Durham University

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What are the best things about studying at your university?

2017

"Having a diverse international student body and faculty along with an excellent support system for academics, careers and mental health. There's also a range of extracurricular activities and sports, a strong professional network with companies and opportunities to get hands-on experience."
"Durham is a university that has many societies both academic and extracurricular. Because we have a collegiate system as well, we can participate in chilled societies and play sports in either college or university teams. There's always an opportunity to try something new or improve a skill you already have. In terms of academics, we get a lot of support. We have support for academic English and essay writing. The careers team can help with CVs, interviews, internships and even starting your own business. We also have academic societies that allow you to get in touch with different firms, allowing you to network and have contacts for future reference when applying for jobs or internships. The people around are all very nice and there's always an event going on at the university. I have had a great start at Durham University."
"It is well-respected and recognisable worldwide so career opportunities are bright. My lectures are of a high standard and accommodation is good. I am enjoying the whole experience so far and the collegiate system is also fantastic."
"The community atmosphere and opportunities offered by the collegiate system that aren't available at other universities. We have world class teaching and a high academic reputation as well as excellent links with a range of companies."
"It's an inclusive, friendly and prestigious university that's located in a beautiful and historic city. We have very good sport facilities and a good selection of clubs and societies. The college system is good too."
"There are lots of societies to get involved with and lots of employers come to host events and recruit heavily from the university. The college system is excellent."
"Durham's best qualities are the inclusivity of the social scene and the people. Moreover, to live and work in such a beautiful and safe environment is an absolute privilege, especially when combined with the excellent facilities and supportive staff."
"The insane variety of societies you can join that provide incredible opportunities to learn about things you would never have discovered. There is also a great sense of community and pride to be part of the university. This is aided by the collegiate system that creates different social hubs and communities within the university itself."
"Good facilities, good accommodation, a safe environment and a high standard of teaching."
"Our university has a collegiate system, which is an amazing way to meet people and to do many activities. Our teaching level is excellent and we have a lot of help from the staff (department and college) if needed. Our university has amazing sports opportunities (I run track) as well as other activities and societies. It is located in one of the best student cities (in my opinion) as everyone is very friendly and feels at home at Durham."

2016

"Lecturers know what they're doing and help or advice is always available. I also love the fact that it is collegiate."
"The research conducted by the department."
"Collegiate system, beautiful place, and not a city-based university. Very good student support."
"The sense of community makes it really easy to settle in. The college system is so useful for making friends as it allows interaction with people that aren't on your course or corridor. The course is really well structured so it is clear what is expected from the very beginning."
"The collegiate system. The opportunity to get involved with loads of sports teams and societies. The world-class research-led teaching. The work set is interesting and there is enough to keep me busy without taking over my life."
"Good course, good reputation, good employment opportunities after. The collegiate system is great, and there are good sporting opportunities."
"Fun and welcoming atmosphere. The collegiate system makes it easier to find your place in university as well as make strong friendships. The university offers excellent academic training, which motivates you to improve in your field. This is along with the vital challenge of learning to manage a tight academic schedule and vibrant social life."
"It's a prestigious university, so I know there should be more opportunities and employers in my field respect it more. The college system is also good as it gives a good support structure and offers other social opportunities. Also, the sporting opportunities offered at this university are very good."
"It's a very friendly atmosphere, in a lovely small town. The collegiate system is great for making friends and feeling at home. The level of teaching and support is very high."
"World wide recognition."

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