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Durham Student Guide – An overview


An overview

Durham Castle.

The city of Durham can be found 20 miles south of Newcastle in the north east of England. The city has a student population of over 15,000, many of whom study at Durham University. The high density of students in Durham means you are never short of options for a good night out. The area around Durham Cathedral is full of bars and pubs- in fact, there are more than 40 watering holes to choose from within a 1-mile radius! Colpitts Hotelis a popular student hangout- with its 20th century northern charm and cheap drinks (pints under £2.00) the pub attracts a varied mix of local residents and students. Trendsetters may prefer the more upmarket Hide cocktail bar just off Market Square, where prices are reasonable and the drinks fresh and fruity. Klute nightclub is probably the most popular club for Durham students, as the club offers midweek student nights and plays cheesy chart classics to get you dancing the night away.

Durham is a historical city with many sights to see and places to explore. History buffs should visit Durham Castle- the castle dates back to 1073 and forms part of a World Heritage Site. Durham Cathedral, The Treasures of Saint Cuthbert and The Durham Light Infantry all offer interesting insights into the history of Durham and the surrounding area.

Durham offers a variety of shops and boutiques for shoppers to take refuge. Dalton Park is the biggest outlet shopping centre in the region and rewards visitors with up to 50% off on a range of over 200 top brands. The shopping centre is home to designer labels like Joseph and Radley and also high street brands like Gap and Next. Durham Indoor Market is a traditional Victorian market in the centre of the city and is home to over 50 local traders. The market provides a range of food and specialist trades and there are often bargains to be found.

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