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Student Life in Derby

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Derby is the most central city in the UK

Derby is located in the heart of the UK with excellent transport links. You can get to London in 90 minutes on the train.

Derby is a multi cultural city

Derby is a compact, lively city with loads going on. 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.

Derby is safe

Derby is the safest city in the East Midlands.

Get employed

Derby is growing at a faster rate in wealth creation than any other city in England, and is ranked second in the UK for employment growth. 

Shopping heaven

InTu Derby, one of the UK’s top shopping centres, has over 190 shops selling both the latest designer goods and high street brands. The historic Cathedral Quarter has individual shops and cafés.

Eating, drinking and going out in Derby

Some of the best student nights are organised by our Students’ Union – from freshers’ nights on campus in The Academy, our Students’ Union bar, to affiliated club nights in the city centre.

There are many places to eat in Derby offering food from all around the world.

At Kedleston Road, The Academy offers good food at student prices and Blends coffee shop offers a selection of specialist teas, coffees and range of snacks.

Entertainment and the arts

Derby is also home to a regional dance centre and orchestra, 36 cinema screens, three theatres, art galleries and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Derby hosts many events and festivals throughout the year, including Derby Festé, the Derby Jazz Festival, the Format international photography festival and the UK’s largest free outdoor classical concert.

A prosperous city

Derby is one of the UK’s economic success stories, with thriving manufacturing and high technology industries and companies such as Rolls-Royce, Toyota, Bombardier, S&A Foods, Westfield and Hero TSC providing excellent employment opportunities

The Students' Union

The University of Derby Students' Union 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. On campus our chaplains and faith advisers cover a wide range of religious traditions and organise talks, discussions, Fairtrade lunches, campaigns and days out.

The Multi-Faith Centre on our Derby Campus is open to everyone – people of all faiths or none. We have been voted the best university for faith provision in the International Student Barometer.

Getting around is easy

The Unibus links the city centre, train station, hospital and all our sites and halls. It runs every ten minutes.

Derby has a mainline railway station, with 35 trains running to London every week day, just a 90 minute journey. The Red Arrow bus runs regularly between Derby and Nottingham.