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University College


University College welcomes applications from Postgraduates of all subjects for membership. The postgraduate members of College have their own common room (the Middle Common Room, MCR) where they meet, socialize and organise events. University College, with around 350 postgraduates and 720 undergraduates, offers a friendly and diverse community with many clubs and societies.

The College is located in Durham Castle and buildings very close by, in the centre of Durham City. The Castle is part of a World Heritage Site, along with Durham Cathedral, 100 metres away across Palace Green.

At University College, we have 125 rooms for postgraduate students to live in College. All of these rooms are located in our new, purpose-built accommodation at New Kepier Court, which is a 10 minute walk from the Castle. Postgraduates are accommodated on a self-catering basis. Alternatively, you can apply simply to be a member of the College, and arrange your own accommodation in Durham.

Follow the links to find out more about postgraduate life at University College


We have a range of accommodation available at our New Kepier Court site, a 10-minute walk from the Castle and main College site. All accommodation at New Kepier Court is in studios with ensuite bathrooms, with a range of room sizes. All rooms are self-catered.

Fees & Finance

The College has a range of bursaries and studentships for which postgraduates may apply, where applicable. The link above also provides information about accommodation and membership fees.


Our accommodation at New Kepier Court is self-catered. However, postgraduates may purchase meals in College either individually, or in blocks of 10 meals at a discounted rate.


Castle has excellent facilities including networked study bedrooms, a library and PC room to support your academic work, the 'Undercroft' bar, comfortable TV lounge and games area, and two chapels.

Get Involved

We have an active Middle Common Room (MCR) with an organising committee that arranges dinners, debates, film evenings, walks, theatre trips and seminars.

Personal Development and Support

The College has an excellent network of support for postgraduates, including opportunities to pursue personal development. We also provide pastoral support for postgraduates who are experiencing difficulties.