Castle is lucky enough to have the finest student accommodation in the university, if not the country – Durham Castle itself! As well as the castle, there are 3 other blocks – Owengate, Bailey Court and Moatside, all only a couple of minutes away from the castle. This means that no matter where you live, you won’t be far from the Great Hall, where all of your meals are taken, the library and the bar. All undergraduates are guaranteed a room in college in their first year and about 80 students are able to return to live in college again in their third or fourth year. All student accommodation has common rooms and/or kitchenettes, which are great places for spending time with friends; all rooms have the necessary furniture, including a bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers, bedside table, desk, chair, sink and mirror. Students also have access to ironing facilities in accommodation block kitchens and to laundry facilities opposite the snooker room behind C-block in Bailey Court. Laundry is paid for using fobs that are topped up using a machine in the Hatfield reception; it costs £2.50 for a wash and 50p for a dry. Any queries or issues with laundry facilities should be addressed to Scarlett Down, the JCR Services Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Some first years living in Castle or Owengate rooms will share their bedrooms with another person and whilst this can be a daunting prospect, more often than not roommates get on tremendously well. It doesn’t take long to get to know each other and learn to work around each other’s schedules, so sharing a room isn’t as hard as it might seem! Lots of roommates get on tremendously well and many go on to live out with each other in later years, remaining incredibly close friends throughout their degree and beyond, although if there are any issues then Welfare or College Office should be contacted.