The Top Attractions for Students in Derby


Derby is a vibrant and forward-thinking city that attracts students from across the UK and beyond. Students at the University of Derby will find friendly locals, great facilities and night life, and just as importantly, high-quality and affordable accommodation. Student accommodation in Derby can be found near all campuses, and companies like Collegiate have designed their accommodation to allow luxurious living. There’s luxury private student accommodation near to all Derby’s attractions, and there certainly are a lot of those.

Music to Suit All Tastes
Every student loves music, but it’s fair to say that tastes in music vary greatly. Derby has music to suit every taste, from the tracks played at popular student bars and nightclubs like Mosh and The Hairy Dog, a great place to see gigs by up and coming bands. There are also a series of music festivals in and around the city including the Bearded Theory Festival, the Y Not Festival and Bloodstock for heavy metal fans. For music a little less contemporary, the Darley Park concert in September features a heady mix of classical music and fireworks, and the city is also famous for its annual folk festival and for the world renowned Derby Jazz Festival.

Outstanding Museums

Student years are the best of your life, and that’s because you can have lots of fun and make lifelong friends at the same time as expanding your cultural horizons and knowledge: the diverse selection of museums around Derby allow you to do just that. The historic Friar Gate contains Derby Museum and Gallery and Derby Gaol, but perhaps the best gem of all lies in between these two attractions in the form of Pickford’s House. Once home to celebrated Georgian architect Joseph Pickford, it allows visitors to step back into eighteenth century opulence, and the Georgian gardens are an especial delight, even if horticulture isn’t your thing. The cellars move us forward two centuries as they are an accurate recreation of an air raid shelter, making this a house of fascinating contrasts.

Stunning Countryside
Derby is a busy city that has everything an urban lover could wish for, but it also has beautiful green pockets like Darley Park. To really get away from it all, however, it’s just a short journey to the Peak District, which in 1951 became the first designated national park in Britain. It’s a truly stunning landscape containing caverns, creeks and moors and has featured in a number of films and television series, as well as in all time classic novels such as ‘Jane Eyre’ and ‘Pride and Prejudice’. If you’re feeling stressed at the thought of forthcoming exams, an hour or two in the Peak District can have a positive and rejuvenating effect.

With so many world class attractions around, it’s little wonder that the University and colleges of Derby continue to grow. There are around 34,000 students enrolled at the University alone, which creates an exciting and mutually supportive atmosphere. It also means that that businesses in the city are geared up to appeal to the student population, and this can be seen in the excellent Derby student accommodation and the range of student discounts in the city’s shops. It’s thanks to this and the attractions close to hand that many graduates choose to remain and make Derby their home.

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