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Study in Derby

Slap-bang in the centre of England, this friendly city gives students a lively music scene and plenty of top notch pubs. Hankering for fresh country air? The Peak District is yours to explore.

Peak position

The UK's most central city and just a short drive from the Peak District and Alton Towers. 

City life – fourth year University of Derby student

Friendly community where the students come together and have a good time


The Derby Silk Mill became Britain's – and probably the world's – first factory in 1721. 

Nightlife – second year student at University of Derby

There are a lot of student night clubs in Derby, from Walkabout and Lola Los (having the more mainstream music), to Fever (cheesy), Boutique (urban), and Mosh (emo and ska music).


Camra - Campaign for Real Ale - has voted Derby as the best city for real ale. 

Student life in Derby

Local gems, tips, and things to do, as recommended by students.
Treat yourself
Enjoy fine food and top shops at the bustling Cathedral Quarter.
Low on cash
Discover Derby's greener side with a riverside walk at Darley Park.
When family visit
Experience life in Georgian times at Pickford's house and gardens.
Feeling cultural
The Derby Art Gallery has the largest collection of Joseph Wright's work.
Grab a bite
Share local cheese and a rack of real ale at microbrewery The Tap.
Friday feeling
Catch some live music at The Flowerpot.

Market hall

Since opening to the public in 1866, the market hall has been a staple shopping destination for locals since. From bakers to booksellers, the market hall has a little bit of everything. 

Nightlife – first year student at the University of Derby

Mucky Duck is the student night at Walkabout on a Wednesday which is very popular, with very cheap drinks and a good crowd.


Here's your go-to for everything contemporary art and film in Derby, with exhibitions and events running throughout the year. 

City life – second year student at University of Derby

The concept of halls of residence is amazing! Meet new friends, and then make friends from the people in your flat, and you make a wide range of friends!

Darley Park

Take a peaceful stroll through Derby's favourite park, located on the River Derwent. 

City life – second year student at University of Derby

I started looking for a house in February which was perhaps a little too late as a lot of the better properties were taken already. We looked at the university approved house list. I would suggest visiting student estate agents as well.

East Midlands Aeropark 

Situated at East Midlands Airport itself, the Aeropark is an indoor and outdoor museum. which is home to a range of (mostly) post-war British planes and helicopters.

Living in Derby

Housing, travel, and budgeting tips.
Where you'll find students*
  • Ashbourne Road area
  • Uttoexeter
  • Kedleston Road
  • £14.50
  • Adult Weekly
  • (bus)
*Average mean rents via (Feb 2017). Value for money via Which? University Survey 2016. Local transport via local operators' website.

Student money tips

There is a free shuttle bus between the three Derby campuses. 

The cost of living as a student soon adds up, us our budget calculator to find out roughly how much you'll need each month.

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