Durham University

Durham | North of England

Creative Political Sporty City Rural By the sea

Ucas code: D86

As one of the only collegiate-style unis in the UK, coming to Durham means that you are part of a close community from the moment you arrive. With huge participation in sport, drama, arts and societies there's something for everyone. After all, where else could you spend your first year living in a castle which was also, incidentally, used as a film set for Harry Potter
Source:Durham Students' Union

What students say about this university

Dialog 951 comments (251 students)
    • The downside

      Quite poor student union and university-wide activities due to college segregation.

      2013, 1st year, Biology Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • The upside

      module choices are very varied (esp in Natural Sciences)

      2012, 1st year, Physical Sciences Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • Sport

      There are loads of sports to get involved in, at both University and College level, for all skill levels and enthusiasm

      2014, 3rd year, English Law

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    • Sport

      Sport is a big thing in Durham. There are college teams for most sports with intercollege leauges and there are uni teams for...

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      2014, 2nd year, Human & Social Geography Not Elsewhere Classified

      Sport

      Sport is a big thing in Durham. There are college teams for most sports with intercollege leauges and there are uni teams for most sports to .

      2014, 2nd year, Human & Social Geography Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • Facilities

      Useful to have your own printer as you have to buy credits and usually travel to a designated area to print

      2012, 3rd year, History By Topic

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    • Facilities

      Sports facilities are good, there are plenty of fields for college sport and if you want to go further there are sports halls...

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      2012, 2nd year, Geophysics

      Facilities

      Sports facilities are good, there are plenty of fields for college sport and if you want to go further there are sports halls and training sessions dedicated solely to whatever sport at university level. University social events usually completely fail, noone goes to anything organised by the DSU as has a terrible atmosphere, there is a decent bar there, but i very rarely go to it. Most of the nightlife is based in town and not associated with the uni. Can meet friends in cafes in departments or the science site, plently of seating, and each college also has a common room which has plently of space if you fancy a game of pool while meeting friends. Wish I had got involved with more sports as a fresher, and tried something new that i hadn't done before.

      2012, 2nd year, Geophysics

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How students describe this university

We asked more than 12,500 undergraduates to say how far they would describe their uni as having the following characteristics. We carry out this analysis where we have scores from at least 30 students. You can also see whether these ratings are high, medium or low compared to other universities.

Varied union activities

66%

MED

Sporty

86%

HIGH

Political

63%

HIGH

Diverse local nightlife

50%

LOW

Creative

71%

HIGH

Vital stats

Sources: NSS, DLHE & HESA
% of graduates in work or further study 91% LOW
Average graduate salary £22k HIGH
Student score 84% HIGH

Overall student satisfaction

91%

of students are very or quite satisfied with this university

Number of students

16,800

students attended last year

Undergraduate / Postgraduate

72%

of students are undergrads

Full-time / Part-time

11%

of students are part-time

Male / Female

53%

of students are female

Young / Mature

9%

of students aged over 21

UK / Non-UK

25%

of students here are from outside the UK

Student union satisfaction

44%

of students are very or quite satisfied with the student union

University images

  • Calman Learning Centre

    Calman Learning Centre

  • Chemistry research

    Chemistry research

  • Graduation Ceremony

    Graduation Ceremony

  • Lecture Theatre

    Lecture Theatre

  • A formal dinner

    A formal dinner

  • Anatomy Class

    Anatomy Class

  • Hockey at Durham

    Hockey at Durham

  • Student accommodation

    Student accommodation

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