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Welcome to Durham

We're looking forward to welcoming you from September 2021.

Our Colleges and Academic Departments are working hard to ensure you will be living and learning safely. They're planning face-to-face and online activities, so however you choose to study with us, we can help you settle into student life and make the most of your experience. We encourage you to meet staff and familiarise yourself with your Department, by preparing as much as possible before your course begins.
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Congratulations on joining us at Durham University!

There's so much awaiting you in Durham.

Scroll down for links to specific welcome information for new undergraduate UK students, new international students, new postgraduate UK students and returning students.

Don't forget to also visit the welcome pages for your College and your Department to find out more about what will be happening in your first week here. 

Plan your personal induction
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Arriving in Durham

Information for International students arriving in Durham

International Arrivals 2021

Your first week in Durham – University Welcome and Orientation 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.
Create your Personal Welcome Week Planner
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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.
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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!

Find out how to access your first or second Covid-19 vaccine, or find out more about vaccination on our student Covid-19 pages.

Covid-19 Response: Applicants and Future Students
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Student Pledge

When you join Durham University, you become part of our community and of the wider community in which we are proud to be located. We all need to work to support each other, to behave appropriately and with consideration, and to uphold the values of our institution.

Read the Student Pledge

Get in touch

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