University of Derby Open Days

Boasting a rich cultural offering, the city of Derby is home to over 28,000 students so there’s no shortage of entertainment and fun things to do. Studying at the University of Derby puts you in the heart of the bustling city so you can easily explore shops, bars and restaurants, galleries, venues and museums.

The best way to get a feel for student life in Derby is to attend an open day. University open days are your opportunity to get to know the campus, facilities and services that will be available to you while you’re there. The University of Derby has both in-person and virtual events so even if you can’t make it in person, you’re free to explore from home.

If you’ve not attended an open day before, you may be wondering where’s best to start. Luckily, it couldn’t be simpler, that’s why we’ve put together a quick guide to help you understand what to expect and how to book onto an open day so you can be sure you’re making the most of your time.

As well as campus tours and subject talks, another vital part of the open day experience is exploring your options for student accommodation in Derby. With Collegiate, you can choose from a range of first-class studios at our Roman House accommodation with premium features and amenities to help you settle into student life in style. We won’t form part of your university tour, but you’re always free to pop in and speak to our friendly team who will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Undergraduate open days

Derby Uni’s undergraduate open days will take place on Saturday 23rd October 2021 and Saturday 27 November from 10am to 4pm. It’s your chance to explore the university’s sites and state-of-the-art facilities, including the Sports Centre and student library. You have the option to join current Derby students on a guided campus tour, which is a great way to hear first-hand what it’s like to study in the city. There’s also an option to drop in to subject sessions, where you can talk to teaching staff about your course, and explore the university’s support services to ask any questions you may have about applying, funding and wellbeing while at university in Derby.

Virtual open days

If you can’t make it to one of the campus tours, you can explore the University of Derby virtually. They’re hosting a range of online tours where you can explore specific subject pages or just take a look around at your own leisure. You can also enjoy the highlights from Derby uni’s Open Day Live Production as hosted by former Blue Peter presenter, Radzi Chinyanganya.

Campus tours

Tours of the university are led by current students, who can tell you more about what it’s really like to be a student and give you lots of information about the city of Derby. You will have a two-hour time slot, (at 10am, 12pm or 2pm) in which you’ll have a guided tour of a university halls of residence, the Kedleston Road, Markeaton Street, and Britannia Mill sites, as well as One Friar Gate Square site – which is just a 2-minute walk from our Derby University accommodation on Friar Gate.

Postgraduate open days

University of Derby’s postgraduate open day will take place on Saturday 27 November, 1pm til 4pm. The event is a great opportunity to learn more about the course you’re looking to study, and get more information on fees and funding, as well as career support. Visit their website to find out the details.


Do I need to have a place at University of Derby to attend an open day?

Not at all, the university is open to applicants but also to anyone who’s considering studying in Derby.

Do I need to book to attend University of Derby’s open days? 

You do need to book a place, to help the university manage numbers on the day and for safety. You’ll be emailed all the information you need for the open day by the university.

How do I get to the University of Derby?

Use the postcode DE22 1GB to get to Kedleston Road campus where you’ll find limited on-site parking and street parking. The campus is easily accessible by frequent bus routes from surrounding areas and from Derby train station.

When the open day is finished, is there much to do in Derby?

As you’re in the heart of the city, there’s plenty of things to explore in Derby as well as a huge range of shops, cafes and galleries.

Student accommodation in Derby

While you’re exploring open days and virtual tours of University of Derby, why not take a look at Collegiate’s student accommodation too? You can take a virtual tour of Roman House, our Derby University accommodation that’s just a short walk away from University of Derby and sits in the heart of the city.

With a range of studios and two-dios to choose from, residents also benefit from a host of fantastic features, including a private fitness suite, on-site cinema room and residents’ social hub. And, all bills and Wi-Fi are included in your rent, so with fewer extra costs you can focus on enjoying your time in Derby.