Your home from home

The same - but different

Tamzin Burch was anxious about moving away from home to come to the University of Derby. Last year she wrote a blog for us, Home is just a feeling, that explained how she felt in those first weeks and months living in halls in Derby.

In the year since she wrote the blog, a lot about the world has changed. But there are still some aspects that are the same, such as what it feels like to leave home for the first time. Yes, there are new worries, but the importance of feeling at home, wherever you might be, is the same.

A student holding a coffee cup in a kitchen in student halls

Home is just a feeling

Student Tamzin Burch didn't truly understand the meaning of home until she came to live in halls in Derby.

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Moving in safely

In September, we’re planning staggered arrivals directly to halls, over a number of days. This will enable us to keep to social distancing guidelines and make sure everyone can move in safely and efficiently. 

Each flat will be classed as a household and we will actively encourage small social bubbles to participate in events. Each bubble will be made up of a maximum of two flats.

We've adapted our halls events programme so we can still deliver a varied range of activities. We'll have both virtual and socially distanced events. And these will be either completely free or discounted and will be available exclusively for residents living in University-owned halls.

Everything will be organised to put your safety and wellbeing first and our Student Living staff will be on hand to offer you advice and support. Social distancing guidelines will be followed in the delivery of all services to students. And we will have full plans in place for all eventualities.

Virtual Open Day: Accommodation tour

Tamzin shows you around Agard Court.

Virtual Open Day: Accommodation tour

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A group of students in halls

Student living

Our award-wining halls of residence offer choice and value, great facilities and all you need to settle in quickly to student life. And we are now offering flexible contracts in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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