7 Alternatives to signing up for student accommodation in Durham


‘Cause after all, living in the Billy B is basically part of Durham’s bucketlist, you’re thinking

After the recent ongoing chaos of the housing crisis, you may be wondering if the stress of signing a house is really worth it, but don’t worry, as there are plenty of creative (and to this stage more and more realistic).

Let’s be honest, these alternatives probably have a lot less mold than the average student house and on the plus side, at least you’re not going to shell out more than £180 a week for the privilege.

1. Living in the Billy B

Ahhh yes the Billy B, an absolute classic. With brand new (finally working) water fountains and masses of power outlets, not to mention the Small Island Café, this is arguably one of the best places in Durham to consider moving to.

Especially since with over 1500 dedicated study spaces, I’m sure a few can be repurposed for student life. Basically halls but better.


Imagine brushing your teeth here

2. Couch surfing with homies who signed a house

Okay the house is in the middle of nowhere and has dodgy stains on the carpet, a leaky shower and what looks like slugs, but you know what, it’s not that bad, you hear yourself say . Just be sure to bring a few extra blankets because you can bet your friends won’t want to put on the heating after shelling out £175 pp in rent. But it comes with a good sofa, so I can’t complain too much.


3. Living in a garage

A garage, I hear you say, well, I can’t imagine why nobody broke that! I have JW Wood to thank for that one. It does, however, come with a lockable door, although judging by the number of college freshmen who don’t lock their doors, I’d say that’s not a huge plus of the property . However, since it’s not even worth breaking in, I guess you don’t have to worry much about security.


Respond quickly to this Durfess to avoid disappointment!!

4. Camping in a field at Gilesgate Moor

As the fine folks at Overheard have so kindly pointed out, this desirable “property” (if you can call it that) has generated a lot of interest, but I’m sure it can be yours. What’s not to like, panoramic views, very well ventilated property and will be great exercise for your walk to the science site, so you’ll save a lot on that gym membership. Cons, may require a very thick sleeping bag.


Warm, spacious, private and comfortable

5. Living at Jimmy’s

Imagine the scene, you’re in Jimmies and it’s 2am and about to close. Well, why not stay a bit longer, especially since an empty dance floor would be the perfect place to crash. Perfect, until you realize the floor is covered in cherry wood doors, the walls are disgusting and even the bouncers have given up and left. Guess at least it’s not Klute, now that would be a low point.


6. Camping on Observatory Hill

Imagine waking up each morning to a beautiful Durham sunset with the cathedral picturesquely placed, great until you get there and it’s raining you can’t see anything and a big gray cloud covers the view. Oh and it’s about 5 degrees colder at the top of the hill than at the bottom.


It’s arctic camping time

7. Live in an Elvet Riverside Amphitheater

So, as any humanities student knows, the delights that Elvet Riverside has to offer are unparalleled. State of the art ventilation system, you say, well, I mean it opens the window a crack apparently. Brand new lecture halls, great until you realize the doorknob is broken and you can’t get in. Along with the brutalist style architecture it also got a very random cleaning award so I guess at least you won’t need to clean which is everyone’s worst nightmare students.


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• Durham Uni has admitted the housing crisis is partly caused by its accepting too many students

• 15 things easier to do than signing up for student accommodation in Durham

• I’m a fresher and Durham Uni’s housing crisis particularly scares us


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