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Durham University

University College

Fees & finance

General Information about Tuition Fees and Residence Charges

The University has issued detailed information regarding tuition fees and residence charges, and how these work. The College recommends all students make themselves familiar with this, particularly those students joining us in October 2019.

Finance Guidance Letter

Residence Charge

The cost of college accommodation is reviewed annually. Information on the latest charges can be found on the University accommodation webpages.

At University College, we offer standard single rooms, a number of shared rooms, and a small number of single en-suite rooms. Priority for en-suite accommodation is given to students in their final year, and those students who have a medical requirement for this type of accommodation.

All our rooms for undergraduates are fully catered, (with the exception of New Kepier Court) providing three meals per day which are served in the Great Hall.

Bursaries & Scholarships

The College has some funds to support the activities of its members. Travel and employability grants for undergraduates, normally in their second year, are available each year with money coming from the Castle Society, All enquiries should be directed to the College Administrator in the first instance who will be inviting applications at the end of Michaelmas Term.

Hardship funds

The College has funds available for cases of financial hardship. Students having financial difficulties should see the Senior Tutor in the first instance.

Further information on our full range of Fellowships and Scholarships.

College Charges & Contributions

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


Junior Common Room Membership

(£60 per year)

Students on courses where 3 years are spent in Durham: £180

Students on courses where 4 years are spent in Durham: £240

One-off payment at beginning of the course, covering the full period of your study. Membership of the Common room confers the following rights and benefits:

  • Access to all JCR 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 Executive and non-Executive positions (non-members cannot be elected to, or nominate others for, Common Room positions)

Durham Castle Society Membership


One-off payment.

Covers life membership of the Durham Castle Society, which is the College's alumni association for current and former members of the College. Find out more at the Castle Society website.

University College Freshers Pass


Grants entry to all JCR organised events during Induction Week, including music nights, bops, and 'Freshtival'.



Gowns are worn to various formal events and at Matriculation. (A limited number of second hand gowns, price £25, will be available on 1 October on a first come first served basis)


Middle Common Room Membership£50 full time £25 part time (annual charge) £50 full time £25 part time (annual charge)

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 £10 per year Annual charge at beginning of each year, up to a maximum of three years. Covers life membership of Durham Castle Society (College’s associationfor all current and former members of the College)

Opting out

Anyone wishing to opt out of any of these charges must do so before 14 October 2019 by completing the online form. Please note that no opt-out is possible after this date. The University reserves the right to charge in full for all those services from which a student has not opted out.