Accommoda­tion for international students

Our halls of residence have a long-standing record of excellent customer service for international students. We aim to make halls a home from home and encourage students to join in our events programme to make new friends. In the second and third year of study, there is also the opportunity to work for the halls team as a Residential Assistant. This looks great on your CV and gives you valuable work experience.

Award-winning accommodation

Our halls of residence were winners in two categories in the Global Student Living Index 2022:

  • Best University Housing (UK & Ireland)
  • Best Moving In Experience (UK & Ireland)

and finalists for Best Booking Experience (UK & Ireland).

The Global Student Living Index is the largest international survey on the quality of student accommodation and the results are 100% based on direct feedback from home and international students.

Two international students sat on bed in university accommodation.

Booking your accommodation

Accommodation in our halls of residence must be booked prior to your arrival to ensure you have a place to stay during your studies. There's a wide choice of student accommodation in Derby so whatever you are looking for, you're sure to find something that suits your needs.

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Students at induction

A warm welcome

The staff in halls are there to help you settle in and your Hall Manager should always be the first person you contact if you have any issues. There is also a 24-hour hall contact number if you need it.

This is what some of our international students said in a recent survey:

Packing for your journey

Have a look at our suggestions about what to bring with you when you travel to us and remember, if you're coming from a country with a warm climate, it's important to bring some warm clothes with you!

We understand that you may be limited as to what you can bring with you to the UK so, when you get here, you’ll receive a free arrival pack, kitchen pack and bed pack. The arrival pack is useful if you arrive late at night and have nothing to eat. The kitchen and bed packs save you from bringing bulky items with you on the plane. 

bedding, towels, clothes hangers, pans, kitchen utensils and cutlery

Unikitout special offer - 10% discount

Unikitout, the highest-rated student kit provider on Trustpilot, offers a no-quibble, money-back guarantee and 10% discount to all Derby students. To get your discount, use the code DERBY10 when ordering. For maximum convenience, order in advance so your stuff will be in halls when you arrive.

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Worry free accommodation


Most of our rooms have plenty of storage space with a wardrobe, bookshelves and a desk. In addition, all the small double beds have under-bed storage, ideal for big bags and suitcases.

Help settling in

Once you arrive, we go out of our way to help you settle in and our events programme will help you make new friends across the halls community. The Union of Students also has lots of opportunities for you to get involved in student life including joining one of the many student societies on offer, where you can meet people with similar hobbies and interests.

Top tips on settling into halls

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Hassle-free living

As well as great service, there are lots of other benefits to living in halls when you move to a foreign country. All of our halls are located near to the University, local shops, bars and restaurants. Also, our halls fees are all-inclusive so you won’t have to pay any extra bills and it will save you the trouble.

A landlord you can trust

Student safety and wellbeing are our priorities. We have 24-hour security and a great reputation for good student wellbeing and support. That's why halls are the natural choice for overseas students. 

International student Leigh Johnson, smiling.

Living in halls has been such an easy, welcoming experience. I've met so many people through halls events, helping me build a social life here in Derby. All your bills are included and you always feel safe knowing that staff are onsite to help if you need it

Leigh Johnson, International student from Barbados
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