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Durham University

Colleges & wider student experience

Student support services

As a Durham student you'll find a wide support network available to you while studying at the University.

Student safety

The University is committed to providing a safe environment in which our students can live and study and our student safety page provides you with information on things you can do to help keep yourself and your fellow students safe. If you have any specific concerns, please raise them via your college student support office.

Students with disabilities

Our Disability Support service can advise you and organise special academic facilities if you have a disability and need some help. They will try to provide whatever support is necessary to enable you to study effectively and make full use of your opportunities at University, including support through the application and interview procedure, if required.

Diversity and Equality

The University has a Diversity and Equality mission to embrace diversity by promoting and maintaining an inclusive and supportive work and study environment that enables all members of our University community to achieve their full potential.

Faith support

Durham University is a multi-cultural, multi-faith community that provides opportunities for individuals to maintain and to explore their faith and beliefs. We provide a number of facilities for religious communities.


If you have any problems while you are with us, the University's Counselling Service offers a quiet and confidential place with trained counsellors to help you work through your difficulties.

Nursery facilities

Our University Nursery in Durham caters for children from 6 weeks to school age. It is open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday throughout the year.

Healthcare and GP Services

At Durham University we take the health and well being of our students very seriously. When you arrive at Durham, you are advised to register with a local GP practice. Please make sure that your college knows which practice you are registered with. 

Support for care leavers 

The University is dedicated to supporting all prospective and current students with their individual needs. This includes dedicated support for those who have spent time in care.

Other sources of advice

The Durham Students' Union has a dedicated advice centre that offers free advice on finance and student funding, academic, personal and employment issues, and which is a useful initial contact for legal advice. The Union also has an education and welfare officer, and your college will always be on hand to offer support and advice.

Durham University has an active LGBT association. You can read more about the support and activities they offer.