Arriving in Durham


(international students see below)

The following information is provided by the University Estates & Buildings Department. If your parents are bring you by car on Sunday 29th September then you need to familiarise yourself with the following arrangements.

Special Traffic Arrangements for Sunday 29th September

The University looks forward to welcoming you and your family members to Durham and to your co-operation in ensuring that the arrival of all new students on Sunday 29th September runs smoothly.

If you have already visited Durham you may have seen that in the centre of Durham the streets are very narrow and the parking very restricted. The University has a particular problem in that access to the Peninsula (the area around the Cathedral and Castle) is restricted to one very narrow street. This creates problems on this particular Sunday each year when over 2000 new students arrive, usually by car with their parents, and about 700 of these cars need access to the Peninsula.

In order to avoid this congestion and to ensure that you do not take as much as an hour to complete the last few hundred yards of your journey, the University and Police authorities have introduced special controls for traffic on the Peninsula (i.e. south of the Market Place) on Sunday 29th September and you will require a permit for access to the College listed at the head of this letter.

If you are travelling to Durham by car on the above day, you are required to:

  • Complete the form to request an ‘access permit’ to St Chad’s College.
  • All vehicles are asked to report to the Belmont Park and Ride, Durham DH1 1SR, within 30 minutes before their allocated time slot. (Directions below)
  • Park as directed by the University stewards and Police on duty.
  • Once parked in the holding area at the Belmont Park and Ride, you will be directed to staff who will issue a permit for your college.
  • Please return to your vehicle, you will be called forward when space and opportunity arise.
  • Once at your college, unload your car and remove it immediately to one of the car parks off the Peninsula (shown on the map provided); please note the University has made provision for free parking on the Mountjoy Site.
  • Display the permit clearly in the car windscreen whilst on the Peninsula or in a University car park.

Once you have parked at one of these locations off the Peninsula, you (and your parents) will have all the time you wish to look around the College and City. Please note: that if you use a public car park, you must pay and display the ticket.

Many students and parents make arrangements to stay in hotels close to Durham on the Saturday evening: it would be to their benefit and a great help to the University if they would apply for a ticket for the period of 10am to 11am. Students attending St Chads who intend to stay in a hotel on the Saturday evening, please email 

If you have any queries about these arrangements, or if you have a disability requiring special arrangements, please contact the College Office.

If you encounter any difficulties with these arrangements on Sunday 29th September, you can contact a special Traffic Helpline at our Security Office by calling (0191) 334 2221.

Fresher’s Day – Vehicle Holding Area

Leave the A1 (M) at Junction 62 taking the exit signposted A690 to Carville, the Belmont park and ride is  approximately 300 metres east of junction 62 of the A1(M)

Once at the Belmont park and ride you will be met by Police and University staff who will direct you where to park and where your Access Permit for the Durham peninsula can be collected.

Once in possession of your Access Permit and as space allows, you will be called forward and invited to make your way to the Police Check Point at Durham Market Place where you will receive further instructions on accessing the peninsula.  Please do not attempt to enter Durham Market Place without your Access Permit – you will be turned away and re-directed to the holding area at the Belmont park and ride.

Once unloaded, you are requested to remove your vehicle from the peninsula exiting the area via Prebends Bridge. FREE ALL DAY PARKING is available on University controlled land at Mountjoy should you wish to avail yourself of this facility which is approximately 15 minutes’ walk from the City centre. Alternatively there are other car parks within the City although these are expected to be very busy.


International Student Induction will take place from 26th September, if you are intending to arrive from this date please contact Susan Mather with details of your arrival date and time.  The International Office offers a meet and greet service and further information can be found here. Please check out the International office New Students web-page as this will provide useful information for your arrival preparations here.

Early arrival charges

Please note that if you do intend to arrive from 26th September then an early arrival charge of £170 will be payable to cover the days before the main induction period begins on the 30th September. The charge includes bed & breakfast and certain buffet meals that may be provided during that period and will be added to your first terms residence invoice.