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Durham University

Hatfield College


Accommodation at Hatfield is varied and full of character. Some of our Hatfield buildings are historic, listed buildings while others are more modern and purpose-built. The majority of our buildings are on 'The Bailey' with splendid views of the Cathedral, but we also have properties away from the historic core of Durham.

Sharing a room...

Hatfield students congregate in a Hatfield bedroom

Hatfield students congregate in a Hatfield bedroom

As a first year undergraduate you will live in College and about 40% of our first-years will be in same-gender, shared twin study-bedrooms. Lots of students are apprehensive at first about the possibility of sharing a room with another student, but the experience of sharing is almost always a happy and successful one, and has proved to be popular with our students.

Sharing a room seems to be one of the best ways to make friends in your first year. As part of the final preparation for coming to Hatfield you will be asked for information about your interests and habits, so we can carefully match you up with your room-mate. But if things do go wrong, we are more than happy to listen and, where we can, make alternative arrangements. One student said...

"Living in a shared room in first year is a wonderful opportunity for social interaction from the start of your Hatfield life! Room mates are chosen very carefully, and it's likely that you'll make a friend for life."

In an extensive questionnaire survey of all first-year students in 2008 we found that 89% of students who shared rooms said that sharing has been a positive experience for them, and had significantly contributed to their first year at College. Over a third of those who had shared a room in their first year went on to continue to share accommodation with their room-mate when they lived out in the second year.

After first year...

All first years 'live-in'. For students in other years who want to live-in, Hatfield offers as many places as possible. Most students choose to live-out in rented accommodation in their second year and many come back to live-in College in their third year. Some students live-in for all of their 3 or 4 years here. All second-year and subsequent-year students have single rooms which are allocated by a ballot system.