Pretty awful. The only good thing about the experience was that I had funding and no one appeared to notice when I didn't turn up in the department for several months, so I had time to find employment before dropping out.
I saw the careers service once before I dropped out of my PhD. They were quite dismissive of the career path I'd already started experimenting with (scientific writing) and suggested patent law, which I know now I would not have coped with at all. I eventually got a remote-working "job" (actually self-employment) with a Korean company that was advertised on the university careers website. That worked well until the company stopped paying me. I later found out they did this to everyone who worked for them.
My supervisor was enthusiastic, but unhelpful. He ignored drafts that I sent him to review. When we met in person he would talk at length but rarely answered the questions directly put to him. The lectures we had in the first two terms varied in quality. Some of the lecturers were inaudible (even in a small class with only around 10 students) and had illegible handwriting, but others were good.
I don't remember having any contact with the student's union. It seemed to be entirely focused on undergraduates.
I lived in Jo Butler college. Accommodation itself was good, with ensuite rooms and decent shared cooking facilities. Unfortunately, cleaning and maintenance staff would often walk into student bedrooms without knocking or prior warning. I ended up keeping a chair jammed under the door handle as it was the only way to prevent this. There was also a two-week period in summer when PhD students (whose courses run year-round) were expected to vacate. College staff seemed extremely confused when I didn't vacate, having nowhere else to go. In general, college staff don't seem to know that the college has post-graduate students.
Facilities were adequate. I read several good novels during my time there thanks to the university library. It was a shame that Jo Butler college had no library or student workspace available.
In general, city life was very quiet, much quieter than other small university cities like Cambridge.
I suffered from severe anxiety and bulimia while at Durham. Academic support was non-existent. Academic staff talked over me and threatened me with expulsion and withdrawal of funding when I tried to talk about mental health problems or my ongoing sessions with the counselling service. I avoided going to the department for several months, which no one seemed to notice, and eventually withdrew as it appeared to be the only option. I had six counselling sessions which were moderately helpful, but six was the limit for the year and it's not enough to actually solve any problems. The counselling service seems to have no understanding of the post-graduate system: they refused to write a letter of support to my supervisor and instead insisted on addressing it to someone in my college who I had never met or heard of (I think their job might have been to look after undergrads?)
Great made lots of friends and got involved in a lot and love my course as it is so diverse and interesting and I'm excited for the rest of my time at university its good
Most are the practicals least is lack of contact hours
Durham is a lovely town, only thing I worry about is that there are too many students for the size of the town
Ran a lot of events but don't advertise them well
I would like to have tutorials in 3rd year
Always have stuff going on there
The newer lecture rooms are nice but they need more of them
Newcastle is easy to get to
Seems like there is everything
Offer meetings on welfare and academic advice
I enjoy maths every day and love my sport, I have many opportunities
Good careers department, think you have to reach out rather than them reaching out
Love my course, passionate lectures
Decent in general, some lecture rooms lack seating
Not bad at all
I managed to join Motorsport
Academic tutors are helpful but found it hard to approach counselling tutors
Fairly stressful but I love the uni and the city and find studying here fulfilling
Good careers service
Most of the time it works well
Not bad but does not have a lot of facilities
Lots of opportunities for different societies
Gyms could be better
Thoroughly enjoyed everything so far
Frequent careers emails and fairs allowing opportunities for 1 on 1 meetings
Doesn't feel like a big presence
Everything in Durham is nearby however for some amenities would have to go to Newcastle
Opportunities within college and university
Not required but aware of their presence
Good course but too hard
I like walking
Everything involves alcohol
Enjoyable but also stressful with financial issues
Hard to find a job now as there are not many options but lots of work available after graduation
Enjoy lectures, the lecturers are very nice
Library and study spaces are very nice
Very nice location, close to everything
Range of societies but cannot afford to pay to join the sports one I am interested in.
Support is not too good, only give minimum info
They only care about money. I was ill and complained about the way they treated me so now they've kicked me out. DO NOT STUDY HERE. They won't care about you - only your money.
It doesn't allow you to do anything.
No support for disabled students No guidance for disabled students
Never informed as to why they might be useful
Not that good. You spend all your time being passed from pillar to post
Better than the uni
NO support. DO NOT go to Durham if you're disabled.