Your university life is about to begin. When you join us in September, it is our mission to give you a full university experience. You will get teaching time on campus, you'll share ideas, you'll meet new people, and make new friends. But your wellbeing is our priority. The information on these pages will show you what to expect.
Making it happen
Welcome to the University of Derby. For most of you, your academic year with us will start, as planned, on 21 September with:
a full induction programme, including extra-curricular activities
regular on-campus teaching time in small groups
flexible accommodation contracts
our commitment to your safety and wellbeing
We have created a safe environment for you and introduced social distancing measures across our sites. But we will support you if, for any reason, at any time, you are not comfortable coming onto campus for your individual or small-group teaching sessions.
You’ll have online and remote alternatives to large lectures during the first semester as well as on-campus contact time with your teachers, tutorials, and practical and laboratory sessions. And you’ll have access to our on-campus facilities, including our Sports Centre, fitness suite, 4G pitches and libraries.
We're also planning personalised virtual services, including academic support, the Careers and Employment Service, Student Wellbeing, financial advice, and the Union of Students.
And, of course, you’ll be in Derby, a fantastic, welcoming city, surrounded by stunning countryside.
MBA student Clarence Clark takes you on a tour of our Kedleston Road buildings.
Your wellbeing is our priority
We want you to be safe and healthy. This was the case before the coronavirus pandemic and it is even more important now. The University of Derby is a safe environment in line with the latest government guidance.
We have experienced wellbeing teams who provide a free and confidential service to support your health and help you get the most out of university life.
Our halls of residence will give you a safe environment, a home from home. A place to make new friends in a safe social bubble.
And this year we are bringing in flexible contracts. This means you don’t need to worry about paying for accommodation if you don’t use it because of the pandemic. For example, you could live at home at the start of term and move into halls at any point up until the start of term two. If you move into halls for term two, payment will be required from 1 January.
However, we would still recommend that you apply for halls as normal and then indicate when you intend to arrive. We will then adjust your account to reflect this. If you would rather wait and apply later in the year we will allocate you a room in halls based on what availability we have at the time.
Living in halls
Moving away from home for the first time? Our halls of residence will provide you with a safe living environment, a home from home.
This year, the start of your University journey might look a little different, with our Freshers programme designed to be a brilliant blend of virtual and on-site activities. We’ll have quizzes, cook-a-longs, music, meet-and-greets and discovery days - plus an on-campus outdoor Freshers Fair at Kedleston Road. We can't wait to meet you!
Our Union of Students offers you fantastic opportunities to meet new people and 应酬, to express yourself and your identity. We have over 50 societies and more than 40 social and competitive 体育俱乐部. You can get involved in student media, fundraising and volunteering too. Everything our Union of Students does is to make your life at the University of Derby amazing. Whether you’re after activities, representation, employability, or advice, they'll be here for you throughout your studies.
Chat to our students
Chat directly to our students to find out more about what it's like at the University of Derby.
Derby is a fantastic, welcoming city. We’re right in the centre of the UK and we’ve got great transport links – so you can get to Derby from anywhere. There’s even an airport right next door. And we are surrounded by stunning countryside, with the Peak District, Derbyshire Dales and more on our doorstep.
With lockdown easing and social venues reopening, you will have the chance to express your social persona. Are you an adrenaline junkie or a night owl? A culture lover or a gig goer? A serenity seeker or a sports fanatic?
我们是一个 Purple Flag city. This means that, whether you like to party in clubs and bars or chill-out in parks, shops and cafés, Derby offers a safe environment for all. Whoever you are, Derby has something to offer you.
City and Countryside
This is a university where you can have it all. Experience bright city life one day and be in stunning countryside the next.
Going to university is a real investment in your future. You are backing yourself to succeed. Your two main costs are going to be your tuition fees and your living costs.
Annual tuition fees – £9,250 for UK students for 2020/21
生活成本 – about £190-£230 per week, including accommodation, food and socialising
So, how do you pay for this?
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 level.
Learning how to budget is an essential part of being a student. Your bonus is that Derby is considered to be one of the most affordable cities in the UK. 我们 students have shared some of their budgeting advice to help you get started.