City and countryside

This is a university where you can have it all. Experience bright city life one day and be in stunning countryside the next.

We’re all being encouraged to meet up and exercise outdoors right now, and Derby is perfect for that. Stroll around one of our lovely city parks, or venture further afield for a hike in the Peak District. And as city venues reopen, you can look forward to visiting a great range of bars and pubs, watching sport, or checking out amazing bands. If you prefer to chill out, make the most of Derby’s many shops and cafes or simply immerse yourself in the culture of our Purple Flag city. 

Our city

Nightlife, outdoors, sport, culture, places to unwind – Derby has something for everyone. Join us live from Blends, the Union of Students’ café, to hear what our students love about living in the city.

Our city

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Is laid back living your thing, or are you an adrenaline junkie always seeking adventure? Are you a culture lover looking to learn new things or do you live for the night? Do your friends see you as a sports fanatic, or are you a frequent gig goer obsessed with music? Whichever of these you identify with, Derby is the place where you can follow your interests as well as explore new passions, all while studying for a top quality degree.

Explore the six profiles below to see which one best describes you - then get our top tips for what to do in Derby and Derbyshire.

International student Ioana Batcu

Derby is all a paradox; it’s compact but versatile, the ideal city size. Located in the Midlands, it’s known as the heart of the UK, so you can explore the rest of the country. Just get in the car, jump on the bus or take the train to start your new adventure.

Ioana Batcu
On where Derby is in the UK

Tamzin's favourite places to visit in Derby city

Undergraduate student Tamzin Burch

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Students chatting in a coffee shop

Your top five questions about living in Derby

We've answered the top five FAQs we receive about living in Derby so you can catch up on what there is to know about being a student here.

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University of Derby campuses

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Based in the heart of England, our three campuses in Derbyshire are inspiring places to be.

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