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Student accommodation in Derby

Derby offers great opportunities for international students to experience British culture. The city offers a friendly atmosphere, beautiful historic surroundings, independent boutique shops and vintage pubs and bars.

It is also one of the safest cities in the UK and offers affordable university accommodation. With Student.com you can take advantage of this and make the historic city your home with modern student housing that is on the edge of the city centre and close to beautiful parks and leafy gardens. 

All of our student accommodation options in Derby are managed by trusted landlords. If you need further information about booking with us, don’t hesitate to give us a call or speak with us on Live Chat.  

Get to know Derby

Derby lies on the banks of the River Derwent in the south of Derbyshire. The city offers a warm welcome, a thriving culture, interesting places to discover from bright, busy streets to a beautiful, peaceful open countryside and an amazing history. 

Its intriguing history dates back to before the Romans but there is much more to Derby than its past. Today, its heritage is enriched with an amazing array of modern highlights such as a throbbing music scene, bars and clubs with tons of student nights, major shopping centres, markets, festivals, fantastic eateries, and some of the best entertainment venues in the Midlands.

This combination provides a fantastic backdrop for a great student experience.  

An innovation centre

A jewel of the UK’s industrial past, Derby is known as the innovation centre of the UK. 

Regarded as a centre for advanced transport manufacturing, the city has strong ties with many well-known companies. It is home to the world's second-largest aero-engine manufacturer - Rolls-Royce. Bombardier Transportation, for many years the UK's only train manufacturer, is also based in Derby, while Toyota Manufacturing UK's automobile headquarters is located in nearby Burnaston, just 4.5 miles (7.2 km) southwest of Derby.

Getting around

Slap-bang in the middle of England, Derby's central location lends to convenient transportation links with the rest of the country. It’s easily accessible by rail, road, and air. 

The M1 motorway is about 10 miles east of Derby and East Midlands Airport is 15 miles from the city centre. The city is about 1 hour 40 minutes from London and just about two hours from Manchester by train. The city also has good rail links to the North East and South West of England.

Student life in Derby

Derby has enough to offer to make a student experience worthwhile for both domestic and international students. Whatever your interests are, you’ll be spoiled for choice in terms of things to see and do in the city.

History and culture

If you’re a cultural history buff, you’ll love 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 multi-screen cinema and gallery.


When the sun goes down, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy a night out in Derby. 

From playing darts or pool in some of the oldest pubs like Ye Olde Dolphin Inne (founded in 1580), to sipping fancy cocktails in lively upmarket bars and dancing up a storm all night in clubs, you’ll always find something to do. 

Eating and drinking

Derby also has something for the foodies with regular farmers’ markets, plenty of restaurants as well as cafés and bars that will make Derby a great location for sampling good food.

If you choose to study in Derby, you’ll be eating and drinking in historic venues such as The Old Bell (established in 1650) – one of the oldest restaurants in England.

Enjoy the best of Caribbean cuisine at Turtle Bay and choose from a variety of chain and independent eateries in Sadler Gate or Friar Gate. 


If you’re not a party animal or need a break from the excitement of the typical college student night out, Derby is a great place to relax.

One of the best things about living in Derby is how close you’ll be to the great outdoors. Sitting on the doorstep of the Peak District, the city also offers a calm and relaxed atmosphere. 

Whether you’re admiring the butterfly garden at Darley Park or walking around the lake at Markeaton Park, you’ll love the city’s green spaces. 

With 74 acres of beautiful scenery, boutique retailers, and plenty of wildlife, Mercia Marina (Europe’s biggest inland marina) is perfect for a relaxing break from the stresses of uni life. 

Where to study in Derby?

Though gaining university status in 1992, the University of Derby can trace its origins back to 1851. Formerly known as Derby College of Art and Technology, the University of Derby’s primary campus is located in the north-west of the city and is made up of three main sites: Kedleston Road, Britannia Mill, and Markeaton Street. 

It also has campuses in Buxton, Derbyshire that host courses in hospitality, events, tourism and spa management and in Chesterfield, Derbyshire which is a base for nursing and healthcare courses. 

An ambitious and modern university, Derby offers high-quality, real-world learning experiences as well as resources for its students. It offers a range of facilities including a spa, a student-operated restaurant, multiple bars and cafes, a recording studio and various sporting facilities.

This contributes to the university being ranked as the 26th best university in the UK in the 2020 Guardian University Guide. It was also shortlisted for the prestigious Times Higher Education University of the Year Award in 2019.

The institution has had some accomplished people walked its halls including singer Lucy Spraggan, cricketer Devon Malcolm, former vice-president of Malawi Khumbo Kachali, painter David Imms and ceramic artist Paul Cummins, who created the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation that commemorated the centenary of the outbreak of World War I.

Frequently asked questions about university accommodation in Derby

How does renting student housing in Derby work?

Renting student housing with Student.com is easy with our intuitive search and mapping features that make it a breeze to compare and locate the student housing we list. 

After selecting the student property that best suits you, go to the property page and click ‘Enquire’ or ‘Book Now.’ One of our booking consultants will reach out to you with information on the next steps of your booking process or to answer any enquiries you might have.

What are the different types of rooms you offer for uni accommodation?

Our uni accommodation comprises of three different room types:

Shared Room – you’ll share a bedroom with at least one roommate and share other living areas with other tenants from other rooms.

Private Room – this room provides a private bedroom, but you’ll still share other living facilities such as a kitchen with other tenants from other rooms. Your bathroom might be shared or private depending on the property you choose.

The Entire Place – this is a fully self-contained studio apartment with private living facilities that includes a bedroom, bathroom and a kitchenette for cooking your meals.

Will I have to pay a deposit to secure my booking?

Yes, you’ll typically have to pay a deposit to the property in order to secure your booking before moving in. One of our booking consultants will contact you to give you more information on this once you’re ready to book.

Can you arrange a viewing of the apartment before I book?

Yes, you can get a viewing of an apartment before you book. Contact us and one of our booking consultants will arrange it for you.