University students: 14,570 (16.6%)
Durham is situated 13 miles to the south west of Sunderland on the River Wear. The city of 87,656 people has a large number of university students for its size. Students from the University of Durham comprise one out of every six city residents.
Although the university has a collegiate structure, many of the students' activities happen around the city and not just within the colleges. Dispersed across the city are the academic facilities of the university and the living and recreational facilities of the colleges, including college bars. This keeps students connected to the city.
Apart from the university, Durham is known for its historic buildings. The whole centre of Durham is a conservation area. There are over 630 listed buildings, with Durham Cathedral and Castle forming part of a World Heritage Site.
Durham City is easily reached by rail or road. However, the centre of the city is compact owing to Durham's cramped mediaeval town planning. Traffic can be very heavy at peak times. A congestion charge gives further encouragement for motorists to use Park & Ride (outer city parking and shuttle services).
Durham University students practise rowingEstablished in 1832, Durham University is England's third-oldest Higher Education Institute after Oxford and Cambridge. As a collegiate university, its main functions are divided between the academic departments of the university and 16 colleges. In general, the departments perform research and give lectures while the colleges oversee the domestic arrangements and welfare of students, including study management.
Durham University owns a large estate that is divided across two locations: Durham City and Queen's Campus, Stockton on Tees (17 miles from Durham). The two locations are connected via a free bus service that runs frequently throughout the week. Durham City is the main location of the university and contains 14 of the 16 colleges along with most of the academic departments.
Durham students belong to a college for the duration of their time at the university. Most students live in their college for the first year of their undergraduate life, then choose to 'live-out' in their second year, and subsequently have the option of moving back into college for their final year. Self-catered residential packages are around £4,450.
Sport at Durham is a key aspect of student life, with the vast majority of students taking part. Fifty or so university-level sport clubs are organised, with many based at a sports centre that has 26 courts and pitches for sports ranging from rugby to lacrosse to netball. Additional facilities include eleven boat houses, a fitness studio and weights room. The university also owns The Racecourse, which has another eight courts and pitches for cricket, rugby, squash and football.
The university has a strong reputation for research and student course evaluations are positive. Durham University has a course satisfaction rating of 4.3 / 5.0. Tuition fees for international students start at £13,300 per year.