Durham University

Clubs and social environment

Please tell us more about the social environment, sports clubs and societies and anything else you think candidates need to know about life at your university.


"There are a lot of societies at Durham that can focus on what degree you do or where in the world you're from. There's also everything from a theatre society to kink society. Starting a society is also fairly easy."
"There are several activities to do while studying at the university such as a rowing club, football and rugby nearby. Also, there are some college clubs that conduct several activities regularly."
"The collegiate system makes the social environment absolutely fantastic. There is a sports team for just about every sport imaginable and a society for anything you could want to do. If there's not, you can always propose one. There are so many opportunities with volunteering, sport, music and events, although it can be quite expensive to get involved in all of the things you want to do."
"Durham excels socially and the collegiate system makes it very easy to join societies and sports teams that all have their own socials within the uni."
"There are many societies and sports clubs that students can join from very academic ones to the really relaxing ones such as chocolate soc."
"There are a lot of college-level and university-level things to get involved with. I have learned the basics of unicycling and also learned to set up and run huge lighting and sound rigs for small music festivals and theatre shows."
"Everyone is involved in sports and there's loads of opportunities for all levels as you can play sport as part of one of the thirteen colleges as well as at a university level."
"There seems to be every society under the sun as you can get involved in many things. Our sports teams are some of the best in the UK and have high-quality training. If university level isn't what you are looking for then you can always join college-level sports teams for a less intense experience."
"There are many clubs and societies for various interests and ability levels. It doesn't matter if you're elite or a complete beginner as everyone has the chance to get involved, which is great."
"The collegiate system lets you get involved in so many activities. If you are more serious about your sport, the university-level programmes for most sports are ranked among the top in the UK. Even the university programmes have dedicated novice teams for beginners. The theatre, music and volunteering programmes are also among the most active in the country."


"Great opportunities for clubs. There is a great selection for sports like football, netball and tennis. We also have more unique ones like quidditch. As well as sports, there are drinking societies for wine and cider, and food societies include baking and culinary skills."
"Durham has a very strong sporting culture. We also perform very well in sports and in BUCS (inter-uni nationals) as well. So if you're serious about sports, Durham won't disappoint. But for the less serious, there is also accommodation for leisure sporting, so that's awesome as well."
"Sport is massive at Durham. Most students play in at least one sport at some level. You can play at any ability and the facilities for sports are amazing. However, if you don't like sport (even though there are alternative activities) it can feel quite isolating as so much of the social calendar revolves around sport. Nevertheless, drama and music are also really popular at Durham. Again with a range of abilities."
"Durham University has amazing facilities for a vast array of sports. The Maiden Castle facility is world class, it's one of the university's strongest selling points."
"Durham is definitely the place to be for sport. The university has a long tradition and record of producing great athletes and providing the right conditions to help aspiring sports people to grow and thrive. There's also a ridiculously huge number of societies to cater to the varied interests of practically every student."
"Durham will never be as academically excellent as Oxbridge, but the student experience must be one of the best. Sports teams are frequently very successful and the orchestral society is very prestigious and puts on fantastic concerts. There is also at least one performance every day and loads of great volunteering projects to sign up for. Always plenty to do and get involved in!"
"Social environments and societies are spread widely between college and university level, providing a wide variety of participation. Very low entry barrier to college sports that allows people of all aptitudes to participate. The university societies are for a much higher level of sports."
"There are a lot of sports clubs, even within the colleges, so if you like sport Durham's the place. There are a good variety of other societies within the university and the colleges too."
"Lots of societies and sports and the university is generally quite good about setting up new ones if you tell them. Also, you can join college sports and societies so you're not just limited to university wide ones."
"There are so many opportunities to get involved. Whether it's in drama, music, sport (you can try new things, like cheerleading) or charity work."

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