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Welcome to Hild Bede from The Principal, Professor Simon Forrest

Welcome to Hild Bede

My congratulations to you on becoming part of the postgraduate community here at the mighty College of St Hild and St Bede or as we know and love it, Hild Bede. I am excited about the prospect of seeing you soon and extending a warm welcomes to what I hope will be some of the happiest, most stimulating and exciting times of your life. Our College is proud to be a 'home from home', a place of history with a big heart welcoming people from a wide range of backgrounds who will enrich our College.
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University student
I am very excited that you are adding to our vibrant community for the next few years, and beyond. I have the pleasure of representing a hub of enthusiastic, talented people doing remarkable things in their contributions to student life. Our college has an unrivalled reputation for friendliness as you will find when greeted by our team of volunteers in arrival. We are proud of our beautiful grounds, traditions, and history: it is the spirit of stewardship and compassion that sets us apart

Rebecca Jackson
SRC President



University student
Thank you so much for choosing Hild Bede as your home for at least the next year, we are so excited to meet you in September! While my main role is focussed on Postgraduate representation, because Hild Bede has a combined SRC, I get to be involved in the increasing integration between our Undergraduate and Postgraduate communities. I have been a member of Hild Bede throughout my Undergraduate degree and have loved it so much that I couldn’t leave. I hope to pass on this love for Hild Bede to you

Zoë Forbes
SRC Postgraduate President

General Information about tuition and accommodation fees

The payment of University charges is never going to be the high point of your student experience here at Durham, but we hope that this information makes it as pain free as possible. You have been reminded on a number of occasions of what you need to do, but we recommend that you retain this information for future reference. You may wish to share it with your parents.

General Information about tuition and accommodation fees General Information about tuition and accommodation fees

Registration with a Doctor in Durham

One of your top priorities is to register with doctors at a local medical practice so that you can access healthcare in Durham when you need it. This is especially important if you have an ongoing health condition or require repeat medication and for support with vaccinations and health measures related to Covid-19.

Your choice of medical practice will be determined by the area in which you live. The practice area of the Claypath and University Medical Group covers the University and the Colleges and is very close to Hild Bede.

You can read information about registering with a doctor via thin link. 


Registration with a Doctor in Durham

Student Safety

Your safety is very important to us at Hild Bede. We are delighted to provide you with some advice from the local Fire Service about fire safety and also a guide to using our 'Report and Support' tool which is a way to report bullying and harassment, hate incidents, sexual misconduct and domestic abuse. All staff, students and visitors to our campus are able to use
this online tool.


Fire Safety

Fire Safety in student accommodation is extremely important. Please watch this short video from the local fire service which gives you some simple 'dos and don'ts'. It also includes some advice and information regarding items that are not allowed in your accommodation. This is to ensure that you are aware of all the risks and to know how to keep yourself and others safe.


Report + Support

We take reports of bullying and harassment, hate incidents, sexual misconduct and domestic abuse seriously. All staff, students and visitors to our campus are able to use this online tool which enables you to tells us about any incident. The webpages to be found here contain information and links to support as well as the online reporting tool. You can also watch a short video here which shows you the pages and describes the support that you can access








Your first week in Durham – University Induction Week Events Timetable

The Timetable has been designed so College events don’t clash with any of your academic departmental events, but offer you lots of opportunities to meet your fellow Freshers, find your way around and settle into student life.

To help you keep track of where you need to be, and what you need to do during your first busy days at university, in your College and your Department, we have created a day-by-day University Induction Planner. This should help you to plan your schedule, so you don't miss anything - from being issued with your Campus Card or meeting the staff in your Department, to trying out for a sports team or joining a student society.
Your Personal Induction Planner
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Covid-19 Safety

We're working hard to welcome you safely and delivering quality education and student experience. Visit our Covid Safety Information webpages for applicants for the latest advice. We can't wait to see you soon!

Covid-19 Response: Applicants and Future Students

Student updates

Check out our student blogs to read more about life at Durham from our students. Don't forget to follow us on social media!


What to bring to University

Read our top recommendations to add to your packing list ready for your arrival at Durham.

Welcome to Durham – and stop worrying!

Moving to University can be a daunting prospect but there’s no need to worry, you’ll feel right at home here.
Durham Cathedral and Framwellgate Bridge over the River Wear