When will you arrive?

Arriving in September 2020

The Student Living team are looking forward to welcoming you to the University of Derby halls community where you’ll have a chance to make new friends, try new things and settle into University life.

This year, the welcome to halls will be staggered over a number of days before or after Saturday 19 September to make sure social distancing guidelines are adhered to and each hall will make its own arrangements for arrival and welcome. You will need to book an arrival slot between 8am-5pm on your preferred day. You can do this from 15 August onwards by going online. If you arrive before 19 September you will not pay extra for your accommodation and if you arrive after that date you will receive a reduction in your accommodation costs based on the date you arrive.  

We’ll keep you updated on this page throughout the summer so you can book your arrival slot and prepare in good time.  It’s also worth checking out the halls Facebook and Instagram pages @DerbyUniHalls for everything you need to know about living in halls.

The academic year will start as planned on Monday 21 September and teaching will begin for most courses on Monday 28 September. A small number of courses have different start dates – the University will contact you separately if this applies to you.

Arriving in January 

If you are arriving in January, please go directly to your hall on arrival.  We recommend that you arrive during office hours (9am - 6pm) but, if you do arrive outside office hours, please call the hall mobile number and someone will show you to your room. You can find the hall mobile number on each hall page, under Meet the Manager. 

If you intend to arrive earlier than your contracted dates, please contact your Hall Manager to confirm your expected date and time of arrival. Remember that if you arrive earlier than your contract start date, you will need to pay for the additional days unless you're a Get Ahead student.

If you are an International student arriving in January, you can find out more about traveling here, and the University's meet and greet service through the International Office.

Returning and Nottingham medical students

Arrangements for your arrivals to halls this September are still being finalised.  Watch this space for more updates. 

International students

When you start to plan your journey from overseas it's a good idea to let the International Department know when you are arriving so they can support you. They also provide a meet and greet service for students arriving at UK airports. The service is free but you need to book in advance. 

Sorting your paperwork out (Derby students)

Once you have arrived, you may have to visit the Student Housing Centre to sort out any outstanding paperwork. The Student Housing Centre is based at Nunnery Court and is open from Monday to Thursday 9.15am-4.30pm and Friday 9.15am-4pm.

Arriving early or later than the contract start

You can arrive earlier than the scheduled moving in days if you want to. This may be because your course starts earlier than the official moving in days or it's just more convenient for you.  However, if you do arrive earlier, you will need to pay for the additional days unless you are on the International Induction Programme or the Get Ahead Programme.

Alternatively, if it is not convenient for you to arrive for the contract start, you can arrive later. 

So we can plan for your arrival, you'll need to complete our early or late arrival request form.

Request early or late arrival

Flexible contracts 

Before you decide when you are going to arrive you may want to find out more about our flexible contracts, which we have introduced because of exceptional circumstances.