Just up the road from Waterstones Durham, this shop caters to the Durham University student population. Spread across three floors, they stock a selection of fiction and non-fiction. However, their primary purpose is to stock textbooks and other university-related reading. They have a large classics and classical literature section including many political texts, poetry and novels. This shop is ideal for university students who are struggling to find books in their typical bookshop. Similarly, Waterstones Durham University often stocks fiction not found in its partner shop down the road – although this section is small. Additionally, this shop sells a range of Durham University merchandise including jumpers, branded books and backpacks. It is ideal for someone wanting to commemorate their time at university. They also sell second-hand texts!


Waterstones Durham University can be difficult to access. It is small and the staircases are narrow and steep. Furthermore, the shop has many steps throughout the shop due to its uneven foundations. The building is historic, therefore it is not adapted to disabled users. However, there is a click and collect point at the desk beside the entrance. 

Access to Waterstones Durham University is from a cobbled street on a steep slope. The street is also used by cars and can get very busy due to its narrow width and lack of pedestrian space for the volume of people in Durham. There are bus routes up to the Cathedral just a two minute walk away. As well as this there are other public transport options nearby as well as a multi-story car park a five minute walk away.

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Q Are dogs welcome?

Assistance dogs are permitted.

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