Your finances

Tuition fees and living costs

Once you’re here you have two main costs to consider – tuition fees and living costs.

Tuition fees pay for your teaching, mandatory study trips and access to core textbooks through our library and vary depending on whether you are undergraduate or postgraduate, studying part-time or full-time, and whether you are a UK, EU or international student.

Living costs are on average £190-£230 per week and include accommodation, food and socialising.

You can apply for a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan to help with living costs. And you don’t have to start paying your loans back until you’ve graduated and your salary has reached a specific amount.

View a detailed breakdown of what studying at Derby costs


We have a number of bursaries available to undergraduate students: the Academic Achievement Scholarship, University Bursary and Buxton and Leek College Bursary, plus scholarships for international students.

If you are a postgraduate student, you may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan from the government – Find out more on the government website.

Our friendly Student Money Advice & Rights Team (SMART) are on hand to offer advice. You can get in touch by email.