I am wondering if it is possible to have the standard url patterns spread across multiple files (in this case the project-wide urls.py and several apps-specific urls.py).

Imagine that the project urls.py look like this (got this working):

from django.conf.urls import patterns, include, url

urlpatterns = patterns('',
    url(r'^user/signup/', 'registration.views.signup'),
    url(r'^user/confirm/(?P<code>\w{20})/', 'registration.views.confirm'),
    url(r'^user/profile/(\d+)/', 'profile.views.show'),
    url(r'^user/profile/edit/', 'profile.views.edit'), 

As you can see, I have two different apps that both want to user the urls for /user/*, so I can’t just use r'^user/' with an include.

My question is: Can I split the above into two seperate urls.py files, that each go into their respective app?

Note: Disregard any syntax mistakes as this was typed in

Sure. URLs are processed in order, and two includes can have the same prefix – if one doesn’t succeed in matching, processing will just move on to the next one.

urlpatterns = patterns('',
    url(r'^user/', include('registration.urls')),
    url(r'^user/', include('profile.urls')),

Also i suggest to add a namespace like this:

urlpatterns = patterns('',
    url(r'^user/', include('registration.urls', namespace="registration")),
    url(r'^user/', include('profile.urls', namespace="profile")),