Get in touch with other students

University provides great opportunities to make new friends. It can be helpful to have people close by that we can trust, have fun with and turn to in times of trouble.

Our Facebook Applicant Group is open to prospective students. Here you can chat with other new students or get advice from current students about things to do when you get here, like activities to get involved in or things to prep before you arrive, or even things you should avoid.

At both our Derby and Buxton sites we also stage icebreaker events, each year before term begins. At these events you can meet other students and our staff who will be on hand to answer any questions you might have.

If you've got additional needs you may wish to join our Get Ahead programme. This offers you the opportunity to begin university early, set up your support, attend some useful workshops and meet other students before term begins.

International students can join our international welcome programme. The welcome programme is designed to help you settle in when you arrive. It takes place before teaching starts and we would really encourage you to attend.

As well as being very enjoyable, it will give you lots of information about the University and life in the UK.  For more information you can contact the International Student Centre.

The University of Derby has many social activities on offer through the Union of Students.  Take a look at our website, it's always exciting to plan in advance which clubs you want to join.

This is a university where you can have it all. Experience bright city life one day and stunning countryside the next.
Students Sile Sibanda and Tamzin Snelling chat on the sofa for a Facebook Live broadcast

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