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Life in Derby is calm but interesting. Cost of living is definitely a bonus.

By member686454 on 19th May 2023

Study in Derby

The University of Derby is situated in the East Midlands city of Derby. The main campus is near the suburbs of the town, right next to the huge and popular Markeaton Park.

 

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University of Derby

The University of Derby strives to provide students with industry-relevant and expert teaching. The university’s teaching has been recognised with a gold award from the Teaching Excellence Framework. They have invested millions into industry-standard facilities that include a sports centre, forensic house, custody suite, courtroom and two NHS-standard hospital wards.

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Derby Student Life

Derby is a city but not a massive one so it’s easy to keep yourself fed and entertained without ever feeling overwhelmed by the place. It offers the perfect mix so you can enjoy everything a city has to offer whilst being able to escape to the countryside at the drop of a hat.

Cost of Living

Accommodation

Student accommodation costs in Derby range from £76 - £180 per week; the average is £136/week.

Compare the average elsewhere: Birmingham: £173/week, Nottingham: £166/week, Lincoln: £146/week.

(prices are for all purpose-built student accommodation (both private and university-owned) over the last 12 months, as listed on StudentCrowd)

The average price for:

A cheap meal at a restaurant: £13.50
A pint of beer: £3.50
A regular takeout coffee: £2.49
1L of milk: £0.85
A loaf of white bread: £1.06

The cost of living is about the same as equivalent costs in Nottingham and Lincoln and about 5% higher than Birmingham.

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Nights Out

As with all student towns, the nightlife is generally good, with favourite venues being Mosh, a three-floor nightclub, Popworld and Moo Moo. For a more sophisticated night out, there’s the Derby Theatre and the smaller Guildhall Theatre for music, shows, talks and comedy. There’s also a handful of independent venues and two major cinemas a short taxi ride from the campus. The Derby QUAD is a community arts centre with a cinema attached. They show movies, art exhibitions and put on a bunch of events and extra workshops over a range of topics and they offer student discounts. Keep an eye on their calendar.

Public Transport

As well as being an easy city to get around by foot, as a student, you will benefit from a free Unibus that shuttles between the campuses as well as the town centre and train station. Derby is also well connected to the rest of the country with a great rail and road network. 

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Shopping

The Cathedral Quarter is where you’ll find all the little boutique shops and quirky cafes. St Peters is the classic high street area, a favourite spot for buskers and performers, as well as the Eagle Market. Finally, there’s Intu, a huge indoor shopping complex. There are over two hundred shops in there so there’s a fairly good chance they have what you’re looking for! If you’re all shopped out, Intu also has a cinema, bowling alley, mini-golf and, at Christmas, its famous ice bar, Glacier. 

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Peak District 

Outdoor adventurers will be pleased to know that you’re only half an hour from the edge of the Peaks, with their huge range of activities. You can keep it as low tech as a gentle walk, or gear up for some climbing or canoeing, whatever takes your fancy.

 

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Stately homes 

Nearby manors like Chatsworth House and Hardwick Hall have been used in a number of movies, giving you the chance to go and immerse yourself in your favourite films all over again.
 

 

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Alton Towers

You’re only 40 minutes away from Britain’s most popular theme park!

 

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Wildpark

Adrenaline junkies should definitely pay a visit to Wildpark. There are so many activities to get stuck into: there’s paintballing, quad biking, laser tag, crossbow shooting, archery and pistol shooting. All this just a 25-minute bus ride away!

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8th May 2024

Derby has a great...

Derby has a great selection of pubs/bars and restaurants. However, it's not a very attractive town and sometimes I feel unsafe in the city. The parks are nice, especially Darley Park. read more

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2nd May 2024

Derby is a nice a...

Derby is a nice and safe place to live, the city center is easy to locate, and food items are easily to buy as an africa student read more

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1st May 2024

Love the location...

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16th April 2024

Everything is goo...

Everything is good. It’s a great town! read more

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1st April 2024

I have nothing mo...

I have nothing more to add, the rating is enough. read more

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19th March 2024

Might get stabbed...

Might get stabbed and the people are rude but it has toy planet which is the best shop to ever be created read more

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7th March 2024

Different from ho...

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5th March 2024

The cost of livin...

The cost of living is pretty much the same and the shopping and places to eat are not that bad the public transport is a bit strange but its not to bad. read more

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4th March 2024

Ciy life could be...

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22nd February 2024

Great city with l...

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22nd February 2024

I don’t really go...

I don’t really go out to parties often but everything is relatively close and accessible. read more

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15th February 2024

There is a large...

There is a large range of shops in town and plenty to do with friends read more

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9th February 2024

It’s quite nice o...

It’s quite nice overall some oddities read more

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8th February 2024

This city is good...

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1st February 2024

I have enjoyed li...

I have enjoyed living in derby read more

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25th January 2024

Lovely place to s...

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23rd January 2024

Derby is a very n...

Derby is a very nice city with great links to surrounding cities such as Birmingham, Leicester and Nottingham read more

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11th January 2024

Derby is a great...

Derby is a great city. Not a lot of nightlife besides clubs though, but in general a nice place to live read more

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14th November 2023

Derby is a pretty...

Derby is a pretty good city, small, and not too much crime. There's a decent police presence and rangers that patrol the center during the day. I feel safe and I enjoy living here. read more

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8th November 2023

Buses for univeri...

Buses for univeristy are never on time! read more

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member1094449
2nd November 2023

Decent town Nice...

Decent town Nice and quiet so for people who want to concentrate on their studies I’d say it’s a good place to go to. As for nights out there really isn’t much for minority students but they’re trying to fix that this year is much better than last year for minority students in terms of night out but could still be better There are multiple shops in the town centre, pretty much everything you need is there, as for eating out you’re not going to find anything too good but I’m sure you’ll find something you moderately enjoy and finally public transport there’s a uni bus that students can take for free and will pretty much take you to where you need to be. Derby is a small town so most of the time you’ll be walking anyways but in case you need public transport it’s there to take you around the city From the unis dairy all the way to the train station read more

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2nd November 2023

Derby is a nice p...

Derby is a nice place to live, everything is within walking distance and it’s very diverse. The range of shops make it good for everyone and the clubs are good too. read more

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26th October 2023

It’s a nice city...

It’s a nice city all round, derby is not too loud read more

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14th October 2023

All are very dece...

All are very decent just expensive due to inflation and travelling to and from London is always expensive read more

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13th October 2023

Derby is a good c...

Derby is a good city for a student with good transport and quite a bit to do. read more

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11th October 2023

Cost of living is...

Cost of living isn't great but that is the same everywhere. Had some great nights out in Derby and created some great memories read more

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10th October 2023

Love all the rang...

Love all the range of night clubs and places to shop and eat read more

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9th October 2023

Not a bad place t...

Not a bad place to live, good range of shops and not too expensive read more

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9th October 2023

The City of Derby...

The City of Derby for nights out is probably one of the safer places to party because the city itself isn't too big and there aren't as many people. Nights out if you like clubbing aren't Manchester or Liverpool quality but they can be good fun. For me what makes the city is social groups from the University or pub crawls. It has a shopping center called the Derbion which has a good choice of restaurants and shops read more

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7th October 2023

uni bus is not th...

uni bus is not that convenient and always full, I can only walk to everywhere read more

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2nd October 2023

the fact we get f...

the fact we get free bus travel in and around derby just by showing our student card is magnificent read more

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29th June 2023

Nice and lovely p...

Nice and lovely people here in Derby. read more

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26th June 2023

Derby is a lovely...

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26th June 2023

Derby is lit city...

Derby is lit city, I will defo wanna live here read more

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25th June 2023

What a city, it r...

What a city, it really peaceful and loads of lovely people read more

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25th June 2023

This city is real...

This city is really peaceful, lovely people read more

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25th June 2023

Derby is a great...

Derby is a great city, peaceful and welcoming read more

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23rd June 2023

suitable for thos...

suitable for those who want to live in a quieter town. read more

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23rd June 2023

Derby: Vibrant, C...

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24th May 2023

I didn't get arou...

I didn't get around Derby too much in my free time, so N/A read more

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24th May 2023

Okay city more qu...

Okay city more quite then my home city but there's not much activités you can really enjoy read more

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24th May 2023

Overall, city of...

Overall, city of Derby is great.. read more

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23rd May 2023

Not a lot to say...

Not a lot to say about it rlly read more

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22nd May 2023

The free uni bus...

The free uni bus really helped me during week days. read more

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22nd May 2023

Alright city, pre...

Alright city, pretty good value for money read more

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22nd May 2023

Derby is lovely a...

Derby is lovely area but can be too quiet at times. Though it is appreciated. read more

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22nd May 2023

Very good I could...

Very good I could recommend like read more

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22nd May 2023

dismal experience...

dismal experience tbh just stay home fam why u gonna go out and spend that extra p dont make mistakes g take the student finance and do a loft conversion or suttin use ur brains g read more

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22nd May 2023

quite place and l...

quite place and lovely place to live in read more

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20th May 2023

Good city, nice p...

Good city, nice people and quiet environment read more

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20th May 2023

Quiet city with l...

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20th May 2023

Horrible nightclu...

Horrible nightclubs, but nice quiet city so its fine read more

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19th May 2023

Life in Derby is...

Life in Derby is calm but interesting. Cost of living is definitely a bonus. read more

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19th May 2023

Its a great city...

Its a great city to live and study in. read more

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19th May 2023

Pooooor poor need...

Pooooor poor needs better restaurants literally nothing to do read more

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19th May 2023

Derby puts the mi...

Derby puts the mid in midlands read more

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19th May 2023

Its a good place...

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19th May 2023

Lovely place alwa...

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19th May 2023

Derby is an ok ci...

Derby is an ok city, nothing bad about it but not a lot that stands out read more

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14th May 2023

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12th May 2023

Nice enough town...

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12th May 2023

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6th May 2023

Doesn’t really ap...

Doesn’t really apply as I am distance learning but it’s excellent all round place. read more

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28th April 2023

Everything is awe...

Everything is awesome and the place is very beautiful and nice for leaving read more

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27th April 2023

Good city to live...

Good city to live in anything needed i a sort walk away public transport is a little bit lacking but overall a nice place to be read more

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20th January 2023

Derby is a safe c...

Derby is a safe city to be in. I feel much at home all the time. read more

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20th December 2022

It’s a very quiet...

It’s a very quiet city. And friendly ppl read more

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6th December 2022

Low cost of livin...

Low cost of living. Easy access to transport and people are safe to walk around at night. Shopping made easy at all times. read more

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6th December 2022

No complaints her...

No complaints here. Derby is a nice and quiet place. Everyone is helpful read more

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6th December 2022

Getting around is...

Getting around is quite expensive and tedious for those who dont drive read more

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5th December 2022

really love it -...

really love it - very busy and nice atmosphere! small but always something to do! read more

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30th November 2022

The uni bus allow...

The uni bus allows to access to city centre aswell read more

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30th November 2022

It’s alright, not...

It’s alright, nothing special but it’s fine read more

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15th November 2022

Good nightclubs ,...

Good nightclubs , good spoons, good social life read more

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1st November 2022

Derby is a small...

Derby is a small city which has everything. Calm place which is perfect for students read more

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18th October 2022

A lovely town to...

A lovely town to live in for university! Lots of opportunities and lovely places read more

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16th October 2022

Derby is an all a...

Derby is an all around nice place it’s mainly clean but yeah all good read more

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14th October 2022

Great city to sta...

Great city to stay in whilst studying read more

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14th October 2022

Uni buses make tr...

Uni buses make transportation anywhere very easy and most things are within walking distance read more

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5th October 2022

Derby is a safe c...

Derby is a safe city with great amenities and it feels like a town. read more

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5th October 2022

I wish there were...

I wish there were more shops but that’s it read more

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28th September 2022

If you're a perso...

If you're a person like me, I like to stay somewhere quiet and peaceful. Derby is the city I was looking for! Yes, I know crime happens everywhere, but there seems to be less crime incidents in this city. There is a good range of shops accessible for students too. read more

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23rd August 2022

Derby is an OK pl...

Derby is an OK place for shopping and nightlife read more

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6th August 2022

A very quiet city...

A very quiet city overall. If you want to leave a peaceful and chill uni live thn this is the place to do it. If i knew that before i would not come because honestly its way to boring. read more

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14th July 2022

I am local, and...

I am local, and a mature student so didn't really experience the city from a students perspective, but it is a great place to be with lots of entertainment and other opporunities read more

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5th June 2022

Derby does little...

Derby does little to provide a nightlife but looking forward more business are being built and opening. Currently the best for a night out is Nottingham read more

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25th May 2022

Nice city and goo...

Nice city and good transport, also good nights hot read more

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23rd May 2022

Derby is a fairly...

Derby is a fairly quiet and sedate town, with not many activities. Perfect for people who enjoy a slightly slower pace of life. read more

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12th May 2022

I live really clo...

I live really close to town so everything is very near read more

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12th May 2022

It’s a small but...

It’s a small but nice city with lots to do read more

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12th May 2022

Very slow and a b...

Very slow and a bit quiet, but has a few things to do. read more

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12th May 2022

Derby is very qui...

Derby is very quiet and clean. Many shops around so you can find everything you need read more

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11th May 2022

It’s an alright c...

It’s an alright city just some dodgy places and some spiking happening. read more

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11th May 2022

nice city, shame...

nice city, shame about the crackheads read more

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10th May 2022

very central has...

very central has everything you need read more

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15th February 2022

Awful public tran...

Awful public transport in derby. Buses don’t ever run to schedule and are always dirty. In terms of nights out, food and shopping derby is severely lacking. We’ve only got 4 main clubs to choose from and two of those I wouldn’t even step foot in. read more

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10th February 2022

Intu is great for...

Intu is great for shopping with nearly every type of shop you could need. The uni provides free bus transport which is nice. Wide variety of restaurants which is nice. Nightlife is mixed. read more

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1st February 2022

Great place to li...

Great place to live nice and friendly place read more

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1st February 2022

Lack of student a...

Lack of student activities or places besides nightclubs and lack of halal restaurants read more

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1st February 2022

Great free univer...

Great free university bus that takes you all around the different campuses read more

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1st February 2022

Derby is a great...

Derby is a great city, by staying in the Croft you are not only close to the bus stop but also the city centre with it being just a 7 minute walk away. read more

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26th January 2022

good overall livi...

good overall living for students very good value for money read more

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25th January 2022

Great shopping ce...

Great shopping centre and restaurants read more

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25th January 2022

Very expensive as...

Very expensive as a bus daysaver in derby is 4.50 and in the west mids its 1.50 read more

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6th January 2022

Majority of subje...

Majority of subjects I don’t use so have average stars read more

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15th October 2021

The town is real...

The town is real fun and has lots of places to visit read more

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15th October 2021

Derby is a good p...

Derby is a good place to come and pursue your education and sport read more

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27th July 2021

Has something for...

Has something for everyone from clubs, bars, pubs, shops, restaurants, cafes to modes of transport. It really is a great city and it’s not too big so everything you need is all in one place in the city centre. read more

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22nd June 2021

Nights out are ok...

Nights out are okay, got two spoons which is always handy. Apart from these and the main student club of pop world, there isn’t really much more open. I saw alot of closed clubs in the city ( I assume due to COVID), so maybe Derby’s nightlife will be better when more things open again, but generally for me the city didn’t really offer many good nights out, you’re better off travelling to Nottingham for a good night out. read more

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7th June 2021

Derby is a homely...

Derby is a homely place with lots of opportunities for fun, nights out aren’t the best but there are plenty of pubs to go to x read more

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27th May 2021

There are a varie...

There are a variety of places to explore in Derby and there is something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a park for a picnic, to browse the shopping centre or for a night out with your friends, Derby aims to please. read more

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27th May 2021

Most accommodatio...

Most accommodations here are fairly decently priced and loads of public transport within walking distance read more

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23rd May 2021

There are many pl...

There are many places to go for drinks and many places to go for food. There are some really nice restaurants and really nice places to go for drinks. read more

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member958338
20th May 2021

Great and comfy p...

Great and comfy place to live. The nightlife is okay. read more

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19th May 2021

Good town and eve...

Good town and everything is local which is good read more

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19th May 2021

All accessible cl...

All accessible close to accommodation and uni read more

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13th May 2021

close to Nottingh...

close to Nottingham and easy to access to town centre and you can get everything in the town centre read more

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7th May 2021

The living cost i...

The living cost is very affordable and most of it is included in the rent. Shopping for groceries is not that far either. read more

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7th May 2021

Nice university b...

Nice university but dead city not gonna lie read more

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30th April 2021

Very good place t...

Very good place to stay and offered a various amount of things to do and very nice and practical. read more

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23rd April 2021

Really really rea...

Really really really really really really really good read more

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23rd April 2021

Lovely, friendly...

Lovely, friendly, accessible. read more

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23rd April 2021

Great city with e...

Great city with everything you could ask for. It’s not too big and not too small, just right. read more

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22nd April 2021

Love everything a...

Love everything about it, relatively cheap drinks and food and as mentioned before due to Derby being relatively small everything is a walking distance away :) read more

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22nd April 2021

Decent place to h...

Decent place to have lived for two years read more

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22nd April 2021

Derby is a small...

Derby is a small town but I like that however the clubs are rubbish read more

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20th April 2021

Reasonable for a...

Reasonable for a small city, everything is nearby which makes travelling easier read more

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19th April 2021

Very compact city...

Very compact city and it is easy to live here as a student. read more

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19th April 2021

Decent city . Nig...

Decent city . Night life is boring and no decent food places or restaurants read more

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17th April 2021

All round okay pl...

All round okay place to live, can be expensive to shop read more

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31st March 2021

Derby is such a l...

Derby is such a lovely place. It can be quite calm for a city, but there's always something exciting happening. I love the amount of green spaces there are, it's great for walks and relaxing with friends. read more

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23rd March 2021

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20th March 2021

Small city. Howev...

Small city. However, great for student living due to small prices, close distances to the campus, shops, train stations. read more

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19th March 2021

Free unibus trans...

Free unibus transport for students around the city. Plenty of shopping options. read more

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18th March 2021

Different pubs/ba...

Different pubs/bars/restaurants all close together so it is nice during a night out! Very easy to travel too as there are plenty of public transport options read more

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11th March 2021

Cost of transport...

Cost of transportation is relatively low. Living costs are well suited to every budget. Major shop chains are available. read more

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16th May 2020

The unibus is gre...

The unibus is great. It’s not the biggest city but I quite like it as I’m not a big city person anyway, nights out are ok but there aren’t many places to go. read more

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8th March 2020

Easy: derby has e...

Easy: derby has everything you need and would walk without it being hectic and confusing to get about read more

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18th November 2019

Derby is a good c...

Derby is a good city with good night life read more

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24th September 2019

Intu is about all...

Intu is about all there is. But it is insane.. very clean and loads of shops. Good food places too. Nights out are plentiful and many and easy to find a club that suits you. However the town is crawling with homeless people and drugged up zombies, police presence is constant read more

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7th April 2019

It's an ok city,...

It's an ok city, council need to do more about crime & the state of the city with homelessness & people on drugs walking around like zombies. read more

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29th July 2015

It's a lot like m...

It's a lot like my home town. Just cleaner and flatter read more

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23rd July 2015

Buses aren't over...

Buses aren't over priced and actually turn up on time read more

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23rd April 2015

Derby has the usu...

Derby has the usual places to shop and eat. Not so great on a night out if it isn't freshers or a bank holiday. Other then the bus station, public transport is confusing. Still don't really know any bus routes other then the university bus read more

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