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Student accommodation in Durham City Centre, Durham

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Durham Castle


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Durham University


Durham Castle


The Riverwalk




Durham Station


Durham University


About student living in Durham City Centre


Durham city centre is a very well-connected area, with its own train station. It’s just a ten-minute bus ride or a fifteen-minute walk from student accommodation in Durham city centre to the Durham University main campus, or a seven-minute walk to the lecture halls at Elvet Riverside. A network of buses also serves the area, making it convenient to get around the wider city.


Student houses in Durham city centre are surrounded by impressive architectural feats, like the Durham Castle or the Durham Cathedral. If you fancy a taste of nature, you can stroll along the Riverside Walk by the River Wear and soak in fantastic views of the entire city. It’s also just a short walk to Wharton Park, where you can enjoy the expansive green space.

Food and Drink

The food and drink scene in Durham city centre is practically unmatched. Durham city centre student accommodation is surrounded by an extensive selection of bars, pubs, restaurants, and cafes. Enjoy a selection of street food at The Food Pit, or take advantage of the excellent deals at Pizza Punks. Inshanghai offers some of the best Chinese food in Durham, while Coarse serves up delicious vegetarian options. For a drink, head to The Three Bridges or The Head of Steam for a lively atmosphere and a great night.


There’s plenty to do close to student accommodation in Durham city centre, from culture to nightlife. For a taste of history, be sure to check out the impressive architectural sites that are Durham Castle or the Durham Cathedral. Relax and unwind by watching the latest films with friends at ODEON Luxe, or enjoy the student nights at Loft nightclub.


There are plenty of places to shop in Durham city centre. Head to The Riverwalk shopping centre or Durham City shopping centre to browse all the high street shops you could possibly want. You’ll also find lots of independent stores and boutiques to explore near Durham city centre student accommodation.

Student Housing

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

FAQs about student accommodation in Durham City Centre

Is Durham city centre a student area?

With a central location, convenient transport links to Durham University, and a vibrant nightlife to explore, student houses in Durham city centre are very popular. There is a high student population in the area.

Is Durham city centre a nice place to live?

Durham city centre is a beautiful area, with the perfect balance of culture, history, and nightlife. With stunning views of the River Wear, Durham city centre is a great place to live.

Is Durham a dangerous city?

Although Durham has been named among the top ten most dangerous counties in the UK, the student areas are usually quite safe. As long as you take sensible precautions like locking your doors and windows when you leave and walking with others at night, you should feel safe living in Durham city centre student accommodation.

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 Durham city centre, Bailey, Claypath, Elvet, and the surrounding areas for the rest of their time at university.

Where do most students live in Durham?

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

How far is Durham train station from Durham city centre?

Durham train station is just a ten-minute walk away from the city centre.

Are bills included in the cost?

Many student houses in Durham city centre 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 Durham city centre 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 Durham city centre 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.

Latest student property news in Durham

Unite Students Commence Renovation Project on Durham PBSA Scheme
Unite Students Commence Renovation Project on Durham PBSA Scheme
PBSA operators Unite Students have initiated the renovation process for a PBSA scheme in Durham, working in partnership with Durham University.
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