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A perfect little city...

This historic city has a wonderfully relaxed feel and yet maintains a very vibrant contemporary culture with numerous restaurants, cafes and bars and several well-known museums and galleries. Most famous of all are Durham Castle and Durham Cathedral which together make up a world heritage site. According to the Independent newspaper (2015) Durham offers students the best quality of life in the UK. No wonder Bill Bryson called it ‘a perfect little city’.

4 reasons why our students love Durham

Auckland Castle

Auckland Castle

For almost 900 years, Auckland Castle has been the palace of the Prince Bishops of Durham.

Beamish Museum

Visit the north east of England during the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s at the Beamish Museum.
High Force waterfall

High Force

In the heart of the Durham Dales, High Force is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the country.
The Gala Theatre

The Gala Theatre

The theatre offers a mix of drama productions, comedy, live music as well as a cinema programme.

Local area


There's plenty of affordable ways to get around Durham using public transport. Arriva buses operate around the town and, if you're travelling further afield, Durham train station makes connecting with cities like Newcastle and Edinburgh simple. It's easy to travel abroad from Durham too, with Newcastle Airport around 30 minutes away by taxi.


Aside from facilities on campus, you can expect to find plenty of sports facilities in Durham including the Freemans Quay Leisure Centre. The leisure centre is just 15 minutes from your accommodation on foot, and boasts two pools, a gym and exercise classes.


Durham is a great city for shopping, with plenty of independent shops and boutiques as well as national chains. Looking for a bargain? Head to Dalton Park, the biggest shopping centre in the North East, which boasts high street labels, including Adidas, GAP and Levi's, at discount prices.