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We will be in touch with all our confirmed offer-holders the week beginning 16 August with further information, including links to the forms mentioned below.


Welcome from the Principal, Professor Wendy Powers

Professor Wendy Powers, PrincipalI’m thrilled to welcome you to this remarkable living learning community and hope you’ll quickly feel a sense of belonging in your new home. We can’t wait for your arrival, and imagine you’re excited about spending your first few weeks at uni getting familiar with the spaces, people and happenings that make this such a unique community. I encourage you to acknowledge any nerves you might be feeling, but also to quiet them. Use this as an opportunity to get involved – try new things, meet new people, and ask lots of questions.

Uni is a time to explore who you are, what you believe, and where you are going in a supportive and encouraging environment. It is also a time, perhaps the single most intense time for learning about human difference. Your peers hail from around the word, practice a wide array of faith traditions or none at all, attended all sorts of secondary schools, and embrace gender and/or sexual orientation identities you may be less familiar with. Castle students engage a wide array of physical and intellectual abilities, hold varying political and social values, and embody racial or ethnic identities different from your own. These and so many other ways our students differ from one another is part of the beauty you’ll experience at Durham University. Of course, living in community isn’t always easy and sometimes involves difficult conversations in which we feel a bit vulnerable; however, with civility, respect and appreciation of difference as core values, we teach and learn together.

As you know all too well by now, we enjoy the privilege of living and learning in a castle on a world heritage site. This requires tremendous regard for our physical surroundings and is a shared responsibility. We are each trusted as caretakers of history while we prepare for and advance the future. We continue to live in a precarious time, in terms of the pandemic, thus we may yet experience challenges related to our events, facilities, schedules, operations and comforts. I am confident we’ll work together with goodwill and patience as we create norms and routines that allow our community no matter the stage of uni/local guidelines.

In closing, please keep in mind these keys to your success as a new student in University College – those who open their hearts and minds to others, those who practice civility and respect, those who ask for assistance, and those who show up and get involved – these are the students most likely to flourish in this renowned learning community. On behalf of the entire Castle staff, we are delighted you’ve joined us! This community is better because you are here. Let us know if you have questions or need any support.

Floreat Castellum!
Castle flourishing always


Professor Wendy Powers, Principal

University student
As Senior Student, I work with a team of student executive officers to enhance your student experience, so you can make the most of your time here at Castle. We pride ourselves in our tremendous ‘College Spirit’ and our motto, Non nobis solum, translating to ‘not for ourselves alone’. Being part of a college is like being in a community, you will have the opportunity to get involved in countless activities, events and much much more!

Sian Bell
JCR Senior Student


 Banner image of the Castle and things you need to do before you arrive

Checklist: things you need to do before you arrive

Before you become a member of Castle, make sure you read through the documents below and complete the relevant forms. We will also update this page with details of our Freshers’ week programme and arrangements for arriving in Durham, so watch this space!

What you need to doWhereDeadline & Notes
1. Membership Form  Complete the form; the link is in your welcome email from College  As soon as possible, within 7 days of receiving your welcome email
2. Accommodation Preference Form Complete the Accommodation Preference Form; the link is in your welcome email from College. Our College Accommodation Guide is available here: University College Accommodation Guide 2021

If you would like to live in College Accommodation, please complete the form (link in your email) ASAP and within 7 days of receiving your welcome email.

If you have specific medical, religious or cultural needs please indicate on the form with 7 days and send your supporting evidence to with the subject title ‘Name, Surname, Room Evidence’ by 30 August.

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3. University College Handbook  University College Handbook 2021-22 All students should read this handbook carefully before arriving at Durham. Please note you will need to confirm you have read the handbook and agree to abide by the guidance in it when you complete your college membership form. 
4. Book your vaccination   We encourage all students joining us to receive their COVID-19 vaccine before arriving in Durham. 
5. Enrolment 

Make sure you complete enrolment so we can complete identity verification when you arrive.

6. Consent Matters We require you to complete the course ‘Consent Matters’, accessed via Learn Ultra. A link will be emailed to you before you arrive.  
7. Healthcare / GP If you're moving to Durham, please register with a healthcare practice (GP).
8. JCR   Join the Junior Common Room, our student body for undergraduate students. We will share details of how to join in the coming weeks.
9. Freshers' Week and Orientation   Our programme for Freshers’ week events, starting on Monday 27  September, will be shared on our welcome webpages nearer the time and emailed to you.

We will be sending regular emails over the next few weeks so please make sure we have your current email address so you don't miss important updates.

Arriving in Durham

We look forward to meeting you! If you are arriving from overseas please find more information here, including about arrangements for quarantine, if applicable:

If you’re travelling from the UK and living in College Accommodation you will be given an arrival slot for Saturday 25 or Sunday 26 September. More details will be shared in the coming weeks. Students registered with Disability Support who need to arrive early to help settle into College accommodation can do so from Wednesday 22 September. More details will be emailed to you.


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Freshers' Week and Orientation

We'll be sharing more information about plans for Freshers' Week and Orientation in the coming weeks, as well as how to join the Junior Common Room. Check back soon for updates.

Castle JCR

Get in touch

If you have any queries about any of this information or any aspect of coming to Durham please contact us.

University College

Durham Castle, Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3RW

College Reception Tel: +44 (0) 191 334 3800


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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