Halls events and social life

Living in halls is the ideal start to your University journey. You’ll become part of a big, friendly community and be able to attend events and socialise with a wide variety of people, from your own hall and other halls nearby.

Lisa Varley

There really is something for everyone on the halls events programme and, if you don’t spot anything you like, let us know and we will try our best to put it on! We hope to see you at one of our events very soon.

Lisa Varley
Halls Events Co-ordinator

Join in our events programme

One of the best things about living in halls is that you can join in with all of our exclusive events and activities. Events located at any hall are open to all halls students, providing another fantastic opportunity to meet new people and become a part of the wider halls community. 

All events are either free or subsidised so, even if you are on a tight budget, there'll be something for you. During your first few weeks in halls make friends with your flatmates, neighbouring flats, and other residents by going out together to familiarise yourself with your new city, or arrange to go to some Freshers events to break the ice. Check the halls Facebook and Instagram pages for more details.

Some events below require you to book your place by emailing socialreps@derby.ac.uk. Other events need to be booked and paid for via the Unishop. And, Union of Students events need to be booked online. All inter-hall sports tournaments should be booked through the UOD Active app.

Find out more about inter-hall sports tournaments

If you have attended a recent halls event and would like to share your feedback please complete our form

March events

Date Event Venue Time Get involved
Sat 2, 9, 16 & 23 March Dungeons and Dragons Peak Court 7pm to late Just turn up - free
Wed 6 March  Halls Netball Tournament Sports Centre, Kedleston Road  4pm -6pm Download the UOD Active App to register
Thu 7,14 & 21 March Beginner's Yoga Session Peak Court 5pm to 5.45pm Just turn up - free. Yoga mats provided
Wed 6 & 20 March  Creative Arts Session  Peak Court 6pm to 7.30pm Just turn up - free. All materials provided
Thu 7 March  Global Cafe for International students Basecamp at Kedleston Road 5pm-7pm Just turn up - no need to book
Mon 11 March The Meeting Place - A meet up for International students  St Alkmund's Church  7pm- 9pm Just turn up - no need to book
Wed 13 March  Fish & chips night for International students  Multi-faith Centre  6pm Email chapliancy@derby.ac.uk to book your free place.
Wed 13 March  This Girl Can -Try new sports  Sports Centre, Kedleston Road  3pm-7pm Just turn up - no need to book
Thurs 14 March  University Mental Health Day (various activities)  University-wide all day  Just turn up - no need to book
Mon 18 March  Laser Quest event  Willows Sports Centre  6pm Email socialreps@derby.ac.uk to book your free place 
Wed 20 March  Halls Football Tournament  Sports Centre, Kedleston Road  4.30pm - 6.30pm  Sports Centre, Kedleston Road 
Fri 22 March  Paint & Sip event Agard Court 7pm  Just turn up - no need to book

April events

Date Event Venue Time Get involved
Thu 11, 18, & 25 April Beginners' Yoga  Peak Court  5pm to 5.45pm Just turn up - free. Yoga mats provided
Sat 13, 20 April Dungeons and Dragons  Peak Court  7pm Just turn up - free. All equipment provided
Wed 10 & 24 April Creative Arts Session Peak Court 6pm to 7.30pm Just turn up - free. All materials provided
Wed 17 April  Virtual Reality Pop - Up  Princess Alice Court 5pm -7pm Just turn up - free
Mon 22 - Fri 26 April Inclusive Sports Week Kedleston Road various See @TeamDerby for more information
Sat 27 April Day trip to Oxford Pick up outside Princess Alice Court  10am £5. Tickets from Unishop
Mon 29 April Petting Zoo Nunnery Court 3pm to 5pm Free to attend. Just turn up
Tue 30 April Mick's Pop Up Record Shop Agard Court  10.30-3.30pm Just turn up. Cash only 

Great Food Giveaway

During March and April pick up free food items from halls to help your budget go a bit further:

Also, every hall has a food bank in the common room where you can pick up or donate unwanted non-perishable food items.

Our Residence Life programme in halls

Our Residence Life programme in halls

View Residence Life at the University of Derby video transcript

A place called home

Staff are always on-site so feel free to pop into the office for a friendly chat or, if you are experiencing any problems, talk to your Hall Manager. The Residential Assistants and cleaners do weekly flat visits so you’ll soon get to know your whole halls team. Another bonus is the on-site common room which includes a free pool table, Playstation four, large TV and board games. Students can also book the room for free for a private gathering with friends. Just speak to your Hall Manager and they’ll be happy to help you arrange it.

Watch as students Harry, Tan, Charley and Jack, let you into their day-to-day lives, talking about their own experiences and what they love about halls. From exploring Derby or cooking in halls, to being a part of halls events or meeting up with society friends, this will give you a true flavour of life in halls.

Students talking about their day-to-day lives living in halls.

View A place called home: Living with the University of Derby video transcript

Contact the halls social team

If you have any questions, or suggestions for our events and activities programme, please contact our halls social reps:

+44 (0)7775 119189socialreps@derby.ac.uk