Durham University


What are the worst things about studying at your university?


"Our communications system is clunky and we have a very outdated online service and timetable system."
"Some of the seminars can have up to 80 people in them."
"The nightlife in Durham is dead. Lectures are not recorded so, if you have to miss a lecture, the only thing available to you is the basic slides without any additional information."
"It can sometimes feel like a university for those who have been privately educated. It would be positive to know that people from all backgrounds feel comfortable applying to Durham without feeling they have to fit a stereotype. I also do not agree with the scheme to further expand the university. Students already struggle to fit in the library and yet there are plans to expand by approximately 10,000 students over the coming years."
"There is quite a big divide between social classes, which I hadn't really experienced before. Some clubs are a bit cliquey too."
"The course is sometimes not very well structured and there isn't as much choice in the modules as I thought. It's extremely overpriced for what you get, in my opinion."
"The price of everything. You pay nine grand a year but you still have to pay for printing, a gown and joining societies etc. All of this can be a real barrier to working-class students or those from a less well-off background."
"The nightlife is pretty poor unfortunately and there is not much to do as it is quite a small town. The food is not excellent either and the opening times of the canteen are very early, making a lot of people eat early and then become hungry at night."
"College accommodation costs are among the highest in the country. This puts undue pressure on students from lower income backgrounds, especially since first years are heavily encouraged to live in college, with the implicit message being that they will miss out on integrating into the college community if they choose to live out in their first year. Furthermore, college catering packages are inflexible. If your college happens to be fully catered then there is no option (other than moving to another college, which is not guaranteed to be successful) to switch to being self-catered."
"The accommodation is very expensive, especially for the first year."


"Facilities of the school were quite bad in Stockton campus."
"The hills. Be prepared for uphill climbs to the science site and town (if you live in one of the hill colleges)."
"Ever rising school fees. Exorbitant landlord prices in certain areas."
"There isn't a great diversity of people. If you don't play sports it can be quite isolating as so many social activities revolve around sports."
"The lack of diversity. The high accommodation fees."
"Small town, not much happening! Poor nightlife. Prominent lack of diversity."
"Fees and costs of both living in and living out. Catered meals provided by college. A lot of negative things when comparing the price of accommodation/living/tuition compared to the quality and the standard of facilities/dorms/lecturing."
"The lack of student action, they don't listen to what we want. The poor organisation of my department. The cost."
"Only two self-catered colleges so most students have to be fully catered in first year. College fees have increased. Lack of diversity."
"Small city means not a lot of shops/large supermarkets can be easily accessed when you don't have a car. Lot of pressure to do well as it's such a prestigious university."

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