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Durham University

Van Mildert College

Accommodation and Facilities

Living in Van Mildert is great fun! Our accommodation blocks are mixed between fresher students and finalist students. This creates a community atmosphere in college, with first-years and finalists socialising together. One accommodation block, Tunstall, is exclusively for finalist students. Most second years, and some finalists, "live out" of college in and around Durham City.

We have around 515 networked study bedrooms on-site (fully-catered option only).

Accommodation Summary

We have five accommodation blocks. The table below details the facilities available.


FacilitiesInternet AccessCommunal Facilities
Deerness Ensuite WC/Shower Yes Kitchenettes, Lounges
Tyne/Tees Shared WC/Showers Yes Kitchenettes, Lounges
Middleton Shared WC/Showers Yes Kitchenettes
Wear/Derwent Shared WC/Showers Yes Kitchenettes
Tunstall (for finalist students only) Ensuite WC Yes

Lounge, Kitchenette

What is Included

  • fully-catered accommodation during term-time
  • internet access
  • cleaning of your room
  • use of all student facilities in college
  • Christmas and Easter vacation – accommodation (room only, no catering) – excludes Christmas closure period
  • Top-up card-operated laundry facilities are available for use on each block (pay-as-you-go)

You will move into your room at the start of the academic year (October) and vacate your room at the end of the Easter term (June). You will therefore not be required to move any of your belongings out of your room at the end of the Michaelmas term (December) and Epiphany term (March), only at the end of the academic year. However, please note, this may not apply to some First Year students due to our Post Application Open Days and Outreach Residential schemes. Subject to availability, you may be able to book additional nights' accommodation during the summer vacation.

Students who are resident during the Christmas and Easter vacations can purchase individual meals in Van Mildert or one of the other hill Colleges (if available). We also have some self-catering facilities suitable for preparing supplementary vacation meals.

Bed and Breakfast Accommodation

If you are interested in bed and breakfast accommodation during the summer vacation period, you should contact College Reception on 0191 334 7100 during office hours, or alternatively email, to check availability.