While Hatfielders are encouraged to 'not let their degrees get in the way of their education', the university tends to prefer you turn up to your lectures and tutorials. Before Freshers' you'll gain access to Durham University Online (DUO). From here, you can access enrolment and registration via Banner Self Service. If you have elective modules in first year, you can use the online timetable to check for conflicts before you confirm your module registration.
We'd recommend getting used to checking DUO. Instructors use it for seminar and tutorial sign-ups, assignment submission and to post information and class resources (syllabuses, lecture slides and handouts).
During Freshers', you will attend introductory talks with your department. At these mandatory talks, you'll be introduced to key people in your department and will go over your department's policies on attendance and examinations, among other things. You'll also have the chance to meet first years from other colleges.
Lectures are held in various locations on the Science Site, but also in Elvet Riverside (just across the river from Hatfield) and on Palace Green (just the other side of Bailey House, by the Cathedral). A map of Durham's facilities and full list of room designations can be found here. Due to Hatfield's central location on the Bailey, you're never likely to be more than a 10 minute walk away from where you need to be.
In addition to the central Bill Bryson Library, Hatfield has its own library located below A & B Stairs. Hatfield's Library receives a grant each year from the Hatfield Trust to purchase books to meet students needs. If something from your course is missing, fill in the form available here and Kevin, our librarian, should be able to get it ordered. A complete online catalogue of the university and college libraries is available here.
While all of Hatfield's rooms have desks, there are additional workspaces around college and the university. The Reading Rooms and Computer Room are favourite workspaces in college, though the common rooms are also available. Bookable study rooms are also available at the Bill Bryson Library for individual and group use.
Printing is centralised at Durham through CIS with printers available in the Hatfield Computer Room and at the Bill Bryson Library. Information about the printing system can be found here, and you can purchase print credit here.
As Durham's colleges are non-academic, Hatfield will play a limited role in your coursework. However, Team Welfare are always about if you'd like to chat about how everything is going and the Hatfield Student Support Office (located on the ground floor of Rectory) is happy to help liaise between you and your department if you're dealing with sickness or other personal problems. In addition, the SHAPED Team put on talks throughout the year on academic and personal development - look out for their emails!
If you have any questions about studying in Durham, feel free to contact your department or get in touch with us and we'll point you in the right direction.