Benefits of studying with us

Choose to study at Derby and we’ll help you make the most of your University life every step of the way.

From guaranteed work experience* to chances to study abroad or ways to make the most of your life outside the classroom, there’s a world of opportunity awaiting for you.

Once you’ve had a look here, we’re sure you’ll want to know more. Book an Open Day and you’ll be able to chat to our current students about how they’re making the most of life at Derby.

Personal tutor

All of our students are assigned a personal tutor, so you can be assured you've got someone who's there for you.

Union of Students

When you start your studies, you’ll also join our Union of Students, with access to over 40 sports clubs and 70 student societies.

Exclusive gym membership packages

Our student gym membership is only £99 for the year which includes free classes, court hire and social sport.

University accommodation

All first year students can live in University owned Accommodation and offers are available if you would like to return to halls after your first year.

We've got an on-campus surgery

Every student has the guaranteed opportunity to gain a work placement in their area of studies, so you'll gain real world work experience too. 

Students on a trip

There's loads of trips to get involved with, including our International Travel Award, which has recently launched with 40 students going to Iceland.

International social event

If you're an international student joining us, our highly rated, dedicated support team will help you quickly settle into university life here in the UK.


You can make the most of our free Unibus linking key locations including University of Derby sites, halls of residence, Derby city centre, the train station and Students' Park and Ride.

Dedicated support for our students

Our Student Wellbeing service provides dedicated support to all students on any issue, as well as specialist support for students with additional needs.

Careers support

You'll have access to our trained careers consultants as soon as you start your studies with us and for three years after you graduate too.

Multi-Faith Centre

We have an on campus doctors surgery, support for students who are parents and a Chaplaincy Team with faith advisers and worship spaces for many religions.

Discount on postgraduate study

You can continue your study at the University of Derby with an Alumni discount of up to 25% off your postgraduate course fees.

Study abroad

Experience new cultures, meet new people and learn new things studying abroad with Go Places Go Further.

Access to a variety of software and resources

You'll receive free access to software such as Office 365 with 1TB of OneDrive storage and other course specific specialist software.

Exclusive offers on entertainment

You'll be able to see shows at Derby Theatre for just £5 and cinema tickets at Derby QUAD start from just £3.50!

*Guaranteed minimum 30 hours of work experience at Level 5.