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Durham University

University College


A shared student bedroom in the Castle

The College provides accommodation for 416 undergraduates. We have 33 shared twin rooms and the remainder of our rooms are single rooms.

The college aims to provide all first-year students with a place in either a shared twin or single room in college, but in exeptional circumstances may not be able to do so. In addition students might be able to spend one further year in residence in college, but this cannot be guaranteed. Students are expected to live out for at least one year and it may well be two years (or three years for a four year degree). There are some rooms each year for third or fourth year students, and these are allocated via a room ballot. The Master, Senior Tutor, and Student Support Administrator are responsible for the allocation of all rooms in College.


Around 100 of our student members live within the walls of the actual Castle, mostly in the Keep, but also in Garden Stairs, Hall Stairs, Fellows' Garden, the Junction and the Norman Gallery. Most rooms within the Castle walls are occupied by returning (final year) students, but some of the shared rooms are occupied by first year undergraduates.

We have 3 accommodation blocks just outside of the Castle; Bailey Court, Owengate, and Moatside Court. Around 70 of our student members live in our Bailey Court B, C and D blocks; 50 of our student members live on nearby Owengate; and 100 of our student members live in the nearby Moatside Court, P, Q, R and S blocks. All Bailey Court, Owengate and Moatside Court accommodation is within 3 minutes walk of the Castle. All of these rooms are currently offered as part of a fully-catered package.

New for 2018, we have accommodation for 89 undergraduate students at New Kepier Court, which is a 10 minute walk from the Castle. These rooms are all en-suite and are self-catered. We currently plan to offer the option of a meal package to students in this accommodation for the 2018/19 academic year. Further details will be available to successful applicants in due course.

New Kepier Court

We aim to provide all first-year students with a place in either a shared twin or a single room in College (but in exceptional circumstances may not be able to do so). First-year students are allocated rooms by the College and some students must expect to share a room.

All our study bedrooms are fully equipped with essential furniture. You are expected to provide your own bedding, towels, and crockery/cutlery for tea and coffee in your room.

In our self-catering accommodation at New Kepier Court (click the link to see a gallery of images), rooms are organised into 'cluster flats' of 5 or 6 bedrooms, each with an ensuite bathroom. Each flat shares a kitchen, which is fully equipped with fridge, cooker, ample storage space, and a dining table.

Accessibility: If you have any special medical requirements please let us know and we will do our best to make sure your specific needs are met. In view of the Castle’s stone steps, cobbles, staircases and Grade 1 listed building status, the College is not suitable for students with mobility difficulties; however, other colleges have purpose-built facilities.


The cost of our accommodation can be found on the University's accommodation costs page.

We offer the following room types:

- catered shared ensuite
- catered shared standard
- catered single standard
- catered single ensuite
- self-catered single ensuite

Please note that catered single ensuite rooms are usually reserved for returning (finalist) students. Freshers are generally allocated to catered shared rooms, catered standard single rooms, and self-catered ensuite rooms.

While we ask incoming students for their preferences once your place at University College is confirmed, we cannot guarantee any particular accommodation type as demand varies for each room type. We do our best to accommodate student preferences.