Durham University

Night life

How would you rate your university towns night life?
Night life
6.0 / 10

(based on ratings in 2016)


"The pubs are mainly aimed at locals but there are a couple of student-friendly ones. We have plenty of clubs and fast-food places for late-night socialising."
"The nightlife is very different to other university cities. There are fewer than ten nightclubs in the entire city but I personally still love the nightlife here. I go out a lot and never feel like I'm missing out on the bigger city nightlife as the clubs are really good fun and much cheaper. There's also a huge number of pubs, each accommodation has its own bar and there are frequent bar crawls between the colleges. I really love the nightlife in Durham."
"It is limited and the clubs are small but I enjoy it as it feels safe and I enjoy seeing lots of people that I know. There are loads of pubs, which is great if that is your scene, and there are frequent formals at each college that provide for brilliant social opportunities."
"There are not many clubs and the ones we do have are small, but this just adds to the Durham feel. There are pubs and college bars, though, which are always very popular."
"College bars are plentiful and cheap (which is a plus) but they are pretty much all the same in terms of what they serve. There is a decent array of cheapish pubs, which is nice but the bars are few and far between and the few clubs that exist are pretty awful. All are routinely packed with students and/or locals. Nightlife was fun and exciting in first year but lost its shine thereafter with a decent night out being a rarity and most students opting instead for house parties and college bar crawls, which most find to be a lot better value."
"There are several pubs but the nightlife is limited. We mainly have small clubs playing cheesy music."
"There are plenty of chain restaurants (but no McDonald's) as well as lots of lovely independent restaurants. Klute is officially the worst nightclub in Europe but so much fun."
"There are many clubs such as Klute, Jimmy's, Lloyds, Missoula and Loft etc as well as many pubs such as the Queens Inn. There are many activities and societies to get involved in such as dancing, boxing, swimming and rowing to name a few."
"There are lots of nice and reasonably priced pubs frequented by locals and students have their own resources in the form of college bars. The clubbing scene is large but quite poor if you're looking for good music, though convenient in that there's always somewhere to go and it's never far from home."
"Every college has its own bar with cheap drinks available. The town itself has a limited selection of bars and clubs that have been stretched to full capacity over the last couple of years due to a sharp increase in student intake."


"There are many cheesy night clubs which provide much entertainment. Nightlife is also cheap in comparison to other places."
"College bar crawls, clubs, the ever attractive Klute (worst club in Europe), and a ton of eateries for a small town."
"We have the worst nightclub in Europe."
"One word: Klute. But jokes aside, there's more than Europe's worst nightclub to revel in at Durham. Lloyd's Wednesdays and Loveshack are also brilliant ways to take off some stress in the middle of the week. Durham has a few more clubs like Jimmy A's and Fabios that guarantee there's something for everyone. Being in the heart of town, close to many of the student accommodations means it's a lot easier to get out and back home safe after a night out. Additionally, there's a whole bunch of pubs that serve alcohol at some of the cheapest prices in the country!"
"Cathedral, castle, lots of beautiful walks and views, lots of cafes and pubs."
"Not much of a party-goer myself, but I gather it's kind of a so-bad-it's-good sort of thing. Sticky floors and cheesy tunes. Cheap alcohol. But I'm a science student, I don't have time for fun."
"Lots of cafes, college bars, the cathedral and castle, rowing on the river."
"Jump 360 (trampoline lounge), rock climbing, cinema etc."
"There are lots of clubs, which are decently priced, and the music's good most of the time. The clubs only play music for certain groups of people. There's also lots of pushing and crowding, which is not pleasant when you're trying to dance."
"A few smaller clubs, which is actually nice because they're less intimidating and you generally know a lot of people. A lot of clubs also put on some pretty decent nights. College bars are also fun and you can go up to Newcastle if you want a really big night as most of the clubs in Durham shut by 2.00 am."

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