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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You’re only 40 minutes away from Britain’s most popular theme park!
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!
Top 10 Derby Accommodation
The best accommodation in derby. The location is perfect and would highly recommend to anyone who is thinking of booking for next year. The staff are ...
The RA's are great, really helpful and can have a laugh with them, same with Sara. The courtyard is great for socialising...
THE BEST accommodation in Derby! The staff are very friendly and cater to any requests you may have. The communal areas such as the courtyard, study r...
St Christopher's Court
Really close to Markeaton Campus and buses running every 10 minutes to Kedleston. Libraries close by, can stay in accommodation in 2nd and 3rd year...
So much fun in halls. Meet some great people with regular hall activities being put on. Weekly cleaning and daily security feel safe while able to hav...
Princess Alice Court
If you have any problems someone comes up and sorts it out however only have common room as social space and that can be booked out. It takes about 30...
Abbey Lodge Student Village
I love living in this accommodation. Indeed, the wifi connection is not that strong, but that's no problem. The location and outdoor space are perfect...
Read Derby Reviews
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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