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University of Durham


Durham University was founded by an Act of Parliament in 1832 and incorporated by royal charter in the year 1837. The University of Durham is the third oldest recognised university to open in England for more than 600 years, after Oxford and Cambridge. Durham University has three different faculties, including - Faculty of Arts and Humanities which includes departments like Classics and Ancient History, Music, English, Theology and religion, Liberal arts and History, Modern Languages and Culture. Faculty of Science has departments like Biosciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Engineering, Physics and Psychology. Faculty of Social Sciences and Health includes departments like Anthropology, Archaeology, Business, Education, Geography, Government and International Affairs, Law, Sociology and Sport and Exercise Sciences. Durham University is a proud member of the Russell Group of British research universities. The University of Durham is ranked 5th in the UK according to the Times and the Sunday Times Good university guide and the Guardian university guide 2019. The University of Durham is also ranked 78th in the QS world university rankings 2020 and placed top 40 in the world for employer reputation. Durham University caters around 18,707 students, which includes both undergraduate and postgraduate students. The University also offers a vast range of study options which includes around 200 undergraduate courses and around 130 postgraduate and research courses. 

Student accommodation University of Durham

Students who are already studying or planning to study at Durham University need not worry about where to live in Durham as there are is a wide variety of Student Accommodation in Durham. Durham University offers guaranteed on-campus accommodation for those students who wish to live in the on-campus halls of residences. If you need accommodation in the Durham University accommodation, you can head to the college's accommodation office to discuss your options and help arrange your stay. Durham University accommodation or On-campus accommodation is a convenient option for students because of its proximity to the college, but the on-campus student housing generally gets occupied at a rapid pace. Students can also choose from an extensive range of private halls of residences in Durham, which are not only premium, secure and affordable but are also inclusive of all the utility bills. These private student accommodation are built in almost every major area of Durham, which also makes them a convenient option for the students to commute to their respective universities. Duresme Court, Chapel Heights, Ernest Place, Elvet Studios, Houghall Court are among some of the most exceptional private accommodations near the Durham University that the city has to offer.


Durham University owns 563 acres estate which includes in UNESCO world heritage site, ancient monument, five grade-one listed buildings, and 68 grade two listed buildings with 111 acres of woodland. The estate is divided into two separate locations- Durham City and Queen's campus, Stockton-around 30 miles from Durham, which was established in 1992 and is located on the River Tees. Queen's campus is a purpose-built campus and is home to two colleges - Biomedical Sciences, Medicine, Pharmacy and Undergraduate Business. The international study centre provides complete support, and the support is provided to students as soon as they enrol on Queen's campus.

Durham City campus - 

By road

Durham city centre is about two miles from the A1(M).  Durham city is 264 miles from London, 187 miles from Birmingham, 125 miles from Edinburgh and 67 miles from York.

By rail

60 InterCity trains from major centres in the country call at Durham daily including 14 trains from London. Durham is over 3 hours from Birmingham, approx. Two hours from Manchester, 1½ hours from Edinburgh and 45 minutes from York. You can reach to any college from the station in about 5 minutes by taxi or walk to the city centre in just 10 minutes.

By air

Durham is 30 minutes' drive from Newcastle Airport and about 40 minutes from Durham Tees Valley. Durham is linked to Newcastle Airport by rail and metro. 

Queen Campus -

By road

Queen's Campus in Stockton is linked by the A19, A66 to the A1.

By air

Stockton is 8 miles from Durham Tees Valley and Newcastle airport is only 50 minutes drive.

Student life

The student life at the University of Durham is packed with fun, learning, daily activities and countless opportunities. Also, the University’s Student Union puts on regular events, theme nights, talent shows and many more fun activities for the students. Durham Students' Union is an independent body and represents over 17,500 students across both campuses. Students can join the society according to their interests and socialise with like-minded people to enhance their student experience there.  Need a helping hand with your research, head to the university library-  Bill Bryson Library, named after the bestselling author and former Durham university chancellor, the library is open 24/ and include over 1.6 million books. Well, Durham city is friendly, compact, and boasts a range of trendy shops and boutiques, excellent cafes, bars, boat trips along the river wear, delightful restaurants and cultural activities. Durham also hosts the largest light festival in the UK known as the Lumiere Festival and Durham book festival. Durham County Cricket Club is based in Chester-le-Street, around 8 miles from Durham City, and football, rugby, basketball and ice hockey are all played in the region. 

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