THE DERBY DIFFERENCE

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 waiting for you.

It's all here

Choosing a university that's right for you is a big decision. We're here to make it easier. The Derby difference is a great place to start. Book your Open Day and you’ll be able to chat to our current students about how they’re making the most of life at Derby.

And on this page you can find out about our great accommodation, sports clubs and student societies, FREE Unibus, acclaimed regional theatre, trips abroad and so much more.

Student with 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.

Societies and clubs

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

Student in the gym

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

Cathedral Court 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.

Student nurse in hospital environment

Real world learning allows you to work with employers that offer work experience opportunities and studying abroad.

Students in Iceland

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 Student Centre support

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.

Unibus

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.

Student with a member of staff

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

Students at Graduation

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.

Postgraduate student in lab coat

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

Multi-Faith Centre, Kedleston Road

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

Go Places Go Further

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

Student using laptop

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

Entertainment in Derby

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

Blackwells resources

In September, eligible students receive a £100 study resource e-card to spend at Blackwell's Bookshop on books, equipment and stationery.

Three students test out the Derby eBikes

Access to ebikes Derby - a sleek, fast, fun and sustainable way to travel throughout the city - to class, to halls, to the shops or the city centre.

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