The North East offers a variety of residential locations for you to consider, and, if appropriate, we can help you find something in advance of your arrival. It is important to arrange accommodation in advance, and assistance can be provided in a variety of areas.
When you first arrive in Durham you may choose to stay in short-term accommodation, perhaps even in one of our college communities. Contact Event Durham for information on short-term bed and breakfast accommodation in the University’s colleges.
For hotel or bed and breakfast accommodation* in Durham City Centre, you could stay at one of the following:
Durham University has an extremely small amount of houses and therefore generally does not have accommodation available to new staff. Occasionally properties do become available for let on a short-term basis and we are happy to check this for you if required, but guarantees cannot be made.
You can submit a short-term accommodation request or contact the Relocation Manager for assistance.
A short-term rental may suit, to allow you to familiarise yourself with the area before entering into a long-term agreement. We can liaise with local estate agents and property companies for available properties that match your needs.
The property may be furnished or unfurnished. The minimum time you can rent a property is usually six months. There may be occasions when this is negotiable with the landlord so please consult the Relocation Manager for advice.
To search for available properties to rent or buy, you could visit a property search website such as Rightmove or On the Market or contact a local estate agent* such as:
*The hotels and estate agents named are suggestions and are not affiliated with the University; we, therefore, cannot be responsible for the service which they provide.
We can liaise with local estate agents on your behalf and help you to find suitable houses that match your criteria. We can also provide support with the negotiation process, with the aim of trying to achieve the best possible price for your chosen home.
Whether you are relocating from abroad or from within the UK, we are here to help with relocating your family, home and belongings to Durham. Working with our approved suppliers, or with one of your own choice, we will oversee the arrangements, from setting up the appointments to assessing the move contents, to the final delivery.
Settling into your property can be time-consuming. Below is a selection of services we can support with, if required, to help you settle into your new home: