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Applying to Durham University
- Entry Requirements
224-239 UCAS Points
Average range for Durham University entry requirements. Varies depending on the course.
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- On-campus open days on 17th Jun & 18th Jun.
- TEACHING NOTES:
- Durham University is planning a high-quality residential experience, including substantial in-person teaching and learning, for the Academic Year 2021/22. The exact mix of activities and modes of instruction, from lectures and tutorials to workshops and labs – will vary by course and year level. But all will offer high-quality teaching and ensure you benefit from the excellent academic experience which sets our graduates apart and that we know employers are looking for.
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The web site to book spaces in Billy B/TLC… such as study rooms, PC desk… is really complicated to use. I tried several times and I’m confused. Another thing; I’m at the business school and we didn’t get a ball when every other school had one.
Outstanding university - excellent experience
Everything is good in Durham, I love the campus in the village with natural views, and the facilities and staffs are excellent.
I love the studying experience in the Durham, I will miss here so much after I graduated
It is good in providing international services
In my experience so far in the months I've been here I would state that my experience is okay.
The campus environment is good.
Studying at Durham University has made me feel very fulfilling, although the homework is difficult, but the beautiful scenery makes me feel happy. Especially, boating in the river to enjoy the sunset is both romantic and free.
Very happy and delighted experience.
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I love durham university, it has been so special and i look forward to whats to come
Its been a great experience so far. I've made lots of new friends from different countries. And of course the teaching is great.
As an international student it has been great, rewarding and exposing. I have been able to learn new things and acquire knowledge that i am sure would last me a life time. The tutors and Staff are seasoned and academically impactful. I would encourage all to apply and have their own life changing academical and social experiences
Good uni overall, there're plenty of clubs and society you can join, and plenty of opportunities available. Staff are generally great and are very willing to help you with any issues you're having
Colleges are the best part of uni! Such a lovely community feel
nothing’s really special about this place
Love my uni, love my college. John Snow volleyball club #1
The University is adequate but there is little to none student support in general
The wifi in school is quite bad, I am usually unable to connect to Microsoft Teams for class.
Good university with negligent and closed minded history department
Great university with great people
The wifi has constant connection problems, and is very slow
Generally about the same problem
A good place and I love the lake, especially the sunset!
I have really enjoyed all of the opportunities at Durham that are constantly popping up. The student union is lacking but that is mainly because we are a collegiate university. The colleges' provide most things a student union do as well as formals and a strong, supportive, tight-knit community. I have therefore still given the student union section 5 stars.
Great English department and lovely main library
The wifi is variable, some days it’s great, other days it just doesn’t work. Staff are mostly friendly and happy to help. On site cafes are a bit overpriced but good quality. Free sanitary products available for those that need them. College staff are nice and willing to help.
A good environment for studying and living
wifi is not so good sometimes it does not work but other things well done
Professors are super friendly and willing to help. Facilities are great too.
Durham University campus is great for me
Top standards, managed to deliver and provide alot of services during Covid-19 lockdown
The teachers are very responsible and the students are lovely. The curriculum is well designed and there are plenty of activities in school.
I feel like I'm missing out a lot...
Still early on in the year, hard to say anything about he experience, but so far so good
I really really really really really really really appreciate Mr. Fredrick
Durham university is one of the best in the UK. As an international student, I have been truly amazed by their teaching, facilities and support for students during my time here. Located in Durham and far away from a big city’s distractions.
Beautiful city and nice river. The walkway along the river is fantastic.
My experience of Durham has been terrible. I honestly don't know where they get their good reputation from because everyone else I have spoken to on my course seems to be equally dissatisfied. I am a masters student, I've paid £10,500 for my one year course and I genuinely feel that I've received less than £500 worth of tuition. There are a couple of staff members I've encountered who actually seem to care about delivering a high quality experience, but the attitude of most other teaching staff seems to range between contempt and indifference. It is as if the students should be grateful for the opportunity to study at their prestigious university and not expect anything more, My advice for anyone considering Durham for a postgraduate degree would be, don't.
It is a very good university, it offers a lot of student support
Durham University is the best choice I've made. All the professors and tutors are always so keen on helping me succeed my modules! The collegiate system is top of the line, literally enhanced my university experience.
Services and facilities are great!
It's ok. Would prefer a bigger city that has people with occupations other than students.
Bern great! thank you fot the experience
Great and really supportive stuff
Good! Good good good good good good
I love my university, though the COVID-19 made my compus life a little boring. I still feel glad to study here and get involved in some college activities.
Durham University is a very prestigious university with various colleges providing lots of social activities.
Durham university has convenient facilities and amazing services and societies. Really enjoyed my study year here.
Very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very excellent
Being an international student, Durham was one of the most welcoming and supportive communities. It is an inclusive, accepting and loving environment where every student is given equal opportunities. There is so much diversity and people from different cultures. It’s a beautiful and historical city with 16 colleges spread all across town. There are so many opportunities and clubs you can get involved with and it’s truly and amazing experience!
Uni is amazing. I love the courses and modules, and despite the inconvenience of Covid, everything is great.
Due to covid 19, I have facing various issues that I cannot attend any activity of the campus
The teachers are professional and friendly.
I have a great time in durham. I think that this is one of the best university because of its many facilities to help students to revise.
My experience of doing a PhD at Durham University has been fantastic, despite the circumstances of it being during a global pandemic, though this is mostly due to the supportiveness of my supervisors and the staff of the History Department. Teaching a module was a real joy and a credit to the student body.
It’s a very comfortable, nice accommodation. The area is very convenient as there is a large tesco store 1 minute away, and restaurants within a short walking distance. The accommodation is clean, the rooms are large and have many shelves, places to put stuff in. The staff are really nice, helpful and friendly, they’re always trying their best to make the residents feel comfortable during their stay at the accommodation.😊
There's so many opportunities, especially with the collegiate system you'll receive a tonne of emails inviting you to all sorts to get you involved. Even in COVID-19, they were really active in making sure everyone had an opportunity to meet friends and get a similar uni experience despite the difficulties
Durham University is a great place to study and improve the skills. The best thing is that you will find more choices and more opportunities to develop yourself and interact with a large diverse student body. And you will be studying at a top 100 university!!
Got a well respected degree, the careers service were helpful.
World class sport facilities, UNESCO world heritage site on campus and a wide range of clubs and societies to cater for any interest. Students Union is less important due to the college system and college JCR’s.
Hard to really tell since this year has mainly been in lockdown
The teaching facilities are good and advanced. Most teachers are responsible and professional.
Loved my time here, will miss it dearly
The classes were online the whole year. Unfortunately, due to covid, I did not have the opportunity to go to the university. However, the societies continued their online activities, keeping us informed by email. The university libraries were very clean and the environment was pleasant to work in, with the wifi always working.
I’ve loved my time here as a student. There is so much to do, and a club or society for everyone. There are also phenomenal support systems in place if needed.
I’m in my last year of PhD at Durham and I can say it’s been a weird one, besides Covid and all I think the overall experience was nice. The feeling I have is that everything is quite catered to undergrad students and PhDs are never really taken into consideration, I guess because we’re not many to begin with. The environment is quite stressful and people put a lot of pressure on each other and themselves to show how good a Durham student is supposed to be, but as long as you don’t really pay attention to that it’s fine.
Excellent experience with career center.
My professors are knowledgeable and willing to answer my questions.
Seeing as I’ve attended in the midst of a pandemic, I don’t have very much to comment on. All I can say is that they seem to have done their best to provide an experience as close to normalcy as it gets. Judging by what I’ve heard, they do seem to have exerted more effort than a lot of other U.K. universities have.
Very unique experience in the Durham University.
My over learning experience at Durham University is good. I appreciate especially the Centre for Academic Development which provides great help with my academic writing skills.
The University really support students and have nice environments
Although I had my postgraduate year under the COVID lockdown and I had to had all my courses online, I still had a great time. Most of my teachers and university staffs are helpful and patient. I did get some help from the uni career service by giving me instructions for volunteering jobs.
I didn’t go to campus often due to COVID
The university is a Russel group one and has some great set of activities. The societies and colleges provide a good learning experience
Nice university to study and do some reseaeches. Durham is a peaceful city without many bothering things. My friends also think Durham University is a good plce.
Very good and can’t praise much more about here
My university campus is great, proving fascinating experience to students, and teachers are friendly and always ready to help you solving problems anytime.
This year everything is mostly online so I cannot give much details.
The current year group has had a very different University experience in comparison to previous years but Durham is a very good University.
They have tried to make the experience more authentic despite the pandemic!
Everything is good here, I like durham and Durham University.
First year accomodation is overpriced. Campus and courses are fantastic, similarly for the societies.
due to the epidmic, many activities cannot be carried out. Durham also actively adopts the form of online interaction, which is worth appreciating
Durham University was a sub par experience.
lovely town, decent variety of pubs, great preservation of traditions. John's is objectively the best college to be in.
Beautiful campus and a lovely university.
I have been unable to use any campus fascilities due to the Covid pandemic. The Societies I've been subscribed in weren't very active, for the same reason, I imagine. But I've heard they're good under normal circumstances.
The staff was very accommodating and helped me settle into a completely new country.
covid has limited some of services
Complete overreaction, doing anything is a waste of time and money. Universities should have done nothing and publicly condemned the government for tyrannical and disproportionate measures.
Online is not a very good way to understand and learn new mathematics strategies it’s really unreliable for some students who have many questions but little time.
There are many space for students to study in library and the environment is quiet and relax.
this is a very very nice place to study，and I got many acknowledge in this term
There are good service, perfect facilities and beautiful environment. I am very happy here.
I really like Durhamisc. It is a good place for our students to study at.
Nice environment and good social life
It’s a great experience and the teachers are very friendly and supportive
Facilities are good, students union is wonderful and the internet and WiFi is stable
Really nice place, easy to get help when I need it
The people here are really, really great. (Except for one instance where we were shouted at for wearing masks) The learning experience is quite phenomenal despite the difficulties.
A go to University regarding everything mentioned above and top quality education!
The tutor helps me a lot. The membership fee of gym room is cheap.
there is not my prefer club which is basketball
Because of coronavirus everything is not that good, but the staff is doing what is possible
Hard to make a proper judgement at the moment due to restrictions in place but I am happy with what I have experienced so far!
Best experience and easy to meet friends. Teachers are kind as well. Multiple activities will help you develop your skills and interests.
I have really enjoyed my time at Durham uni- irregardless of the reputation we are sometimes given. The facilities are good, the college system is a lovely way of getting people to meet new people, and the events are amazing. I’ve loved my course, the lecturers are very good and thorough, and always available for drop in sessions. I’ve felt very well supported throughout my time here- there’s nowhere else I’d rather be.
I have recently graduated from Durham University and I did not enjoy my time there. It is elitist in every aspect of its being. The facilities are shockingly outdated and filthy. The lecturers are unqualified and poor at teaching. The tutors are condescending and unhelpful. Of the three years I was there, two years had strikes for weeks on end. The staff is unorganised and unhelpful. I am leaving the university feeling significantly less confident in my academic abilities, and my mental health has gotten tremendously worse. As an international student, I cannot recommend Durham University as the university is useless when it comes to anything having to do with issues international students may face. It is very clear that the university is marketed toward a very specific demographic and everyone who falls outside of that demographic is unimportant. Not to mention that the university has a horrible reputation for enabling sexual assault, and in my experience I have yet to see otherwise.
The scenery of the university is beautiful. Good learning atmosphere. The equipment in places like libraries is of good quality. Every teacher and staff is very helpful. I am very lucky to study here.
It's a university care about how students feel.
Probably not as good as you expect it, more clique than you want, but good with mental health if you as for it.
The best British University in my mind. It is decent and elegant. Everything here is in great order, students can study in the best academic and physical environment. I believe that the experience at Durham University will be my best memory.
I have hated my time at Durham University. The embedded elitism extends from the students right up to lecturers, college principles and governing figures. The lectures are of an immensely poor quality and honestly feel as though my degree has been a waste of time and money. I was getting a better quality of teaching and producing better work at school. The college I was a member of felt like boarding school and the facilities were horrendous. The quality of the food was shocking, the bathrooms were in a consistently vulgar state and the shared kitchen had a mouse infestation. If you want an enjoyable university experience, Durham is not the place.
Super experience. Professors are really looking for make you understand their lectures.
LOVE DURHAM!!! A lovely university with good facilities and great courses. The staffs and lecturers are very helpful. Also, lots of formals every semester which is UNIQUE in DU.
I have loved being in Durham so much so that I have chose to stay on another year to complete my PGCE.
A good university with a lot of student societies and very helpful staff. Also the scenery is very good
It's a city based university, so no campus. The city is gorgeous. Tonnes of clubs and societies, in my experience the music societies are particularly good/ friendly but depends what you're into. Careers service is pretty good but can only speak for my department who are quite hot on it.
Durham has a great reputation but honestly has very poor teaching quality and bad course management. The content is complex, rarely reviewed, and the assignments are significantly above what you are taught. A 2.1 requires a lot of wider reading and it is almost impossible to get a first in some subjects. Mark schemes/Marking criteria is rarely referenced to in feedback, and feedback is often wrong. Students correct lecturers, and lecturers don’t help students. It’s a not an education.
Enjoyed my experience at Durham
As a postgrad who did an undergraduate elsewhere, I feel as though Durham clings on to its reputation without providing a service which merits this
The SU is good but isn’t used too much as we have our owns colleges and rooms there to hang out in. Lovely University in a very pretty city.
OK university, wifi is little slow on uni areas
Great university, great staff when they aren’t on strike
The accommodation depends on which college you are put in. Overall though the university is good and provides everything you need.
Great city but found the university very unorganised
If you're an international student, dont bother. You will receive a worthless degree that will not assist you in attaining your goals in your home country, because no one has heard of this University outside of the UK.
really great uni. The student union always put on good events
campus facilities are decent and are constantly under improvement. The Wifi is quick and electronics connect without an issue.
everything is good and durham is a nice little town.
University located in a lovely small town with good view and nice person
Academic staffs are all excellent.
everything is good except the student union support some irresponsible views on other countries on Instagram.
Good university, good staff, good environment and always a good place to study
The school has a great atmosphere for learning, while some activities can be better informed, such as through campus mobile software
It’s really convenient. My classes are in school of education, this studio is not far and near city center. I love this place so much.
The school is surrounding with ancient buildings like castle, it is really beautiful. The teachers are quite good. Only the wifi is a bit slow
It's a good university. The curriculum is reasonable and the teachers' teaching quality is very high. The city of Durham is also very comfortable and suitable for studying.
I am not sure about this part. But I love my university .
The bar in ever College is perfect
You can explore a lot in this university according to your demands. Or, maybe you just enjoy learning life.
My time here in Durham has been great :)
Uni has a main campus with several offshoots around town, depending on your subject. Some of the buildings are very old and need modernising, but there are also newer facilities which students can use for their own study, such as the TLC. Generally you can walk between sites if needed but can be pushed for time. An assortment of eating places on campus although they are not student-friendly prices. Careers service is excellent and lots of information and friendly staff available, you can make appointments to discuss options. Quality of teaching could be improved greatly, including giving us staff who are actually qualified in their subject area! and not finishing the sessions earlier than scheduled. Can be hard to know who to approach for guidance and can be slow to receive feedback for work. Seems to be a variety of socials and societies to become involved in, heavy sports presence on campus which comes with the usual drinking culture - seems that most clubs' socials revolve around it
Durham University is a good place to study.
Good support overall. Although career service can be improved.
Durham university has top-level teaching faculty and modern teaching facilities.
Awesome year abroad at Durham University. It's my first time to the UK but I'm loving it already. For a small town, Durham actually caters really well to students and there is student WiFi pretty much everywhere around town. There are tons of societies to join, there is lots to do!
Good, but experience is very much like a southern city which can be quite a shock at first. University is great, people that attend less so.
Student union not needed due to colleges, but fantastic social clubs/societies. All are friendly here.
Maybe something are useful, but I don’t know that.
I'm only here for the business school. It is enough value for that.
the internet is monitored and a lot of websites are blocked with sometimes unreasonable explanations (e.g.: Chrome doesn't work on your phone but on your laptop, all blogs and magazines are blocked)
Wifi on campus (basically, most of durham centre/ the science site), is amazing. I have never had any problems connecting, and the signal is always strong. If you take a STEM subject, or happen to be mostly on the science site, the facilities are great. They're new and well looked after, with modern features. The new Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC/Tilly C), has a nice atmosphere, and the 2nd floor is a really nice place to study. However, if you take a Humanities course you will probably spend most of your time in the Elvet Riverside buildings. Whilst some money has been spent on them recently, they're still subpar, and need some serious renovations. If you are considering coming to Durham one other thing you should really know is don't join the Uni health centre, there are better GP's in the area.
I believe that the department of physics, Durham University is an ideal place — with the right expertise, guidance, resource and environment — for me to pursue PhD research.
Durham University has everything I could want and more from college experience. Plenty of spaces to study and eat in between classes so that I always feel like I’m a part of the university. The student body is full of people from all over the world.
The city is great with lots to do
I love the Bill Bryson Library. Abundant reading resources and excellent service.
Wi-fi is accessible in all the sections of Durhan Uni, the society I'm part of is absolutely amazing in that it's really relaxing and you can meet tons of people, play some casual games. The lectures rooms are generally quite nice and Encore is a great system in place in pretty much all of my modules, so you can always review past lectures.
Durham University along with the colleges and numerous societies creates a very unique atmosphere and opportunity to challenge yourself and try things you never even thought of!
Really great Uni, not just in terms of the academics but also about all the new facilities, sports and societies!
Proud of being here and will do my master degree in Durham University as well. The level of teaching and overall environment are excellent
I love Durham University for sure!
Hope can have more careers opportunities for education students
Great university overall, love the collegiate system.
Beautiful place to live and study
Departments all fine but university library is severely lacking in space, students union is majorly lacking in influence
Durham university has high-level teaching facilities and qualified teachers.
A university I would recommend primarily for its academic standing.
Collegiate system makes it all worth it
There are a lot of societies you can take part in
Students union is very good place to socialise and to find out information and join groups and clubs
Durham University is located in a small city, which is more of a town really than a city, so not the best if you are looking for more of a stereotypical bustling space. Overall, the architecture is very nice, but a lot of the buildings could use updates.
I got extremely fit by the end of my first year as I had to walk on average 2-3 hours a day. Depending on your choice of modules, you end up walking or running up and down hills between lectures from one end of town to the other.
Very little going on. Isolating.
Wi-fi is horrible. Don't go for the accommodation if you want stable connection.
Really nice town, and obviously great teaching and facilities
A thoroughly wonderful university that put a lot of care and dedication to not only students but academics
Accomodation absolute rip-off. Only for private schools
I love Durham. Everyone I’ve met have been nice, kind and caring people. I have definitely met friends for lives. I would recommend anyone to come here. Especially if they love academics. Only downside is nightlife. But societies and Newcastle make up for that! Love this uni and love the people.
Amazing! Honestly had the best time ever at Durham. Wouldn’t change it for the world.
It is impossible not to be involved in something at Durham - it engages everyone academically, socially (with the collegiate system) and physically with a wide range of sports and societies on offer. The best 3 years of my life, I've made friends that are like family to me now!
Best Uni in the world, the college system makes it
Historic and beautiful Colleges - regardless of whether they were built 12 years ago or 120 years ago. However, the university this year specifically has been plagued by unfortunate publicity events and lower than standard WiFi.
Excellent uni! The academic prowess and the incredible collegiate system make for such a great uni experience.
I love this uni, the college system is great
Could not imagine a better place to study and live. Such a wonderful city to be in with endless opportunities and communities. Feel incredibly lucky to be in Durham and will always feel connected to this amazing university.
Amazing university, great community feel with the collegiate system and beautiful setting! Would highly recommend to anyone, absolutely love it! However, needs HUGE improvement on tackling mental health and wellbeing as seems to brush people under the rug and even give them orders to leave Durham if they mention mental health issues! Shocking!
Durham has been a transformative experience. I think it’s collegiate experience is unparalleled. A place where you work hard play hard!
Academics are great, societies are great, facilities are great BUT the administration are soulless corporate types that shouldn’t belong in a university
A fantastic blend of history and new innovation makes Durham a unique place.
A really unique experience living with wonderful people in beautiful colleges and surroundings. Always busy, taught well and challenged to achieve our best while having so many activities and societies ti pick from. Work hard, play hard
DURHAM IS THE BEST UNI! As I graduate today I am sad to leave my home of 3 years. But I will take all the wonderful memories with me forward into the future and cherish them dearly.
Great collegiate system, which each have their own great clubs and societies, something for everyone. So academic, great sports, nice science campus, good WiFi coverage across most the city!
Beautiful city with so much to get involved with! Societies are so friendly and can get involved with everything, don’t be afraid to try things you’ve never done before. Professors are so supportive and helpful, facilities are excellent. Overall the best place to be
The problem with Durham City— over-populated, bureaucracy, and a lack of resources for students (I.e. books, during term time the library is always packed with people).
One of the best in the UK and the world. Its high academics are on par with Oxbridge, and in some cases higher. My course is top 3 in the world, above Cambridge, Yale, and Princeton. We wear robes and have a castle! We have leading academics in the field and get the feeling the future is bright. Durham is true British education and just as good as Ixbridge, just less elitism and snobbery.
They don't care about you, just your money. Which is fine, but not for a charity.
Great university experience, with a strong support system.
The Business School facilities are brand new. The librarians are helpful and the internet is good.
Loved my time at Durham University. It's a small town with a big personality.
If you want a collegiate, fun, social experience in a small but ancient city with incredibly scenery all around and a first class education, then this is for you. Durham is the only other collegiate university in the UK outside Oxford and Cambridge. It's not for slackers and they expect you to be a self-starter so don't expect to be spoon-fed but if you are dedicated to your subject(s) and you want to have fun then it would be hard to find a better place. Durham graduates are highly employable, well-prepared and engaged in a very diverse and international range of professions.
Mint connection speeds (100 mbps down, 90 up) but most ports are blocked
Campus: Castle smells a bit, everywhere else quite nice Clubs and Societies: DULT is great Students Union: 60's architecture deceptively pretty at first but staff are very friendly, should push for NUS disaffiliation Careers: Staff very patient and friendly Internet / Wifi: STOP USING OUTLOOK
IF you want to party hard or work hard, this is the place for both.
Where quality education meets fun social life, Durham Uni is simply the best!
I love Durham as a place and university, although I wish the students union was a bigger part of student life. I don't know much about the careers service as I am in first year but it seems pretty good. There are tons of societies so there is something for everyone.
The students union is quite separated from college activities and is under used.
Terrible SU, but with college common rooms it's not really needed.
Very good university and facilities are awesome.
Traditional, social and unforgettable
A very good university with loads of societies to choose. Good facilities close together
Amazing small city. Everything you need and you can walk everywhere. Great facilities all over town making best use of the city
Top uni, could do with sports facility improvements
I'm very happy with Durham University. My faculty is excellent and the university's services are second-to-none.
Wifi all over campus is great! Good facilities, especially good science buildings!
Amazing university with great academic, sporting and social scenes
Durham University, and particularly Trevelyan College, is a fantastic place both for academia and societies. The social side is fab and you'll love it.
Very good, clean, tidy and useful facilities!
Students Union doesn't play an active role, but college JCRs do. Internet can be tempremental but is available in numerous locations. Careers service isn't great but has improved over the years, but clubs and societies are great
Yea, pretty top. Very pretty. Good value.
Bleed palatinate #notquitedurha,
I study at Durham Queen's campus and student satisfaction is extremely low. The campus sucks. There are limited facilities and there is not much stores or restaurants or other palces of leisure activity. Can say that there is simply nothing to do in Stockton. Also all the social activities including socieities are in Durham which is 1 hour bus ride from Stockton. This makes it extremely difficult for many Stockton students to join societies.
Awesome students union, internet available basically everywhere, the careers service have been really helpful in finding me an internship
Durham has plenty of opportunities and societies to get involved in. It caters for all needs and has a really friendly vibe.
Durham uni has provided a lot of support and guidance throughtout my first few weeks
A great place to Study! Especially on Queen's Campus :)
Awesome, amazing support- felt like home after just the first day! Had a great time and really enjoying both the degree and the college experience.
A university where academic excellence is only part of the degree.
Student Union is a bit crap but other than that its good.
It's a very nice place with great facilities
Durham is an excellent place to study. The staff is really supportive and there are plenty of good societies to join.
Union has not really existed for the beginning of the term. Things have been ticking over, but nothing has actually been implemented. The sheer number of Clubs and Societies on offer is mind boggling. Every college has about 20 and then there are 250 odd university societies with a further 50 odd university sports. If you want to get involved, it's easy!
Love my uni! Couldn't be happier
It's f****** gr9 m9. I never wanna go back 'ome to the south
Still a first year, having a great time so far.
Really only just started in October, but overall my impression of the University is a splendid one. Incredibly approachable and friendly people (staff and students)
People are a bit boring but in terms of quality of education and careers advice, Durham is great.
I have really enjoyed my first few weeks at St Aidan's College Durham. The collegiate system is great and the modern languages course is very interesting.
Within my first few weeks, Durham has been wonderfully welcoming and has allowed me to experience a wide range of new and exciting activities, whilst being a perfect environment to work in.
Like the university but don't like that campus is so far from from main university
What more could you want from a university?
As an international student, I felt at home here in Durham. That's why I love it.
There's a lot of talk about 'matching' you up to your perfect roommate when you apply for a shared room. It's all bulls***.
Great university set in such a wonderful little town. Great facilities and great people
Collingwood accommodation is great but the hill needs a cash point and shop!
Campus: The collegiate system is amazing, really made my experience what it was. Facilities: A little old and quite spread out, but not surprising as many lecture halls are in really old buildings. Clubs/Socs: Incredible, there's one for everyone and/or you can make your own. 'If you come to Durham and only leave with a degree, you've wasted your opportunity here' - quote from our college principal. SU: Not a significant part of life, colleges provide what the SU at other unis would be there for. Careers: Durham has huge pulling power with employers (those that know what they're doing anyway) but don't be arrogant about it, it's not a right to be employed on leaving! Internet: No major issues, appreciated how fast/reliable it was when I got my own on leaving... All in all, I really enjoyed my time here and wouldn't change anything. I hope you choose Durham and enjoy every minute!
good support within college and many societies make it easy to make friends
College system is brilliant. Small city, never met so many great people. Doxbridge is a farse, but you will have a better time and live a well rounded university experience.
The collegiate system makes the whole university experience incredible.
This institution really sums up the British education experience, an eclectic mix of interesting people, sportsmen and students. It is not in every university where, through the collegiate system, a feeling of togetherness and inclusion is fostered in such an organic manner. A giant of old, Durham is one of the greatest establishments, academic or otherwise, in this great nation.
Great university, very prestigious and supportive of everything you do.
Over 3 years I have had an amazing time at Durham, colleges make the whole experience more welcoming and provides a sense of family as they always support you.
All my best friends were a stones throw away, I mean it, we could literally throw stones from our window to theirs. At the last count we had a solid 35 member squad, where else do you get that?
Fantastic place to study with amazing people around you
I loved my time at Durham. I made amazing friends, developed important skills and founds lots of ways to volunteer and just be a good person. As for the university though... I saw zero improvements to my department I my three years, yet so many problems. It's not a modern university trying to provide a great educstion; it's an old school trying to maintain a high status so it doesn't need to compete with other universities by offering modern facilities, improving it's departments or horrible, cliquey college system, or any other numerous services.
Studying at Durham has been such a rich experience for me; you get to engage so much more with people, sports and societies because of the amazing intercollegiate system. There's so many events besides lectures and studying in the year for you to try out new things and it has really improved me on a personal level. It's a university that gives you a great education whilst letting you enjoy so much more.
Wonderful teaching supports, Excellent Environment for Studying, Lots of socials within societies and colleges. Everyone is playing sports and open to each others. Durham is really a community.
Amazing, the collegiate system really helps to form a close knit community and the facilities and staff are fantastic!
Amazing facilities and the college experience is brilliant! Being part of a college makes you feel as if you really matter and the college events are great! The city is beautiful and everything is in walking distance. The work load is intense though.
It's academic enough that I don't feel too bad about being rejected from Oxford but it's chilled enough that I have enough free time to watch Game of Thrones
Very good uni with good career prospects
A great university with so much charm and character. You are made to feel welcome from the first day and there are so many opportunities to get involved with. The collegiate system gives so many opportunities for students to gain leadership experience and help to improve the student experience for others. Although it is a small city there are still lots of things to get involved with and Newcastle is close by. The students here are all very intelligent but are not all 100% focused on work and appreciate the need for extra curricular activities making it an inspiring place to be! I would recommend anyone who has the opportunity to come here to go here!
Great career opportunities and a wealth of support and care from various sources
My department allowed me to succeed in any area I chose. My course was guided by a team of highly intelligent and inspiring academic staff who very much want you to realise your potential; one couldn't ask for better support, frankly. As an organist, reading Music at Durham, there were more opportunities than time to commit to them, so I could never have been bored. Pubs/bars/clubs/Newcastle always provide a stimulating aura of reflection following rehearsals and concerts... The college system I found extremely helpful, pastorally and financially. Van Mildert College I came to hold quite close, though most of what I did occurred outside of college. It provided a hub for pretty much any issue or non-issue you might have, as well as having useful facilities (such as practice rooms, and a newly refurbished Bechstein grand piano in my case). I would definitely recommend to a friend, and there was certainly more I would've like to explore, yet time allows for only so many adventures.....
Being collegiate makes such a huge difference, you meet people you would otherwise never have met, and you get opportunities to play every sport imaginable at a competitive level. Ecstatic that I chose Durham, and will forever be in love with it.
Best experience of my life, would recommend whole-heartedly everybody.
It is awesome! Collegiate system allows you to meet people outside your course! Billy Bry library is the best!
Main campus is wonderful whilst Queens campus lacks a collegiate vibe due to the lack of colleges (only 2) surrounding the area, also the location of the campus is in a roughy area of the country making it unwise to travel alone at night time
Absolutely love it there... Always something to do... Lovely people
Amazing, friends for life and great support academically and emotionally
Truly the most amazing place in the world, where I will be unbelievably sad to leave. A myriad of fantastic opportunities to develop as an academic and an individual. The only thing letting Durham down is the slightly ugly Student Union building!
Durham is honestly a really special place - it has definitely obtained the healthy balance between academic work and stimulation, and an amazing variety of clubs and societies to join. Our students' union does not play as prominent a part in Durham partly because of the collegiate system, so that we socialise in our colleges. I really can't imagine my university experience being any better than this.
You will love it there, it's social, fun, familial, incredibly beautiful, great academically. Don't know a single person who hasn't loved their time here!
Durham University offers a truly dynamic, challenging and rewarding uni experience.
You have Oxbridge but I honestly would say Durham is a better uni. The beauty is that yes you need to have some intellectual ability however they look at all of your qualities not just the academic ones. You become an all round talented person, which I think is what is lacking from Oxbridge!
Great atmosphere and very friendly
Couldn't imagine anywhere better to study!
Like Oxbridge but more fun. Don't have to worry about 10 deadlines a week, but the uni still has great recognition.
A truly amazing place to be. Fantastic atmosphere, great people and a wonderful collegiate system which makes you feel a part of something very special.
Best university in the country due to the collegiate system
the environment is very calm and friendly and I found it easy to settle in due to the process by which they allow students to mingle with one another. I love the fact that in every college they make a conscious effort to integrate every kind of activity that pertains to the different tastes of the vast diverse of students.
The uni spends money on weird things (e.g. £2m of artwork unseen by most students) that makes it feel as though the students are not always the priority. Science facilities (with the new science site) far superior to those of Arts & Humanities subjects, drawing questions over value for money of humanities courses. Sports faciliies and range of societies is great, collegiate system allows everyone to get involved.
Historical campus, really good transport links, but could improve SU.
The collegiate dimension to the university is unparalleled with anywhere else. An incredible experience with huge opportunity.