Living in Durham as a student
Durham, located in northeast England on the River Wear, is a town famous for its historical landmarks. Only 15 minutes to Newcastle by train, parts of Durham have been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986. The city is home to over 48,000 residents, with 18,000 students going to its local university, the University of Durham (also referred to as Durham University).
A local legend by a 12th-century chronicler states that Durham was founded by divine intervention by Saint Cuthbert, leading to the setting down of roots in the city. The city of Durham is hence known for its religious significance as the final resting place of Saint Cuthbert and Saint Bede the Venerable, and the Prince Bishop of Durham used to have a high level of power over the entire area. The whole of the centre of Durham has been designated a conservation area, with over 630 listed buildings, like the Church of St Margaret of Antioch, Crossgate, Crook Hall, Elvet Bridge, and Durham Castle situated inside the city centre. Durham Castle is the only Norman castle keep never to have suffered a breach, and Durham Cathedral (The Cathedral Church of Christ, Blessed Mary the Virgin and St Cuthbert of Durham) is one of the most beautiful Romanesque cathedrals in Europe. Sports is a large part of Durham life, and the city has teams for archery, cricket, football, and rowing, the latter of which is a big part of university sports. In terms of nightlife, Durham has quite a few college bars and nightclubs, which help to cater to all the students.
Durham Castle itself was built in the 11th century, and is currently being used as one of the locations within Durham University’s campus on Durham City. There is another campus, Queen’s Campus, that is located in the town of Thornaby-on-Tees, 48 kilometres away from Durham City. When it comes to accommodation, students tend to look for housing options in Viaduct, on the west side of town, or areas such as Claypath, Elvet, and Neville’s Cross.