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Durham University

Ustinov College

Family support

Two of our youngest Ustinovians enjoying a family event in College

Ustinov College welcomes students and their families from all over the world. We know that bringing your family to Durham can be a dauting process, so the information we provide is intended to provide assistance and guidance. The content is based on information we have received from parents, children and the Local Education Authority.

As a postgraduate College, we have a number of members who have come to Durham with their families. Many choose to live in Ustinov College accommodation at Keenan House, Dryburn Court, where they can meet other families and develop support networks, and others live in the local community. All students with families are welcome to seek the college's help in settling into life in Durham.

There are a range of events at our family site, including an extremely creative Halloween party where children dress up and win prizes, a popular Easter event, incorporating an egg hunt in the gardens of the College Principal, as well as films and art activities. Events like the barbecue are open to all and younger 'members' actively participate. Events are open to all members, living in or out.


“Living in family accommodation at Keenan House has been a fantastic experience, because, I stay here with two very young kids who don’t like to be indoors all the time. So, I appreciate the social life my kids gets, because there are other international students with their families. So, they made new friends very quickly and it became easy for me to concentrate on my studies.”

Pallavi Banerjee, PhD Social Science