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Welcome to Durham

Condé Nast Traveller was spot on when it referred to Durham as “the best city in the UK.” Durham is the perfect example of what a city should be – plenty to do, fabulous architecture, a great selection of shops, an excellent university and a rich heritage. Durham is also dotted with beautiful green spaces and lovely riverside areas, meaning that you’re never too far from the beauty of the countryside, even in the heart of the city.

Student Accommodation - Durham

  • From £129.50 per week
  • Bookings NOW OPEN for Sept'18
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Ernest Place

Exceptional student living in Durham

  • July to July tenancies available!
  • Private fitness suite and relaxing sauna 
  • Residents’ club lounge, on-site cinema and two dinner party rooms 
  • Glass-walled sky lounge and roof terrace with views of Durham
  • All-inclusive rents & 24/7 concierge service
  • High speed broadband & Wi-Fi
  • Group bookings and ‘live with your friends’ offered
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Accommodation for Durham

Bookings now open for Sept' 2018

We are now accepting bookings for tenancies commencing in September 2018. As places are going fast, we would advise you to book as early as possible.

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Student Life in Durham

With university buildings dotted around the city centre, Durham offers the ideal compact city experience for students. Great restaurants, lively nightlife and a vast array of entertainment options mean that Durham is a fantastic choice for students looking to make the most of their years at uni.


A world top 100 university and one of the oldest in the UK, Durham University is made up of 16 colleges, the majority of which are spread across the extensive city centre campus. Blending ancient roots and modern facilities, the university is regularly ranked at around 5th or 6th position in the UK league tables due to its excellent academic credentials and amenities.

Getting around

Durham is a perfectly compact city, which makes getting around easy. Charming cobbled streets and the prominent peninsula that is home to the Durham Cathedral and Castle World Heritage Site are ideal for exploring on foot or by bike.

Durham bus station has 11 stands and services destinations around the city, as well as further afield. The city’s railway station is on the East Coast Main Line, with trains running to Edinburgh in the North and London in the South.

Durham is well placed when it comes to air travel – both Newcastle Airport and Durham Tees Valley Airport are about 25 miles from the city.


From vintage clothing stores to modern malls, Durham has something for every shopper. The Gates and Prince Bishops are the city’s two main shopping centres, while along the high street quirky craft shops, independent stores and upscale boutiques provide excellent variety.

For those who like a bargain, there’s also the Dalton Park outlet shopping centre, located around 10 miles outside of the city.


Durham is packed with options when it comes to enjoying a night out. From elegant champagne bars to rowdy comedy clubs to art house cinema, Durham has something to appeal to everyone. The city is also home to half a dozen nightclubs, offering music to suit a broad range of tastes.

Restaurants and eating out

Durham has a surprising number of dining options, given the compact size of the city centre. Whether you fancy a quick burger or a sophisticated silver service supper, Durham has the perfect restaurant. The city is also known for its Italian food, so lovers of good pizza and great pasta will feel right at home.


Durham has a broad spectrum of sporting activities. Archery is popular, with several clubs dotted around the city, including national award winners. The city is also home to its own cricket club, Durham City Cricket Club, which has a ground near the River Wear.

Durham City AFC is a non-league football club, while Durham Women’s FC (known as The Wildcats and owned by Durham University) shares the ground at New Ferens Park.

Rowing is a popular sport in Durham and the River Wear provides plenty of opportunities for the city’s various rowing and boating clubs. Ice skating and rugby are also widely available in and around the city.

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Author Bill Bryson called Durham “a perfect little city.” It is well known for its stunning cathedral and 11th century castle, which has been home to Durham University since 1832. The River Wear, on which the city sits, provides some fantastic scenery, while Durham is also home to plenty of parks and gardens to entertain those who enjoy the great outdoors.

The city has plenty of shopping and entertainment options to suit all tastes. Museums, art galleries, theatres, comedy clubs, art house cinema and a huge selection of restaurants, bars and coffee houses are just waiting to be discovered.

Durham city centre is a delightful mix of ancient buildings, cobbled streets and contemporary shops, selling everything from locally made homewares to designer labels from around the world. With a population of around 50,000, Durham is the perfect size – there’s always something fun to do, but the city doesn’t feel like it suffers from overcrowding in the way that many modern UK cities do.

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We are now accepting bookings for tenancies commencing in September 2018. As places are going fast, we would advise you to book as early as possible.

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