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Durham University

University College

2019/20 New Students


Welcome to the oldest of Durham University's colleges and the most established. We are proud to combine some of the finest traditions while focussing squarely on the future and the challenges ahead. We like to think of ourselves as enjoying both a great history and adapting to and addressing the intellectual and social problems of our time.

We are best known, not as University College, but simply as Castle. You will be given, what I hope you will agree, is a fantastic welcome. There is much in store and the College, JCR, and MCR will combine to welcome you in style. Induction week is quite something!

Castle is a scholarly community, here to enhance your learning and education, and to support you through your academic years ahead. At the same time, we are a vibrant social, sporting, musical, theatrical, and engaged community. We hope you will enjoy and participate in every aspect of Castle life.

Within these pages, you'll find out lots of essential information about University College (or Castle as we're usually known as) and what you need to do before you arrive in Durham.

Before you become a member of Castle, you should read through the sections below and then complete the relevant College Membership Form.It is essential that you complete this as soon as possible.

If the Castle Membership Form is not completed before you arrive in Durham, you will need to do this on the day you arrive but you may have to queue for several hours and will be unable to access any facilities until this is completed.

Click on a link below for the the College Membership Form

College Membership Form (Postgraduates)

College Membership Form (Erasmus)

Freshers' Sunday Car Parking

Due to the historic nature of Durham city, it is necessary to issue parking permits for those students arriving on Freshers Sunday. Please be aware that students who arrive by car and haven't informed us, will need to wait to the end of the day before being able to drop of their belongings.

Please complete the relevant section on the College Membership Form.

Common Room Membership Levy

All students at Castle automatically become members of the Junior Common Room (undergraduates) and the Middle Common Room (postgraduates). Membership of these entitle you to attend various events and activities at Castle. Before you arrive, please complete see the information on the Common Room Membership Levy here.

More information on both Common Rooms can be found below.

Contact Details

If you have any queries about any of this information or any aspect of coming to Durham please contact:

College Reception - 0191 334 3800

College Admissions & Accommodation – 0191 334 4099