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Student accommodation in Gilesgate, Durham

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Universities close to Gilesgate


The Queen's Head


College of St. Hild and St. Bede


Gilesgate Park




Durham University


The Queen's Head


College of St. Hild and St. Bede


Gilesgate Park




Durham University


About student living in Gilesgate


Gilesgate student accommodation is a little further away from Durham University, but you can still get there in less than twenty minutes on the bus. Plus, it’s just a ten-minute bus ride to the lecture halls at Elvet Riverside or into the city centre. Gilesgate is also home to the College of St. Hild and St. Bede, so you’ll be well-positioned to visit friends living there.


Student houses in Gilesgate are close to lots of pretty areas where you can escape the city. Take a relaxing walk by the river or go for a stroll through Pelaw Wood. Head to Gilesgate Park with friends to hang out in this small but accessible green space.

Food and Drink

There are plenty of pubs, restaurants, and cafes close to student accommodation in Gilesgate. You can enjoy Vietnamese cuisine at Vina Pho or grab a pint at The Queen’s Head. And if you fancy a takeaway after, why not try Bells Fish & Chips or Gilesgate Golden Chippy?


There’s plenty to get stuck into when living in Gilesgate student accommodation. To get your fitness kick, head over to The Unity Gym for a workout. And if you’re looking for ways to unwind with friends, get a team together, channel your competitive spirit, and join the weekly pub quiz at The Queen’s Head.


Gilesgate is a haven of shopping opportunities. With a Lidl, ALDI, Tesco, and Sainsbury’s in close proximity, you can pick up all your essentials without going too far from student accommodation in Gilesgate. You can also browse Boots, Home Bargains, TK Maxx, The Range, and B&M in the area - what more could you want?

Student Housing

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

FAQs about student accommodation in Gilesgate

Is Gilesgate a student area?

Despite being slightly further away from the university, Gilesgate is still a popular student area. With the College of St. Hild and St. Bede in the area and Elvet Riverside lecture halls just ten minutes away, student accommodation in Gilesgate, Durham, is very popular every year.

Is Gilesgate a nice place to live?

Gilesgate is a lovely place to live with lots of nearby shops, pubs, and restaurants. You can really make yourself at home in Gilesgate because of its diverse community, local charm, and welcoming atmosphere.

What is Gilesgate, Durham, like?

Gilesgate is a great area, set just a little back from the centre of Durham. There is plenty to keep you entertained when living in student accommodation in Gilesgate, Durham, as there are lots of local shops and pubs to explore.

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 Gilesgate, Elvet, the city centre, the Bailey, Claypath, Neville’s Cross, and Viaduct.

Is Gilegate affordable for students?

As it is a little further afield, Gilesgate student accommodation is more affordable than that in other areas of Durham. Students in Gilesgate tend to get some of the best rental deals.

Is Gilesgate, Durham, safe?

You should feel secure living in student houses in Gilesgate as current and former residents report feeling safe in the area.

Are bills included in the cost?

Many student houses in Gilesgate 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 Gilesgate 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 Gilesgate 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

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