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Postgraduate

Accommodation and facilities

Durham is a collegiate university and all full-time students are required to be a member of a college. There are fourteen colleges in Durham City and two at Queen’s Campus, Stockton.

College membership and accommodation for postgraduates is co-ordinated through the Colleges Postgraduate Office. Once you have accepted your offer, the Colleges Postgraduate Office will contact you with further information about college membership and accommodation options. You don’t need to specify a college preference, but can do if you want to.

Please note, if you do not complete the College Membership and Accommodation form, you will be allocated membership of a college.

Accommodation

All full-time students can choose whether they would like to live in college accommodation or in private accommodation. About one-third of postgraduates live in college.

Every college offers a variety of comfortable, networked study bedrooms, some with en-suite facilities. All postgraduate bedrooms are single (except for family accommodation). Each college has different types of rooms on offer, so for more information visit our individual college summary pages.

You can apply for accommodation in college after you have accepted your offer from the University.

All of our bedrooms come equipped with...

  • bed
  • desk
  • desk chair
  • wardrobe
  • drawer unit
  • high-speed internet access
  • shared pantry or kitchen facilities
  • ensuite or shared bathroom facilities

Facilities

Your college is designed to provide an environment that will enhance your student experience. As such, all colleges provide or have close access to a range of facilities including a selection* of the following. See individual college web pages for further details:

Studying

Library 
IT suite

Socialising

TV lounge 
Bar/cafe 
Games room 
Postgraduate common room

Sports and fitness

Gym 
Sports court 
Boathouse

Music and arts

Music practice room 
Performance space 
Art room

Day-to-day living

Shop
Chapel/quiet room 
Laundry facilities

Events

Gardens / outdoor areas
Multi-purpose halls 
Bookable meeting rooms.

*Please note: Each college has a selection of these facilities, not necessarily all of these facilities.

However every college provides or has access to...

 Library and/or IT suite
▪ TV/Games room 
▪ Gym and/or sports courts

 Gardens/Outdoor areas
 Bar/Café 
 Laundry facilities

And most have...

▪ Big multi-purpose events rooms
▪ Dedicated postgraduate common room areas
▪Music practice space

Postgraduates based at Queen's Campus

Postgraduates based at Queen’s Campus, Stockton, can apply for college membership at one of the two Queen’s Campus colleges. Full-time applicants can also apply for accommodation and information will be provided by the Colleges Postgraduate Office after you have accepted your offer. Accommodation at Queen’s Campus is based partly in College and partly at the nearby College-managed residence, Mezzino. 

Part-time and Distance-learning Postgraduates

Please note that part-time or distance-learning students are not eligible to live in University accommodation full time. Some colleges may be able to provide short-term, temporary accommodation for part-time or distance-learning students who are members. You should contact your college directly to enquire. For information about private accommodation, please see www.durham.ac.uk/accommodation.office