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Durham University

Grey College

Offer Holders 2020

Congratulations on receiving your offer for Grey College and Durham University!

Grey College was founded in 1959 and is one of 16 (soon to be 17) Colleges of Durham University. We are situated right next to the main Mountjoy Site in a beautiful landscaped setting, and just a short walk from the City Centre. Our students pride themselves on their creativity and community spirit, and fully partake in the wealth of opportunities available to them in the College across sports, music, volutneering and societies.

Post Offer Visit Days

We hope that you will take up the chance to visit the College and there are a number of opportunities to do this over the coming weeks at one of the University's Post Offer Visit Days. Colleges are so much more than just a place of residence where you simply live and socialise; they are individual communities that support our students in their academic endeavours, whilst also providing many opportunities to get involved with an incredibly wide range of extra-curricular activities. The upcoming visit days provide opportunities for our offer-holders to come along and see the College accommodation and facilities, and to meet staff and talk to current students about life at Grey and Durham. Our excellent facilities on-site include our library, the bar, recently refurbished and enlarged gym, and Fountains Hall, containing music rooms, chapel and sports hall. We also have an excellent dining hall, as a fully-catered college for undergraduate students.

Day visits:

Day visits give the option for seeing your academic department, coupled with a tour of the College, where you'll meet some of our current students. On the February Visti Day, department sessions take place in the afternoon, whilst in March they take place in the morning. During t he March visit days you will have an opportunity to see our study bedrooms where students live, but please note that because the February visit day is during normal term time, access to study rooms is restricted or unavailable depending on occupancy, to protect the privacy of our students. However, you will get to observe the everyday life of students as they go about their daily studies and activities, and we aim to be able to show at least one room.

  • Wednesday 19th February 2020 (09.30 - 12.00), with option of purchasing lunch from 12.00 - 13.00
Welcome talks are scheduled in the College Junior Common Room at 09:30, 10:15, 11:00 and 11:30, followed by student-led tours and chance to talk to current students.Whilst offer-holders are having a tour, their guests will have the chance to be able to ask further questions of the College staff, and undertake a shorter guest tour. We find doing this enables offer holders to engage with us and best get a feel for the place that will ultimately be their home during their degree. Lunch in our dining hall, is available to offer-holders only at midday, finishing in ample time for the academic sessions. It costs £5.60, and tickets can be purchased on the day, but to help with catering, please do book this via as soon as possible, and let us know if you have any particular dietary requirements.
  • Tuesday 24th March 2020 (14.00 - 16.00), with option of purchasing lunch from 13.00 - 14.00
  • Wednesday 25th March 2020 (13.00 - 16.00), with option of purchasing lunch from 13.00 - 14.00

Lunch in our dining hall, is available to offer-holders and their guests after the academic sessions from 13.00 – 14.00, costing £5.60, and tickets can be purchased on the day, but please do book this via by Wednesday 18th March, and let us know if you have any particular dietary requirements. Over lunch, offer holders will have chance to meet and talk with students and experience our welcoming community. At 14:00 there will be a welcome to the College by the Vice-Master and some of our current student leaders. There will then be chance for offer holders to tour the college, including viewing student bedrooms, before further opportunity to talk further with current students, coupled with taking part in a variety of activities until 16:00.

Residential Visits:

Residential visits provide the opportunity of spending the night in Grey College to get a brief taste of what student life is like. If you are attending as a residential visitor you can choose whether to stay the night on Monday 23rd March OR Tuesday 24th March and you are welcome to arrive in College any time between 4 pm,and before the servery dinner at 6 pm.

Monday 23rd March 2020 16.00 (arrivals after) until Tuesday 24th March 2020 13:00 (approx.)

Tuesday 24th March 2020 16.00 (arrivals after) until Wednesday 25th March 2020 13:00 (approx.)

Current undergraduates will help you settle into your room and, time permitting, give you a tour of the College before bringing you into the dining hall for an evening meal at 6 pm (our catering team can provide for the widest of dietary requirements, but please let us know what yours are when you come to book your place). Grey is renowned for the warmth of the reception we give to new students on arrival, with an enthusiastic team of students to ensure that you settle in quickly and easily. You will hear from members of our College staff and our current JCR President before enjoying an evening of entertainment to suit all tastes, organised by our student team. There will be students from a wide variety of subject disciplines and different societies helping out, so it will also be a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the programme you have applied to study or extracurricular activities.

The following morning you will have breakfast in College before our student team arrange to take you to your departmental session(s).

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate parents or carers at the College on Post-Offer Visit Days, however we would be delighted if they would like to join the Master and/or Vice-Master of the College for an informal chat on the morning after your stay in College 09.30 am - 10.30 am, whilst the offer-holder attends their department session. Please note that no parking is available on site at this time.

To book your place on any of the above Post Offer Visit Days, please refer to the email/letter you have received from the College which provides you with the relevant link to the booking pages. If you have any difficulty locating this information, please contact the College Office.

If you can’t make any of University Post Offer Visit Days but would like to visit the College at another time, then please let us know by contacting and we will be happy to arrange an alternative time for you to have a tour of the College.

What's next?

Applicants who hold an offer from us should check for guidance on what to do next, whether you have met in full the conditions of your offer, if your grades are lower than expected, or if you are still waiting for some or all of your results.

All students who have their place at Grey College confirmed will receive a letter from our Vice-Master, Dr Peter Swift, along with other welcome information shortly after UK A level examination results (13th August 2020) , with details of what steps you need to take to confirm your wish to accept your place at Durham.The important information sent then will help you prepare for coming to University, including providing the relevant paperwork that you will need to complete.

Still have questions?

If you have any queries about joining Grey College, give us a call. We will have members of the team available to chat to you between 09:30 and 16:30, Monday to Friday. Call us on +44 (0) 191 334 5639 or alternatively you can email us via If you have any questions about the admissions process, you will receive an answer quickest if you head to

A note for Parents and Guardians: We are unable to discuss applicant offers with a third party, without their written consent to do so. Applicants should email consent to if they wish for you to speak on their behalf.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

+How does the College allocation process work?

Information about the College allocation process can be found here.

+How do I apply for accommodation in Grey College?

All new students are expected to reside in College accommodation during their first year of study and therefore do not need to apply to live in College. The College contacts all new students in August, shortly after the A level results, with all necessary information. If for exceptional reasons, you wish to live out of College, you should talk to us about this by contacting

+How does catering work at Grey College?

Grey is a fully catered college. This means that during the periods of undergradate term, three meals are provided seven days per week (breakfast, lunch and dinner).