Room Booking


Dunelm House plays host to a range of student activity, ranging from smaller committee meetings through to our sell-out gigs and dance nights such as Planet of Sound. You can book any of our rooms to stage your own events; just about anything you like can be arranged so long as you stay within our licence and terms and conditions. We have dedicated catering, technical and other staff and a wide range of equipment that can all be at your disposal. Our intention is to help you as much as we can to have a successful meeting, conference or event.


Our larger venues are:


The Fonteyn Ballroom


The biggest single room in Durham, with a capacity of 750.


The Riverside Cafe


With a capacity of 150, a fully operation Kitchen and Cafe, Riverside is perfect for events that require catering. Plus, you can enjoy one of the best views of Durham Cathedral on our balcony.


The Vane Tempest


With a capacity of 100, and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the river and Cathedral, Vane Tempest makes smaller events go with a bang.


The Kingsgate


Out of term time, our main bar is available for hire, with a capacity of 300 and its own Pizza Bar, it makes a terrific venue.

These venues all have bars, a stage and sound and lighting equipment.


We have competitive rates (discounted for students), and our staff are ready to discuss everything you need to make things work well for you in Dunelm.


Stall and Room Bookings


Please read the relevent information on booking a stall and room within Dunelm House.


Terms and Conditions

Stall Booking Form


Too book a Stall:

  1. Complete this stall booking form - Stall booking form
  2. E-mail your completed form to Mike Turnbull ([email protected])

Room Booking Form


Too book a Room:

  1. Complete this room booking form -Room booking form
  2. E-mail your completed form to DSU Roomhire([email protected])

DSU Policies for Venue Hire


Audio and Lighting Equpiment

Technical staff, Sound Engineer, Lighting Engineer, Stage crew.


Door Supervisors

Door Supervisors are a requirement of running a safe, successful venue. Our staff are SIA registered, professional, friendly and experienced at handling all sizes and types of events.



You need to let us know if your event needs a bar. We may ask you for a guaranteed minimum spend.



We have a range of options available for you. Please ask when you are booking your room.


First Aid

When we run large events we have St John's Ambulance on site. This is an excellent, invaluable service and we may insist on this option being taken for larger events.


Health and Safety

Dunelm House is one of the safest, friendliest venues around and we aim to keep it that way. Everything staged here has public and staff safety as a prerequisite and our staff will ensure that all requirements are met.


Please read the relevent and make yourself aware of our policies before you book a room in Dunelm House.


Health and Safety Policy

Health & Saftey Policy for all actions that occur within Dunelm House.


Fire Policy

Fire Policy. Please be aware of all contingencies and protocols and make guests aware of the fire exits. Policy documents are on display throughout Dunelm House and are available behind Main Reception.



Entertainment Regulations


Please read the relevent and make yourself aware of Entertainment regulations and requirements before you book an entertainment event in Dunelm House.


Digital DJ Licence


Need a Digital DJ Licence? - Please read this document if you think you do!


Digital DJ FAQs


FAQs for Digital DJ Licence - Please read this document if you have further questions.

Contact Us


For enquires relating to the above, please:
[email protected]
Phone: 0191 334 1777
Fax: 0191 334 1778


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