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Durham University

University College

Freshers' Week and Beyond

Find below important information about Freshers' week, the Junior Common Room (JCR) and the programme of events to help you settle in when you arrive.



Link to find out more

Castle Freshers’ Handbook 2020-21

An informal guide, written by current students about what you can expect at College and University. It will help answer many of your questions about the traditions and other aspects of life at Castle.

Find out more about the JCR at

Freshers’ week Guide

Find out about all the online events and activities as part of Freshers’ week.

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Consent Matters

Consent matters. That’s why all students at Castle are required to complete an online course. Learn about sexual consent and how you can support others on campus. Access the course on DUO. Access the course on DUO. Please take a screenshot of your completion certificate.

Introduction to JCR Welfare

Find out more about the work that our Junior Common Room Welfare team does, and how you can make the most of peer support during your time at Castle.

College Families

Find out more about our ‘college families’ peer support system. You can opt in via the College membership form.

Durham University Sport

Information about University sporting facilities at Maiden Castle and what to do if you are interested in representing Durham University.

TV Licence

Decide whether you will need to buy a TV licence. This is a legal requirement if you watch live TV through any means in your room. Look at

Managing your finances

Take time to ensure you have planned your finances for the duration of your degree. Details confirming what you need to do to ensure that you have made the necessary financial arrangements before term begins, the costs involved, along with information concerning the financial support options which may be available to you during your time at University can also be found here for Home Students and EU and International Students.

The Durham Inspired Award

Find out more about the Durham Inspired Award: your personal enrichment programme.


  • Have you sent off your Accommodation Preference form and College Membership form by 31 August?
  • Have you joined the JCR and bought your gown (if you wish to do so!)?
  • If you're arriving from overseas have you let us know your travel plans? If you are travelling from within the UK we'll be in touch with an arrival slot for you.
  • Don't forget to bring with you to Durham your certificate/screenshot confirming that you have completed the University's 'Consent Matters' online module.
  • Don't forget to bring with you to Durham your passport, driving licence, or European Identity Card.
  • We can’t wait to meet you!

Contact Us

University College
The Castle
Palace Green

College Office: 0191 334 4099

New students: email