One of the many benefits of the collegiate system in Durham is its excellent welfare system, giving you support within college as well as access to wider university services.


The MCR’s Welfare Officer, Ollie Collins (oliver.e.collins@durham.ac.uk) is always willing to offer help, advice, or just a listening ear, to help you work through any difficulties you may be facing, whether big or small.

During 2018 the MCR Welfare committee ran a campaign around mental health, focussing on a blog which can be found at https://mcrcastlewelfare.wordpress.com/.

University Counseling Service

Outside of the college environment, the university operates a confidential Counselling Service:

  • phone no. = 0191 334 2200

  • All sessions are FREE and can last up to 50 minutes if desired

  • That whatever the problem is, you are welcome - whether it is homesickness, relationships, identity crisis, bereavement or anxiety

  • They also offer great advice on how to get better sleep, how to manage time effectively and how to avoid procrastination 

  • https://www.dur.ac.uk/counselling.service/selfhelp/information/

 You can also visit the DSU Advice Centre in Dunelm House, on New Elvet.


If you simply need someone to talk to, Nightline is a confidential student-run service open every night of term between 9pm and 7am. You can find the telephone number on the back of your campus card, drop into the office behind the Dun Cow Pub on Old Elvet, or chat anonymously over Skype, by adding durham.nightline. Nightline also provides free contraceptives, pregnancy tests, chlamydia tests and information.


We hope you enjoy your time as a member of the college, but if you ever feel like you’re struggling, remember that there are numerous sources of support for you here at Castle.

Sexual Health

The MCR has a supply of sexual health items (condoms and lube) available for free in the MCR, these can be found in the far right bookcase in the leather compartment. If it is empty please notify the Exec so these supplies can be replenished.

Durham Sexual Health Clinics and organisations:




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