Durham students walking together outside campus

STUDENT LIFE

Experience two UK locations 

Student life at Durham is about more than just your learning in the classroom. At the International Study Centre, you are in a fantastic place to develop and improve yourself. Durham University has two locations in North East England: Queen’s Campus in Stockton-on-Tees, and Durham City. 

When you arrive in the UK you will live and study at Queen’s Campus, where you will complete your pathway programme at the International Study Centre. After you successfully complete your pathway programme and achieve the required grades, you will move to Durham City for your undergraduate or postgraduate degree.

It takes 45 minutes to travel between Queen’s Campus and Durham City by bus.

Beginning your journey in Stockton-on-Tees

You can find the International Study Centre at Queen’s Campus in the town of Stockton-on-Tees (also called ‘Stockton’). Set beside the River Tees, Queen’s Campus has an excellent range of facilities but is small enough to feel safe and welcoming.

Queen's Campus

Welcoming and international, Queen’s Campus is the perfect introduction to Durham University. It is easy to find your way around on this small campus, and you’ll be fully supported by our on-site staff. Located in Stockton-on-Tees, you can relax by the riverside after class or walk into Stockton town for shops and restaurants.

Stockton town centre is a short walk from Campus. It has brand-name shops, restaurants, bars and two shopping malls.

While at the International Study Centre, you can take full advantage of the multi-million pound sports centre based at Queen’s Campus, Stockton-on-Tees.

Facilities include:

  • a fitness suite
  • exercise classes
  • sports hall
  • floodlit Astroturf pitch
  • spinning room
  • multi-activity studio.

A gym membership for three months costs only £30, including all exercise classes. Check out the Queens Campus Sport Facebook for more information.

If you'd like to try something different, there is also an Olympic-standard white water course just 15 minutes' walk from Queen's Campus. 

International Study Centre staff organise trips throughout the year to introduce students to new UK places and experiences. In the last year, these have included street food markets, gigs and sports events.

You can now travel on the X12 bus for just £1 per day or £5 per month, making it easy to explore the local area. The bus route connects nearby cities including Middlesbrough, Teesside Park, Sedgefield, Newcastle and Durham.

Find more information and view timetables here.

Student life at Durham is about more than just your learning in the classroom. At the International Study Centre, you are in a fantastic place to develop and improve yourself.

On Queen's Campus, you’ll find plenty to do with our fantastic enrichment activities. These are all designed to help you feel at home in the UK, and confident in exploring everything Durham has to offer.

Continuing your journey in Durham

When you successfully complete your pathway programme, with the required grades, at Queen’s Campus you will relocate to Durham City. The University's colleges, academic departments and student facilities located at different sites throughout the city. As a Durham student, you will have access to the facilities at your college, the University’s shared facilities, and all the shops, amenities and historic attractions of Durham city centre. 

Durham City is a beautiful, historic city in North East England. The University’s academic departments, sports facilities, social areas and colleges are located across this compact city. You will be studying in a part of history with cobbled streets and old English architecture.

When you move to study at Durham City, you can make the most of the 200+ student clubs and societies. You can get involved in everything from art and music, to fundraising and theatre productions.

Get involved:

  • Student Community Action –volunteer with one of the 84 outreach projects.
  • DUCK – Durham University Charity Kommittee raises money for more than 120 charities.
  • Palatinate – the University’s award-winning student newspaper is published every two weeks.
  • Purple Radio – the University’s student-run radio station broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week during term time.
  • Durham Union Society – the debate society is the University's oldest society.
  • Music Durham - join one of 79 music societies including orchestras, choirs and bands. 
  • Durham Student Theatre - Durham's 26 theatre companies produce 90 shows every year.

Discover more reasons to join a club or society at Durham on our blog, written by a progressed International Study Centre student.

The University has 650 different college teams, playing 18 different sports. Sports include football, volleyball, rugby, rowing and tennis.

University sports facilities in Durham City include:

  • an indoor rowing tank
  • a world-class fencing piste
  • indoor cricket nets
  • a performance analysis suite
  • football pitches
  • rugby pitches
  • squash courts
  • 4-lane athletics track
  • floodlit Astroturf
  • netball courts
  • tennis courts
  • cricket pitches.

What to do near Durham 

Regular train services can connect you to the big city life of Newcastle, Manchester and Edinburgh, or you can explore the countryside and coastline just outside the city. Newcastle offers a larger choice of shops and restaurants and is less than 15 minutes from Durham by train. You can also explore: 

  • Durham coastline 
  • Seaham beach walks and harbour 
  • Forest cycling 
  • Nature walks 
  • Waterfall trails 
  • Teesdale Alpacas farm 
  • Castles and forts  
  • Historic streets of Durham City. 

Cost of living 

Durham University International Study Centre is located in the north of England, making it cheaper to live in than places like London. As a student, you will also be able to take advantage of exclusive student discounts available in both local and national chains. 

Shuhei from Japan

The scenery of Durham City is so wonderful. I am from Tokyo, and the buildings in Tokyo, everything is just skyscrapers and it is so modern architecture, but Durham…architecture is so medieval style and it is so classic, and it is classy. So, I do love it.

Shuhei from Japan
Studied International Foundation Year in Humanities, Law and Social Science
Now studying BA (Hons) Education Studies

Students in class

PATHWAY PROGRAMMES

Choose your pathway programme at Durham University International Study Centre and progress to the degree of your choice at Durham.

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