Safety and support

It can be very daunting for you and your son or daughter when they fly the nest to go to university. One thing that you don’t need to worry about is that they will be safe and supported if they choose to come to Derby.

We know there is a clear link between wellbeing and academic success, so we do all that we can to make sure students enjoy and make the most of their time here.

Student accommodation

Most first year students will live in halls of residence - they’re safe, close to our campuses and good value. Living in halls of residence will also allow your son or daughter to make friends and settle into independent living more easily.

Most halls have around six rooms per corridor with ensuite bathrooms and a shared kitchen. They also have a shared common room space where everyone can socialise. Rent includes all utilities, contents insurance and internet; this means your son or daughter doesn’t need to worry about any additional costs.

We have eight halls of residence in Derby and one in Buxton. You can visit our halls at one of our Open Days.

Student Wellbeing Service

Our Student Wellbeing Service provides telephone, face-to-face and online support for any issue that might arise during a student’s time at university. Group workshops covering wellbeing and exam anxiety as well as one-to-one advice sessions are available.

International Student Centre

Our International Student Centre (ISC) aims to work with all our international students to provide a broad range of services from providing letters for visas and banks as well as helping them to settle in the UK and make new friends whilst they're here.  There is a clear link between wellbeing and academic success. To give your child the best chance of succeeding, we provide a wide range of face to face, telephone and online support.

Tailored support

Our tailored support services will work with students who have a disability, learning difference, dyslexia or mental illness and can help with funding, specialist equipment, and one-to-one support and travel arrangements.

Our Get Ahead programme aims to ensure that any students with a disability enrolling at the University of Derby are given ample time to settle in and take in their surroundings before starting their studies.


If your son or daughter needs advice and guidance on any health-related issue, we have a GP surgery at our Kedleston Road site in Derby. If studying at our Buxton or Chesterfield campuses, there are a variety of local healthcare providers available.

Faith, religion and belief

We are proud of the Multi Faith Centre at our Kedleston Road site and the multicultural community that our chaplains and faith advisers represent. Advisers work across the University organising talks and discussion groups and offering support and guidance to students whenever they need it.