Things to Do in Derby for Students - Fresh Student Living

Things to Do in Derby for Students

Student accommodation at Derby University looking out onto the River Derwent running through the city


Make yourself at home in Derby, a city with a rich industrial heritage and a bright future. There are plenty of things to do in Derby for students who are settling into the area. Whether you’re looking for a trendy pub hangout, a sophisticated coffee shop or something completely different, Derby has a spot for you.


  • Craft Beer, Burgers and Games at The Friary

The Friary is a much-loved pub in the centre of Derby, in the Friar Gate area close to the iconic Cathedral. Here you’ll find a great selection of cask ales and craft beers. Enjoy your brew of choice with a hearty meal or enjoy a couple of pints while you watch the game. The Friary also boasts a games room and one of the best beer gardens in the area. This is a great place to meet up with your mates and unwind after a busy week.

  • Art and Archaeology at the Derby Museum and Gallery

You’ll find a treasure trove of paintings and artefacts at Derby’s Museum and Art Gallery, including a collection of the late great local painter Joseph Wright’s work. You’ll also find fascinating military and personal artefacts in the Soldier’s Story exhibition, and centuries-old historic exhibits in the Archaeology Gallery.

  • Craft Coffee and Cocktails at BEAR

You’ll find the Derby branch of BEAR in the centre of the beautiful Cathedral Quarter. BEAR offers speciality coffee and artisanal foods made with locally sourced seasonal ingredients. Coffee lovers will enjoy indulging in the quality “third wave” brews available – perfect for a morning pick-me-up or a pre-study session caffeine boost. Plus, the signature Espresso Martini offers the perfect fusion between BEAR’s coffee and cocktail menus.

  • Thrills and Chills on a Local Ghost Walk

Try something a little different and explore the spooky side of town. Derby’s rich history has given rise to many tales of hauntings and tour guides will take you around some of the area’s most intriguing landmarks. Visit the Old Bell Hotel, the Darley Abbey cotton mill, and the Derby Gaol, which is also a working museum. A fun way to spend a foggy night, followed by a beer or two in a cosy local pub.

If you’re looking to start or continue your studies in Derby, you need the right place to stay. Fresh offers affordable student accommodation in Derby, with easy access to your campus and the area’s popular hangouts.

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