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Accommodation

Applying for Accommodation

College allocation is made after you have received and accepted an offer from the University. Once you have received an offer from the University, the Colleges Postgraduate Office will contact you to provide you with further information about college membership and accommodation options. To apply for membership and accommodation at Ustinov College, you should choose 'Ustinov College' as your first choice on the College Membership Form which is sent to you by the Colleges Postgraduate Office. Your application will then be forwarded to Ustinov College for consideration. We seek to achieve a balance within the college community of students studying at different levels (PGT and PGR) and different course. This means that acceptance to the college is not automatic but in practice the majority of students who choose Ustinov as their first choice are generally accepted for membership, because a broad range of students apply.

Accommodation for Couples and Families

Ustinov College welcomes students and their families from all over the world. We offer couples and family College accommodation at Ustinov. Our College residences are based on two different locations, Sheraton Park, nearer to the Business School, and Dryburn Court, nearer to the City Centre.

Couples accommodation is based at both locations. Family accommodation is based at Dryburn Court in Keenan House.

Accommodation in the Main College - Sheraton Park

Our main site buildings opened in 2017, offering modern, purpose-built accommodation.

Sheraton Park is located just outside the city centre, approximately 15 minutes’ walk into the central shopping area and the Mountjoy site, on which the main library and many academic departments are based. A convenient bus service runs from just outside College into the city centre.
Single and Couple Accommodation at Sheraton Park
External of Sheraton Park

Accommodation in Dryburn Court - Keenan House & Brackenbury

Our Dryburn Court site is situated to the west of the city centre, near the main hospital. It is approx. one and a half miles to the city centre, approx. two miles to the library, and two and a half miles to the Park & Ride service which provides a frequent bus service during the day from Dryburn Court to the city centre, then through the main parts of the University. Residents can also make use of the X1 and X2 services for £1. Please see Durham-Queens Campus travel for further information. Dryburn Court offers modern accommodation and facilities having opened in 2005, including accommodation for families and couples.

  • Couples and Family Accommodation at Keenan House

    Dryburn Court, opened in September 2005, contains one, two and three bedroom flats for couples and for families with children. Car parking is available, and there is a small playground for children.
    Ustinov sign in the style of the Hollywood sign on a hill with blue skies
  • Single Accommodation at Brackenbury

    Brackenbury houses 48 single ensuite rooms. Each room offers plenty of space and is furnished with a single bed and mattress, storage options, study desk, carpet and curtains. The adjoining ensuite bathroom is equipped with a shower, mirror, sink, toilet and toilet brush.
    External view of the Brackenbury Accommodation

Couples and Family Accommodation at Keenan House

Dryburn Court, opened in September 2005, contains one, two and three bedroom flats for couples and for families with children. Car parking is available, and there is a small playground for children.
Ustinov sign in the style of the Hollywood sign on a hill with blue skies

Single Accommodation at Brackenbury

Brackenbury houses 48 single ensuite rooms. Each room offers plenty of space and is furnished with a single bed and mattress, storage options, study desk, carpet and curtains. The adjoining ensuite bathroom is equipped with a shower, mirror, sink, toilet and toilet brush.
External view of the Brackenbury Accommodation

Accessible accommodation

Accessible accommodation is available at both Sheraton Park and Dryburn Court. Please email us at ustinov.membership@durham.ac.uk if you require any additional information regarding our accommodation or facilities.

Bedding Packs and Furnishings

Each room has study and bedroom furniture, carpets and curtains.

Bedding packs appropriate to your residence are automatically provided for you. The charges for these are in addition to your residence charge and are added to your residence invoice however can be refunded if you return your unopened bedding pack within 14 days of your arrival. Each pack contains sheets, duvet, pillows, duvet cover, pillow cases and towels. Further details are below:

  • Standard single bedding pack for single en-suite rooms at Brackenbury. Additional charge of £35 / pack
  • 3/4 double bedding pack (to fit a bed measuring 122cm (W) x 190cm (L) / 4ft (W) x 6ft 3 (L)) for single en-suite rooms at Sheraton Park. Additional charge of £53 / pack
  • Standard double bedding pack for couple accommodation at Sheraton Park and Keenan House. Additional charge of £70 / pack

Residence Charges

Residence charges are inclusive of heating, lighting, hot water, electricity/gas and WiFi.

Catering

Ustinov College is self-catered. You should provide your own cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery. There are shared kitchen facilities in all residences.

Living Out

The Accommodation Office can provide information on the cost of private rented accommodation and assist students in looking for accommodation. The Durham Students' Union Advice Centre can check contracts on your behalf and assist if you are having any issues.