Living in Derby as a student
Derby (pronounced ‘Dar-bee’) is a city located in the East Midlands of England. The city lies on the banks of the River Derwent, and is about two hours away from both the cities of London and Manchester by train. Derby is home to over 248,000 residents, who live and work for employers such as Rolls-Royce and Toyota. The University of Derby has over 34,000 students in all areas of study.
Derby has traditionally been a manufacturing town, known for its transport manufacturing industry, especially when it comes to rail and aero-engine. The Derby Industrial Museum, situated in Derby Silk Mill, showcases the technological achievements of Derby. Other popular landmarks include the Derby Cathedral and the Pickford’s House Museum, which was the home of 18th-century architect Joseph Pickford. Derby has a large number of parks, with major parks including the Derby Arboretum, Markeaton Park, Allestree Park, and Normanton Park. The city also hosts a number of festivals, from the annual Derby Folk Festival to the Derby Film Festival, the FORMAT international photography festival, the Derby Book Festival, and the Derby Festé, a street arts festival. Derby has a number of sports clubs, from the Derby County football club, to the Derbyshire County Cricket Club, the Derby Rugby Club, and the Derby Trailblazers, the city’s basketball team. Nightlife tends to be situated among the Friar Gate area, with bars, pubs, and restaurants providing entertainment for patrons. The city is known for its large amount of real ale outlets.
The University of Derby’s main campus is on Kedleston Road, Allestree, 2.5km north-west of city centre and opposite Markeaton Park. There are a number of accommodation options in the student quarter between Kedleston Road, Markeaton Street, and Britannia Mill, but other student accommodation options includes areas such as Darley Bank.