Mission Possible

Your university life is about to begin. When you join us it is our mission to give you a full university experience. You will get teaching time on campus, you'll share ideas, you'll meet new people, and make new friends. But your wellbeing is our priority. The information on these pages will show you what to expect.

Securing your place

Securing a place at university this year has been confusing. If you are currently still applying and are confused about all the mixed messages, our senior academics David McGravie and Dr Paula Holt provide some expert advice to help you navigate your path. 

our expert advice on securing your place at university

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Making it happen

Welcome to the University of Derby. For most of you, your academic year with us will start with: 

We have created a safe environment for you and introduced social distancing measures across our sites. But we will support you if, for any reason, at any time, you are not comfortable coming onto campus for your individual or small-group teaching sessions.

You’ll have online and remote alternatives to large lectures during the first semester as well as on-campus contact time with your teachers, tutorials, and practical and laboratory sessions. And you’ll have access to our on-campus facilities, including our Sports Centre, fitness suite, 4G pitches and libraries.

We're also planning personalised virtual services, including academic support, the Careers and Employment Service, Student Wellbeing, financial advice, and the Union of Students.

And, of course, you’ll be in Derby, a fantastic, welcoming city, surrounded by stunning countryside.

Find out everything you need to know about the autumn term 

Guidance for international students

Welcome to our safe learning environment

MBA student Clarence Clark takes a tour of our Kedleston Road buildings to show you how we're making your social, learning and living spaces as safe as possible when you start university.

A tour of our campus to show the safe learning environment

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We've also developed our ‘Together Pledge’, that asks our students to commit to certain behaviours, including our expectations around health and safety and the importance of following clear University and government advice on all aspects relating to COVID-19.

Read our Together Pledge

An accessible campus

In addition to the safety measures put in place as a result of Covid-19, we pride ourselves on providing an accessible campus to support the needs of students with physical or hidden disabilities.

Our accessible maps show the facilities and services that we have in place for students with disabilities and additional needs, and our Sunflower Badge scheme help to raise awareness for those whose disabilities aren’t visible.

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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.

Discover your warm welcomeDiscover your warm welcome

Your wellbeing is our priority

We want you to be safe and healthy. This was the case before the coronavirus pandemic and it is even more important now. The University of Derby is a safe environment in line with the latest government guidance.

We have experienced wellbeing teams who provide a free and confidential service to support your health and help you get the most out of university life.

There is a clear link between your wellbeing and your academic success and we’ve put together some top tips for improving your wellbeing, such as:

Additional advice and guidance is available on our student support pages. We also have additional information for parents and guardians.

Your safe home from home

Our halls of residence will give you a safe environment, a home from home. A place to make new friends in a safe social bubble.

This year, the welcome to halls will be staggered over a number of days from Thursday 17 September to Sunday 20 September to make sure social distancing guidelines are adhered to and each hall will make its own arrangements for arrival and welcome. You will need to book an arrival slot on your preferred day. You can do this from 17 August onwards by going online and logging into your Student Living account

And this year we are also are bringing in flexible contracts. This means you don’t need to worry about paying for accommodation if you don’t use it because of the pandemic. For example, you could live at home at the start of term and move into halls at any point up until the start of term two. If you move into halls for term two, payment will be required from 1 January.

However, we would still recommend that you apply for halls as normal and then indicate when you intend to arrive. We will then adjust your account to reflect this. If you would rather wait and apply later in the year we will allocate you a room in halls based on what availability we have at the time.

Book your arrival slot

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

A new adventure

At the heart of your student life at Derby is our fabulous Union of Students, run by students for students and ranked in the WhatUni Top 25 in the UK.

This year, the start of your University journey might look a little different, with our Freshers programme designed to be a brilliant blend of virtual and on-site activities. We’ll have quizzes, cook-a-longs, music, meet-and-greets and discovery days - plus an on-campus outdoor Freshers Fair at Kedleston Road. We can't wait to meet you!  

Our Union of Students offers you fantastic opportunities to meet new people and socialise, to express yourself and your identity. We have over 50 societies and more than 40 social and competitive sports clubs. You can get involved in student media, fundraising and volunteering too. Everything our Union of Students does is to make your life at the University of Derby amazing. Whether you’re after activities, representation, employability, or advice, they'll be here for you throughout your studies.

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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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A city at the heart of everything

Derby is a fantastic, welcoming city. We’re right in the centre of the UK and we’ve got great transport links – so you can get to Derby from anywhere. There’s even an airport right next door. And we are surrounded by stunning countryside, with the Peak District, Derbyshire Dales and more on our doorstep.

With lockdown easing and social venues reopening, you will have the chance to express your social persona. Are you an adrenaline junkie or a night owl? A culture lover or a gig goer? A serenity seeker or a sports fanatic?

And we are a Purple Flag city. This means that, whether you like to party in clubs and bars or chill-out in parks, shops and cafés, Derby offers a safe environment for all. Whoever you are, Derby has something to offer you.

An open space in Derby City Centre

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.

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Investing in your future

Going to university is a real investment in your future. You are backing yourself to succeed. Your two main costs are going to be your tuition fees and your living costs.

So, how do you pay for this?

You can apply for a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan to help with living costs. And you don’t have to start paying your loans back until you’ve graduated and your salary has reached a specific level.

You may also be eligible for the University of Derby Bursary or our Academic Achievement Scholarship.

And our student support team can offer you extra help with financial guidance and budgeting.

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Budgeting for university

Learning how to budget is an essential part of being a student. Your bonus is that Derby is considered to be one of the most affordable cities in the UK. And our students have shared some of their budgeting advice to help you get started.

Our students' top budgeting tipsOur students' top budgeting tips
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Be inspired by our Virtual Open Days

Take a tour wherever you are with our Virtual Open Days. See our first-class facilities, discover our courses and find out what it's like to be a University of Derby student.

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