Parents and guardians - About Us - University of Derby

Information for parents and guardians

Going to university can benefit your son or daughter in many ways Graduates generally earn more and often enjoy a wider range of job opportunities.

Open Days

Open Days are a great way to see what our University is like. We're confident you'll notice our warm and friendly atmosphere as soon as you walk in the door! You’ll be able to explore our Campuses, speak to our tutors and current students, and take a look at our facilities. Book an Open Day.

Student accommodation

Many of our students live in halls of residence in their first year. They’re reasonably priced, a short walk away from our Campuses, and provide the chance to meet new friends.

We also have approved private accommodation. Together with the Council and the landlord we assess all the properties registered, so you can be confident they’ll be safe and comfortable.

Student support

We really want your son or daughter to be successful and enjoy their time here. We're here to help with anything that may impact on your child’s academic performance or their experience as a student and have a wide range of student support available such as budgeting, exam anxiety and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

How to apply

UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, is the organisation that’s responsible for processing and managing applicants to higher education institutions in the UK. The deadline for applications to most courses is mid-January, so they should start thinking about their course choice at least 18 months in advance. The application should be completed online at and there are step by step guides to help complete the application. Find out more about the application process.

Student finance

Going to university is an investment in your child's future, however we appreciate it also involves major financial commitment. The Government offers a range of financial support to help pay for the cost of university and your son or daughter can apply for student finance online at

Students can also earn money by getting a part-time job that fits around their studying. Our Student Employment Agency can help with this.

Get in touch

If you're a parent or guardian of a prospective or current student and have any comments or questions please complete this form.