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
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What students say about this university

Dialog 935 comments (246 students)
    • The downside

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      2013, 2nd year, Social Theory

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    • Facilities

      no strong connection between the Stockton-based campus and the main Durham campus. People live and learn in quite different...

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      2012, 1st year, Applied Psychology

      Facilities

      no strong connection between the Stockton-based campus and the main Durham campus. People live and learn in quite different environment

      2012, 1st year, Applied Psychology

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    • Creative scene

      There are a lot of societies and they range from big to small and cover most aspects, if you can't find the one you're looking...

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      2014, 2nd year, Applied Criminology

      Creative scene

      There are a lot of societies and they range from big to small and cover most aspects, if you can't find the one you're looking for you can create it yourself! But Durham can tend to focus more on academics and sports than the arts. However, due to the college system there are opportunities to get involved in plays and concerts, especially the weekly acoustic nights which are brilliant. There's quite a bit for music in fairness but it's more classical, however, on your college day a lot of bands can get showcased and perform. Essentially there is of course a lot of art at Durham but sometimes you have to seek it out or create it for yourself, if you really want it to happen though, there will be a way or your college reps will support you in creating it.

      2014, 2nd year, Applied Criminology

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    • Nightlife

      Feel like there's a lack of proper clubs. A number of bars and pubs however if that's your thing

      2014, 2nd year, Biology Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • Facilities

      There is a main library which is well stocked and and contains a large number of study spaces (some with power), individual...

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      2012, 1st year, Physical Sciences Not Elsewhere Classified

      Facilities

      There is a main library which is well stocked and and contains a large number of study spaces (some with power), individual study rooms, and computer rooms with printing facilities. Additionally colleges have their own smaller libraries. There are other computing and printing facilities elsewhere on the Science site, where most of the arts subjects are based, and in some colleges. There is a large university sport centre with modern facilities and plenty of sport pitches. Some colleges also have their own fields or courts for playing sport. Some of the support services such as careers or disability services are spread over Durham, but from September they will all be located in one newly built centre.

      2012, 1st year, Physical Sciences Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • 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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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
Student score 84% HIGH
Average graduate salary £23.5k HIGH
% of graduates in work or further study 96% MED

Overall student satisfaction

90%

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

42%

of students are very or quite satisfied with the student union

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