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University of Derby


Established in the year 1851, the University of Derby formerly known as Derby College of Art and Technology or Derby College is a public university located in the city of Derby England. Founded as the Derby Diocesan Institution for the Training of Schoolmistresses, the institute, later on, became the  Derby Central School of Science and Derby Central School of Art in the year 1870. Subsequently in the year 1885, the two schools were reformulated into the Derby School of Art and Technical Institution. However, in the year 1892, three more mergers took place, and the institution became the Derby Municipal Technical College.

Later on, in the year 1992, in accordance to the Further and Higher Education Act 1992, Derbyshire College of Higher Education received its university status and became the country's only school of higher education. 

Home to around 34,000 students, University of Derby offers over 300 study programmes at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Some of the famous alumni of the Derby University include Graham Joyce, Paul Cummins, Khumbo Kachali, David Imms, Lucy Spraggan, Idris Khan, and Devon Malcolm.

Student accommodation Derby University

Wondering about where to live in Derby? Being one of the most affordable and friendly student cities in the UK, finding student accommodation in Derby won't be a problem. Students will find a wide choice of student-friendly and affordable student accommodation in Derby, which ranges from university halls of residence to private student accommodation to homestays.  

University of Derby accommodation are residential blocks owned and run by the university. Most of the first-year students prefer to live in the Derby University accommodation as they are not only safe and good-value accommodation, but are also located at just a short walk from the university campus. Although, the university guarantees a room in the halls to all the overseas and first-year students, the University of Derby student accommodation tend to get occupied at a faster rate because of its popularity and close proximity to the campus. Therefore, students can also choose from a range of good-quality private student accommodation in Derby, which includes premium studios, en-suites, standard rooms, shared apartments and flats with three or more bedrooms. 

Not only are these accommodation safe, budget-friendly and well-maintained but are also packed with all the modern amenities and are inclusive of all the utility bills. The Croft,  Nottingham Two, and Waterways are some of the most popular private accommodation near the University of Derby.


Located in the heart of England, the University of Derby has a total of three campuses in Derby, Buxton and Chesterfield. Situated close to the M1 and M6 motorways on Kedleston Road, Derby campus is the main campus of the university. Home to the majority of academic courses, Derby campus, is made up of four sites- Kedleston Road, Britannia Mill, One Friar Gate Square and Markeaton Street. The Britannia Mill offers fine art courses, social care and creative expressive therapies. Markeaton Street is home to art, design, engineering, media, computing, performing arts, and mathematics courses.

Located in the Grade II* listed 18th century Devonshire Dome on 1 Devonshire Road, Derby University's Buxton campus is a delivery site of the College of Life and Natural Science Buxton & Leek College and is home to the Centre for Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism. The campus also houses a commercial day spa, hair and beauty salon, a fine dining restaurant and outdoor leadership centre. Officially entitled as St. Helena's Campus, the Derby University's Chesterfield Campus is located in the building of what was primarily St Helena's Grammar School, off Sheffield Road, near Chesterfield city centre. The Chesterfield Campus is the centre of Excellence for Health and Social Care and offers high-quality health-care and nursing courses. 

Student life

The student-friendly city of Derby is filled with culture, sports, lots of adventure, music scenes, vibrant shopping spots and entertainment options. And with the University of Derby located close to the town centre, students studying at the university will have a lot of entertainment options to explore and indulge in during their university days.

When it comes to university, students have a wide choice of places to chill and unwind at. The university also offers its students with cutting edge facilities which includes a well-stocked library with a dedicated quiet study area for both individual and group study sessions, a new sports centre, an NHS-standard hospital ward, forensic house, courtrooms and an indoor spa. Apart from this, the university also houses various clubs and societies, which is a great way to meet and socialize with new people. The campus also has a student union which regularly hosts entertaining events like Fresher’s party,  Freshers' Fair for the students.

Bored with your daily monotonous schedule? Head out to Make Your Escape or Unescapable with your group of friends and spend an hour or so trying to decipher clues and puzzles in order to escape the room! Go for a morning walk at Markeaton Park or spend your evening full of humour and fun at the Derby Theatre or shop till you drop at one of those city's vibrant shopping spots. 

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