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Durham Cathedral


Durham Castle


The Library


Durham Market Place


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About student living in Bailey


Bailey is a thriving student area that’s home to five Durham University colleges: University College, Hatfield College, St Chad’s College, St John’s College, and St Cuthbert’s Society. Student accommodation in Bailey is extremely well-situated, just a ten-minute walk from the University of Durham. With a network of buses running through the area, it’s also easy to get around the wider city from Bailey.


Student houses in Bailey are right on the doorstep of iconic and historic buildings. Take a walk around the area and you’ll see impressive sites like Durham Castle and Durham Cathedral, surrounded by the River Wear. Even the college buildings are beautiful, so be sure to take a wander around the grounds when visiting friends.

Food and Drink

There are plenty of places to eat and drink in Bailey. Grab some juicy burgers at Fat Hippo Durham, or enjoy traditional Lebanese dishes at Lebaneat. La Spaghettata offers delicious Italian while Riverview Kitchen is the perfect place for brunch with a view of the water. And if you’re looking for delicious cocktails and great deals close to student houses in Bailey, then The Library is the place to go.


Durham student accommodation in Bailey benefits from the perfect balance of culture and nightlife. Explore the exhibits at the Durham Museum or take a tour around the historic Durham Cathedral. And if you’re tired of sight-seeing and looking for a great night out, 24 North Bailey Club, known as 24s, is the place to go for everything from a karaoke night to a bar crawl.


Student houses in Durham, Bailey are within walking distance of plenty of places to shop. Explore all the high street shops you could possibly want at the Prince Bishops Place Shopping Centre. Or, if you fancy something more unique, head to the Durham Market Place to explore exciting offers from more than 40 independent traders.

Student Housing

The wide range of student accommodation Bailey has to offer means there is something for everyone. There are Bailey student properties to suit every taste and budget, from shared student houses to purpose-built apartments. Have a browse of our student housing in Bailey and find your next home, today.

FAQs about student accommodation in Bailey

Is Bailey a student area?

With five university colleges in the area, Bailey is an extremely popular student area. As student accommodation in Bailey is in such close proximity to the University of Durham, they are in high demand every year.

Does Durham University provide accommodation?

Durham University has seventeen colleges which offer accommodation, five of which are located in Bailey. Students will typically live in college in their first year, before moving into independent student houses in Bailey, Claypath, Elvet, the city centre, and the surrounding areas for the rest of their time at university.

Which Durham Colleges are on the Bailey?

There are five colleges located in the Bailey: University College, Hatfield College, St Chad’s College, St John’s College, and St Cuthbert’s Society.

Is Bailey a nice area?

Bailey is a great place to live, with impressive architecture, plenty of culture, and picture-perfect landscapes. But as soon as the sun goes down, Bailey’s iconic buildings become the backdrop for a great night out. You won’t be at a loss for things to do, since the university buildings, shopping, bars, and friends are all nearby. Living in student houses in Durham, Bailey, will give you a chance to experience tried and true Durham from atop its gnarly peninsula and above the River Wear.

Is Bailey safe?

You should feel secure living in Durham student accommodation in Bailey as the area is considered generally safe by current and former residents.

Where is the Bailey in Durham?

The Bailey refers to an area within the bend of the River Wear, which contains the Durham Cathedral and Castle, North and South Bailey, Durham Market Square, and five university colleges.

Are bills included in the cost?

Many student houses in Bailey are now advertised with bills included in the price. Where this is the case, your rental price could include electricity, gas, internet, TV licence and water bills and this is clearly stated on the listing. Properties without bills included are also available, giving you the flexibility to choose your own energy and water suppliers and internet service provider.

Do I need to pay a deposit?

It is normal for property managers to require you to pay a security deposit at the time of booking or before you move in. Where a deposit is required and you are signing a tenancy agreement, your property manager must protect your deposit in a legally recognised tenancy deposit scheme. As long as you look after the property and have no deductions for damage or unpaid rent, your deposit will be returned to you after your tenancy agreement ends. Whilst tenancy deposits are legally capped at five weeks' rent per person, it is more common for student deposits to be in the lower £100-250 range.

How long does a tenancy agreement last for?

The majority of student accommodation in Bailey can be rented for fixed contract lengths. For purpose built student accommodation, 43 and 51-week fixed-term contracts are the most common. For shared houses, 52-week contracts are the most common and generally start in July to September.

Do you offer student accommodation for short-term stays?

Short-term student rentals in Bailey are becoming more popular every year. As a result, property managers are increasingly offering shorter tenancy lengths, whether for the summer period or for individual semesters and terms. This is more common in the purpose-built student accommodation sector than in shared student rental houses across Durham.

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