Top 12 cheap things for students to do in Derby

Mon 24 Sep 2018

Derby has plenty to offer students who want to have an active social life, enjoy their free time and not spend much money. Whether you're interested in keeping fit, experiencing the local culture or simply trying something new, there is something affordable for all students to get involved in to make the most of their time living in Derby.

Students can find time for themselves amongst the chaos of student life with our 20 days for £10 offer. All throughout September students can join Derby Active and use the gym, swim and take classes for 20 days for just £10. Find out more at

Students can enjoy a game of golf for less with Allestree Golf Course £8 pay and play. With a University of Derby ID card students can enjoy a round of golf (18 holes) at Allestree Golf Course for £8 per round. 

Take on the challenge with your friends with the all new Atlantis Splash Run challenge, for just £6 you can have a go at the amazing new inflatable. Climb and scramble over giant obstacles and take on the thrill seeking slides. Take on the challenge every Saturday, find out more at 

For those students looking for gift ideas for loved ones the Arts and Craft fair can offer welcome inspiration with free entry from Thu 4 to Sun 7 Oct, during the Derby Folk Festival, which has a fantastic line-up and an ever popular free fringe festival. Students who love folk can buy tickets for the festival starting at just £20.

An extraordinary Irish singer, a celebration of Adele, a Robin Hood comedy and an Opera. What do these four things have in common? With fiverLIVE 16-26 year olds can see all of these and more for just £5 per show. Students can get the most out of live entertainment with Derby LIVE and the fiverLIVE offer.

Show your University of Derby ID card to get a half price (£5.55) Student Leisure Card getting you up to 40% off leisure activities at Derby City Council, including racket sports, golf, swimming, track cycling at Derby Arena. 

On the 27, 28 and 29 September Derby Feste will be running events throughout Derby City Centre, including a whole host of free events. Students can taste street food from around the world at Bustler Market and watch shows such as trampolining and clowning, hip hop and circus and juggling all for nothing!

For just £8 students can watch a full day of track cycling, with some of the country’s top cyclists on the track, in the National Omnium or Madison. On Saturday 13 October and Sunday 14 October Derby Arena is the stage for these national track cycling events. Each day promises to be full of the thrill of track cycling all for just £8.

What better than a bit of horror in the run up to Halloween? The Lost Boys are back with The Creation of Frankenstein, at the Guildhall Theatre in the town centre from Wed 24 – Sat 27 Oct, and this gripping production transitions seamlessly between two worlds in front of your eyes. A treat for literature lovers and romantics! 

2Magpies Theatre is bringing Ventoux, the story of Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani’s drug-fuelled race in 2000 to the Guildhall Theatre. Cycling enthusiasts can enjoy the restaging of the race using video accompaniment and a pair of road bikes. Students can see the show for a reduced price of £12

Derby Arena plays host to a range of events and live performances, including the annual Christmas pantomime. This year students can go on a giant adventure with Jack and the Beanstalk starring Duncan James from Sat 8 Dec – Sat 5 Jan. Concession prices are available for full-time students on production of a valid student card when booking in person at the box office or online here.

There will be a FREE Christmas Lights switch-on event and festive parade to attend on Saturday 17 November in the market place from 3.30pm. Enjoy the festive lights and the free show in the Market Place.