The city is home to the University of Derby, housing over 21,000 students split over two campuses. Derby plays host to a lively nightlife, with clubs such as Mosh and Scream being popular student destinations. With further music venues in the city including the Assembly Rooms, The Venue on Abbey Street and Ryan's Bar in the St Peter's Quarter. At the heart of the city centre you can find all the much desired high street stores at a Westfield shopping centre, as well as boutique shops, thriving markets and ethnic shops.

The main campus for University of Derby students is situated on Kedleston Road with the smaller campus in Buxton, making the areas of Kedleston, Ashbourne Road, Rowditch and Normanton highly desirable for student accommodation.

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About Student Accommodation in Derby

City centre

Notoriously popular with students due to great access to all of the city centre amenities. The University of Derby provides a Unibus transport service which links all University of Derby sites, the main halls of residence, as well as Derby city centre and Derby train station, making travel around the city ever so convenient.

Kedleston Road

Kedleston Road is a very desirable area of town, harbouring a cosmopolitan feel, making it a very popular destination for student housing. With area being home to The University of Derby's largest campus, it is unsurprising that this is a student hot spot. Kedleston Road provides a good offering of Victorian houses, ideal for larger groups looking for student lettings. The area is within walking distance of the city centre but is also well served by a number of buses. Kedleston Road is located close to the lovely Darley Park which offers tea rooms and classical concerts in the summer. Alongside this, the area hosts numerous local pubs and is popular with both students and professionals.

Ashbourne road

Known as “The Mile”, Ashbourne Road a vibrant stretch of road into Derby city centre filled with pubs, shops, takeaways and restaurants and famous for its nightlife. For Derby students that enjoy a night out and the lively student lifestyle then this will be for you. It is perfect for lovers of karaoke, beer gardens and meals out. With many students choosing to live in this area it remains an ever popular location for student lettings. Ashbourne Road is located close to Mill Campus and is well served by bus services. Located minutes away from the Markeaton Park, it is the perfect destination to enjoy tennis, golf and boating activities.


The Rowditch area is a busy student community, encompassing Uttoxeter New Road, it's in a convenient location for students based at the Mickleover campus. Rowditch fosters a community feel and is a very popular choice for students. The area contains many of the University of Derby halls of residence and is well served by public transport. Additionally, it is located on one of the main routes into the city centre, offering an abundance of local amenities including a good selection of pubs, takeaway shops and parks nearby.


Normanton is a popular area for student lettings, located close to the city, successfully managing to retain a community feel. Normanton offers many Victorian terraces for larger student groups and hosts England's first public park - The Arboretum. The area has busy and vibrant feel to it, especially in the summer, with picnics in the park and a local carnival through the streets. Normanton has a multicultural feel with a variety of exotic foods, goods and restaurants on offer.

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