Collegiate or Non-collegiate? (Durham vs Warwick part 1) – OurWarwick

Collegiate or Non-collegiate? (Durham vs Warwick part 1)

Jane Chan | Mechanical Engineering Contact Jane

I met up with a friend from school over Christmas, who is now a third-year Biology student at University of Durham. Since Warwick and Durham seem to be in the five university choices on UCAS for most of Warwick applicants from what I gathered, I thought it would be an interesting topic to write about how different or similar are the student life at Durham, which is a collegiate university, and that at Warwick, which is a non-collegiate.

Disclaimer: The content of this blog is solely based on my friend’s personal experience at St John’s College and university, please note that college culture varies from college to college.

1. University location

The main campus of University of Durham is located in Durham town where colleges and academic department buildings are scattered around. Unlike University of Warwick, which is a campus university, students at Durham may have to walk through streets of shops to attend lectures. The advantages of being so close to a town are there are more things to do during your free time, such as running errands, taking a stroll on a scenic route along the river or up to the castle and catching up with friends over coffee without having to go to the same coffee shops again and again.

2. College accommodation

When you apply to Durham, you also write down your preference of colleges. Most applicants make their decisions based on the college size, location and atmosphere. St John’s college is a Bailey college, located just 5 minutes away from the town centre by foot. All St John’s students are welcomed to live in the college throughout their time at university. Non-freshers students are given college accommodation on a first-come-first-serve basis. Most students move out in their second year with some returning to the college in their third or final year. Each corridor has a different vibe. Here at Warwick, students are only guaranteed their on-campus accommodation in year 1 and may return to live on campus in their final year, depending on availability of accommodation.

3. College ‘family’

During first year at college, students can propose to each other to become college-married and be assigned college children (freshers) for their following years at college by the student team. This is very similar to a mentor scheme which parents are there to offer help and guidance to the students in the year below before they move to college and during their time at the university. Usually, freshers are assigned to a college family in which one of the parents studies the same or similar course such that they can seek academic help from the parent.

These are just a few points we found interesting when exploring the difference and similarity of our univerities in various aspects. In my next blog, I will continue with the remaining points that we discussed about, otherwise, this blog entry would be rather long and dull haha.

See you again soon!


Jane Chan | Mechanical Engineering Contact Jane
  • Angelo Nakuci

    I found this quite helpful, thank you.


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