International Students

Congratulations and welcome to Trevs – we can’t wait to meet you!

Here’s all the information you need and a checklist for before you arrive:

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What to expect during Freshers Induction Week?

Travel Information

If you are travelling by air, the nearest international airport to Durham is Newcastle Airport (30min away). However, you may arrive at London Heathrow or Manchester Airport instead. Below are the methods of coming to Durham through various airports:

Printing tickets:

Tickets are usually collected at the station or sent to you for a fee rather than printed off (depends on the deal). If you’re coming from Newcastle airport then it’s easiest to buy the tickets on arrival since those tickets don’t change prices closer to departure.

Train tickets can be purchased at: or

The earlier you buy your tickets, the cheaper they will be, especially if your trip is long. If you plan to travel by train quite a lot throughout your university life, it is recommended that you purchase a Young Person Railcard which can offer you 1/3 discount on train fares!

The International Office offers a Meet and Greet Service from Newcastle Airport and Durham Railway Station which you need to book before September 27th.

There will most likely be taxis waiting at Durham station to drive you to Trevs when you arrive, but just in case they’re all busy, you can find some taxi numbers here:

Recommend to bring or to buy after arrival (check the Handbook for more!)

Living in Trevs

Most freshers will be living in college during their first year, whilst changing rooms once every term. You may choose to share a room in the first term by filling in the form attached, or you can decide that you would prefer to share in second or third term. It’s always a great chance to make new friends! I know several people even opt to share a room with the same person for another term (like me!) and they eventually become best friends and housemates! It may also be nice to have a single room during exam term (3rd term).

There are laundry rooms at college with washing machines (£2.50 per wash, soap is included), tumble dryers (50p per use) and iron (free to use), a drying rack is recommended. All the payment can be made through your laundry fob (it’s like a little electrical key) which you will obtain in the first week. To save money, use ‘Colour Catchers’ so you can do your washing in one load (You can buy these in Tesco or other shops in Durham)

Each landing has the use of a pantry, where you can find a microwave, a fridge, a toaster, a kettle, a sink and sometimes even a hotplate. Please do not bring or buy electrical appliances as you are not allowed to have these in your room. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided in the dining hall and you will have to show your College meal card at every meal. Brunch is served every Saturday and packed lunch is also available upon request, if you’re not in College during lunch.

There is Wireless internet coverage across most parts at Trevs. However, it may take more than a day to set up your log in account so please have a backup plan if you want to contact your family on the first few days of arrival. There are also computers in College which you can use. Printers and computers are available at the IT suite. For printing charge please see .

Phone signal is relatively weak at Trevs however experience tells me that Giffgaff and O2 receive the best signals at College.

UK Banks

Durham University’s preferred mode of payment is Direct Debit (a way of paying regular bills from your account to the University’s account) which is linked to a UK current bank account. In Durham city there are branches of all the major banks: HSBC, Barclays, NatWest, Lloyds, Santander, Halifax and the Co-operative Bank. From experience, use a Bank which is easy for money to be transferred into and out of from your home country. (HSBC is popular with students from Asia). Here are the steps to opening an account at a bank:

  1. Decide which bank you want to open an account with. This link may help you:
  2. Have your identity verified (passport check) and complete the online enrolment procedure.
  3. In College, order a bank letter – which has to be specific to the bank you want to open an account with – from Anne Allen (this may take a few days to process).
  4. Make an appointment with your bank, ASAP since they are very busy at that time.
  5. Go to your chosen bank with the bank letter, your passport, and depending on the bank some other documents (e.g. a letter confirming that Trevs is now your address, maybe your UCAS confirmation letter), and hopefully your account will be set up soon after!

International Freshers’ Welcome Week

In the International Freshers’ Welcome period you will get the opportunity to do a little tour around Durham, so we can show you the most commonly used banks as well as the main stores and shops, ATMs, Restaurants, Pubs, and other useful places. We’ll also help you with Wi-Fi and whatever you need help with. On top of that, there will be a few events, including some organised by the International Office, so get excited for that!

Anne Allen is your college contact for anything regarding enrolment, arrival, registration and other administrative things. She’s really nice and always helpful, don’t hesitate to give her a call or write her an email! (,  tel.: +44 (0)191 334 7057)