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Frequently Asked Questions

The Student Recruitment and Admissions Office is responsible for managing the admissions process within Durham University for full and part time undergraduate courses. Academic Departments are responsible for considering each application and making offers and passing successful applications to one of the sixteen colleges for consideration, whilst the Student Recruitment and Admissions Office ensures that this process occurs as fairly and as transparently as possible and that decisions are communicated to UCAS within agreed deadlines.

The questions below have all been asked by our applicants or their parents at one time or another, and are intended to provide further information regarding the application process, some of our requirements, our collegiate system, the University and life as a student.

If you find that your query is not addressed or if you have any specific questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Student Recruitment and Admissions Team directly. Our email address is

List of FAQs

+Do I have to live in a college if I live locally?

Every student at the University belongs to a college. They remain a member of their college throughout their time at Durham and beyond. The colleges are more than just places to eat and sleep. Each college is a small community providing a wide range of activities and facilities for study, sports, the arts, socialising, relaxation and welfare.

First year students are encouraged to live in college. We appreciate that, due to exceptional circumstances, this is not always possible. If you have special circumstances that may make living in college difficult, please contact the college to discuss. You may be interested to know that St Cuthbert's Society, in Durham City, and John Snow and Stephenson Colleges, at the Queen's Campus, do especially welcome students, particularly mature students, who live locally and wish to remain in the family home during their studies. Further details of these Colleges are available on our website (

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