Derby is a great base for students, located in the heart of the country and easy to get to. The Peak District National Park is close by, offering a variety of activities. The city has Purple Flag status for its diverse, safe and enjoyable nightlife.
Nightlife and culture
- Sadler Gate and Friar Gate in the city offer a variety of bars, restaurants and clubs including chain and independent eateries.
- The city's many venues for arts, cinema and theatre include the QUAD arts centre, and Derby Theatre (owned by the university).
- Derby County Football Club and Derbyshire County Cricket Club are based in the city. Close by is Donington Park, one of the country's leading motorsport circuits.
- Live music can be enjoyed at nearby festivals including YNot and Download, as well as in great venues in the city.
- Derby also hosts the FORMAT photography festival and Derby Festé, an annual cultural festival.
- Students are guaranteed a place in halls if they make the university their Firm choice and apply before 31 July.
- University halls are varied and include en suite and standard rooms. There is single, double and studio accommodation.
- Free Wi-Fi in every bedroom, Freeview TV via PC or laptop, on-site laundry, night-time security and CCTV included.
- Winners of the National Student Housing Awards 2019 for wellbeing, customer service and environmental management.
- Hall fees include access to activities and events. Common rooms have a pool table, PlayStation 4, large TV and board games.
Accommodation costs 2020/2021
£4762- £6273 per year
- Every student is automatically a member of the Union of Students, entitling them to access services and representation.
- Students help shape the union through the Ideas Forum and representation networks.
- There are over 60 student societies and more than 40 sports clubs, ranging from social to competitive and performance sports.
- The Kedleston Road site is about 1.5 miles from the city centre. The free Unibus service connects the campus, city and halls.
- Derby's central location means it has good transport links with the rest of the country. The M1 motorway is about 10 miles away.
- Trains to London take about 1 hour 40 minutes, and there are good rail links to the North East and South West.
- East Midlands Airport is 15 miles from Derby city centre.
- Bike parking is provided on campus and at halls of residence.
- Temporary and part-time paid work is advertised through the Student Employment Agency.
- Some opportunities are based at the university, including roles as student ambassadors working at events and open days.
- The Union of Students has employment opportunities across venues and retail outlets.
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