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Gala Theatre and Cinema




Elvet Riverside


Durham Station


Durham University


Gala Theatre and Cinema




Elvet Riverside


Durham Station


Durham University


About student living in Claypath


Student houses in Claypath, Durham, are very well-situated, just a nine-minute walk away from the lecture halls at Elvet Riverside and a ten-minute bus ride from the Durham University main campus. Claypath is also very close to the five colleges in the Bailey, so you’re perfectly positioned to visit your friends. With Durham train station just a ten-minute walk away, it’s also easy to pop home for the weekend.


Claypath student accommodation in Durham is within walking distance of The Sands, an expansive park. The Sands is the perfect place to hang out with friends in the sun, go for a kickabout, or take a relaxing walk. You can also stroll along the bank of the River Wear which runs around Claypath, and enjoy the scenic views.

Food and Drink

Claypath student accommodation is in a buzzy location, surrounded by bars, restaurants, cafes, and pubs. Head to CoHo for everything from quirky cocktails to afternoon tea or enjoy authentic Italian at Bistro Italiano. Grab some cheap drinks in the lively atmosphere at The Bishops’ Mill or try the Woodman Inn for traditional pub specials.


There’s plenty to do close to student accommodation in Claypath. Catch the latest flicks or watch a live performance at Gala Theatre and Cinema. Head to Freeman’s Quay Leisure Centre to use their fitness suite or take an exercise class. And, if you fancy a great night out, make sure to visit The Drunken Duck. With a treehouse terrace, regular live music, and a vibrant atmosphere, you’ll be sure to have a great time at this popular bar.


While Claypath might not be your first destination for a shopping spree, it still has plenty of places where you can pick up your essentials. Tesco Express, Durham Food Store, and Claypath Convenience Store are all close to Claypath student accommodation, so you’ll never have to go too far to grab your groceries.

Student Housing

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

FAQs about student accommodation in Claypath

Is Claypath a student area?

As the area is conveniently situated for lectures, and offers a vibrant and buzzing nightlife scene, Claypath student accommodation in Durham is extremely popular.

Is Claypath, Durham, a nice place to live?

Claypath is an excellent place to live, offering picturesque views, efficient transport links, and an unrivalled selection of bars, restaurants, cafes, and pubs.

Does Durham University provide accommodation?

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

Is Claypath, Durham, safe?

As long as you take sensible precautions, you should feel safe living in Claypath Durham student houses as there is such a high student population.

Where do most students live in Durham?

There isn’t one specific area in Durham where students live during their time at university. However, students tend to live in student houses in Claypath, the Bailey, Durham city centre, Elvet, Gilesgate, Neville’s Cross, and Viaduct.

Where is Claypath in Durham?

Claypath is an area to the north of the Bailey, bordered by Gilesgate and the River Wear.

Are bills included in the cost?

Many student houses in Claypath 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 Claypath 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 Claypath 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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