for the past six years, in 2018-19, we maintained our position as Britain’s number 1 Team Sport University for the third year running. We have the largest participation rate of any university in Britain and are confident that there will be something for you! We have over 50 clubs and many of our sports run 3rd, 4th and 5th teams, as well as development programmes, so you can enjoy sport at all levels.

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.

The Durham Inspired Award

Durham University inspires the extraordinary. We do this first and foremost through our degrees. But we don’t stop there. We ensure that Durham students have the edge they need when they graduate. We enable participation and we promote critical thinking, leadership and citizenship. And we are encouraging all of our undergraduates to take the new Durham Inspired Award. A ‘Degree plus Inspired Award’ from Durham is an unbeatable combination to take into employment. Into life more generally.

The Durham Inspired Award goes live in September 2019. It is optional and has three zones: THINK, ACT, GROW. Find out more about The Durham Inspired Award

Student Pledge

We encourage all our students to be good citizens and good neighbours when they join the Durham community, find out more about the Student Pledge

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. Police Community Support Officer Sean Tindale (PCSO 8202), is Durham Constabulary's Police University Liaison Officer working alongside PC Gary Thompson. They visit 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 Tindale introduces himself and welcomes you to Durham here.