Discover Derby

Student life in Derby

Thriving culture, amazing history and beautiful open spaces make Derby a fantastic backdrop for a great student experience

Derby is famous as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, but there is much more to this city than its past. Today, Derby’s heritage is enriched with an amazing array of modern highlights - including major shopping centres, fantastic eateries and some of the best entertainment venues in the Midlands. Whatever your interests are, you’ll be spoiled for choice in terms of things to see and do in Derby.

In the historic Cathedral Quarter, you can shop for the latest fashions in independent boutiques, stop for a pint of real ale at a quintessentially British pub, or simply soak up the bustling excitement of the old Market Hall. Make time to climb the cathedral tower, an experience that offers fantastic views over the city whilst also giving you a sense of Derby’s storied past. You can delve deeper into the city’s history at the excellent Derby Museum and Art Gallery, or discover its modern culture at QUAD, a thriving arts space that doubles as a cinema and gallery.

One of the best things about living in Derby is how close you’ll be to the great outdoors. Whether you’re admiring the butterfly garden at Darley Park or riding Markeaton’s light railway,  you’ll love the city’s green spaces. You’ll also have access to all the practical facilities you need, including supermarkets, pharmacies, and an efficient public transport system.

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In a city that seamlessly blends past and present, you’re free to discover the best of both worlds

In Derby, ancient landmarks sit alongside chic bars and fashionable shops, creating an incredible fusion of old and new. We’ve chosen six of the Derby treasures we love the most, to point you in the right direction for your own adventures.


Close proximity to the university and a great social scene are the hallmarks of our Derby properties

Perfectly placed to get you to your lectures on time, our Derby properties come complete with everything you need to create your home away from home. Welcoming shared spaces provide the perfect environment for hanging out with friends, while the city centre is just a short walk away.