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Pre-Arrival Tasks - Part Two

Task Description
Hatfield College Handbook 2023/24 This Handbook contains important information about the College's regulations. 
Hatfield College Freshers' Handbook 2023 v1 Written by your Senior Freshers' Reps, this guide will help you through your arrival in College.  
Hatfield Welfare Student Handbook 2023 v1 An introduction to your JCR Welfare Team and information on support provided by the College and the wider University community. 

Hatfield College International Orientation Handbook 2023 v1

For OVERSEAS STUDENTS ONLY : written by your Senior International Reps this Handbook contains useful information about life at Durham, with advice and experiences of other international students to help you settle into the Hatfield community. It also includes an orientation activity schedule to help you as you arrive in Durham and settle into College before the main Freshers' Induction Week programme begins. 
Hatfield College Freshers' Timetable 2023 v2 This Freshers' Timetable has been produced so that you do not miss any of the super-exciting events we have planned for you.  In here you will find the times, locations and details of all the events planned, and there will always be Freps on hand to guide and help. 
Matriculation Photograph Matriculation ceremonies are held annually in the Cathedral to welcome new students to Durham University.  Students attend the Matriculation ceremony by College.  After matriculation we have an official photographer to take the Hatfield Freshers' Photo to commemorate the special day.  If you would like to order a photograph in advance, please follow the link.
Hatfield College Mentoring System Find out what the mentoring system is all about.
Residence Charges If you live in College-provided accommodation, please carefully read the important information about residence charges.

How to pay your University charges

Summary information about tuition fees and accommodation charges and how to set up payment options.

Managing your Finances


Take time to ensure you have planned your finances for the duration of your degree. Details confirming what you need to do to ensure that you have made the necessary financial arrangements before term begins, the costs involved, along with information concerning the financial support options which may be available to you during your time at University.

Endsleigh Insurance Contents Cover

Take a look at the contents insurance which Durham University has arranged for you with Endsleigh.  Ahead of arriving, register with My Endsleigh, a personalised account area for your insurance policy.  Once registered, you can confirm the contents cover arranged by Endsleigh, then instantly access your cover details and policy documents, as well as contact the claims team at any time.

TV Licence

Decide whether you will need to buy a TV licence.  This is a legal requirement if you watch live TV through any means in your room. 

University Fire Safety

Fire Safety in student accommodation is extremely important for all the students at Durham University. Please watch our short video with some simple ‘do’s and don’ts’, on fire safety. Also, advice and information on items that are banned in your accommodation to ensure you are aware of all the risks, and know how to keep yourself and others safe.

Police University Liaison

Durham University enjoys a productive and positive working relationship with Durham Constabulary and in particular the City team.  Watch PC Gary Thompson's welcome video offering advice on staying safe while living in Durham.

The Durham Inspired Award

The Durham Inspired Award is about your personal development and enrichment.  Completing the Award will give you the edge to take into employment and into life more generally.

Student Enrichment Opportunities

At Durham, academic success is only half the story.  Our transformative wider student experience will also help you develop as a person.  Whatever you love doing, whatever you may like to try, you will find support and inspiration here.

Environmental Sustainability

At Durham University we’re developing new ways of thinking, shaping a better future for people and planet… but we can’t do it alone. Together we can make an impact.

We are committed to reducing our environmental impact and improving the local environment. Greenspace was created to bring together all of Durham University’s environmental initiatives and activities. Join the Greenspace Movement!


Need help?

If you have any questions about any of the information, or any aspect of coming to Durham and Hatfield College, please get in touch with us.

Hatfield College

Durham University

North Bailey

Durham, DH1 3RQ