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Durham University

Durham | North of England

Political Sporty Creative 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 1358 comments (353 students)
    • Accommodation

      I stayed in Grey College in Holgate House in my first year. You have the option to move back into college in your last year...

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      2013, 2nd year, English Law

      Accommodation

      I stayed in Grey College in Holgate House in my first year. You have the option to move back into college in your last year too, which is really helpful because you don't have the stresses of cleaning, cooking, paying rent and bills etc. while doing your most important year. Holgate House is ensuite, and you don't pay anything more than those in non-ensuite rooms because it's a random draw as to who is put in which block. The rooms are cleaned every week so stay in great condition. I would really recommend it. Oswald, the other fresher block at Grey was refurbished this year and looks great. They now have double beds and built in wardrobes etc. and it has got really good feedback from those living there this year.

      2013, 2nd year, English Law

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    • Accommodation

      Make sure to take time choosing a college, as you're associated with it for your whole degree and they vary quite a lot. Most...

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      2013, 2nd year, Anthropology Not Elsewhere Classified

      Accommodation

      Make sure to take time choosing a college, as you're associated with it for your whole degree and they vary quite a lot. Most Bailey colleges (e.g. Castle, Chad's, John's, Hatfield) are small, in old-fashioned buildings and dominated by private school students. Some people like this but if you want more modern accommodation and more of a mix of people then hill colleges such as Collingwood or Van Mildert are the way to go. The 'modern' accomodation in these is adequate but can be quite dated and tatty in places. The actual state of your room will vary greatly depending on college and even within colleges. They are usually fine. A large number of rooms in many colleges have shared bathrooms, some even have shared toilets so if this bothers you make sure you choose a college with ensuites or request one if you choose a mixed facilities college. I had an ensuite in collingwood college, and the room was great, but others had to share toilets/showers which i found quite grim being used to an ensuite. Local housing obviously varies greatly in quality and pricing. Rent starts at around 50 p/week for small houses in the Gilesgate area and increases with closer proximity to the science site/ center of town,even very basic houses in this area are 80+ . Some of the nicest, more modern house are slightly out of town in areas such as Nevilles Cross, and can be rented for much less (around 70 ) . Many students from different colleges live in an area known as the Viaduct (because its near there). These houses are typical 'student' house, small and fairly old, but having so many student houses around you in the one place is an advantage. Despite most houses in this area being fairly basic and not particularly close to the uni site they are usually 80+

      2013, 2nd year, Anthropology Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • Accommodation

      Make sure to book your residence early so that you'll be allocated accommodation in Stevo/John Snow halls, to get the best...

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      2013, 2nd year, Business Studies Not Elsewhere Classified

      Accommodation

      Make sure to book your residence early so that you'll be allocated accommodation in Stevo/John Snow halls, to get the best student experience in your first year

      2013, 2nd year, Business Studies Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • Accommodation

      All first years are able to live within a college and the rooms are all of a good standard. A lot of colleges have sharing...

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      2013, 1st year, Mathematics Not Elsewhere Classified

      Accommodation

      All first years are able to live within a college and the rooms are all of a good standard. A lot of colleges have sharing rooms and while this sounded scary to me at first I really enjoyed sharing in my first term. You can then live out in later years and there are various areas in Durham for you to choose the location that suits you.

      2013, 1st year, Mathematics Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • Accommodation

      The accomodation at St Aidan's College in Durham is probably the best in the universi! Though some share rooms, they are...

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      2013, 1st year, History By Period Not Elsewhere Classified

      Accommodation

      The accomodation at St Aidan's College in Durham is probably the best in the universi! Though some share rooms, they are spacious, well equipped and well maintained. There are no problems with rooms that staff cannot resolve. With storage abound and furniture provided, the accomodation should be the least worrying thing about university.

      2013, 1st year, History By Period Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • Accommodation

      St Mary's college is a very good college - small and very friendly community. There is a room swap every term so you have 3...

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      2013, 1st year, Politics Not Elsewhere Classified

      Accommodation

      St Mary's college is a very good college - small and very friendly community. There is a room swap every term so you have 3 different rooms - this is necessary because there is a proportion of shared rooms, so you may have to share at least once. There are three buildings - Williamson, Fergusson (an older building) and Teikyo residence. You can't choose where you are at first, but most rooms are pretty much the same. You then choose your new room for the two swaps. I didn't share at all in my first year, moving from Williamson, to one Teikyo building and finally to another. The final Teikyo building was about 2 minutes from the main building, but it was worth the extra distance so I didn't have to walk. Rooms have a bed, desk, shelves, wardrobe and sink and each corridor has 4 showers and 2 toilets, which are mixed. This arrangement is fine - I never had to queue for a shower and they were well maintained by the cleaning staff. The cleaning staff also vacuumed once every 2 weeks in Williamson/Fergusson and once a week in Teikyo. Overall, the accommodation is very good, if not a little tired and outdated - very 60s/80s in parts

      2013, 1st year, Politics 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.

Diverse local nightlife

51%

LOW

Creative

66%

HIGH

Varied union activities

62%

MED

Sporty

86%

HIGH

Political

62%

HIGH

Vital stats

Sources: NSS, DLHE & HESA
% of graduates in work or further study 99% HIGH
Average graduate salary £25k 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

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