As an update to those of you thinking about coming to Durham, they are about to double the individually assigned postgrad study space.  Based on the availaibility of space owned by the cathedral, the department has secured more office space for PhD students.  There are currently 3 spaces that have just opened which give priority to 3rd year students.  There is also another 10 or so other spots that will be opening around December.  I can say that I have been impressed with the departments willingness to move fairly quickly in institutional terms to address this need.  These spaces supplement the unassigned spots at the Palace Green library and at the Elvet Riverside building, which are both designated as postgrad only.