Find your student accommodation in Durham

Student Accommodation Durham

Home to one of the UK's best universities, Durham is a beautiful city with students at it heart. Here you will find all types of student accommodation in Durham including student houses, flats and halls.

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Not sure what type of accommodation is right for you?

AFS always has the widest choice of student accommodation available. To help you find the right place to live, read our brief guide to the different types of accommodation below.

University Hall
  • University residences which are generally full of first year undergraduates are a great way to adjust to living away from home and making new friends. Uni halls are usually located close to campus.

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Private Halls
  • Generally offer a higher level of amenities than University Halls, at higher rents. Will be home to a more diverse mix of students and normally located close to campus.

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House
  • A house share with a group of friends is often the lowest cost option and popular as the next step after living in Halls. Typically located in student friendly areas which require some travel to University.

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Flat
  • A flat or apartment is similar to a house share on a smaller scale and will normally have one or two bedrooms. Ideal for smaller groups or couples.

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Studio
  • Either a premium room in a Private Hall of Residence or a self-contained flat or apartment where all of the amenities are in one space. Typically the most expensive option.

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Homestay
  • A room in a house where the landlord or owner currently lives. A good option if you are not too concerned about living with other students and are budget conscious.

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Bedsit
  • A self-contained room, which includes most amenities but with shared bathroom facilities.

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Spare room
  • A room available in a house share, where a group of existing housemates want to fill an empty room. A good way of getting the benefits of a house share without an established group of friends.

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Living in Durham as a student

Durham is a historic city and the county town of County Durham – and it is also home to Durham University. Made up of 16 colleges, Durham University is a world top 100 university and has seen many illustrious students pass through its doors, including Gaby Logan, George Alagiah, Will Carling and Jeremy Vine.

Durham University consistently ranks highly in many of the world university rankings, such as the QS World University Rankings and Time Higher Education World Reputation Rankings as well. This shows that not only is Durham the place to go for excellent teaching and research, but it also produces happy students as well.

Durham City itself is a beautiful city packed full of stunning architecture – and we have to mention the amazing Cathedral and Castle which were recently awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. There are also awe-inspiring museums to visit as well – such as The Oriental Museum which specialises in the major civilisations of the East.

There is also a vibrant shopping scene in Durham, with plenty of high street shops to choose from as well as a mix of independent boutiques and an indoor market as well. There are also many festivals hosted in Durham, such as the popular Lumiere Festival, the Durham Book Festival and Musicon.

If something more natural is more to your taste, then there are plenty of green spaces for you to enjoy, such as the University’s 10 acres of botanic gardens, or you can hire a boat and row down the River Wear.

Durham is really a diverse place, with lots of things to offer students, and so if you are looking for any type of student accommodation in Durham we are here to help.

Here you will find details of private rented accommodation offered by private landlords/letting agents in Durham including; student houses, student flats/apartments in Durham, bed-sits in Durham, larger housing schemes in Durham.

Durham Student Guide

Durham is located in the north-east of England and is well known for its Norman cathedral and stunning architecture. Durham possesses the best of both worlds; home to both city bustle and peaceful nature walks.

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Durham

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you going to live and study in Durham? Here are the most frequent questions asked by other students.

When is the best time to look for accommodation in Durham?

Most students look for shared housing in Durham from October, although there will be student accommodation available all year round. First year and international students generally start looking in January for halls of residence.

How much does student accommodation cost in Durham?

The amount you pay will depend on the type of student accommodation you choose. A shared house in Durham will cost you £84 per week. A halls of residence will cost, on average £149 per week, but could cost more depending on what type of room you select.

What is the best way to search for accommodation in Durham?

Accommodation for Students has the widest range of student accommodation currently available in Durham. This includes halls of residence, house shares, flats and apartments. You can enquire directly to your chosen accommodation or get more support through our live help team. AFS has accommodation across the whole city including Claypath and Elvet.

How long does a tenancy agreement last for?

In Durham the standard length of contract is 46 weeks. However it is possible to have a longer or shorter agreement than this. Some halls of residence will only offer a 50 or 52 week tenancy agreement for example.

Is it possible to have a short term or summer only contract in Durham?

Yes, a selection of the student accommodation listed on AFS will offer short term stays. This is most often the case for halls of residence in Durham. Look out for the properties which have the short term let badge or filter your search by ‘letting period’.

How much do I have to pay for a deposit?

This will depend on the type of property you choose. The most anyone can legally charge is 5 weeks rent. Some accommodation in Durham halls of residence will not require a deposit at all, while on average the deposit in a shared house in Durham will be £336.

How can I make sure I get my deposit back at the end of my tenancy?

All landlords and property manages in Durham are legally required to protect your deposit in a legally recognised tenancy deposit scheme. If you take care of your student accommodation you should have no problem getting your money back. You can check out some further information right here.

Durham Universities

Durham is home to one major university.