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Year founded 1832
Motto Non nobis solum (Not for ourselves alone)
Number of students living in the college 500 (via our accommodation on the Bailey and New Kepier Court)
1st year rooms

250 (UG)

Catering options Catered and Self-Catered
Gowned formal dinners Gowned formal dinners
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About us

Durham Castle is home to University College, the oldest and founding college of Durham University. Find out more about us, our values, location and history.

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Welcome to University College!

University College, known lovingly as “Castle,” is the oldest of Durham University’s Colleges. Castle is a special community filled with inspiring learning opportunities, engaging social activities and meaningful personal support.

Sharing the lovely hilltop Palace Green with Durham Cathedral and several other historic buildings, our college is integral to the Durham World Heritage Site. It is our honour and privilege to live, work and learn in this beautiful living museum. - Professor Wendy Powers, Principal & Associate Vice-Provost.
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Professor Wendy Powers, Principal

Student Blog


Celebrating Diversity at Durham: Castle’s ‘Unique Week’

The Welfare Team at University College run campaign weeks once or twice a term. Find out more about Castle’s ‘Unique Week’ in our student blog.

College Welfare

Student blogger Sunita Ramani talks about her personal experience with welfare and support.

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