New students

Congratulations on securing your place at the University of Derby! The first few weeks of university can be packed with information, so we’ve broken it down into two steps – before you arrive and your first weeks – to help make it easier for you to digest.

Before you arrive

Before you arrive, there are a few steps for you to follow.

You'll need to set up your digital access to our systems and this includes setting up your university password, accessing your Student Portal (UDo account) and starting online enrolment.

You'll have access to your online University Induction before you arrive, which contains useful information about your university and your journey with us.

It's also best to get your finances in order before you start, as well as checking what bursaries and loans are available to you.

Student life this September

Wondering what student life will be like in September? We've got just the thing. Hear from our Student and Graduate Experience team on what you've got to look forward to as a University of Derby student.

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From September 2021, most of our teaching will be face to face, with plenty of interactive and applied learning. Large teaching sessions will continue to be delivered online and students will have access to a range of expertly designed digital resources.

All of our facilities will be open, including our halls of residence, specialist study spaces, the gym, sports, libraries, social learning spaces, and food outlets. And our support services will be on campus to offer help if needed.

Read our coronavirus FAQs

Your first weeks

We're looking forward to welcoming you to our campuses in the coming weeks and our wonderful Union of Students and teams from across the University are planning a range of activities.

Welcome Heroes

Keep a look out for our Welcome Heroes who will be around your university sites during your first few weeks. They'll be there to help you navigate the campus and answer any questions. Be sure to say hi!

Your Union of Students

The role of your Union of Students (US) is to represent you, provide you with lots of fun and exciting opportunities, and to make sure you have the best possible experience whilst studying at the University.

There'll be lots of Welcome and Freshers' events for you to get involved in which we'll let you know about nearer the time.  

We're putting together a schedule of events with your Union of Students and we'll be hosting a wide range of sociable in person and online activities.

Support for you

Our wellbeing team will look after your wellbeing during your time with us and you can book appointments with specialist advisers throughout the year.

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If you can’t find what you’re looking for on these pages, please email our Student and Graduate Experience team.