Derby life


"Warm and friendly..."

"Derby is quite traditional, but in a good way, the people are friendly and the cost of living is very reasonable. All major factors on why I came here."
Justin Walker, Graduate Entry Medicine


Derby city guide


Derby Life

Location and travel

Derby is England’s most central city, home to 250,000 people, and currently investing in a £2 billion transformation.  Derby has excellent transport links by both road and rail, with trains to Nottingham and Birmingham at least every half hour throughout the day, while a short distance to the south is the Nottingham East Midlands Airport .

Derby Centre accommodation brochure


Our Lonsdale Hall website (pdf) contains information on accommodation for students based at the Royal Derby Hospital Centre. 

Find out about the hall, room types and fees..


Local events

What's on guides

Discover Derby guide (pdf)


Visit Derby contains ideas about what to see and do in the city, including accommodation and city map, as well as local events and attractions.


Derby outdoors

For a breath of fresh air, try Darley Park by the riverside; Kedleston Hall; and of course, the Peak District National Park. It’s the UK’s first national park and is easily accessible by bus from Derby city centre. 

Highlights include Chatsworth House and Bakewell but there are hundreds of walks and miles of impressive scenery.

Discover more parks and outdoor attractions in Derby at Visit Derby.

Matlock Bath, Derbyshire



In and around Derby there is an extensive choice of sports and leisure facilities. Derby County football team's ground, Pride Park Stadium, is also within a short distance of the city. 

The Peak District, one of the most beautiful of Britain's national parks is nearby and only a few miles away you can find the Swadlincote Ski Centre. There are facilities for fitness, cycling, rock climbing and sailing in and around the city.

Pride Park Stadium



For a small city, Derby boasts a surprising variety of performance venues. The Assembly Rooms, the Guildhall, Derby Theatre, Deda (Derby Dance Centre) and the QUAD arts centre all have full programmes, while annual events include the Derby Folk Festival, Darley Park Concert and iD, an international film festival. 

The Derby Museum and Art Gallery is home to the largest collection of Joseph Wright paintings and the Royal Crown Derby factory is the oldest surviving manufacturer of English porcelain.

Joseph Wright Gallery


Nights out

Many nightclubs, theatres, multi-screen cinemas, pubs and a huge choice of eating-places are to be found in the centre of the city. Derby's nightlife is a vibrant mix of pubs, clubs, theatres, restaurants and live music, with many places holding regular student nights or offering NUS discounts, helping students get more for their money. 

The city is also rated as one of the safest cities in the region. Derby's also been described in Lonely Planet as the "best place to drink real ale in the world".

Revolucion de Cuba, Derby City Centre


Shopping and dining

Different areas of the city offer different shopping experiences: there are boutiques in the Cathedral Quarter, traditional high street shopping in St Peter’s Quarter and over 190 stores, restaurants and a cinema in the recently opened Intu Centre.

You won’t go hungry in Derby: Chinese, French, Greek, Japanese, Indian, Italian, Mexican, Spanish, Thai and Turkish are all on offer. There are high street names like Pizza Express and Zizzi, but also independently run cafes such as Jack Rabbits to seek out. Don’t miss the food and drink or beer festivals either!

Shopping in the Westfield Centre



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