Everything you'll need to know about living in Derby
Derby and Buxton are both unique, safe and lively cities with their own personality that offer everything your student life will need – shopping, eating out, nightlife, sports and entertainment.
We’re also committed to supporting your academic career in every aspect, from finding suitable accommodation, transport in and around the city, faith and religious advice and guidance on all other matters.
You’ll find all the latest designer goods and high street brands at Westfield Derby, while the Cathedral Quarter covers offbeat independent retailers. Buxton’s Cavendish Arcade and Spring Gardens shopping centre combine the best of both worlds.
Derby and Buxton are home to over 100 cafés, bars, pubs and restaurants, with student discounts and themed nights available at a wealth of nightspots to suit every taste.
Whatever your tastes in dining, we have it covered – from Thai and Italian to Japanese and Indian eateries, plus well known names like Pizza Express and Nando’s. You’ll also find great food and drink on campus, all at cheap student prices.
Derby is also home to a regional dance centre and orchestra, a cinema, theatres, art galleries and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while Buxton Opera house hosts comedies, plays, musicals, concerts and films.
Derby’s pedigree in sports is focused around Team Derby, providing students with a range of services from sports clubs to national competitions, with a state of the art gym and fitness centre waiting for you on campus.
With both Derby and Buxton Campuses within easy distance of the main city and town centres, there’s also the Unibus service with discounted student rates to connect our sites, and a mainline train station to take you further afield.
Whatever you want from your student life, you’re sure to find it in Derby. With the Peak District right on our doorstep, you can have the best of both worlds – the cosmopolitan hustle and bustle of the city or the peace and quiet of beautiful countryside.
Getting around the city and surrounding area
Clare shows us around Derby and talks about what it's like to live here as a student.