Student support at Durham
CollegesStudent experienceUndergraduate

Student support at Durham

The collegiate system For those of you who don’t know, Durham is a collegiate university with seventeen different colleges, which means that once you’re allocated a college this is where you stay for first year (unless you live out) and this becomes a kind of community for the rest of your time at university. For the…
My top tips for revising for exams
Student experienceUndergraduate

My top tips for revising for exams

Exams are a tough time for everybody, so don’t feel alone in being stressed out or slightly lost as to where to even start revising. This year there’s been so much uncertainty around exams, but we do know you will face exams one day so I’m going to tell you my top tips for revising. Start early Exams are…
Moving out in 2020
Student experience

Moving out in 2020

Granted, this year so far hasn’t been how I imagined it would be moving out. My images of going out all the time, cooking for friends, and beating any challenger to my FIFA 21 crown can’t happen under current circumstances (bar humbling any challenger to my FIFA crown!). I’m someone who last year tended to live in the…
Student food and fending for myself
Durham CityStudent experience

Student food and fending for myself

In my first year – like most students here at Durham – I was in catered accommodation. St. Mary’s is a fully catered college with its own kitchen and large dining hall, and it was there that I got most of my meals last year. This year is slightly different though, I have chosen to live out of college in a privately rented…
Being an adult - what does that even mean?!
CollegesStudent experience

Being an adult - what does that even mean?!

“So, how do you work this thing”, I thought looking at the washing machines in my college laundry room. I had absolutely no idea which compartment the detergent went in, how much was necessary and who even knew that softener was a thing?! I ended up just calling my mum and having her talk me through it. That was just one of…
Writing an essay, from start to finish
Student experience

Writing an essay, from start to finish

Going from sixth form to university is a big change in many ways, you have to learn to live independently and navigate living with complete strangers. While you may have honed your essay writing skills previously, university requires a different approach to writing essays.  Planning is essential To write a good…
What I did last Thursday: online edition
Student experience

What I did last Thursday: online edition

It is always helpful to get an idea of what you could be doing in your day to day when starting something new. While what I tend to do varies week by week and day by day, there are some foundations that are generally the same, and make sure that I have a good balance between doing work and free time.  8am I…