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Durham University

University College

University College

Welcome to University College

The collegiate system at Durham University is unique, and for us very special. University College (often known across the university simply as ‘Castle’) is a wonderful place where we are fortunate, as a university community, to live and work. The Castle is an integral part of a World Heritage Site, with the magnificent Durham Cathedral at the southern end of Palace Green as one of our nearest neighbours.

Important and magnificent though the setting of Durham Castle is, colleges are much more than simply physical places. We are, at our heart, a scholarly community. As such, we welcome bright, diligent prospective students who are committed to being part of our community and to working to the highest academic levels. We anticipate this to be at the very top of prospective Castle student priorities when considering expressing a preference for University College. In addition, principally through our Junior and Middle Common Rooms, we take pride in offering a huge range of extra-curricular activities, which we encourage all students to become involved in. From Castle Community Action (CCA), the college’s highly-successful and student-led volunteering section, to our many clubs and societies, we aim to offer a rounded education in which students can take the lead on their own academic and personal growth.

Being part of a collegiate community means, amongst other things being open to learning from each other. We very much welcome students who are applying to Durham University expressing us as a preference from a full range of backgrounds. Working with academic departments and university professional services (such as counselling) we aim to support all our students such that all are able to achieve to their full potential.

So, if the above sounds for you please come along to one of our open days we would be delighted to meet you and answer any questions that you may have.

University College: COVID-19 update

Durham University remains open and is responding to the COVID-19 virus with the health and wellbeing of our community and the communities of which we are part as our first priority.

At present a number of University College buildings, including the Castle, are closed.

We appreciate this is a difficult time for students and staff and that many people are worried. Please be assured that the University is doing all it can to support student and staff wellbeing and students’ academic studies at this time.

Whilst the Student Support Offices in Castle are closed to face-to-face interactions, support is available remotely. If you need support, please email If you would like a phone appointment during weekday office hours (9am-5pm), please include your phone number in your email.

Collecting student belongings

If you are a current student and have any questions regarding collecting your belongings from college accommodation (including Kepier Court) please email

More information is available at

More information

Answers to questions about Coronavirus can be found on the University’s dedicated website at

Support and advice for students during COVID-19 can be accessed via

For the latest advice from Public Health England please see

For travel advice, please see the latest information from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office

We look forward to welcoming members of the Castle community back to college when it is safe to do so. Our best wishes go to all members and friends of University College during this challenging time.

Professor Graham Towl, Acting Principal

June 2020

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