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Living in one of Durham's 17 colleges is more than just living in University housing. College life is a big part of what makes Durham so different to almost anywhere else. Many of our students say that the college system is one of the best aspects of university life. Ask Durham students about living and studying in Durham and they're sure to mention their college, even years after they've left!
Our Colleges
Durham Castle

Fee-paying study abroad students and students coming from our non-European exchange partners who are coming to Durham for the full academic year are eligible for college accommodation. If you would like to be considered for a place in one of our colleges, please indicate on your application form. Please note accommodation is not free. For further information on Colleges and residence charges please visit:

Our Colleges - Durham University

PVC Colleges & Student Experience Office : Residence Charges 2024-25 - Durham University

You can take a virtual college tour at: and research each individual college at

Photograph of the interior of the Norman Chapel at Durham Castle, lit at night by candle-effect lights.

Did you know?

Parts of our oldest College date back to 1072, making it possibly the oldest used University building in the world!

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