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Accommodation guarantee

The following information applies to full-time postgraduate students in Durham City.

Durham University has a number of rooms available to Postgraduate Students. Subject to room availability, Durham offers a guaranteed offer of single accommodation in a college or college managed accommodation to applicants whose course starts in September/October 2017.

To qualify for the accommodation guarantee you need to:

  • accept your offer to study at Durham
  • apply for accommodation using the online accommodation application form by 1st June 2017
  • pay the £250 accommodation booking fee by 1st June 2017
  • sign and return your accommodation licence agreement within the time period specified in your accommodation offer.

Applicants who have accepted an offer to start a Durham postgraduate programme in September/October can complete the accommodation application form from March.

To maximise your chances of obtaining a room in your preferred college we strongly advise that you apply and pay your booking fee as early as possible. You can apply for accommodation if you accept a conditional offer or an unconditional offer. You don’t need to wait until you fulfil the conditions of your offer to apply for accommodation – if you subsequently fail to meet the conditions of your offer, your booking fee will be refunded if you notify the Colleges Postgraduate Office immediately.

Please note, the Accommodation Guarantee does not apply to a specific college. Although unlikely, you may be offered accommodation in another college if the college that accepts you originally becomes fully allocated. If you are offered and accept accommodation in another college, your college membership will also be transferred.

Applications received after 1st June 2017

Applicants who apply after 1st June can still apply for accommodation and will be placed on the waiting list for college accommodation. There is no guarantee that accommodation will be available but in previous years we have been able to offer a limited number of single rooms to applicants on this list. Further information about the non-guaranteed waiting list will be provided to applicants throughout the summer.

Family accommodation

There is limited university accommodation available for students bringing their partners or families to Durham. Keenan House at Dryburn Court, about 1 mile north-east of the city centre, contains 70 one, two and three bedroom flats. Ustinov College is also able to offer double rooms for couples at their Howlands Farm site.

We regret that we are unable to offer a guarantee of accommodation to family applicants as demand always exceeds availability. Early applications are strongly advised.