Living in Derby

Aerial view of Derby Derby has promising job prospects, a resilient economy and plenty to keep you entertained.

Derby: a professional, welcoming city

Derby is a city with promising job prospects and a resilient economy, which is good news for graduates. It’s also a friendly and affordable city that has a passion for sport, a growing cultural scene, and breathtaking countryside on its doorstep.

A thriving city

Man standing in workplace

Fastest growing economy in the UK

Derby has seen a 23% growth in GVA (Gross Value Added) over the past five years – more than double the national average of 9%.

GVA is the key economic measure of the value of goods and services.

- UHY Hacker Young, June 2015

Virtual reality in use at Bombardier

Four times the national average are employed in hi-tech functions

That equates to 12.5% of Derby’s workforce.

- Marketing Derby

Smart female talks to another professional

A top 10 UK location in which to start a business

– Centre for Cities

Bombardier trains

Key sectors:

  • Aerospace
  • Software and IT
  • Nuclear research and development
  • Automotive
  • Rail technology
  • Creative

A global city

Rob Leonard, graduate, standing next to the Rolls-Royce logo

Home to global brands: Rolls-Royce, Toyota, Bombardier

Group of residents watching street performance in Derby city centre

14% of its inhabitants were born outside of the UK

And over 70 languages spoken.

– Census 2011

Male student talking to a member of staff

University’s International Student Centre voted no.1 in the UK

– I-graduate International Student Baramoter 2015 

Two young females walking along a platform at a train station

Great transport links:

  • 89 minutes to London by train
  • 4 hours to Paris by train
  • 10 minutes to the M1 by car
  • 20 minutes to East Midlands Airport by car

A city with a bright future

Unusual angle of Derby Arena
  • £3 billion invested in the last 10 years
  • £1.7 billion’s worth happening now

A lively city

  • Intu shopping centre, home to big retail brands
  • The Cathedral Quarter: for stylish boutiques and cafes
  • Derby Arena and velodrome: for sporting events and shows
  • Derby Arena and velodrome, with graduation underway
  • The Peak District: only a short drive away
  • Darley Park: just one of two beautiful parks on our doorstep in the city centre
  • Derby County Football Club
  • Derbyshire County Cricket Club
  • Interesting culture and arts: Quad, Derby's arts centre.
  • Interesting culture and arts: Derby Theatre
  • Interesting culture and arts: Derby Feste – “One of the most exciting UK festivals for outdoor performance” - The Guardian
Map of the UK showing Derby marked on
“Centre of the UK recovery” Daily Mail
“Derby has been an economic success story this decade” Financial Times