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    Your student days are a unique moment in your life. Collegiate’s superior student accommodation, available in some of the UK’s top university cities, are unique in their offering to students and parents – great value, superb facilities and peace of mind. With our unrivalled record and expertise, Collegiate apartments deliver student living; just better.


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    Collegiate believe in providing superior student accommodation by putting a great deal of thought into the facilities we provide. From private gyms, on-site cinema, study rooms, games area and much more, we provide a home away from home with the little luxuries that will ensure your student experience is simply the best

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    We don’t just provide the facilities to enable your studies to thrive we also believe it is important to create a community. We host a variety of events throughout the year so you can get to know your fellow Collegiate residents. Collegiate provides a home, an environment to succeed and a place where everyone knows your name.

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Welcome to Derby

On the banks of the River Derwent, the bustling city of Derby is a thriving hub of industry with a rich cultural offering. Derby offers an attractive blend of historic buildings like Derby Cathedral and modern facilities such as the Intu Derby shopping complex. It’s a great place to live, work and study. Derby has more than 300 parks and open spaces, including the adiZone network of free outdoor gyms dotted across the city.

Derby is a city with a rich cultural vibe. The iconic QUAD is a centre for art and film that includes an indie cinema, art gallery, café bar and workshop, Darley Park hosts a huge, free-to-attend open air concert every year and Derby Jazz is one of the leading live jazz organisations in the UK.

Derby is also home to four museums and almost 700 hectares of parkland and open space. It has two theatres and is home to several regular arts events, including the inaugural Derby Book Festival, which was held in summer 2015.

There are three main shopping districts in Derby, containing everything from leading international fashion brands to tiny independent boutiques. Restaurants, cafés, bars, gastropubs and coffee shops provide a vast range of eating and drinking options.

Derby has a strong sporting identity and is home to several sports clubs, including Derby County FC. The city is committed to healthy living and has provided outdoor gyms for use by residents free of charge. There is also a range of sporting and fitness related events throughout the year.

Derby is a great place to study. The welcoming city is packed with attractions for students, from the cultural pursuits to the plentiful good value eateries. It’s a great place to explore by bicycle or on foot and offers a lively social scene, as well as great shopping and leisure facilities.


Derby is home to the University of Derby, which is known for turning out consistently employable graduates. In fact, Derby has one of the highest average monthly take-home salaries in the UK, offering excellent prospects for those who wish to stay on and work there once their studies are complete.

The University of Derby has some excellent facilities, including a brand new, £10.8 million sports centre, which opened in September 2015. It is committed to student welfare, with a higher staff to student ratio than is found in many UK universities.

Getting around

Derby is a great place to explore by bicycle, with the city’s plentiful green spaces making it a pleasurable location to cycle around. This inexpensive and environmentally considerate form of transportation is also a great way to keep in shape. A Sustrans cycle track is in place to encourage healthier journeys, particularly those made by bike.

Derby’s three main shopping areas are located close enough together that exploring the city centre on foot is an enjoyable experience. Regular bus services connect the city centre with other areas, providing a good value means for residents to access all of Derby’s main points of interest.

As one might expect from a city renowned for its contribution to advanced transport manufacturing (Rolls Royce and Toyota Manufacturing UK, amongst others, are based in and around the city), Derby enjoys excellent rail connections. London, Sheffield, Nottingham and Leicester are all easily reachable.

Derby is also a great base for those who enjoy international travel, with the bustling East Midlands Airport just 15 miles from the city centre.


Shopping in central Derby is focused around three main areas: the Cathedral Quarter, St Peters Quarter and Intu Derby. The Cathedral Quarter is packed with shops, restaurants boutiques and coffee shops. The St Peters Quarter, adjacent to the Cathedral Quarter, offers a good selection of national and independent retailers as well as some great pubs and restaurants. The huge, modern Intu Derby shopping centre boasts a wide range of national and international chains outlets, as well as a food court and 12-screen cinema.


Friar Gate is the main area for nightlife in Derby, with a selection of bars and clubs offering a variety of entertainment. Mosh, the Blue Note Club and the Friary are three of the best. Derby is also well known as a source of high quality real ales and as a location for enjoying live music, with the Golden Eagle and the Flowerpot among the most notable venues.

Restaurants and eating out

Derby has a diverse restaurant scene. From fine dining at Mansion Derby to the hip and trendy Restaurant Zest, Derby offers an excellent range of modern British and international dining options. For simple but delicious comfort food, Jack Rabbits offers seasonal meals using the finest quality ingredients. Or for a more visually entertaining meal out, check out the flamboyant chefs at MoonSha as they prepare and serve a host of Japanese dishes. For a relaxed and informal meal, head to the Tiki bar and grill at Lola Lo.


Derby is packed with sporting venues. From golf courses to local football clubs, the city offers sports fans myriad ways to stay fit and healthy. Derby Arena hosts a number of activities, from group exercise classes to power cycling sessions, with some excellent student membership offers available. Weekly runs and fitness activities take place in the city’s parks for those who like to exercise outdoors.

Professionally speaking, Derby is home to Derby County FC, Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Derby RFC and Derby City RLFC. Derby is also home to professional basketball and badminton teams.

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