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Living in Derby
The main campus of the University of Derby is near the suburbs of the town, right next to the huge Markeaton Park. 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.
The Cathedral Quarter is where you’ll find all the little boutique shops and quirky cafes. St Peters is the classic high street area, as well as a favourite spot for buskers and performers, as well as the Eagle Market. Finally there’s Westfield, the big indoor shopping complex. There’s over two hundred shops in here so we’d say there’s a fairly good chance they have what you’re looking for!
As with all student towns, nightlife is generally good, with favourite venues being Walkabout and Blue Note and a couple of other clubs catering to cheesy pop and metal music as well. 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, two major cinemas a short taxi ride from the campus, and the Derby Quad. This 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. Keep an eye on their calendar.
Derby is very keen on its sport and boasts professional teams in football, rugby cricket and basketball. Footie fans can take a tour of the County football stadium. If you’re not a sports fan another tour option for you is the ‘Ghosts of Derby Gaol’ tour. Derby is rumoured to be one of the most haunted cities in the UK (nicknamed the ‘dead centre’ of England - charming!) Adventurers may also want to try and find the entrance to the haunted catacombs that run beneath Derby’s marketplace. The only possible issue is that the way in is through The Tiger pub, which has a reputation for distracting would-be explorers with a well-poured pint.
- 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.
- Stately homes: Indulge your inner posh person. 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.
- Alton Towers: You’re only 40mins away from Britain’s most popular theme park!
Good to know
- Taxi: Eagle City Cars
- Bus: There are buses from the university to the town and train station (buses 5 and 6), while the 4 is a free shuttle bus between the campuses.
10 Derby Reviews
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