Durham University was established in the year 1832 as Durham’s University College before it was granted a Royal Charter in 1837. Being a part of the Russell Group of institutions makes it one of the most preferred universities in the UK for students around the world. Each year the university opens its doors to more than 17,000 international students from over 150 countries and nationalities along with a staff count of over 3,000. Currently, the university is ranked 78th according to the QS world university Rankings 2020.
Durham University comprises three faculties – arts and humanities, science and social science, and health – across 16 colleges and 25 departments. The university’s main campus is located in the city of Durham whereas the Queen’s campus (established in 1992) is located in Stockton-on-Tees which is 30 miles from Durham. The main campus is home to part of a UNESCO world heritage site, signifying Durham’s historical as well as architectural importance.
The university offers a broad range of graduate and post-graduate as well as full-time/part-time research programmes courses to choose from, allowing you to tailor your degree as per your requirement. Some of the most popular courses are criminology, accounting and finance, biosciences, and computer science, amongst others. Durham University has links with 120+ universities in Europe, opening up opportunities in countries like the USA, Canada, Australia and many others.
Finding student accommodation
Once you’ve narrowed down your choice of city and university, the next logical step is to look for accommodation on the off chance that the university is unable to accommodate you on campus. For this, you need to first set aside your budget, decide your living preference, and filter your choices according to that. Most students prefer to stay in private accommodation near the university campus, so they can save time and money on travel. It also helps if the accommodation is not too far from the city, allowing you to balance your academic and social life.
Type of student accommodations
Most of the properties are located close to the university or are near public transport, making it easy to travel. Whether you want to share an apartment with others, enjoy the privacy of a studio, or opt for an en-suite room, there is something for everyone. These properties offer furnished rooms and various amenities like gym, cinema room, study spaces, and outdoor courtyard. Some of the preferred student accommodations are Elvet Studios, Houghall Court, Ernest Place, and many more.
Transport and connectivity
All of the properties are well-connected to the entire city via public transport, with the nearest bus station within walking distance. Since Durham’s major train station gives you access to neighbouring cities, now is the time to pack your bags for a weekend getaway. Newcastle is a 15-minutes’ ride away whereas York is only a 30-minutes’ ride away. And then we have London which will take around 30-minutes to reach by train.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the different types of accommodation?
University Living offers private accommodation close to universities with fewer restrictions and more options. Take your pick from shared and private rooms, studios, and apartments. We also offer short-term stays for students in summer school and exchange programs.
What are the different types of rooms?
The major room types are:
Sharing: This is where 2 or more students share a single room, washroom, kitchen, and other communal spaces.
Ensuite/Private: This includes a private bedroom and bathroom, while the kitchen and living areas are shared.
Studios: This is a self-contained unit with a bedroom and cooking space along with a private washroom. Two students may book a single studio together, subject to the policies of the accommodation provider.
How do I know my accommodation is safe?
All properties listed by University Living are personally verified by the team or their representatives. Each accommodation has foolproof safety measures in place, including CCTV, secure door entries, restricted access, and more.
Does my accommodation offer meals?
Most accommodations are self-catered, but you can always ask the reception to connect you with local food delivery vendors!
Will I get cleaning and laundry services?
Most properties have on-site, coin-operated washing machines that make laundry a breeze. Students are expected to keep their rooms clean while common areas are looked after by maintenance staff at regular intervals. If you’re unwilling to get your hands dirty, contact the reception for professional cleaning services at an extra fee.
Is there Wi-Fi?
Yes, all our accommodation have strong internet connectivity.
Does my accommodation offer parking facilities?
Most properties have bike storage available. Please contact your Servicing Manager to request car parking facility.
What items should I bring while moving in?
Students are expected to bring their own bedding, kitchen utensils, cutlery, and bathroom essentials. If that’s too much, our good friends at UniKitOut will deliver all these and more to your UK accommodation even before you move in!
What if I don’t like my accommodation after moving in?
We try our best to find accommodation that meets all your needs. If you still don’t like your accommodation due to unforeseen circumstances, we will try to replace your room within 30 days for a one-time fee of £250.
Where do I report any issues with my accommodation?
Please contact the on-site maintenance office or reception to report any issues.
Do I have to vacate my room during holidays?
Never. Your room belongs to you for the entirety of your tenancy period!