Travelling to the UK

We are looking forward to welcoming you on your university journey. Here is some information about how to get to Derby and guidance on travelling safely.

Covid-19 travel update

When to get your Covid-19 vaccine

You do not currently need to get a coronavirus vaccination before travelling to the UK, either to enter the country or to go on to halls of residence. You will be eligible to receive the vaccine for free after you arrive. 

You may choose to register with The Park Medical Practice, a GP you can visit at our Kedleston Road site.

Some of the frequently asked questions about vaccines are detailed below:

Note this information is taken from NHS.uk - Document first published:

Are international students eligible for the vaccination?

Anybody aged 18 or over in the UK is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination for free, regardless of their nationality or immigration status.

Do international students need to pay for the vaccine?

Nobody in England has to pay for the COVID-19 vaccination. The COVID-19 vaccination is free of charge and does not count as the kind of care that requires payment.

International students or anyone seeing requests for payment should report this activity to their university institution and to Action Fraud. More information on COVID-19 vaccine scams is on the Action Fraud website.

Do international students need to be registered with a GP to get a vaccination?

While registration with a GP is encouraged to access the vaccine, individuals can request to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient through a local GP practice.

How does an international student get an NHS number?

International students can approach their local GP practice, saying they would like to register for the purposes of receiving the vaccine.

Are any dependents of international students also eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination?

Anyone in England is eligible for the vaccine if they fall within the current eligibility criteria set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation and should come forward once it is their turn.

How does an international student get a vaccine?

International students should be encouraged to register with a GP and get an NHS number.

An NHS number can be found on any letter the NHS has sent you, on a prescription, or by logging in to a GP practice online service. You can also find an NHS number using this tool.

It is possible to request to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient by approaching a local GP practice.

While registration with a GP is encouraged to access the vaccine, individuals can request to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient through a local GP practice. Students can be directed to nhs.uk/register for more information on GP registration.

If an international student is not registered with a GP, will they still be invited for their vaccination?

Students who are not registered with a GP will not be proactively contacted by a local NHS service. We encourage all students to register with a GP and they can be directed to www.nhs.uk/register for more information.

However, international students can book their vaccination appointments via the National Booking Service with their NHS number if they have previously received NHS treatment. You can also find an NHS number using this tool.

What should an international student do if they’ve received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination abroad, and it is not a vaccine that is being offered in England?

If a person has received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine overseas that is also available in the UK, they should receive the same vaccine for their second dose. If the vaccine they received for their first dose is not available in the UK, the most similar alternative should be offered as per the advice here (see sections on vaccine interchangeability guidance).

The student should contact a GP to ensure they receive an appropriate vaccine for their second dose.

Where can students find more information?

Students should be directed to nhs.uk/covid-vaccination for more information about the Covid-19 vaccine. Students should be directed to www.gov.uk for information on COVID restrictions.

e-Gates now open for students

If you are from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea or the USA, you are now able to use the eGates found at UK airports. This allows for quicker entry to the UK as the eGates simply scan your face and your passport to allow entry. You must possess a passport with the biometric symbol in order to use gates. Please note that if you are visiting the UK as a short-term student you cannot use the eGates. This is because you will need to see a border office to get your passport stamped in order to be allowed to study. UKVI have provided this Request for passport stamp for students to show to a Border Officer if required.

Making your own way to Derby

We're in the centre of the country, which means it's easy to get here by road, rail and air:

  • 90 minutes from London and Manchester or 35 minutes from Birmingham by train
  • Close to the M1 and M6 motorways and within easy reach of East Midlands airport

Take a look at our information on how best to reach the University's Derby campus if you are travelling independently. Remember to check where your course is based.

From East Midlands Airport

  • East Midlands Airport is the closest airport to Derby and it's very easy to reach the city from there.
  • There are regular direct flights to East Midlands Airport from all over Europe.
  • From the airport you can catch the Skylink bus from the airport directly to Derby city centre.
  • You can then take a taxi to your accommodation.

From Birmingham Airport

  • Birmingham Airport is also convenient for Derby.
  • From the airport, take the train to Derby - you may have to change at Birmingham New Street. When you get to Derby, you can take a taxi from Derby station directly to your accommodation.
  • By coach – There are regular National Express airport coach services to Derby but you have to make a change during journey.
  • You can then take a taxi from Derby Coach Station to your accommodation.

From London Heathrow Airport

  • By train – Take the London Underground, Piccadilly Line train, east bound to St Pancras.  From St Pancras you can get the train to Derby.
  • When you get to Derby, you can take a taxi from Derby station directly to your accommodation.
  • By coach – There are regular National Express airport coach services to Derby but you have to make a change during journey.
  • You can then take a taxi from Derby Coach Station to your accommodation.

From Manchester Airport

  • There are a number of rail routes you can use from Manchester Airport to Derby, depending on the time of day.
  • You may have to travel via another station, depending on the time you arrive.
  • When you get to Derby you can take a taxi from Derby station directly to your accommodation.
  • By coach – There are regular National Express airport coach services to Derby but you have to make a change during journey.
  • You can then take a taxi from Derby Coach Station to your accommodation.

By car

If you're planning to travel to Derby by car, here are the postcodes of our halls of residence:

  • Sir Peter Hilton Court - DE1 1RG
  • Nunnery Court - DE1 3LQ
  • Princess Alice Court - DE1 3LD
  • Lonsdale Hall - DE22 3LP
  • St Christopher's Court - DE22 3FY
  • Peak Court - DE1 3GZ

You will need a car parking permit to park your car at our halls of residence, so make sure you've completed the Car Parking Permit Application Form that we will email to you with your offer of a room.

There is no car parking on our Derby Campus.

Some of this information may change, so we recommend that you check the details for your journey yourself to avoid any errors.

Derby Bus Station

The bus station is located on Morledge, Derby. There are 24 bays for local bus services and five coach bays. National Express and some holiday tour companies use the station as well.

Derby Train Station

Derby has direct rail services to a large numbers of destinations including London, Birmingham, Sheffield, Newcastle and Cardiff.

The best way to plan your journey by train to Derby is to visit the city's travel information website Connected. You can also use the Eurostar or ferry to reach Derby, however you will need to change trains and buses. 

 

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