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I thought I'd give you a taster of what life is like at Durham university.... why you might ask? because I know when I was first applying to university, you get fed so much information but its never by the students themselves only the staff who don't really appreciate university life...So lets start from the beginning......
Its Autumn 2002 and I'm deciding which university I want to spend the next few years of my life at! I can tell you now its such a daunting time and there are so many universities around so how do you make the decision?
I'd heard about Durham just because its seen as a bit of a red-brick institute! but also that they achieve good results in a nice city. In March 2003 I made my first trip up to the north to visit it. I must admit I was terrified because university seemed such a huge thing. My mum and I arrived in the morning and went in search of my chosen department ( modern languages). I loved the city instantly with its quaint little shops and cobbled streets and I felt I could really feel at home there.
The university isnt on a campus but instead spread around the city..... but don't worry its a pretty small place so you won't be walking miles and miles each day!
Anyway eventually I arrived at the department and everyone was so welcoming and friendly - I really felt at ease. I think I knew then that this was the university for me so when I got back home I made it my first choice destination!
~~~Colleges~~~I think one of the most distintive features about Durham is its collegiate system whereby every student is assigned a college which is to be their home while they live there. Durham has 11 undergraduate colleges in total :
St.Hild & St.Bede
University (aka castle)
Now I can't speak for all the other colleges but at St.Aidans the accommodation is pretty good! There are 3 straights : A,B & C i.e. corridors housing about 100 people (admittedly these could do with some work but I think they are getting re-furbished during Summer 2004). The we have B and C curves which basically are like travel lodge type rooms! They have been totally re-furbished, all with nternet connection, fridge, sink and modern furniture!
Finally we have the houses. These are for 3rd years but each house has two freshers in! I was one of the lucky ones and managed to end up in a House.
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