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Durham University


Fees and costs

Living Costs

As well as your tuition fees, you will also need to meet your day-to-day living and course costs whilst you study with us. Your living costs will depend on your personal circumstances, but the majority of students will need to pay for accommodation and related costs, food and other household shopping (toiletries, washing powder etc.), utilities, essential clothing, travel, study-related costs and leisure.

You should work out how much you will need to spend on your living costs before you start your course. Many postgraduate students live in College accommodation and you can find information on the cost of living in College accommodation at

The Accommodation Office can provide information on the cost of private rented accommodation and assist students in looking for accommodation. The Durham Students' Union Advice Centre can check contracts on your behalf and assist if you are having any issues.

For information on accommodation costs at Durham University please visit our accommodation web pages.

Tuition Fees

You will be charged an annual tuition fee for each year of supervised study, and doctoral students will also be charged a continuation fee if they have not submitted their thesis three months after the end of supervised study. Your tuition fee will differ depending on the programme you study and whether you are a home or overseas fee-paying student, and whether you are studying full-time or part-time.

Our tuition fees for postgraduate research degrees are available on our finance web pages, and our tuition fees for postgraduate taught degrees can be found in the courses database.

It is very important that you have sufficient funds in place to meet your tuition fees and living costs before you start your course. The University has a small amount of hardship funding available to help students who started their studies with a sound financial plan which was compromised by circumstances beyond their control, but it is unable to help students who started their studies with insufficient funds in place to meet their tuition fees and living costs.

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