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The Allocation Process – Undergraduates

Once you have received an academic offer from Durham you will have the opportunity to rank your college preferences. 

Your college preferences and college allocation have no reflection on your application to Durham.

Steps to Take

  • Receive your academic offer from Durham
  • Receive communication with a link to the UG Applicant Portal
  • Rank all 16 college preferences - from 1 as your favourite to 16 as your final preference

Your college preferences are considered as part of the allocation process. We do our best to try and allocate you a place in your preferred college, although this cannot be guaranteed.

You can alter your preferences at any point up until the allocation process begins. We will consider your latest ranked preferences.

The allocation process will begin in late April time.

If you receive an academic offer to study at Durham after the allocation process has begun, you will have a 14 day deadline from when your offer was made to rank your preferences. As soon as you complete this, the process will allocate you the next working day.

The allocation process takes into account:

  • Your ranked college preferences
  • The number of students from each department

These two factors are considered to finalise a college allocation. For details on how we allocate students to colleges see here.

Your college allocation is provisional. If your place at Durham is confirmed, your final college allocation will be confirmed shortly after.

After you have received your provisional college allocation, you will be contacted to apply for University accommodation. All new first year undergraduates will be guaranteed an offer of accommodation from the University, providing you submit the Undergraduate Accommodation Form by 11.59 pm (UK Time) on Monday 31 July 2023. See here for further information on applying for University accommodation.

The University will try to make sure that you are kept with your original provisional college allocation but it should be understood that this may not be possible in all cases. For details on college confirmation following A-Level Results please see here.

Students socialising at tables in South College social space