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Where to stay and celebrate your Derby graduation

1 November 2021

It’s finally time to celebrate your endless hours of studying and the hard work you put into your degree - it’s graduation day! Are you looking for restaurants to visit to celebrate with your family? Perhaps you are travelling from outside Derby and need somewhere to stay?


Are you on the lookout for a healthy restaurant? Mezzo is a fantastic restaurant, ideally placed next to Derby Arena on Pride Park. It is a stone’s-throw away from the graduation ceremony so is a very convenient place to meet up before and after the big event. You will find a range of food and drinks, including alcoholic beverages. You will not want to miss this one.

The Forge

The Forge is a superb premium steakhouse. It is located on one of Derby’s liveliest streets, Sadler Gate. This is a great location if you want to visit a few places on your special day, or if you are staying in Derby’s city centre.


Seven is a social restaurant that uses fresh ingredients to create simple but delicious meals for the whole family. The vibrant environment is a must-visit during your graduation day. It is the perfect stop before the train journey home, as it is six minutes away from Derby train station. You will always find plenty of parking spaces right outside the restaurant.

Students throwing their ceremony caps in the air on graduation day.

Holiday Inn Express Derby – Pride Park

Are you looking for a hotel that includes breakfast? If so, look at Holiday Inn Express located within easy walking distance of Derby Arena. This hotel is known to be reliable shown through the thousands of positive reviews left on their website.

Jurys Inn Derby

Jurys Inn has a public car park close by where you can park your vehicle for the night. There’s a discount for hotel users. This hotel features a cardio gym so you can burn off a few calories before your celebration meal. There’s free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, so you can always check in with family or post those all-important photos on graduation day.

Premier Inn – Cathedral Quarter or Riverlights

Premier Inn is a popular hotel chain. Two hotels are found in Derby, one in the city centre and one alongside the riverside. The hotels have comfy beds and en-suites, making them the perfect option. Of course, everyone loves waking up to a famous Premier Inn breakfast too.

We hope these places give you some inspiration when planning your perfect graduation day. Make sure to tag us @derbyuni in your social media posts on the day; we would love to share your memories.