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University College


Every Durham University student belongs to a college - a vibrant, supportive community that provides opportunities for you to gain new experiences and develop skills to achieve more in your future life.

Castle is a friendly and welcoming College, which provides a learning environment and great opportunities for self-development. We will enable your personal development and provide support for you during your time with us, through a vibrant academic and personal development programme, a strong mentor system, and a network of personal support. 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.

We welcome undergraduate applications from anyone who is qualified. We admit men and women in equal numbers, with students taking the whole range of degree courses across science, social science and humanities subjects, in quotas set by the University. We have around 200 international students every year, studying for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Find out more about studying at Durham as an international student.

Why Choose University College?

Our magnificent Castle building and excellent City centre location: Situated on Durham's World Heritage Site opposite the Cathedral and based primarily ina Norman fortress, our stunning castle is truly unique amongst Durham University's colleges. We are only a minute away from the City's shops and restaurants and a short walk to departments and lecture venues.

Our legendary 'Castle Spirit': There is a real community feel at University College with students from all kind of different backgrounds united by their strong sense of pride in and love for 'Castle'. Our long-established traditions play a big part in our way of life in College, giving a sense of allegiance and belonging to all our College members.

A unique experience: University College offers a unique experience: living in an historic site in the centre of a very special city.

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We have a range of accommodation available in and around Durham Castle, as well our New Kepier Court site, a 10-minute walk from the Castle. We offer a mix of fully-catered and self-catered options: all accommodation in and around the Castle is fully catered, while our accommodation at New Kepier Court is self-catered.

Fees & Finance

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


We have a range of catering options, including fully-catered and self-catered. We also offer meal packages to students in self-catered accommodation, so they may dine in College at certain times.


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, student-run Junior Common Room (JCR) with an organising committee that arranges events, sports teams, societies and clubs, activities, and outreach.

Personal Development and Support

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

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Meet Jimmy


What first struck me about University College was its welcoming nature: you are made to feel at home from the moment you arrive by college staff, ‘parents’, and mentors. It has a great sense of inclusiveness and a wide diversity of people. At Castle we are all individually given scope to develop, through activities such as student-run sports, music and drama societies. The traditional elements of activities at Castle, such as formal dinners, enhance the character of student life here and really make you appreciate your surroundings.

Jimmy Lee, Modern Languages student