Student Tips - What to Pack - University of Derby

Student Tips

Student tips We know that you may have a few questions about the summer school, so we've asked our student mentors some of the most common questions and here's their answers

Is there any cost involved in taking part in the Summer Residential?

No it is absolutely free. The only thing that you will need to do if you want to, is bring along some money for snacks and drinks if you want to buy  them.  Plenty of snacks and drinks, as well as all your meals will be provided though, so you won’t need to bring much.


What’s the accommodation like?

If you attend the Summer School you will have your own room. All rooms have en-suite facilities. You’ll be given a full induction into the building when you arrive, along with instructions about what to do in the event of a fire. The building will have night time staff, and student mentors will stay in the blocks with you. The blocks will be all male or all female, there’ll be no mixed-sex blocks.


Would be able to go out on my own or with mates if want to?

As you’re under 18 years old the University has a legal responsibility to provide a secure and safe learning environment for all our summer school students. Part of this requires that we would need to know of your whereabouts at all times. Therefore you would not be able to wander about by yourself or with friends unless you’re with a student mentor or a member of staff and you have asked permission first. This may seem a little strict but it’s necessary and will be applicable throughout the duration of the summer school.


Will all the students know each other?

The students that are awarded places on the Summer Residential are from across the Midlands. Some students will know each other as they may go to the same school. However, that doesn’t mean that they’ll be together all the time as students are grouped differently for their activities. We will be doing loads of different things to get to know each other so don’t worry about not knowing anybody. Last year, some participants even chose to stay in flats with friends they had made on the first day, instead of staying with friends they had come with.


What if my family/carers needed to get in touch with me?

Nearly all the students on previous summer schools have brought along their mobiles with them, however, students are responsible for their own property and the University can’t accept liability for the loss or damage of mobile phones. If your parents need to get in touch with you they can ring any of the numbers on the contact sheet that will be sent separately, this includes summer school staff and emergency 24 hour numbers to call.