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Universities in Durham The University 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 activities.

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 Garden [map], an 18-acre garden with trees, shrubs and flowers, along with sculptures, a reptile and an exotic plant house.

University of Durham
University Office, Old Elvet, Durham DH1 3HP
0191 334 2000
www.durham.ac.uk

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