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Durham University

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College Life

When you study at Durham University, not only do you belong to the University, but also to a college. The collegiate system is unique - only a couple of universities in the UK have this system, and we are really proud of that! A college at Durham is not linked to an academic department, and no teaching takes place here. Instead, college is a community of students, who live in accomodation, eat together at meal times and formal dinners, and take part in social activities such as sports and societies, too. For a lot of students, college is their home for at least one year of their study as they will often live in college accomodation for at least their first year. Beyond this, college provide formal dinners, balls and sports and societies - all of which is run by students! We have 17 colleges at Durham. Our students say college is one of the best parts of their time at Durham, and they remain part of this community for life!

Take a College Tour!

If you want to explore some of our colleges, you can watch these short videos - just click on the links below! All of these videos have been filmed by our students and showcase some of the facilities each college offers, including dining halls, gyms, sports facilities, welfare rooms, performance spaces and music rehearsal spaces (to name only a few!) Most of our colleges also have their own bar or cafe, toastie bar and college shop too - all with affordable prices!

What Do Our Students Say?

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10 Reasons I Love Colleges at Durham

10 Reasons I Love Colleges at Durham

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Hear from one of our students, Ben, talking about his favourite things about college. If you’d like to see more resources, please visit our website: (Music credit:

Student Blogs

Click on the links to hear more about their experiences...

Durham University's Collegiate System

Durham University's Collegiate System

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A description of Durham University's collegiate system: find out what it is and how it works.

Want to find out more?

You can read more about each of our colleges here.

You can download a copy of our 2021 College Guide here.

Or, why not have a look at each of our college's social media pages? You can see all the details below:

Student Blogs

Find out more about the student experience at Durham through our student blogs

Connect with a Durham Student

Would you like to connect with one of our student ambassadors? If you would like to ask them a question about their time at Durham, follow the link here.

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Would you like to receive emails from us about life at Durham? If you would like to find out more, sign up to our mailing list by following the link here.

Contact Details

Schools Engagement Team 

Durham University

The Palatine Centre

Stockton Road