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Wider Student Experience
At Durham, academic success is only half the story. Our transformative wider student experience will also help you develop as a person.
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in our distinctive collegiate system
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Students' Union societies
85%
of our students are involved in sport, music, theatre, volunteering or student enterprise
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Wider Student Experience
Our Colleges
As a Durham student, you become a member of a college, somewhere that is so much more than just the place where you will live. In each of our colleges, you will find a sense of community that is distinctive to Durham.
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I found it hard to get involved with things outside my studies at school but St Aidan’s is such a warm and welcoming place it was easy to get involved in college life.
Irenitemi Michael Agbejule
Computer Science
Accommodation and Catering Costs
Accommodation costs are based on whether your allocated college is catered or self-catered, and then by the room type the college offers.
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Student enrichment
When you come to Durham, you are entering a community, not just embarking on a course of study and like all communities we create, perform, play and support, as well as working.
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Durham Students' Union
Durham Students' Union is the representative body for all students of the University, and offers many different clubs and societies to join.
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Student support and wellbeing
As a Durham student you'll find a wide support network available to you while studying at the University.
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My advice to new students is to be really open to trying lots of new things. College is so much more than just a halls of residence; it’s a home, a community and a family.
Alice Cooper
Geography
Student Blogs
Find out more about what it's like to live and study at Durham from the people who are.
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International student video competition winner, Peter Liu from China, tells us why he’s still enjoying his Durham experience, now in his fourth year.
Second-year student, Ruby tells us about the types of support available at Durham.
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