Postgraduate Application Process

We (University) send you an offer to study at Durham and send you information about colleges and how to apply for accommodation.

We (University) direct you to an online form to give a preference for a college and to apply for accommodation. You complete the form: you can  apply for college membership with or without accommodation.

We (University) receive your form.  If you give a college preference, then we send your form to your first and/or second choice college.  The college then decides whether they can offer you membership. If your first or second choice college cannot offer you membership, your form is sent to a college which is able to accept you.

We (College) confirm your college membership.You receive notification of your College membership

We (College) confirm whether you have qualified for the accommodation guarantee (you would have applied for single accommodation online and paid the booking fee by 1st June**

** Please note: we cannot guarantee accommodation in a particular college or particular room type. Most students are accommodated in the college that initially offers them membership, but sometimes it’s necessary to offer accommodation in, and membership of, another college. Apply as early as possible to have the best chance of your first choice accommodation.

You receive notification whether you have qualified for a guaranteed offer of single accommodation. We (College) (If you qualify for the accommodation guarantee) direct you to an online form for St Chad’s College to tell us about your preferences for type and location of accommodation.

We (College) notify you of your room allocation in late June or early July, and ask you to accept the offer and sign the licence agreement within 2 weeks of the offer. (If you choose to decline our room offer, your college membership remains unchanged and you are required to source private accommodation.) You accept the offer of accommodation and sign the licence agreement OR you can decide not to accept the offer in July (if you complete the withdrawal form by 31st July your booking fee is returned)

** Please note: Rooms are allocated in date order according to the date on which you paid the Booking Fee – though current members of College are given first preference

We (College) prepare your room for you and prepare an informative and exciting Induction & Welcome Programme.

We (College) send you further information and joining instructions in August/September.

You buy your ticket, pack your bags, complete your online enrolment and arrive in Durham for the Induction & Welcome Programme.