About Durham University

Consistently ranked in the top six in the UK and in the top 100 across the world, Durham is also one of the most distinctive universities. It is a residential collegiate university with a welcoming community of more than 20,000 students and over 4,300 members of staff.

Set within the historically rich City of Durham in the North East of England, which is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is an undeniably beautiful place in which to base your home and work life.

This diverse estate compromises over 320 buildings ranging in age from 1076 AD through to new, state of the art buildings. Durham Castle and the buildings around Palace Green are part of the World Heritage Site, 3 properties are scheduled ancient monuments, 4 properties are listed Grade 1, 79 properties are listed Grade 2 and 60 properties are within the City’s conservation area.

Approximately 17% of the University’s estate is over 150 years old, yet they have married this with the development of new cutting-edge facilities.

Durham University in numbers

17 %
of the estate over 150 years old

The Estate Strategy & Masterplan

The Estate Masterplan identifies the potential capacity of the estate and presents possible development opportunities. It is a guide to how they could develop the estate over the long-term. It will protect Durham’s important heritage for generations to come, safeguard Durham’s positition as a collegiate University at the heart of the national, regional and local economy; and create facilities to enhance the University’s reputation and support their vision to be world-leading in research, education and the wider student experience.

The Masterplan seeks to build on and strengthen the relationship between City and University, by easing accommodation constraints, enhancing access and developing facilities for common use. They are committed to being closely engaged with local and regional stakeholders in the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as local residents, thus fulfilling an important role within Durham. Stockton and the wider North East.