Durham University

Location of university

Please comment on the location of your university (city, town, etc), the campus, the facilities, and student accommodation.


"A beautiful location, you never get tired of the views. It's a small area so nothing is really any further than a 20 minute walk. There is an amazing library with a great cafe, four floors of books, computers and other resources, and an effective study space. There are great gyms in colleges, covering both weights and cardio. The student accommodations are generally very sociable, enjoyable, and relaxing environments. It's a great way to make new friends, especially in first year."
"Durham is beautiful as a city, but it hardly qualifies for a city in terms of size. The facilities available vary from college to college, but overall the accommodation and the university facilities are a good standard."
"Overall lovely location, great architecture. Some plaques on the older buildings could be renewed or cleaned to make them clearer to read. The school of education needs updating to make it accessible for those with special educational needs. Wheelchair access and lifts would be a good start. The bathrooms are cold because of the windows."
"Apart from a lack of parking (which is important to me as I live away from Durham and I am studying as a mature student), the location is good and everything is just a walk away while I am here in Durham."
"The student accommodation is extremely expensive. However, the library is very good and I like that there is a college library available too, providing more resources and areas of study."
"Never enough seats in the library. Student union looks horrendous and isn't utilised."
"Durham is a beautiful university town, it's additionally peaceful and safe. The placement of colleges throughout the city makes it so that some students might have to walk significantly longer than others to get to classes. However, that is a next to negligible price to pay compared to the overall experience of studying here. Some facilities are located in relatively out of the way places, like Maiden Castle and its vicinity. The facilities themselves are excellent so once again it's worth making the slight trek. On the whole, the amount of walking we do only serves to keep us fit and make us stronger."
"Very comfortably located in a generally safe and small city. Aesthetically pleasing and distance between buildings is reasonable."
"The location is quite good but there is a lack of restaurants and branded shops. The campus and university facilities are excellent but the accommodation could have been better."
"City university close to the centre of town. Facilities are good. Accommodation prices are extortionate, and given that the university essentially forces first years to live in and pay ridiculous prices, I would say this is slightly unfair."

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