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Wharton Park


Elvet Riverside


Durham University


Durham Station




Wharton Park


Elvet Riverside


Durham University


About student living in Viaduct


The Viaduct is one of Durham’s most popular student areas, thanks to it’s convenient location near both the university and the city’s nightlife. Durham student accommodation in the Viaduct is just a fifteen-minute bus or a twenty-minute walk away from Durham University, and a fifteen-minute walk away from the city centre. If you have lectures at Elvet Riverside, all the better - the Viaduct is just a ten-minute bus journey away. The area is also extremely close to Durham train station, making it easy for you to visit other cities if you want to.


Student accommodation in the Durham Viaduct is just a short walk away from Wharton Park. With views over the entire city, this hilly park is the perfect place to hang out with friends in summer, play some sport, or go for a stress-relieving walk (if you don’t mind a bit of a climb, that is).

Food and Drink

Pubs, bars, restaurants, and cafes surround Viaduct student accommodation, so you’ll never be short of options. Enjoy delicious Indian cuisine at Alishaan or snuggle up with some furry friends over coffee at The Pawsome Cat Cafe. If you prefer your coffee cat-free, there’s also Bean Social nearby. Student houses in Viaduct are perfect for you if you love a good pub. Grab a pint at one of the many local options, including The Station House, The Water House, and Ye Old Elm Tree.


You’ll never be short of things to do when living in student accommodation in the Viaduct. Be sure to look out for live performances at events at the Wharton Park Amphitheatre. You’ll also be in the centre of the action when it comes to nightlife in Durham. Head to Babylon or Loft for affordable student nights with great vibes.


There are lots of shops on North Road, close to student houses in the Viaduct. You’ll be able to do everything from a quick supermarket run to a leisurely browse of independent boutiques in the area when living in Durham student houses in the Viaduct.

Student Housing

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

FAQs about student accommodation in Viaduct

Is Viaduct, Durham, a student area?

With a buzzing nightlife and easy access to all the student hotspots, it’s no wonder that all you see in the Viaduct are students. Year after year, the area attracts a horde of students who want to occupy the rows of Durham student houses in the Viaduct that sit alongside the arched railway.

Is the Viaduct area in Durham safe?

You should feel secure living in Durham student accommodation in the Viaduct, as there is a very high student population. Current and former residents consider the area generally safe.

When was the Durham Viaduct built?

The Durham Viaduct was built in 1856, making it a historic landmark in Durham.

Does Durham University provide accommodation?

Durham University has seventeen colleges which offer accommodation. Typically, students will live in their college in their first year, before moving into independent student houses in the Viaduct, Neville’s Cross, Elvet, Durham city centre, the 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 do tend to live in Viaduct, Durham student houses, as well as in areas like Elvet, the city centre, the Bailey, Claypath, and Gilesgate.

Is the Viaduct a good area to live in?

When you live in Viaduct student accommodation, friends and good times will always be at your doorstep. Stroll alongside the Viaduct’s themed bars, nightclubs, and dirt-cheap eateries any night of the week and you’ll understand just why this area is unmistakably known as Durham’s liveliest neighbourhood. As it’s such a great place to live, it’s no surprise that Durham student housing in the Viaduct is so popular.

Are bills included in the cost?

Many student houses in Viaduct 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 Viaduct 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 Viaduct 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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