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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)
    • Careers

      Choice of modules in first and second years

      2016, 3rd year, Applied Psychology

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    • The downside

      The rush for second year (and further) housing begins as early as November despite the advice of the university. If you don't...

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      2012, 1st year, Physical Sciences Not Elsewhere Classified

      The downside

      The rush for second year (and further) housing begins as early as November despite the advice of the university. If you don't find a group of house mates by Christmas you could get left behind.

      2012, 1st year, Physical Sciences Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • Accommodation

      Since I am catered everything is included. The accommodation is all very good but it is not good value for money as the cost is...

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      2016, 1st year, Physics Not Elsewhere Classified

      Accommodation

      Since I am catered everything is included. The accommodation is all very good but it is not good value for money as the cost is unreasonably high.

      2016, 1st year, Physics Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • Facilities

      The student union is ok, although not many people seem to join in with activities there due to the collegiate system. The...

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      2012, 1st year, European Languages, Literature & Related Subjects Not Elsewhere Classified

      Facilities

      The student union is ok, although not many people seem to join in with activities there due to the collegiate system. The student union officers are trying to improve facilities in the union as it isn't exactly modern, however whether this will encourage more students to use this space is uncertain. The colleges are where most social activity occurs. Each one has a different feel to it, and many students participate in bar crawls between the colleges, which is always good fun. Facilities in colleges vary in standard and availability. Due to being on the space-restricted Bailey, the more historic colleges don't always have room for much social space. The Hill colleges tend to be more modern, with lots of space in which to socialise. There are swings and roundabouts to choosing a college though, as some people prefer the traditions typical of the Bailey colleges and their central location, whereas others would prefer to be in a bigger Hill college where there is more space to relax. Sports facilities at Durham are generally of a high standard. Maiden Castle is where all sports-fans tend to go. It's modern with a large number of pitches and courts where you can practise. Rowing plays a major part in most students' lives at Durham, whether you're a rower, cox, or whether you prefer to spectate. Being so close to the river is perfect for such a sport, and it's very likely that if you're in view of the river, you will be able to see someone rowing on it!

      2012, 1st year, European Languages, Literature & Related Subjects Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • The downside

      not that many societies available at queens campus some lecturers aren't as good

      2016, 1st year, Cinematography

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    • Accommodation

      Limited range of clubs, cheesy pop in most (Klute being the best), but a couple of more edgy ones

      2016, 2nd year, Physics 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
% 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

17,810

students attended last year

Undergraduate / Postgraduate

74%

of students are undergrads

Full-time / Part-time

8%

of students are part-time

Male / Female

54%

of students are female

Young / Mature

8%

of students aged over 21

UK / Non-UK

27%

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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