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Durham University

Durham | North of England

Creative Sporty Political 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 1360 comments (333 students)
    • Everyday expenses

      Drinks are available at very good prices from all the college bars, and none of the clubs are excessively expensive. Most...

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      2013, 1st year, General Engineering Not Elsewhere Classified

      Everyday expenses

      Drinks are available at very good prices from all the college bars, and none of the clubs are excessively expensive. Most colleges are fully catered in first year, but there are a couple of small supermarket shops in the middle of town which sell almost all stuff you will need for doing your own cooking cheaply. It is perfectly possible to get some part time work in the college bars, shops and toastie bars but very few students work at places other than within the colleges because the comparatively short Durham terms are fairly intense. As always, it is necessary to buy a few books for most courses, but these costs are no higher than courses of similar standards at other universities. Everywhere in Durham is within walking distance so transport costs are virtually non-existent, trains to Newcastle are cheap and very frequent.

      2013, 1st year, General Engineering Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • The upside

      sport, college life

      2013, 2nd year, Physics Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • The upside

      good choice of social activities and good sporting opportunities

      2012, 1st year, Accounting

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    • Political scene

      There is a potential to get involved in politics, but few people in the university are politically active

      2014, 2nd year, General Engineering Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • The downside

      Not many to do at night. $ main clubs and then just pubs.

      2012, 1st year, Physics

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    • Everyday expenses

      Uni bars provide cheap drinks. Tesco has a monopoly on central Durham - you need a car or bus to go to sainsburys

      2012, 3rd year, History By Topic

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How students describe this university

We asked more than 11,000 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

61%

MED

Political

61%

HIGH

Diverse local nightlife

51%

LOW

Sporty

88%

HIGH

Creative

69%

HIGH

Vital stats

Sources: NSS, DLHE & HESA
% of graduates in work or further study 96% MED
Average graduate salary £23.5k HIGH
Student score 83% HIGH

Overall student satisfaction

89%

of students are very or quite satisfied with this university

Number of students

17,595

students attended last year

Undergraduate / Postgraduate

73%

of students are undergrads

Full-time / Part-time

9%

of students are part-time

Male / Female

54%

of students are female

Young / Mature

8%

of students aged over 21

UK / Non-UK

26%

of students here are from outside the UK

Student union satisfaction

36%

of students are very or quite satisfied with the student union

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