Your Guide to
Open Days

A University of Derby Open Day is different. It’s a day designed to work at your pace, with the freedom to explore your subject and our campus in the way that works best for you. Flexible subject talks means no pressure, no need to rush from one thing to the next. This guide will help you make the most of it.

Plan your day

Getting here

Derby is ideally located in the heart of the UK, with great transport links. Our Kedleston Road site, DE22 1GB, is located just outside the city centre and has free parking for our Open Day visitors.

If you're travelling by train, we have a shuttle bus service from the station to our campus. Look out for our staff at the Pride Park exit who will direct you to the bus.

Kedleston Road entrance from main road
Car parking is available on the right-hand side of the main driveway

Finding your way around

Kedleston Road

Your base for the Open Day, where you will receive a warm welcome from our friendly team. Check-in, pick up your free map and head for the stage in the Atrium for your Welcome Talk. You'll then be free to spend the rest of your day as you wish.

At Kedleston Road you’ll find:

  • Subject tasters for: Derby Business School, Education, Teacher Training, Health and Social Care, Human and Environmental Sciences, Humanities
  • Sports Centre
  • Union of Students
  • Library
  • Shops and food outlets
  • Campus Tours

Markeaton Street

A short shuttle bus ride or walk from Kedleston Road, this is our vibrant site for arts, computing and engineering courses. Explore our impressive facilities and speak to staff and students

  • Subject tasters for: Arts, Computing, Engineering and Mathematics

Britannia Mill

  • Subject tasters for: Fine Art, Interior Design and Therapeutic Arts

One Friar Gate Square

This distinctive building is close to the heart of Derby and next to our Agard Court halls of residence.

  • Subject tasters for: Criminology, Law, Social Sciences, Policing

When you arrive

Welcome talks

The welcome talks take place on the stage in the Atrium and give you an introduction to the University and what it’s like to be a student here. Once this is finished, you’re free to spend the rest of your day as you wish.

Campus Tours

Join our student guides on a walking tour of our sites. While you’re at Kedleston Road make sure you take a look at the Library, Sports Centre and Union of Students.

Subject taster sessions

Drop-in sessions take place throughout the day. You’ll be able to meet staff and students from your course, take part in interactive activities and discover our state-of-the-art teaching facilities, which are open for you to visit.

Support services

Experts from our careers, accommodation, wellbeing, access, admissions and finance teams are available to answer your questions.


Complimentary tea and coffee are available, so grab a drink when you’re ready. If you’re hungry Starbucks, Subway and Blends, our student-run café offer a choice of hot and cold food.

Union of Students

Find out more about student life, clubs and societies at the Union’s stand.

Keeping you safe

We have a range of measures in place to keep you safe on-campus including staggered arrival times and hand sanitising units across all of our sites. Although not mandatory, we encourage you to wear a face covering in crowded confined spaces such as our shops and on transport. 

Derby Uni sign at Kedleston Road

After your visit

If you've come along to one of our Open Days and know which course you would like to apply for, learn more about applying.

We can also help you create your UCAS personal statement for your university application. Use our personal statement writer to put together a draft of what you want to say. Our tool guides you through the process, providing tips on what to write. Once complete, we'll send you a draft of your personal statement to your email address.

If you'd like to visit us again, book a campus tour. Our 2-hour tours run every month and you'll get the opportunity to look around our campus again and chat with our students.

What happens at an Open Day?

We can promise a warm welcome, a great experience, and lots to see and do. Watch our highlights video from our recent Open Day for a taste of what’s in store.

Open Days at Derby

View Open Days at Derby video transcript

Open Day visitors in the Atrium

It was good to see the campus in person. The staff and students were very open to questions and very helpful in their answers

Aimee Simpson
October Open Day visitor