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Life in Durham and the UK

Moving to the UK for study can be an exciting time, but there can also be a lot to think about to make sure that you are ready for the transition.
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Life in Durham and the UK

On this page we have collected some information to help to prepare you for your life in the UK. Further information can be found at the following link: 

UKCISA: UK Traditions and Culture


Information about life in the UK.

Transition to Higher Education Support

Information and guidance to help with managing your wellbeing here at Durham

Emergency Contacts and Seeking Help

What to do in an emergency or if you need support.
Emergency contacts

Faith Support

Information about what is available in the form of faith support in Durham and the surrounding area.
Faith support

Money Advice For International Students

Here are some useful information about student money advise.
Finance calculator and balance sheet

Student blogs

Find out more about life in the UK from our current students' blog.
Social Etiquette

UK Academic Life

The education system in the UK might be different to what you are used to. It is important to familiarise yourself with the requirements and vocabulary of this system.
A group of international business students

Visa and Immigration

Find out more about visa and immigration information about entry to the UK
An Asian student chatting


The weather in Durham is very variable. The main thing to remember is to be prepared. Layering clothing can be helpful, and it is always handy to have an umbrella!
Durham weather



University student
Even though I am an international student, my thoughts are valued, and I am treated with respect. A Durham University education is best experienced than described. You will not regret your choice to come here, I assure you.

Gabriel Osele Ebinum,
MSc Risk. Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scholar. Nigeria.



Durham boats

Visit Durham University

You can book one of our personalised Campus Visits to find out more about our academic degree programmes and student life on campus. Visits start with a presentation from a member of staff from the International Office, followed by a guided tour from one of our student ambassadors.

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