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Durham’s Colleges and Your Application

Durham is a collegiate university – we believe our distinctive college system combined with dedicated wider student experience organisations and the Students’ Union will help you discover new experiences that will shape you as a person long after you have completed your studies.

College Communities

Colleges are individual communities where you live, work and socialise. They are places where you can try new things and develop skills in leadership, problem-solving and self-awareness through participation in societies, teams and other activities.  They also provide dedicated staff to enable and support your personal development and wellbeing.

Our colleges all have the same collegiate spirit, but each one has its own distinctive character -from its architecture and location, to its history and traditions.

Because teaching doesn’t take place in colleges we are able to make sure that each college community includes students from different academic disciplines and different backgrounds, creating diverse communities that reflect our core value of inclusivity.

Expressing Your College Preference

You should take the opportunity to find out as much as you can about our colleges. Each college has its own dedicated webpages, or better still, why not come and visit us during an Open Day?

If you have a preference for a particular college, you can tell us about it on your UCAS application (link to How to Apply section). We usually start the allocation process in February, and will contact you to let you know if you which college you will hopefully be joining.  

If you don’t have a preference then don’t worry! If you don’t mind which college you’re allocated to and you receive an offer then one will be chosen for you and you’ll hear from the college directly once the allocation process has taken place. 


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Service / Dept: Recruitment and Admissions 

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Phone / Email / Form: +44 (0)191 334 1000