University colleges

Durham's unique collegiate system

When you progress to your degree at Durham City Campus, you will join one of the University’s 16 colleges. This historic ‘collegiate system’ creates a strong sense of belonging and is one of the best aspects of student life at Durham University. 

A supportive community

Each college has its own sports teams, student-led activities and traditions. This strong sense of community creates a supportive, family-style atmosphere that will make you feel at home. As a student at the International Study Centre you will have the chance to visit some of the colleges and we will help you make your college choice while you are with studying with us.

On-site facilities

Each college has its own distinctive character. Whichever you choose, you'll find a range of facilities for studying, relaxing, socialising, sports, music and events. Most students live in college accommodation during the first year of their degree. You then have the option to move into private housing but you will still have access to all social activities and facilities at your college. 

Facilities include:

  • Study areas 
  • Games room - pool tables and dart boards
  • Library 
  • Gym 
  • Coffee shop or bar
  • Barbecue areas and gardens
  • Laundry 
  • Furnished accommodation
  • Catered dining hall 

More opportunities

Being part of a college means that you will be part of a smaller community within a large international university. This makes it easier to make good friends, engage with student life and volunteer for new roles. For example, you could join a college sports team or take on a college leadership role that gives you valuable experience for your future career.

Durham University student Sithara

Durham is a good choice for international students because it’s really easy to find friends. You’ve got so many points of connection: your course, your college, any extracurricular activities that you do, and they’re so diverse and friendly you always find someone to talk to.

Sithara from Germany studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics