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Accommodation and Visiting

One of our greatest assets at Durham University is our collegiate system.

What is a College?

Colleges are at the heart of the Wider Student Experience where you can socialise and develop personally through intellectual, cultural and social engagement, whether you live in our accommodation or not. Colleges are much more than just somewhere to live and eat; they are thriving international and multidisciplinary communities made up of academics, students and staff from all different backgrounds and cultures. Further details can be found at

All postgraduate students, regardless of the mode of study, are allocated membership of a College. College membership is a big part of what makes your experience with us so unique and will provide you with a sense of belonging within a multidisciplinary and international community regardless of your background, nationality or culture.

Every college provides:

  • Excellent facilities: For academic support, music and the arts, sport/fitness and day-to-day living and socialising
  • Community: A small, friendly, unique college community
  • Comprehensive support system: Dedicated staff offering advice and guidance
  • Extra-curricular opportunities: A wide range of activities, complementing your department's academic provision
  • Leadership opportunities: Roles and responsibilities to fully engage with your college
  • Scholarly community: A multi-disciplinary community inspiring intellectual debate both informally and formally
  • Events: Regular college and student-led events, including seminars, lecture series, balls, concerts, productions and more.
  • Accommodation and catering: A variety of accommodation and catering options

Full time postgraduate students who will begin their studies in September/October will be invited to apply and complete the College application. You must have formally accepted your official postgraduate offer. You will be contacted directly by the Colleges and Student Experience Office. For further details regarding the postgraduate allocation process visit

New part-time and distance learning students you will be automatically allocated to one of our four designated Colleges for membership only based upon your programme of study. You must have formally accepted your official postgraduate offer in order to be allocated. For further information regarding our dedicated PT/DL Colleges please visit

"I absolutely loved college life and the support system that colleges offer their students – past and present. The colleges contribute immensely to your social life and make you feel settled and at home. I met fantastic, wonderful people – in my course as well as in my college and all of them have contributed to my research, my academic interests, my skills but also my well-being.

I also believe that the colleges foster a strong international student community and intercultural and interdisciplinary exchange." 

Lara Ehrenfried, MA English Literary Studies.

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Apply to study at Durham University.

College Residence Charges

2017/18 College Residence Charges for postgraduate students are available here

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The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

"Durham's college-system is fantastic for building a supportive network and making friends."

Ingrid Medby - PhD Human Geography. 

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