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Congratulations to all our new students who have been preliminarily allocated to University College.

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Congratulations to all our new preliminary offer-holders! Below are some Frequently Asked Questions about University College, our Accommodation and next steps. More Frequently Asked Questions about the broader Allocation Process can be found here: Undergraduate FAQs - Durham University. If after reading these you still have a question, please contact us via 

What is a JCR?

Our Junior Common Room is the student-led organisation which runs a programme of events, opportunities, sport, music, drama, volunteering and much more! We recommend undergraduates join the JCR. You can find out more: University College JCR (@castlejcr) • Instagram photos and videos

What accommodation do you have at University College?

We offer both catered accommodation (on the Bailey) and self-catered accommodation (at New Kepier Court). More information is available here: We do have a small number of shared rooms in catered accommodation. These are for students of the same gender.

Students in our self-catered accommodation are also welcome to eat meals in the Great Hall on a pay-as-you-go basis, via contactless payment.

How do I apply for accommodation?

You don't need to do anything now! We will contact all our offer holders over the summer to ask your preferences for accommodation: catered or self-catered; single or shared room. We will try where possible to meet preferences however we cannot guarantee a particular room type. If you have specific medical, religious or cultural needs you will be asked to share these by the University, along with supporting evidence where appropriate.

I need a specific room type for a medical, religious or cultural reason. Do you need any information now?

If you have specific medical, religious or cultural needs for a room type you will be asked to share these as part of the accommodation preference form this summer, along with supporting evidence where appropriate. We have both catered and self-catered accommodation. All of our self-catered accommodation is en suite. We have a very small number of en suite catered rooms for Freshers. All our accommodation blocks are mixed gender.

Can I change my preliminary allocated college?

It is not possible to change your preliminary allocated college, unless your allocated college cannot meet your medical needs. If you have been allocated to another college please contact that college directly to discuss your specific needs and if they can be met by your college.

My year of entry is incorrect.

If you have any issues with your year of entry (deferred or not deferred) please contact the University Central Admissions via

My course details are incorrect.

If you have any queries about the course you have been offered please contact the University Central Admissions via

Scholarships and Financial Support

More information about Scholarships and Financial Support is available here:

The University expects students to have a sound financial plan for financing their studies before enrolling at the University.

We have a range of funds to support and encourage our current students, thanks to the generosity of our Alumni. More information can be found here:

Can I visit over the summer?

Due to the volume of requests we are not able to offer drop in visits. However, our public Castle Tours are bookable and give an insight into some of our heritage spaces. There is a small charge for these tours, which are often led by University College students. Book here:


Get in touch

If you have any queries in the meantime, please contact us. Please be aware that it's a busy time for staff & students and we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as we can.

University College

Durham Castle, Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3RW

College Reception Tel: +44 (0) 191 334 3800