All Night.
All Term. All Ears.

Anonymous and Confidential Active Listening for Durham Students

Open 9pm - 7am, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday Nights of Term

Our Phone line

Click below to access our phone number to speak to one of our volunteers, anonymously.

Instant messaging

You can instant message one of our volunteers through the link on our contact page.

We can’t identify you or your computer when you message us, but our messaging software will check your IP address against a spam database to protect the availability of our service. Your IP address is never recorded.

Our Principles

Following the opening of the first Nightline in 1970, three Durham University students who volunteered at Durham Samaritans took the initiative to set up Durham Nightline in 1973. They felt that some students may feel reluctant to approach people outside of the university community and would find it easier and more relatable to speak to another student within the university community. Durham Nightline is a member of the National Nightline Association and is accredited for following the organisation’s good practice guidelines.

Since 1973, we have been guided by the same five principles:


What you discuss with our volunteers will not be shared outside of Nightline, apart from in a few exceptional circumstances. This allows you to put your trust in our listening volunteers.


You don’t have to give any information about yourself and we can’t trace your call, creating a safe space where you can speak freely. With the exception of our five public-facing volunteers, all our listeners are anonymous too, so you won’t know who you’re speaking to.


Our volunteers give you the space to talk through your situation and empower you to make your own decisions, rather than telling you what to do.


There is no bad reason to call us. Our volunteers won’t judge, and will support you through whatever it is you’re going through.


We are an independent organisation with no political or religious affiliations. We respect everyone’s right to their own beliefs and opinions.

About Us

Nightline has been operating since May of 1970, and was created in response to high levels of stress, anxiety, and suicide within the student population. Now, over 1.4 million students have access to a Nightline through their university, spanning across more than 120 different institutions.


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