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Grey College


Example Grey College bedroom

Grey students play on the Wii in a typical Grey College bedroom

There are four residential blocks: Hollingside, Elvet, Holgate and Oswald. The majority of first years* live in Hollingside or Oswald. All of the blocks have key fob-operated laundry facilities, as well as shared pantries and bathroom facilities.

All college bedrooms have high-speed connections to the University network, so you can access the web, email and all applications 24/7.

Example shared Grey College bedroom

Typical shared Grey College bedroom (based on 2 people sharing)

*Please Note:

- Some first year students may be in shared twin rooms. Shared rooms will always be same-gender only.
- If you have any special medical requirements please let us know and we will do our best to ensure your specific needs are met.
- There is limited self-catering accommodation available. Please contact us for more details.

The majority of students live-out in their second year in private accommodation in Durham City and are given the opportunity to return to College accommodation for their third year.

Our residential blocks:


The main building in College. Hollingside houses the bar, dining hall, administrative offices, JCR and SCR.

There are shower and toilet facilities on each floor.


Elvet is renowned for its lively atmosphere. There are four wings – North, East, West and South – each with its own layout. Each wing has two pantries on each floor. This block includes shower and toilet facilities and was recently refurbished.

Holgate House

Holgate is the newest block in college and all the rooms are en-suite (toilet, sink and shower). It is also home to the Victor Watts College Library, a computer/study area and a Conference Suite. There are two wings, each with their own pantry facilities on each floor.


This is the largest accommodation block in College and the majority of occupants are freshers. Oswald recently had a multi-million pound overhaul and now boasts 4’ wide beds with large under-bed storage facilities. Oswald has a very friendly 'open door' atmosphere. There are bathroom and pantry facilities on each floor as well as a laundry. Additional facilities include the College gym.