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Derby Student Accommodation

The University City of Derby nestled in the heart of England is often called “the little big city.“ With a resident population of around 255,000, Derby is smaller than some large towns but provides a compact and seductive blend of city hustle and bustle alongside some of the most attractive outdoor spaces and surrounding countryside to be found anywhere in the UK.

This combined with the excellent facilities, campuses and residencies, plus an exciting schedule of degrees, doctorates and post-grad courses, makes Derby University a tempting prospect for young students as well as mature students of all ages. Derby student accommodation forms an important part of the private property rental sector

Monkey vs Owl - The bridge between students and private landlords

What is it that students need from their living arrangements when making what in many cases will be a temporary move in order to study at University?

  • Comfortable, well-managed accommodation with adequate facilities
  • Security of Tenure
  • An easily accessible point of contact when things go wrong.
  • Responsive maintenance and repairs systems that actually work.
  • Readily available local information and lifestyle support

At Monkey vs Owl we have developed a superior online platform supported by mobile apps that not only gives landlords the opportunity to market and manage their rental properties, but also provides an opportunity for students to benefit from our extensive knowledge and experience built across years of property finding and support services for student accommodation in Derby. We understand what landlords require from their property rental and we match that with the specific needs of students to eliminate friction and make the whole transaction as smooth and worry-free as possible.

And of course, for us it is not simply a matter of matching a suitable landlord with their ideal tenants and then bowing out gracefully. We are there throughout the whole tenancy period: Providing support, facilitating rapid and effective communication, and in many cases taking total management responsibility.

Let's be clear here. We are a young progressive company staffed by a progressive team many of whom have experienced the student lifestyle. We understand what students need and we are as far from the oppressive “jobsworth” property management types as you can possibly get.


Monkey vs Owl services for students

  1. Accommodation finding. Our platform provides a clear and simple property search interface free of the clutter of large online rental services and filtered for optimum usefulness for students. Our Verified Landlord Scheme means that we have carried out the necessary checks on landlords so you don't have to.
  2. The MOVO app. Available for Apple or Android the MOVO app works equally as well for tenants as it does for landlords. It is the heart of our service. You can use it to book property viewings, keep track of all financial aspects, directly communicate maintenance and repairs issues (including providing photos) in real time and receive notice of when they are to be attended to.
  3. The Monkey vs Owl City Guide. We have teamed up with a select group of local Partners to provide top offers and deals for Derby students. You can use our MOVO Guide to find Partners near you that have special offers and student discounts available. We also keep you in touch with any special events both academic and social happening in your city. In general, we endeavour to make student life in Derby a richer and more rewarding experience.


Student accommodation in the private sector

Accommodating students in Derby coming to study at the University is accomplished in 2 different ways:

  1. University residency halls offering en suite and standard rooms, as well as single, double and studio accommodation close to the University sites and centred around what is commonly known as the "student quarter" between the Kedleston Road, Markeaton Street and Britannia Mill sites and the centre of Derby
  2. Private sector landlords that specialise in offering a range of accommodation from studios, apartments and houses right through to HMOs (Houses of Multiple Occupation) across Derby and the surrounding areas.

The constant buzz of University Halls of Residence are appealing to a great many students. Accommodation is filled very quickly. There are many other students that for differing reasons, prefer to look elsewhere for a place to live and turn to the private rental sector.

It could be that they prefer to be away from what might be considered the distractions of living in the fast-beating heart of student life, or simply wish to club together with a group of friends in a shared living environment. In many cases there are no places left in the halls of residence. The private rental market provides the extra capacity as well as the ability to choose a more suitable living environment.

It is also a documented fact that private sector landlords in general offer higher levels of support to their tenants than their counterparts in social housing.

More About Derby – the social life

Finding and settling into your accommodation is the hard part. But when that it is over and worry turns to relief, it is time to begin to settle into the exciting and vibrant city that is Derby. Being the “little big city” brings lots of benefits. The first and most obvious bonus is that you do not have to travel far to find what you are looking for.

If you have an attraction to good food, great pubs and dancing the night away, Derby city centre will look after you just fine.

Eating out can be a welcome break from all of that study and home-cooked beans on toast. For the best fish and chips on the planet check out our partnership offer and head to Georges Tradition where even the potatoes are sourced from a family run farm based in Shropshire. You might also like to try the huge range of burgers at Annies Burger Shack or the amazing chicken wings and cocktails at Bunk Wings.

Drinking and dancing are always popular with students when they can tear themselves away from study. Why not head on over to Moo Moos 3 room club in the Cathedral Quarter. For a live music pub with a very busy live music schedule, up to 20 varieties of real ale and great food, head over to The Flower Pot on the edge of the city centre.

The Sporting life in Derby is as good as it gets. With central sports centres, gymnasiums, climbing walls, as well as the close proximity of the Peak District, keeping fit should be a breeze. Check out the Willows Sports Centre in the Cathedral Quarter or take advantage of the daily rates and huge range of classes and activities at Puregym

Shopping is never far from anybody’s mind but can you afford to blow your student loan in the first term? The Intu shopping centre and surrounding shops will definitely inspire you to lighten the load in your purse or wallet.

Outdoor recreation is a great way to blow out the cobwebs and clear the mind for a fresh week of study. Immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings of Darley Park. Range through to West Mill and Darley Village by way of the Derwent river walk. Markeaton Park is always a favourite with students. Frisbee, a mini golf course, basketball and tennis courts are all readily available.

To finish up

If you are heading to Derby to study at the University it can be a daunting prospect at first. Here at Monkey vs Owl we understand your situation, we understand Derby student accommodation and we are here to help. If you are interested in any of our property listings and the ongoing support we provide, please do get in touch to register your interest and take advantage of the benefits brought to you via our MOVO app for students. Bookmark our site and share it with your friends and fellow students. Open up a discussion about where you want to live while you study. We are constantly evolving and expanding our service. There is much more to come — and that we guarantee!

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