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Department of Mathematical Sciences

Durham City and the Colleges


Unlike most other British universities, Durham has colleges, and our structure is different from other collegiate universities.

The colleges are a major part of the Durham University experience and are one of the key reasons that students give for applying. Every student is a member of a college, and is admitted to the university jointly by a college and their department. They remain a member of their college throughout their time at Durham and beyond. Durham colleges do not provide any teaching. All lectures and tutorials are organised by the department.

There are thirteen undergraduate colleges in Durham and two colleges at Queen's Campus (Stockton), where no Mathematics is taught, and Ustinov College admits only postgraduate students.

Every first year student is accommodated in college. A charge covers room, food, laundry, heat, light and water. You can also live in Durham your final year if you wish.

As well as the main university library every college has its own library as well as IT facilities. Every student room has a network connection. Every college has a Principle, Senior Tutor and College Tutors who act as mentors for students - someone who can advise and challenge you and help you raise your game. The JCR (student common room) also takes an active role in the welfare of the students. They focus on extra-curricular activities such as sport, drama, arts, music and many more. Your college friendships and sense of community continues after you graduate with our alumni associations.

Which College?

You can choose a College and name it on your application form. There is more information about colleges on the university web site. If you find it difficult to choose a College (40% of applicants to the University do not choose a College) then you may make an Open Application and we will select a College on your behalf. If you wish to indicate a preference of a College then you do so by selecting this as the Campus Code in the 'Choices' section of your application. If you wish to submit an Open Application then you can do so using the Campus Code 'O' (No College preference). We will try to accomodate any preferences for Colleges but if your choice is oversubscribed we may have to find you a place in another College. Full details are listed in the UCAS handbook.