About Durham

Durham is a popular university town in the north east of England located on the River Wear. Home to around 17,500 students, the city combines the beautiful architecture, fantastic outdoor spaces and a vibrant student buzz you would expect from such a popular student town.

You’ll have fantastic historical sites such as Durham Castle, Durham Cathedral, Crook Hall and Gardens and the Botanic Gardens on your doorstep. The city is also close to the North Pennines so there are plenty of outdoor adventures to be had. The nearby cities of Newcastle and Sunderland are also available to explore.

Popular Student Areas of Durham

The Viaduct

The viaduct area is great for shopping and enjoying the local pubs. It sits close to the city’s train station and a short walk to the city centre and the riverfront.


Claypath is a great location to the north of the historic city centre and within walking distance of a number of Durham lecture halls. The area has some great local amenities on hand and all the benefits of the city centre available.


A little further east from Durham city centre is the area of Gilesgate. Still offering good amenities the area is quieter but still within easy commute of the city centre via regular buses.

Church Street

Another popular location which runs from the city centre to the cluster of Durham university buildings. Easy access to town and a number of great local pubs can be enjoyed here. While also being perfect for the daily commute to lectures.

Top Universities in Durham

  • Durham University