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University College

Fees & finance

Postgraduate Membership of University College

Apart from the appropriate residence charge which is levied on students who live in College accommodation the following College charges and contributions also apply. Where applicable these are added to battels, the invoice produced at the beginning of the academic year.

These are the charges that students can pay in order to benefit from all of the facilities in College and the Common Rooms. However, students have a right to opt out (please see Opting Out statement at end of the page). University College is committed to ensuring, where possible, that all students can access the full range of facilities and activities on offer. If you have any questions about the information below, or feel that financial hardship may limit your ability to engage, please contact

Middle Common Room Membership

£50 full time

£25 part time



These charges are levied at the beginning of each year, up to a maximum of 3 years for students on PhD courses

Membership of the Common Room confers the following rights and benefits:

  • Access to all MCR facilities, College Sports and Societies, and all Common Room organized events
  • Voting rights at Common Room meetings and elections (non-members cannot vote)
Eligibility to run for Common Room positions (both Executive and Non-Executive positions) (non-members cannot nominate others or be nominated for Common Room positions).

Durham Castle Society membership


Annual charge at beginning of each year, up to a maximum of three years.

Covers life membership of Durham Castle Society (College’s association for all current and former members of the College).

Opting In

Students will be asked to opt-in to the above charges as part of the registration and enrolment process. If you do not opt into MCR membership, then you will not be eligible to enjoy the benefits of membership of the Middle Common Room.

Bursaries and Scholarships

The College has some funds to support postgraduates in the form of bursaries and scholarships. We make available travel scholarships each year to allow postgraduates to undertake field work, to attend conferences, or to participate in other activities that contribute towards the completion of their degree progamme. We also have a number of employability scholarships, which are awarded to allow postgraduates to undertake activities that improve their employability and skills.

There are also a number of other bursaries and scholarships available, more information about which can be found on our scholarships page.