Welfare and support
Whether you're based in Durham City or at Queen's Campus, you'll find a wide support network available to you while studying at the University.
Durham and Stockton are safe places to live but, as anywhere else in the country, accidents and crime can happen. The University is committed to providing a safe environment in which our students can live and study and our student safety page provides you with information on things you can do to help keep yourself and your fellow students safe. If you have any specific concerns, please raise them via your college student support office.
Students with disabilities
Our Disability Support service can advise you and organise special academic facilities in Durham or Stockton if you have a disability and need some help. They will try to provide whatever support is necessary to enable you to study effectively and make full use of your opportunities at University, including support through the application and interview procedure, if required.
Diversity and Equality
The University has a Diversity and Equality mission to embrace diversity by promoting and maintaining an inclusive and supportive work and study environment that enables all members of our University community to achieve their full potential.
Durham University is a multi-cultural, multi-faith community that provides opportunities for individuals to maintain and to explore their faith and beliefs. We provide a number of facilities for religious communities.
If you have any problems while you are with us, the University's Counselling Service offers a quiet and confidential place with trained counsellors to help you work through your difficulties.
Our University Nursery in Durham caters for children from two months to school age. It is open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday throughout the year, and as a student of the University you will be eligible for preferential rates.
Queen's Campus, Stockton has an agreement with the play scheme organisation SMASH to pay for a number of places for children between the ages of 5 and 14 during the half term holidays. If you require any further childcare information for Stockton please contact Mary O'Halloran (email@example.com) in the Student Services Office on 0191 334 0090.
Healthcare and GP Services
At Durham University we take the health and well being of our students very seriously. When you arrive at Durham, you are advised to register with a local GP practice. Please make sure that your college knows which practice you are registered with.
Support for care leavers
The University is dedicated to supporting all prospective and current students with their individual needs. This includes dedicated support for those who have spent time in care.
Other sources of advice
The Durham Students' Union has a dedicated advice centre that offers free advice on finance and student funding, academic, personal and employment issues, and which is a useful initial contact for legal advice. The Union also has an education and welfare officer, and your college will always be on hand to offer support and advice.
Durham University has an active LGBT association. You can read more about the support and activities they offer.
Your college will also offer a strong, supportive environment, with a comprehensive support system.
A safe place to live, work and study
Durham University has been named the third safest university in England and Wales by The Complete University Guide 2015.