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Student accommodation in Durham

If you’re thinking about studying in the traditional city of Durham and are seeking student accommodation, Student.com is your best option to find your ideal new home.

We offer different types of student lettings, so whether you’re planning on sharing with other students or prefer your own peace and quiet in a self-contained studio, you’ve come to the right place.

We’ve made it easy for you to browse options and find your ideal property based on budget, amenities, location and ratings. If there’s anything you’re unsure about, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our booking consultants will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Get to know Durham

Durham is one of the most beautiful and interesting cities in the North East of England. Famous for its world heritage sites and scenic beauty, Durham is also one of the most popular university towns in the UK. 

There is a lot to see in the way of heritage and scenery including Durham Cathedral and its ancient medieval cloisters which were featured in the first three Harry Potter films.

A short trek up South Road will lead you to one of Durham’s hidden gems, the Oriental Museum where you can explore various collections from the Chinese to Indian and Egyptian.

Also, Durham’s many bridges are a source of stunning Instagram-worthy photos. 

The city is so compact that no matter where you go you never seem to be far from the university's facilities. 

Student life in Durham

Durham is not a large city but the city centre has more than just the Victorian architecture to offer. It has its fair share of high street shops, boutiques, cafés, bars and restaurants that are friendly and welcoming to visitors.

It’s also home to a wide number of historical sites, attractions, and annual events. From walks and boat trips along the River Wear, festivals, street markets, and museum visits, there’s enough attractions and leisure activities to see and do in Durham to grab the interest of students during your study breaks. 


Durham Cathedral and Castle

At the heart of the city are Durham's famous cathedral and castle which form a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The awe-inspiring Durham Cathedral was one of the locations where the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry came to life in the Academy Award-nominated 2001 film Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

With a visit to this majestic building, you can relive the scenes of the blockbuster hit movie and sit in Harry Potter's classroom. While you’re at it don’t miss the chance to hop over to the adjacent Durham Castle for a guided tour of the over 900-year-old city landmark.


The city is home to the largest light festival in the UK - the popular Lumiere Festival. The Durham Book Festival is also an annual fixture. 

The university is also at the heart of some of the activities in the city with every college providing shared community facilities including a bar, events and activities, sports, societies, and associations. 


While Durham doesn’t boast the biggest or most attractive line-up of night clubs in the UK, there are still a few that offer a good night out such as Loft and Klute. 

Eating out

There is a good selection of restaurants scattered across the city that offer different cuisines such as Lebaneat (Lebanese), Zen (Thai/pan-Asian), Tia's (Mexican) and several Indian places like The Capital, Spice Lounge and Shaheen’s Indian.

Where to study in Durham?

Durham has developed a reputation as a beacon of academic excellence and achievement in the region. It’s home to Durham University, the third oldest university in England after Oxford and Cambridge. 

Durham University is ranked as the 86th best university in the world according to the QS Global World Ranking 2021. There are currently about 19,000 students at Durham University.

Unlike most universities, Durham has a collegiate system where each student is assigned to one of its 17 colleges. It has a high satisfaction rate from past and present students and has upgraded its facilities to remain at the vanguard of research. 

Frequently asked questions about student lettings in Durham

How do I apply for university accommodation in Durham?

The application process for student accommodation in Durham is simple and straightforward. All you have to do is choose your ideal student let from the options we have on offer in Durham as well as the type of room you’d like to live in and the dates you’ll be needing it for. 

After you’ve made your selections, click ‘Book Now’ to lock in your property of choice. If you happen to have any questions you need answered or need further information, click ‘Enquire’ and one of our booking consultants will be in touch with you to answer any questions you might have. You can always also call us and contact us on live chat.

Do I need to pay a deposit?

Yes, you’ll need to pay a deposit in order to secure your booking. When you’re finalising the booking, your booking consultant will provide you with more information on this.

What are the different room types you offer?

We offer three different types of rooms in Durham. 

Type 1 – Shared Room

This type of room will provide you with a bedroom that you’ll share with at least one other person. All other facilities are also shared.

Type 2 – Private Room

With this room, you’ll get your own bedroom, and in some properties a private bathroom. You’ll to share other facilities with tenants from other rooms. 

Type 3 – Entire Place

This room type is perfect for those who prefer a self-contained property. You’ll have your own bedroom, bathroom, and cooking facilities, without needing to share anything with anyone.

Can you arrange a viewing for me?

Definitely! If you’re having trouble choosing between multiple options, seeing the properties in person can often help you make up your mind. Just contact us as soon as possible andone of our booking consultants will arrange a viewing for you.