Being a good neighbour

Students make up a large proportion of local residents, and it's great when you can feel at home in a new area. There are various ways you can contribute to your community and help others out. We encourage all students to respect the local neighbourhood and wider community - take a look at our top tips for a happy, vibrant community.

First things first

If you’re living in private accommodation - introduce yourself. It’s always nice to be friendly to your neighbours, so take the first step and say hello. If you keep missing them you can download and print our Student introduction flyer to post through their letterbox. We recommend doing this within the first few days of moving in so you can build rapport from the off.

If you’re one of our neighbours reading this, we also have a Neighbour introduction flyer available for you to download and print.

Responsible behaviour

Derby is a popular city, and many families live alongside you in the community. Remember when coming in from nights out to keep the noise level down and be mindful that many of them are working or have children. If a neighbour makes a request, take it on board. It will be much more difficult for you to deal with if you ignore it and they escalate the complaint to the University. 

Being a good neighbour involves taking responsibility for your house and ensuring you keep your property tidy and clean. Make sure you bring bins in (and recycle if possible). Don’t leave litter lying around. Arrange for larger bags of waste to be taken away as it is easy to ask the council to do this. You can find out details about waste management from Derby Streetpride.

Driving and parking

If you have a car, please note on-site parking is for blue badge holders only (or permit holders for Kedleston Road site, Derby Campus). Holding a permit does not guarantee a space. If you’re parking your car around our Buxton, Chesterfield or Derby Campuses, don’t park your car in your neighbours’ spaces or in areas marked as ‘private’ or ‘residents only’. Don’t obstruct the pavement as this can create difficulties for elderly people and young children using pathways around the University. It can also prevent locals using the space outside their homes.

Derby Campus: Don’t obstruct the entrances and pavements of Brook Medical Centre and Jonty Farmer as this prevents access for pedestrians, wagons and deliveries. The car parks are for visitors so please find alternative places to park and be considerate of our local community.

Find out more transport options and parking around our sites.

Social media is great...

However, please remember to keep safe, be respectful, and professional. You should also ensure consent from all parties appearing in the content you post. The use of social media can have a major positive impact on your personal, professional and academic life if used appropriately. If you’re one of our current students, visit ‘social media’ on UDo for more information and guidance.

Get involved

Whether it’s by joining the local community Facebook page or getting involved in a neighbourhood watch scheme, there are many great ways to represent the student community positively and learn more about the people you live amongst. If you’ve moved, we recommend registering to vote so that you can have your say in any local or general elections – in the last general election Derby was highlighted as one of the key areas where students had the potential to impact the outcome. You can register by visiting the Gov website.

We’ve also got our volunteering fairs coming up; meet local charities and find out how you can get further involved in your community. 

Security in the city 

In every city you need to take precautions to feel safe, from feeling secure in your home to feeling secure when you’re out and about. Although Derby is a friendly city, we want you to stay safe. Follow our social media accounts and follow the hashtag #staysafe to find top tips about how you can stay safe in a city. Our helpful and friendly security team will be more than happy to advise on staying safe and give you a safety alarm to borrow that can be collected from any of our reception desks.

We also fully endorse the HOLLIEGUARD personal safety app. This is available to download free of charge. Over 25,000 people have downloaded it and the app is widely used by numerous other universities and NHS trusts as well as promoted by Derbyshire Police.

If you do feel unsafe at any time, please call 101 for non-emergencies and 999 for emergencies.

Lanyards / Security gates

To help reduce the vulnerability of our sites and ensure safety we have some safety reminders:

Firearms and weapons attacks are thankfully extremely rare, but we must always know to stay safe; National Police Chiefs' Council NPCC have created a Run, Hide, Tell video

If you need emergency assistance or first aid, always call +44 (0)1332 597777.


As a university we’re very aware of our impact on the local, national and global environment. We are particularly conscious of our collective responsibilities to help protect it. Over the last year we have focused on national campaigns such as: Go Green Week, Earth Hour, 30 Days Wild and Pack for Good.

We have a variety of outdoor seating at some of our Derby sites, including an outdoor study space at our Kedleston Road Library and we have a #NoMowZone at Kedleston Road site to help encourage fauna and wildlife.

We have recently launched a student environment and sustainability project and are keen to get more students involved. If this sounds like this would be something you’d be interested in, please complete the following form.

Representing you on all things green

We have a Part Time Officer for Sustainability within the Union of Students. Introducing Nicola Marriott, your volunteer student representative. She can be contacted throughout the academic year by emailing If you have ideas or if you just want to get involved in making your university a more sustainable place, get in touch!