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Home to a variety of well-known structures, including the 13th-century Crook Hall and the Norman Durham Castle, Durham is a historic county town. From history and heritage to breathtaking panoramic vistas from its picture-perfect cathedral perched atop the peninsula, this Cathedral city has it all. It also houses the world-renowned Durham University, which claims to be Britain's third-oldest university after Oxford and Cambridge. UniAcco’s Durham student accommodation is easily accessible from this university. 

Students looking for student houses in Durham could look at websites such as University Living, which is an AI and tech-enabled student housing platform. This platform has a number of properties that you can filter based on your budget and other choices.

Durham University, a college public research university founded by an Act of Parliament in 1832, is the city's most famous institution. The university is a member of the Russell Group of British research universities, as well as the N8 Research Partnership in the region. Student flats in Durham are in close proximity to Durham University.

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Student Accommodation in Durham

If you're a new or returning student in Durham, you're probably looking for a place to live. For many students, living away from home may be an exhilarating time, opening them a new world of freedom and independence, but it can also be difficult to adjust to. If you're relocating to Durham for school, you'll have a lot of alternatives for finding the appropriate student accommodation in Durham for the duration of your studies. Durham will make you feel at home, whether you choose to live on or off campus.

About Durham

The name "Durham" is derived from the Old English word "Dun" for hill and the Norse word "holme" for island. Dun Cow Lane is claimed to be one of the first streets in the ancient city, and the tale of the Dun Cow and the milkmaid also adds to the naming of this county town.

In 995 AD, a group of Lindisfarne monks carried the body of the Anglo-Saxon Saint Cuthbert. Saint Cuthbert's bier is said to have come to a rest on the hill at Warden Law when they were roaming in the north, and the monks were unable to carry it any farther, no matter how hard they tried. The Bishop of Chester-le-Street (where Saint Cuthbert had previously laid) called for a three-day holy fast and prayers in honour of the Saint. During this time, Saint Cuthbert came to one of the monks, Eadmer, and instructed him that his coffin needed to be brought to "Dun Holm."

Student Housing in Durham

Universities provide outstanding amenities that are used by both domestic and foreign students. Durham’s universities, with their wide halls, also provide superb accommodation. There is also sufficient provision for students who choose private housing. Off-campus, there's plenty for students to do, with fantastic nightlife options such as clubs and restaurants, and for those who want to explore a little farther. Here you will discover information on UniAcco's private student accommodation in Durham, including student lettings in Durham and much more.

Best Places to Stay in Durham

UniAcco offers many options of student accommodation in Durham. The locations of these private student housing in Durham are very affordable and are located close to your university

  • Chapel Heights - This student accommodation in Durham has studio rooms, which may accommodate dual occupancy at no additional cost. A washing room, Wi-Fi, a bed, and on-site personnel available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It has the ANUK and the National Code.
  • Elvet Studios - This student accommodation in Durham offers studio rooms. That means you'll have your own bathroom and kitchen, as well as a private dining and study area. You may also anticipate Wi-Fi, key access, and CCTV security. Students have access to on-site personnel 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Durham University is the closest university at this location.
  • Duresme Court - Duresme Court offers a variety of student accommodation in Durham, each with a fridge, television, microwave, free wifi, dining area, electric stove, all-inclusive utility bills, and a laundry room.
  • St Giles Studio - St Giles Studios offers a variety of contemporary, attractive studios. All studios have a refrigerator, free WiFi, a television, a microwave, a laundry area, and an electric stove.

Cost of Living in Durham

Going to university and moving away from home into a student accommodation in Durham is a significant step toward adulthood. You are in charge of your own funds and budget, in particular. Fortunately, I'm here to give you a broad idea of how much it costs to live in Durham.


  Expense  Monthly Cost (GBP) 
  Off-Campus Accommodation   516
  On-Campus Accommodation   420
  Food (60 meals)     480
  Utilities  92
  Groceries  92
  Transportation  52
  Clothes  39
  Entertainment  38



To begin with, the cost of living in the North of England is normally cheaper than the cost of living in the South. Durham University offers a collegiate system that includes 10 catered colleges, four self-catered colleges, and two catered and self-catered colleges. A catered college can cost between £7,500 and £8,500 (for particular costs, check the link at the end), but the good news is that you don't have to worry about the cost of weekly grocery shopping!

Self-catered colleges are slightly less expensive, ranging from £5,500 to £6,000, but you must provide your own meals. But don't worry, Durham offers a plethora of businesses that provide food and consumables at student-friendly prices:

  • Lidl
  • Tesco
  • Sainsbury’s
  • Iceland
  • Poundland


Durham has a low cost of cinema tickets. There are also many eateries that offer student discounts or are typically extremely affordable. A lunch out can cost as little as £5, but it can cost significantly more depending on where you dine and what you eat. A terrific night out may also be had at a reasonable price in the College bars. Durham has a number of nightclubs that host student nights, which are often less expensive. Durham is a great place for students, there are several stores that offer student discounts through Unidays or Student Beans. In general, as long as you don't waste on non-essentials, the cost of living isn't so high.

Durham Transportation

Walking is the most popular means of transportation for students since it is free and keeps you active; it only takes 30 minutes to walk from one end of the city to the other! Cycling is also popular; many students bring their bikes from home or use the bus; Durham has several bus stations located across the city and near student houses in Durham. Buses are a convenient mode of transportation in Durham since a day student ticket on Arriva buses may cost as low as £1. It's a lot less expensive than getting a cab.

When it comes to getting out of Durham, consider going to Newcastle, which is one of Durham's larger neighbouring cities. It's normally around £7, however students may save money with a 16-25 railcard. It costs £30 for a year or is offered as a free bonus on some student bank accounts, so make sure to check.

Durham Attraction

  1. Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral is officially known as 'The Cathedral Church of Christ, Blessed Mary the Virgin, and St. Cuthbert of Durham.' It is well-known for its stunning British Romanesque-style architecture. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is incredibly breathtaking, whether reached from the tiny lanes of the Old City across Palace Green or from the banks of the River Wear across Prebends Bridge. The edifice, which was completed between 1093 and 1133 (with a few 15th-century flourishes), is accessed by the 12th-century northwest door, which was originally utilised by fugitives seeking asylum.

  1. Open Treasure

Open Treasure is housed in a section of Durham Cathedral that was previously a monks' dormitory and houses a number of the attraction's most valuable treasures and relics, reflecting over 900 years of history. The 7th-century wooden coffin of St. Cuthbert, a silver plate collection previously owned by the Prince Bishops of Durham, and countless antique texts are among its earliest displays.

  1. Durham Castle

Durham Castle, which is now part of the Durham UNESCO World Heritage Site, was built as a castle by the Earl of Northumberland in 1072 and was handed to the city's prince-bishops by William the Conqueror. The Norman Chapel, with its magnificent carved archaic capitals; the vast 14th-century dining-hall; the 16th-century chapel; and the 17th-century Black Stairs, replete with pineapple carvings, are the most noteworthy chambers.

  1. Durham University Museum of Archaeology

The Museum of Archaeology, housed at Durham University's Palace Green Library, includes Roman, Anglo-Saxon, and Norman artefacts. The museum also has a substantial collection of mediaeval items, many of which were unearthed during extensive archaeological investigations in the old city centre in the late twentieth century.

  1. Oriental Museum

The Oriental Museum of the University of Durham is located on Elvet Hill, just a short distance from the ancient city centre, and houses exceptional art and archaeology collections from the Near and Far East. From Ancient Egypt and India through Tibet, China, and Japan, all of the main eastern civilizations and periods are covered.

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