Accommodation and Catering
The College provides accommodation for over 300 undergraduates and over 150 postgraduates.
We offer catered and self-catered accommodation for undergraduates and self-catered accommodation for our postgraduates.
Within the Castle walls we have around 100 rooms, mostly in the Keep, but also in Garden Stairs, Hall Stairs, Fellows' Garden, the Junction and the Norman Gallery. Most rooms within the Castle walls are occupied by final year students, but some of the shared rooms are occupied by first year undergraduates.
Bailey Court, Moatside and Owengate are all catered undergraduate accommodation blocks on the Bailey with a mix of single and shared bathrooms. Some rooms in Moatside and Owengate are shared.
Kepier Court is our self-catered block, for undergraduates and postgraduates. All rooms are en suite, in either studio flats or apartments with a shared kitchen.
We aim to provide all first-year students with a room in college, and rooms for a number of returning students are allocated via a ballot each year. Allocation of all rooms is at the discretion of College Office.
We offer self-catered accommodation for postgraduate students at New Kepier Court. We offer studio flats and apartments with shared kitchens. All rooms are en suite.
All our study bedrooms are fully equipped with essential furniture. Students are welcome to bring your own bedding (linen packs are available to purchase), towels, and crockery/cutlery for tea and coffee in your room. More details are made available to new students.
About UsUniversity College or “Castle” is a thriving living community within Durham University. We have some 750 undergraduates and 700 postgraduates, and 300 members of University staff are attached to the College through the Senior Common Room.
Our ValuesUniversity College has a long and revered history as a living learning community supporting the quest for knowledge and appreciation of higher education as a pathway to enlightenment and vocation.
Our Accommodation Blocks
This table summarises the different accommodation blocks in University College:
|Accommodation block||Location||Facilities||Catering type||Let Length|
New Kepier Court(Undergrad and Postgrad)
|Claypath, 15 minute walk from town||
All en suite, single rooms.Studios or shared flats.
|Self-catered||Term-time and vacations|
Bailey Court(Undergrad only)
|On Palace Green||Shared bathrooms, single rooms.||Catered||Term-time and some vacations|
|On the Bailey, close to town||Shared bathrooms, some single and shared rooms.||Catered||Term-time and vacations|
|On Owengate, road from the Bailey to Palace Green||Some en-suite & shared bathrooms. Single and shared rooms.||Catered||Term-time and vacations|
Castle walls(Undergrad only)
|Inside the Castle||Some en-suite/shared bathrooms, single and shared rooms, mostly for returners.||Catered||Term-time only (apart from Fellows' Garden)|
Accessibility: If you have special medical requirements please let us know and we will do our best to meet these needs. In view of the Castle’s stone steps, cobbles, staircases and Grade 1 listed building status, some aspects of the College site are not suitable for students with mobility difficulties; however, other colleges have purpose-built facilities.
We offer catered accommodation on the Bailey for undergraduates, and self-catered accommodation at New Kepier Court for undergraduates and postgraduates.
During term-time, undergraduate students who live in College accommodation on the Bailey have breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Great Hall, seven days a week, as part of the Residence Charge. Our wonderful catering teams cater for a wide range of dietary requirements. Packed lunches and late meals are also available for students with commitments over mealtime periods.
Sharing meals in the Great Hall is a wonderful way for members of the community to come together and socialise, chat and build community. Meals are served in our magnificent dining hall, which can seat up to 220. The dining hall is the Great Hall of the Castle, one of the largest medieval halls in Britain, begun in the late thirteenth century.
Members of the College also enjoy formal dinners once a week. This optional event is a chance to get dressed up in your academic gown and enjoy a three-course served meal in our beautiful Great Hall.
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