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Durham University is the third oldest university in England and regularly places in the top ten UK university rankings. The University is a member of the prestigious Russell Group, as well as numerous other international university organisations, and is considered a traditional alternative to Oxbridge giants Oxford and Cambridge.
Located in the cathedral city of Durham in the north-east of England, the University campus is divided between the main Durham City campus and the Queen’s Campus in nearby Stockton. Durham University has over 17,000 students enrolled, of whom 1,900 are international students from over 150 countries.
Durham University is a collegiate university, with 16 colleges providing residential, social and welfare facilities for their student members, creating a sense of community for staff and students together. Teaching and most research is handled by academic departments and 30% of the 3,000 staff at the University are international.
The University offers a free coach transfer service from Newcastle Airport at the beginning of term, with a welcome team present at the airport to guide students. Before the beginning of term, the International Office hosts an induction programme, including sessions about study skills, orientation and English language skills.
There is a wide range of general support services, including student financial support, a Careers Advisory Service, the Durham University Service for Students with Disabilities and a University nursery. Libraries are located throughout the university with generous opening times, seven days a week. The Information Technology Service offers networked services in both campuses, with over 1,200 personal computers in classrooms and open access locations.
83% of University of Durham submitted research was classified as “internationally excellent” or “world leading” in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. Areas of particular strength include Anthropology, Archaeology, Chemistry, Classics, Education, English, Law, Music, Physics and Theology.
The college system offers a range of accommodation options for undergraduate and postgraduate students. Durham University colleges provide activities and facilities for study, sports, the arts, socialising, relaxation and welfare. Generally, students will live in their college for the first year, move into private accommodation in their second year and then have the option of returning to the college halls for their final year of study.
All undergraduate students at Durham University are guaranteed accommodation in their first year in the college or society from which they have received an offer. Nearly all colleges at Durham University provide fully catered accommodation, with excellent facilities for study, socialising and exercise. The more intimate nature of living by your chosen college creates a sense of community, plus fantastic chances to play a part in the organisation and responsibilities of the area.
Durham is situated in north east England, and is one of the most picturesque cities in the UK. The skyline is dominated by the 11th Century cathedral and castle, which is a world heritage site. Durham has a range of shops and restaurants, with a daily indoor market and a much larger outdoor market twice a week. The Queen's Campus is located 20 miles from Durham, at Stockton. A free bus service runs daily between the two campuses.
Durham is relatively small and all university departments, colleges and facilities are within walking distance of each other. Likewise if students live in university accommodation at Queen's Campus, the academic buildings are within a five minute walk.