Student House Locations In Durham

Once you’ve found your ideal housemates, you’ll need to decide where to live in Durham. There are a few main areas within Durham that most students at Durham consider, including Church Street, the Viaduct, Neville’s Cross and Gilesgate.

Student Houses in Church Street, Durham

Church Street and the surrounding areas (such as Hallgarth Street), is the main road between the science site and the centre of Durham, and is a popular place to live for students due to its closeness to lectures (a well-placed house could be half way between Elvet Riverside and the science site).

Closest Pubs

Closest Supermarket/Shops

  • Waitrose, in The Gates, near Esquires and The Coach & Eight.
  • Dunelm Stores: just opposite the DSU, good for things such as milk and bread.

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Student Houses in Claypath, Durham

Claypath, the road from the centre of Durham (near The Market Tavern) to the roundabout near the College of St Hild & St Bede), is a less highly regarded area for student housing in Durham, but is nonetheless central to the city and lectures on Old Elvet or in Elvet Riverside.

Closest Pubs

Closest Supermarket/Shops

  • Tesco.
  • Waitrose, in The Gates.

Closest Takeaways

Student Houses in Gilesgate, Durham

The Gilesgate area of Durham, at the end of Claypath, is near Hild Bede and close to Tesco, but some bits can be a little rough.

Closest Pubs

Closest Supermarket/Shops

  • Tesco, on Gilesgate Moor; still quite a walk from some places. Tesco is open 24 hours, except for Sundays.
  • There are various corner shops scattered around Gilesgate.

Student Houses in Neville’s Cross, Durham

The Neville’s Cross area of Durham is extremely popular with students. Whilst in easy reach of the science site (a 15 – 25 minute walk, depending on exactly where you decide to live), supermarkets are around 20 minutes’ walk away, which may put some students off – carrying shopping up The Avenue (near Gourmet Spot) is an exhausting task. Houses are generally good in size, although a few require considerable maintenance, but the traffic noise from the encapsulating main roads may be a factor to consider before deciding to live in the area.

Closest Pubs

Closest Supermarket/Shops

  • Somerfield, keep walking across the crossroads from the centre near Michelangelo’s – it’s about 20 minutes by foot.
  • There are a few small shops scattered around, mostly newsagents.

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Student Houses in Whinney Hill, Durham

Whinney Hill is also close to the science site, Elvet Riverside and Old Elvet, and is a popular area for student housing given it’s proximity to almost everything in Durham from Klute to Neville’s Cross and the viaduct. Despite Whinney Hill’s location next to one of Durham’s prisons, it is a pleasant area to live in. A brief walk away from Maiden Castle’s sports grounds, it’s also close to the hill colleges.

Closest Pubs

Closest Supermarket/Shops

  • Waitrose, in The Gates.
  • Dunelm Stores, opposite the DSU.

Closest Takeaways

Student Houses in The Viaduct, Durham

The Viaduct area of Durham, at the end of North Road and near the train station and the Gourmet Spot restaurant, is another popular area with students living-out in Durham. Between the centre of Durham and Neville’s Cross, the Viaduct is close to the shops in the centre and a brisk 10 – 15 minute walk to lectures on both the science site and Elvet Riverside.

Closest Pubs

Closest Supermarket/Shops

  • Waitrose, in The Gates – a 10 minute walk at most.
  • Spar, on North Road.
  • F. Jones, near the Colpitts, on Hawthorn Terrace, just up the road from the end of North Road.

Closest Takeaways

Your Ideal Location

Wherever you end up living, be sure to know what to look for in your house, and enjoy the freedom!

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