Colleges, castles and less academic hassles: Life in academic heavyweight Durham

  • Notable Residents

    (past & present)

    Rowan Atkinson (Comedy Actor)
    Tony Blair (Politics)
    Trevor Horn (Music Producer)

  • Population: 147,268

    • About Durham

      A small city with one of the big-hitting institutions of higher education, Durham is a place perhaps a little dominated by the university’s presence.

      The city itself has a student feel, small enough for people to choose their feet as preferred method of transport.

      Durham is an attractive place and very highly rated academically. Based on a collegiate system, the University of Durham has 16 colleges in which all students ‘belong’. This doesn’t mean you’re a possession of some dark mysterious collegiate overlord; rather it gives students a close knit supportive community from start to finish. 

      Students applying to Durham apply to their specific college of choice, meaning competition for places is as fierce as the rivalry between colleges. The college campuses range from old to new, with the University College based at the actual Durham Castle, where parts of the Harry Potter films were filmed. Each college has its own venue for boozing, but students will tour the lot eventually and enjoy the nightlife Durham offers. 

      Just along the road sits Newcastle, take a short train ride and you’ll enjoy the notorious Geordie nightlife and shopping experience.

      Points of Interest

      Map Key

      • City Centre
      • University of Durham


      Student Accomodation in Durham

      Nearby Universities

      Interesting Facts

      • The uni in Durham is based on the collegiate system you find in Oxford and Cambridge

      • Scenes from Harry Potter were filmed in the Durham Castle...... Which is actually home to one of the uni's colleges!

      • Durham Regatta has been held on the River Wear in Durham since 1834. It is the second oldest regatta in Britain and is often referred to as 'the Henley of the North