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Durham University

Colleges & wider student experience

Arriving in Durham

Tell us about your arrival plans

In order to ensure your health and safety and to provide the smoothest possible start to term for all of our students, we would be very grateful if you could let us know about your travel plans by completing this form as soon as possible. You will also be able to book a place on our free welcome service from Newcastle Airport on selected dates. If charter flights go ahead will be provide a free welcome service for these flights too.

New students

+New undergraduate students

Undergraduate students 

Recommended arrival/return to campus dates* 

Travel information 

International arrivals – required to quarantine 

Saturday 12 or Sunday 13 September 

International arrivals - NOT required to quarantine 

Monday 21 or Tuesday 22 September 

UK arrivals – required to quarantine e.g. from local lockdown area 

Saturday 12 or Sunday 13 September 

UK arrivals – NOT required to quarantine 

Thursday 24 - Sunday 27 September

*This is the ideal arrival date, but we appreciate this may not be possible due to the timings of scheduled and chartered flights. Please don't worry if you can't arrive on one of these dates as we will be flexible. 

Returning students

+Returning undergraduate students

Undergraduate students 

Recommended arrival/return to campus dates* 

Travel information 

International students – required to quarantine 

Saturday 19 or Sunday 20 September 

International students - NOT required to quarantine 

Saturday 3 or Sunday 4 October 

Home students – required to quarantine e.g. from local lockdown area 

Saturday 19 or Sunday 20 September 

Home students – NOT required to quarantine 

Saturday 3 or Sunday 4 October 

If you are an international student required to quarantine but you are unable to arrive on Saturday 19 or Sunday 20 September, you can pre-book a space on or planned coach pick up service for new students on Saturday 12 or Sunday 13 September. 

*This is the ideal arrival date, but we appreciate this may not be possible due to the timings of scheduled and chartered flights. Please don't worry if you can't arrive on one of these dates as we will be flexible. 

A pre-booked pick up service is available for new and returning students arriving on the recommended arrival dates. Please provide your travel details and book your space using our online form.

A personal protective equipment (PPE) welcome pack will be made available for each student using the airport pick up service. This will be provided on the coach.

Due to health and safety reasons, it is essential that students pre-book the airport pick up service. Where the service has not been pre-booked, please use the Newcastle Airport Taxi Service to travel to Durham.

College accommodation

New and returning students who have confirmed College accommodation for 2020/21 will be able to stay in college for the quarantine period prior to term commencing. There will be no additional cost for accommodation during the quarantine period and food and bedding will be available for a small charge.

Private accommodation

It is anticipated that students who have chosen to live in private, non-University accommodation within Durham City will complete quarantine (self-isolation) in their new home. If this is not possible, please contact your College.