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.

With lockdown easing and venues reopening, now is the time to think about what your social experience will be like in Derby. Our pubs and bars are opening their doors, sports are kicking off again, and you can see amazing bands in outdoor venues. But perhaps you prefer to chill out in parks, shops and cafés or simply immerse yourself in the culture of our Purple Flag city. 

What the future holds

Let's go back 12 months. You're out in Derby city centre with your mates after a fabulous day walking in the sunshine in the Derbyshire Dales. You grab some quality street food before heading to a venue to see your favourite band of the moment. The next day you meet up again in the park for a picnic before spending the afternoon in an art gallery. This is the past. But it's also the future. Coming soon. Just imagine ...

Student life in Derbyshire

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, Buxton or Chesterfield.

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

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