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Accommodation and facilities

Durham is a collegiate university and all full-time students are required to be a member of a college. There are currently sixteen colleges in Durham City with a further new college to open for the start of the 2019/2020 academic year.

College membership and accommodation for postgraduates is co-ordinated through the Colleges and Student Experience Office. Once you have formally accepted your postgraduate offer, you will be contacted 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.

There is a number of single occupancy a rooms available within College accommodation for postgraduate students. In order to be considered for College accommodation you must ensure that you apply for this by completing the College application via the allocation process. We also have a small number of couple/family rooms available. 


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

Every College offers a variety of comfortable, networked study bedrooms. All postgraduate bedrooms are single occupancy(except for family accommodation). Each College has different types of rooms on offer. For more information visit our individual college summary pages.

You can apply for accommodation in college after you have accepted your postgraduate 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
  • en-suite or shared bathroom 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:


IT suite


TV lounge 
Games room 
Postgraduate common room

Sports and fitness

Sports court 

Music and arts

Music practice room 
Performance space 
Art room

Day-to-day living

Chapel/quiet room 
Laundry facilities


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
 Laundry facilities

And most have...

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

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