Student life at Derby

Welcome to Derby, an exciting city to live in, full of new possibilities and experiences and the chance to make friends from all over the world.

Derby is centrally located

The city of Derby is situated in the heart of the UK, the perfect base to explore the rest of the UK. You can get to London in 90 minutes on the train.

Lots of free time

You will have lots of free time to explore the UK as a student. Many courses require you to manage your time effectively to study in your free time. Lots of students use this time wisely to balance study with social time.

City of festivals

Whether you like indie, metal, rock or folk music - Derby has got the festivals to experience musical euphoria!

Derby is home to award-winning small festivals where the acts are unknown and exciting. The food and drink is local and artisan- you will have the time of your life!

Derby is an affordable place to live

Your money will go alot further in Derby. The cost of living is very reasonable, and much cheaper than other cities.


We want you to feel at home during your stay at Derby. We guarantee that accommodation in our halls of residence will be reserved for you for at least the first year of your studies if you apply before 31 July.

University of Derby Students' Union (UDSU)

The UDSU offer a wide range of clubs and societies which are open to all students.

Faith and Religion

In Derby, there is a diverse multicultural community representing many different faiths. The Multi-Faith Centre at our Derby Campus is open to everyone – people of all faiths or none.

Derby was voted the best university for faith provision in an independent survey of international students studying at UK universities.