As you start to prepare for university life, we know that you will have lots of questions about your arrival in the UK and how coronavirus measures will affect you. The information below aims to outline how we can support you when you arrive in the UK and what you can expect when you arrive in Derby.

Starting your studies

The academic year will start as planned on Monday 21 September. Our Welcome and Induction programmes will introduce you to university life and help you to settle in. Details will be sent to you via email from 25 August.

Teaching will begin for most courses on Monday 28 September. A small number of courses have different start dates – we will contact you separately if this applies to you.

If you are in self-isolation when teaching begins and cannot attend the on-campus teaching sessions, we will provide online alternatives for the duration of your self-isolation period.

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We're delighted you have chosen to study with us and are looking forward to welcoming you soon. The first few weeks of uni can be jam packed, so we've created an area just for you to help you prepare for your new adventure.

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Airport Meet and Greet Service

We’re pleased to offer a free airport pick-up service from London Heathrow and Manchester international airports on 17 and 18 September 2020. There will be three coaches leaving London Heathrow on each day and two leaving Manchester on each day, your exact time departure time will be confirmed by email. Please allow 2 hours to get through immigration, collect your baggage and meet our staff.

The booking form for September 2020 has now closed. You can find information about making your own way to the University of Derby here.

Your arrival

Self-isolation guidance and support

If you are arriving in the UK from a country that is not on the travel corridor exempt list, in order to clear immigration you must provide a permanent address in which you will self-isolate for 14 days. Note that this must be a permanent address and cannot be a hotel, as hotels will not accept customers who are self-isolating.

Self-isolation in University owned accommodation

If you are booked to live in University of Derby accommodation, we will provide you free accommodation for the 14 days self-isolation period from your day of arrival in the UK. Our accommodation team will support you with free food parcels, kitchen essentials and bedding packs to help you settle in. 

How it will work:

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Self-isolation in private accommodation

If you have arranged to live in private accommodation, you must self-isolate either at that address or at another previously arranged address. The University will not be able to provide free self-isolation accommodation, kitchen or bedding packs or food parcels for students who are not booked into University owned accommodation. You can still contact us if you require any advice and support.

Living in halls

Moving away from home for the first time? Our halls of residence will provide you with a safe living environment, a home from home.

Find out what it's like to live in our halls of residenceFind out what it's like to live in our halls of residence

Welcome to our safe learning environment

Take a look at the changes we have made to our campus ready for your arrival in September.

A tour of our campus to show the safe learning environment

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Remote learning delivery

Whilst we recommend that for the best welcome experience you should try to join us by Monday 21 September, we understand that for some students there may be exceptional circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic that mean you cannot arrive in time for the start of the Autumn semester. This could include travel restrictions or shielding due to health conditions.

We have introduced the option of a remote learning experience for EU and international students starting selected courses in September 2020. This means that you may be able to start your course online-only for the Autumn semester and join us in Derby as soon as possible. You must arrive by the beginning of semester 2 in January 2021 in order to meet visa and immigration requirements.

Courses offering remote delivery for Autumn 2020

Once you are in Derby, we will provide you with a rich learning experience through a combination of on-campus teaching in specialist facilities and off-campus digital learning activities. We will provide free accommodation for students who have to self-isolate for 14 days whenever you arrive in the UK if you have booked University owned accommodation and offer flexible contracts so you will only have to pay from when you arrive.

If you are unable to travel to the UK in time for the start of the semester and need start your learning remotely, please contact the College Support Centres to discuss further.

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The UK is very safe for international students, and the university has 24-hour security and CCTV. Most campuses have a special body that ensures safety for international students providing contact numbers to get in touch with officials in case of any emergency

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On feeling safe in the UK
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Chat to our students

Chat directly to our students to find out more about what it's like at the University of Derby.

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My international warm welcome to Derby

Worry is a common feeling amongst all students especially those moving to Derby from a different country. Ioannis shares his experience of the welcome he received when arriving to the University from Greece.

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Fitting in and making friends

When Simona first arrived at University she was afraid that as an international student she would feel alone and that it would be hard to make new friends. Fortunately for her, these feelings didn’t last long.

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Contact us

Our dedicated enquiry team can help to answer any questions you have about studying with us.

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