The University offers a guarantee of single accommodation in a college or college-managed accommodation to applicants whose full-time course starts in September/October of the next academic year. However, this accommodation may not necessarily be in the applicants' first choice college. To qualify for the accommodation guarantee, you need to:
- Accept your offer to study at Durham.
- Apply for accommodation when invited by the Colleges' Postgraduate Office, using the online accommodation application form. Do this as soon as possible after 1 March and before 1 June.
- Pay the £250 booking fee before 1 June, so that you are guaranteed university accommodation.
- Sign and return your accommodation licence agreement no later than 2 weeks after it has been sent to you.
Part-time Postgraduates and Distance Learners
Part-time postgraduates and distance learners are not eligible for College accommodation. However, if you are visiting Durham as part of your degree programme during the summer months (July to September), please do contact the College Receptionist to enquire if a period of accommodation is available for booking on a bed & breakfast basis, at non-commercial rates.
James Barber House is our postgraduate accommodation block, located behind St. Oswald's Church on Rear Anchorage Terrace. The building has 45 single study-bedrooms, showers, bathrooms, a common room, kitchen, dining room and a laundry. James Barber House has gardens to the side and front of the house and a private internal courtyard accessible only from the inside of the building.
Information on residence charges can be found here.
Please note that under the terms of the Residence Licence Agreeement, a resident student who signs an agreement then leaves part way through the period of occupation, is liable for an early termination of contract fee (40% of the remaining period of occupancy).
Please be aware that accommodation in all Durham colleges is very popular; Hatfield has a limited number of places and these can be booked early on in the admissions cycle. The University can only guarantee finding accommodation for students who have firmly accepted (and met the conditions of) their offer and paid the £250 accommodation booking fee by the specified date.
There is a range of privately rented accommodation available in the local area. If you require advice on finding your own accommodation, please contact the University Accommodation Office for a list of properties with approved landlords.
Postgraduate students who live out, whether full-time or part-time students, are members of the Middle Common Room and and we hope that they will participate in all aspects of College life.