Durham Castle and Cathedral, built around the tenth century is a world heritage site. Durham is a rather small town with few residents not affiliated to the university – so in a sense most of the people are from the university itself. This offers a uniquely condensed academic environment of interested and enthusiastic individuals. It also means that no matter where you go there are students looking to enjoy themselves and student life.
The college system creates tight communities of likeminded individuals, each college being slightly different in all respects including whether the accommodation is catered or not, the size of the student body in the college and traditions of the college.
Durham University has all the students societies one could hope for or think of and a vibrant nightlife. Each college also has its own bar (or two) and a unique college drink.