Although those who have attended university in Derby City may beg to differ, it appears to be on of the least remarkable students cities in the UK. This is not to say that it is dull or that the instructors lack passion, just that there is little to distinguish the place from other university cities.
Derby is in the East Midlands of England about 15 miles west of Nottingham. It is home for close to 250,000 people and its main industry is engineering manufacturing, with Rolls-Royce and Toyota based in the city.
Derby has one university, the University of Derby, that has around 18,500 students - most of whom attend classes in the city. The proportion of students in the population is less than 7.5%, reflecting that the largish city supports just one average-sized university.
The university occupies a cluster of three sites towards the edge of the city as well as a campus facility in Buxton, which is also in Derbyshire. The layout makes it somewhere between a city-style and campus-style university and most Derby-based students choose to live between the main campus and the city. It has a vocational focus but offers a wide selection of study courses.
To experience university life, many students, including locals, opt to live in university halls for their first year. For a basic package, this costs around £3,900 for 42 weeks. The university charges international students close to £10,000 in annual tuition. Overall, Derby University has a course satisfaction rating of a slightly below-average 2.3 / 5.0. As we said - unremarkable.