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Accommodation and Travel

Durham Castle Courtyard

Many of Durham University's Colleges can provide accommodation during Congregation, students are advised to contact their own Colleges to enquire about accommodation for themselves and their guests.

There is also a wide variety of accommodation available within Durham City and the surrounding areas and further information is available from This is Durham (the official tourism website for Durham)


All of the events relating to the Congregation Ceremony will be held on or around Palace Green (the area between the Castle and Cathedral), which is located on a hill in the centre of Durham within the city congestion charge zone.

Graduands must arrive at least 2.5 hours prior to the ceremony. Guests will be directed into the Cathedral from approximately 45 minutes before the ceremony start time.

Parking in the city will be busy so please allow plenty of time for your journey. There are various car parks situated around Durham, including Durham's Park and Ride service, and the metered on-street parking. There will be no vehicle access to Palace Green during Congregation.