Durham University is distinctive - a residential Collegiate University with long traditions and modern values. We seek the highest distinction in research and scholarship and are committed to excellence in all aspects of education and transmission of knowledge. Our research and scholarship affects every continent. We are proud to be an international scholarly community which reflects the ambitions of cultures from around the world. We promote individual participation, providing a rounded education in which students, staff and alumni gain both the academic and the personal skills required to flourish.

To help you really make the most of your experience with us and develop a broad range of skills to equip you for your future career and life, we provide a huge variety of extra-curricular activities in both Durham City and Queen's Campus. We encourage you to get involved, either through your college or at University-level, in whatever you are interested in so that you can develop skills and experiences far beyond the walls of the lecture theatres.

There are endless opportunities and activities for getting involved.

  • Over 200 different societies to join
  • Opportunities to play for one of over 500 sports teams across 18 different sports
  • Take part in one of 60 student theatre productions every year
  • Raise money for a range of 120 charities
  • Volunteer with a choice of over 40 local community projects

Whether you want to volunteer for charity work, stage a play, sing in a choir, or captain a college sports team, you will find many opportunities for joining in, mixing with different people and simply trying something new. By trying out new activities you might even find that you develop a passion for something you had never even considered before! And if joining a club or society at University-level seems a bit daunting, you can get involved in many of the activities in the smaller setting of your college instead.

A World Top 100 University

All subjects ranked in the UK top 10 (Complete University Guide 2015)

91% of our students say they are satisfied with their experience at Durham (National Student Survey 2014)

Ranked in the top 25 globally for employer reputation (QS World University Rankings)