Durham University is the third-oldest university in England, after Oxford and Cambridge. It is a proud member of the Russell Group and currently ranks 86th in the world (QS World University Rankings 2021).
Durham is a friendly city with UNESCO Heritage sites and beautiful landscapes dominating the entire city. There are plenty of high-street shops, theatres, festivals, and nature trails to explore; the city is a popular destination. By studying here, you’ll join over 18,700 students from over 130 countries.
College communities are at the heart of the distinctive Durham student experience, each offering a diverse, multidisciplinary community of academics, students and staff from different backgrounds and cultures. With this, and the excellent support systems in place at the university, students can expect a warm welcome.
Learn more about why you should consider studying at Durham University below and, if you wish to begin your UK university application, arrange a free consultation with SI-UK London today.
Five Reasons to Choose Durham University
1. The Collegiate System
All Durham students are a member of one of 17 residential colleges. Colleges offer a place for students to live, socialise and study, and create a close sense of community. You can study any subject at any college and all colleges offer a diverse student community.
All colleges have their own individual traditions, from college mascots to annual black tie balls. Many hold regular gowned formal dinners, while others offer less formal events like music performances and costume parties. Research what is the perfect for your lifestyle before applying.
2. Historic Location and Small City Atmosphere
The University is spread throughout the centre of the city of Durham, and is within easy walking distance of all colleges. You can walk from one end of Durham to the other in around 45 minutes, meaning you are never far away from home and friends.
Durham University is centred on a UNESCO World Heritage Site which covers Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle, home to University College. The Castle and Cathedral are nearly 1000 years old and remain a working and central part of university life. The history continues outside of the World Heritage Site, with traditional cobbled streets and ancient buildings throughout the town.
3. Global Ranking
Durham University is a world top 100 university, ranked overall at 86th in the QS World University Rankings 2021. Individual subjects are also regularly ranked within the world top 50 and Theology & Religion, Archaeology, and Geography departments are ranked in the Global Top 10 by the QS World University Rankings 2021.
Durham is regularly ranked in the top 10 UK universities, and is currently 6th in the Times Good University Guide 2021.
4. Student Experience
Durham University has been the BUCS Number 1 Team Sports University for the last 6 years and colleges have more than 700 sports teams between them, with alumni including Olympians and professional athletes. The University also have more than 90 theatre productions each year for those interested in drama, and more than 1200 musicians among the student body.
5. Variety of Courses
Durham offers one of the broadest ranges of courses in the UK covering the Arts & Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences with over 200 undergraduate and 100 taught postgraduate courses, and many research programmes.
Study at Durham University
Are you interested in studying at Durham University? Begin your journey by arranging a free consultation with SI-UK London today.