Student life

Student life, services and support

By studying with us, you will benefit from living and learning in two unique locations. You will start your journey at Queen's Campus in Stockton-on-Tees. As a student at the International Study Centre you will be part of an international community with access to modern facilities, sports centre, restaurant and plenty of social places.  

After successfully completing your pathway programme at the International Study Centre on Queen’s Campus, you will join the University’s collegiate system at Durham City.

Queen's Campus, Stockton-on-Tees

Modern, welcoming and very 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.

There's a 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.

There is also an Olympic-standard white water course just 15 minutes' walk from Queen's Campus. 

Student support services

The International Study Centre provides a complete support network on Queen’s Campus. This support is provided as soon as you enrol. Our specialist support staff are here to help you with everything from practical matters like visas to your safety and wellbeing.

Durham City, Durham

When you successfully complete your pathway programme at Queen’s Campus you will relocate to Durham City. Larger and more spread-out, Durham City is made up of 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.

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.

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.
International Study Centre student Jia Lin from Malaysia

Queen’s Campus…it’s quite small, which is good because it actually forms a close-knit community where you can bump into your friends very often. Even though your friends are doing different courses, different timetables, you can still meet them and then you hang out together. So, it’s actually a great distraction from homesickness.

Jia Lin from Malaysia
Studied International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering
Now studying BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences


Accommodation at Durham University

Your guide to accommodation options at the International Study Centre.