Travelling to the University of Derby

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

Please check the latest government guidance for travelling on safely during the coronavirus outbreak. We strongly encourage that you book your travel in advance where possible and bring with you limited luggage as you may have to carry it a long way. 

Airport Meet and Greet Service

We’re currently planning our free airport pick-up service from selected international airports in January and September 2021. Further details of dates, time and how to book your place will be added here in due course.

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 or Buxton

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 or Buxton campuses 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. 

 

From Manchester Airport

  • Manchester Airport is the nearest and most convenient airport if you're studying at our Buxton Campus.
  • You can take a train from Manchester Airport station to Manchester Piccadilly, and change there for Buxton.
  • Or you can catch the Skyline 199 bus from Manchester Airport directly to Buxton. The bus leaves the airport every 30 minutes.
  • Our hall of residence is only a short taxi ride away from Buxton station.

From Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport

  • You can catch the 707 shuttle bus from Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport to Doncaster train station. The bus leaves the airport every 30 minutes.
  • From Doncaster train station you can get a train to Buxton - you will need to change trains at Stockport train station.

From Birmingham International Airport

  • There are a number of routes for rail travel from Birmingham International Airport to Buxton, depending on the time of day. You may have to travel via another station.
  • Our hall of residence is only a short taxi ride away from Buxton station.
  • From London Heathrow Airport
  • Take the Heathrow Express from the airport to Paddington station, and change there for Euston Square underground station. From here, follow signs to Euston railway station. You may have to travel via another station, depending on the time you arrive.
  • The whole journey takes about three hours, and our hall of residence is only a short taxi ride away from Buxton station.

From London Gatwick Airport

  • Take the Gatwick Express to Victoria, and change there for Euston Square underground station. From here, follow signs to Euston railway station. You may have to travel via another station, depending on the time you arrive.
  • The whole journey takes about three hours, and our hall of residence is only a short taxi ride away from Buxton station.

By car

If you're planning to travel to Buxton by car, here is the postcode of our hall of residence:

  • High Peak Halls - SK17 6BB

A useful online route planner

You will need a car parking permit to park your car at our hall 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 Buxton Campus

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

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Our Welcome Programme consists of events and workshops, which will enable you to be fully prepared for living and studying in Derby and Buxton. We will email you all the details of your welcome programme before you arrive in the UK.

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