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Supporting You

Here at East Durham College it is our mission to provide a safe, supportive and happy learning environment for our students.

To ensure you are able to fulfil your full potential, we provide a range of services to support you in joining the College and throughout your time with us. Once you become a student with us, your goals and ambitions become ours and we are here to give you all the help and support you need to achieve them.

We can provide you with a range of help and support services during your time at East Durham College, from help with choosing and applying for courses, careers advice and guidance, counselling, childcare and so much more.

If you are concerned that money might affect your studies while you're at East Durham College, we can also offer advice and guidance on the financial support opportunities available to you.

If you have any questions about the different support services available, please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222 or pop in for an informal chat.

Financial Support

Do you have concerns about your finances while studying at East Durham College? We offer several financial support options, including student bursary payments.

Click here to visit the dedicated section of the website on financial support for more information.

Learner Support

To ensure you get the most out of your time at East Durham College, we support you constantly throughout your journey. We offer learner support services in:

FREE Bus Service

Thanks to our longstanding partnership with Arriva, we offer free bus travel to and from college for East Durham College students.

Click here for more details on free bus travel

Free Meals at College

Who said there’s no such thing as a free lunch?

There is here, because we offer eligible students (aged 16-18) the choice of a free lunch – or breakfast - every day they are in college.

Students, aged 16-18 (or up to 25 with a statement of special educational needs or education, health and care plan) on or before 31st August, will be eligible for free meals if their parent/carer qualifies for one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Support under VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit run-on, paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit with net earnings not exceeding the equivalent of £7,400 pa

Click here for more details

*Note: Free meals for those students with a household income below £16,191, are only available from the College canteens and cannot be transferred as a cash value.