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Student accommodation in Elvet, Durham

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Universities close to Elvet


Elvet Riverside


Durham Students' Union


The Racecourse




Durham University


Elvet Riverside


Durham Students' Union


The Racecourse




Durham University


About student living in Elvet


Student houses in Elvet benefit from their central location, less than a five-minute walk from the lecture halls at Elvet Riverside and just a twelve-minute walk or six-minute bus ride away from the main Durham University campus. Elvet is also extremely close to the attractions of the city centre, and with regular buses running through the area, it’s easy to get around the wider city.


Student accommodation in Elvet benefits from being located in one of the most picturesque areas of Durham. You can see stunning views of the city from Elvet Bridge or take a relaxing stroll along the river. The Racecourse is also in Elvet, a wide expanse of green which is now used as a sports ground for Durham University.

Food and Drink

There are plenty of food and drink options close to Durham student houses in Elvet. Head to Zen for contemporary Thai and Pan-Asian options, try Tango for delicious American-style burgers, or visit Barrio Comida for modern Mexican cuisine on a stunning terrace. For drinks, you can get great-value beers at The Half Moon Inn or gin-based cocktails at Tin of Sardines Gin Bar.


Elvet has everything you could want in terms of entertainment, from sporting activities to buzzing nightlife. Head to Durham City Rugby Football Club or Durham City Cricket Club to get involved in sporting matches. Elvet is also home to Durham Students’ Union where you can get involved in lots of groups and events. For a night out, you can be sure to find excellent deals and great vibes at the student nights at Klute and Osbournes.


You’ll never have to stray too far from your Durham student housing in Elvet as the area has plenty of convenience stores. You can also explore the eclectic mix of independent shops in Elvet to pick up a gift or a trinket.

Student Housing

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

FAQs about student accommodation in Elvet

Is Elvet a student area?

Elvet is a popular student area thanks to its proximity to both the university lecture halls and the city’s nightlife. Student houses in Elvet are in high demand every year.

Is Elvet a nice area?

With lecture halls, the city centre, and the Students’ Union right on your doorstep, it is hard to find a location that is better. There’s something worthwhile in every direction, from the riverside to the sports grounds, making Elvet an excellent place to live.

Does Durham University provide accommodation?

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

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 Durham student houses in Elvet, the city centre, the Bailey, Claypath, Gilesgate, Neville’s Cross, and Viaduct.

Is Elvet affordable for students?

Student accommodation in Elvet is typically more expensive. The price points here do alienate some students, so if you choose to live in this area, you’ll have to budget carefully.

Is Elvet, Durham, safe?

Elvet is generally considered to be a safe area. You should feel secure living in Durham student housing in Elvet.

Are bills included in the cost?

Many student houses in Elvet 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 Elvet 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 Elvet 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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