About the University
Durham University is a collegiate institution located in the northern English city of Durham.
Founded in 1832, it is the third-oldest university in England after the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge.
The university is compromised of 17 colleges, is a member of the Russell Group of British research universities and has a international reputation for its quality of teaching and research.
The campus includes 63 listed buildings, ranging from the 11th-century Durham Castle to a 1930s Art-Deco chapel.
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Students at Durham University belong to a college for the duration of their studies, which is allocated on application. Most students live in college during their first year, then choose to live-out during their second. There is usually the option to move back into college in their final year. There is a range of college activities, events and societies.
Each college has their own facilities, including computer rooms and libraries, tennis courts and gyms. Colleges also have their own sports teams and compete against other colleges at the university.
The university, alongside college facilities, has campus libraries, specialist laboratories and state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities. // Durham is a welcoming and friendly city with a wealth of independent shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and clubs.
Student life is centred around college life for students at Durham, with societies and sports clubs primarily college-based. There is also over 200 student clubs and organisations run on the campus in addition to this. The Students' Union run events on campus too.
There is a independent student run newspaper, radio station and online magazine.
Gabby Logan (journalist), Will Greenwood (athlete), Sophie Hosking (olympian), Sir Kingsley Charles Dunham (geologer), Sir George Malcolm Brown (chemist), Nish Kumar (comedian)