Durham University came fourth in a recent survey into student satisfaction (as voted by students) as well as picking up ‘University of the Year’ in the Sunday Times annual guide 2005.
The city itself also has much to offer with a rich heritage and chequered history. The market town feel, with its cobbled streets, street entertainment and pedestrianised shopping, is set off by a more modern movement of stylish bars and sumptuous eateries.
Read what Durham’s students have to say about their second home...
New students starting at Durham University might like to try one of my favourite bars on the river bank. Chase is rather cool, has classy music (usually) and nice views of the river. Importantly, it welcomes students and usually has some offers and promotions on drinks and food. You can get a nice bottle of wine in an ice bucket for under a fiver with as many glasses as you need. Basic food includes cheesy chips, burgers and other student ‘staples’. Go and have a look!
Durham Cathedral is known not only for its architecture but also for its incomparable setting, and was one of Britain's first World Heritage Sites. It is also recognisable as one of the settings for the Harry Potter films. If you can manage it, the tiring 364 step climb up to the top of the tower is well worth the effort.
My ex boyfriend took me to Oldfields once for a bit of a treat and the food was amazing. It’s pricey but nice for a special occasion. The emphasis is heavily on organic food and locally produced goods – they even have a separate ‘Taste Of The North East’ menu, which is all cooked with local produce. Downstairs is modern, light and airy but on the first floor is a beautiful oak-panelled room with lovely stain-glass windows. If you’re going to fork out for a more expensive meal, then I recommend making sure you have a table booked upstairs.