On the banks of the River Derwent in Derbyshire you’ll find Derby, a quaint English city well-known for its innovative industrial history, as well as being home to some famous faces, including Florence Nightingale and fictional video-game character Lara Croft. See what this vibrant city has to offer with our student accommodation in Derby.

Student accommodation in Derby at a glance

For those of you looking for student flats in Derby that are both close to the city centre and close to The University of Derby, check out Brookside. These homely student halls have a variety of cluster apartments available, each with a spacious kitchen and bathroom, fully-furnished bedrooms and living areas with TV and sofas. There is also an on-site management team, so you’re never far from help if a tap needs fixing or you need assistance. From a location perspective, you couldn’t get better, being only a short walk into the city centre where you’ll find lots of cafes, bars and restaurants, as well as only being a 17-minute walk to The University of Derby.

If you’re after student apartments in Derby a little out of the buzz of the city centre, have a look at Abbey Lodge. These fun student apartments offer a range of rooms in shared apartments, with each flat having its own spacious kitchen and living space with loads of storage and workspace. It also boasts a games area with a pool table and air hockey, and a huge outdoor courtyard where you can study in the sunshine or just hang out with friends. It also has an active student calendar with loads of all-year-round events such as BBQs and pizza parties. Location-wise, you’re only a short bus ride to the city and a 39-minute walk to The University of Derby. There are, however, great bus services, so if walking isn’t your style, jump on a bus to campus that only takes around 10 minutes.

Choosing the right accommodation for your individual needs is a great way to make your university experience as enjoyable as possible. Check out our guide to student well-being for some ways to build and maintain good mental health at uni.

Derby at a glance

  • Derby is home to higher educational establishments such as The University of Derby and Derby College. Because of this, there are some great student properties in Derby to suit all needs.
  • The first-ever factory in the world was built in Derby and as a result, the Derwent Valley Mills is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn all about this city’s rich industrial history by visiting the Museum of Making, a new and exciting museum showcasing the best of Derby’s iconic history.
  • Derby is the birthplace of Florence Nightingale – the English social reformer, statistician, and the founder of modern nursing.
  • Visit Derby Cathedral and see the oldest set of 10 bells in the world, one of which was cast during the reign of Henry VIII in 1520, and is still in use almost 500 years later.
  • If you fancy some charity shopping, Derby will not disappoint. Coming in #4 on our UK’s Best Charity Shop Destinations 2021, this vibrant city has a cluster of top-rated shops on Park Farm Drive and Osmaston Road that are said to house some of the best second-hand designer finds in the country.
  • Take some much-needed time away from your student rooms in Derby to visit Darley Park. This picturesque green space has 80 acres of fields and forest on the banks of the Derwent River and is the perfect place to switch off away from the books.
  • For those of you who like the supernatural, why not do a ghost walk around Derby Goal, said to be one of the most haunted places in the UK.
  • Derby has some great student bars for a guaranteed good night out. Check out the Friary, The Hideout, or The Hairy Dog and see our blog for advice on how students pay for accommodation and still afford good nightlife!

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