Universities in Durham
of Durham was founded in 1832 and developed in both
Durham and Newcastle until 1963, when the independent
University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne was formed.
Now based in the Durham city and the nearby town of Stockton-on-Tees,
the university of is collegiate with each college providing
a centre for students’ sporting, social and residential
Perhaps the most well known college is St Hild and
St Bede’s [map],
which is the largest college at the university and is
set in 16 acres of beautiful grounds on the banks
of the River Wear. The college is known to have some of
the best sporting, non-sporting and academic facilities
of all the Durham colleges, with its own tennis courts,
squash courts, netball courts, a gym, chapel, theatre,
cinema and a large computer room.
Another famous college is Collingwood [map],
which was founded in 1972 as the first purpose-built mixed
college in the university. These days it has around
1100 students, half of whom live in the college grounds.
Students can choose from hundreds of different subject
at the University of Durham, including Ancient History, Geography, English Literature, Medicine, Business Studies and Mathematics.
Many of the city’s finest buildings have been converted
into lecture halls, seminar rooms and halls of residence,
including the famous Durham Castle [map],
which is now home to hundreds of students.
As well as having a reputation as one of the best universities
in the country, The University of Durham also appeals
to tourists with a few of the city’s attractions
on campus including the Oriental Museum [map],
which covers ancient Egypt, Japan and China, and the Botanic
an 18-acre garden with trees, shrubs and flowers, along
with sculptures, a reptile and an exotic plant house.