In the leading list of the ‘Happy at Home Index’ in 2013 (Rightmove), Derby is recognised as a fantastic place to live with high quality, great value living, excellent state and private school systems all at the gateway to the Peak District.
Derby is the UK’s most central city, friendly, good value and very easy to get around. The County Town sits on the banks of the River Derwent in South Derbyshire, situated just a short drive from the M1, it allows easy access to other cities such as Nottingham just the other side of the M1, Sheffield 20 miles North and Leicester just over 30 miles South.
Close to the Homefinders Plus teams’ hearts is the fact that Derby also prides itself on its’ real ale. Derby’s CAMRA pub of the year 2013 is The Exeter Arms which stocks local ales as well as serving great food and there are regular events to see or join in with. In 2014, the award went to The Furnace Inn for its transformation over the past couple of years.
The transport system in Derby is very well organised. There are Park and Ride services into the town centre, plenty of parking as well as numerous bus services in, out and around Derby.
Derby has direct rail services to a large number of destinations including London, Birmingham, Sheffield, Newcastle and Cardiff.
Leisure pursuits in Derby
Derby has been recognised by travel experts Lonely Planet, as a top-10 ‘must-see’ destination.
An £11.2 million arts and media centre called Derby QUAD, three theatres home to local and touring shows, plus the region’s largest dance centre Déda and the city’s three free museums provide Derby with a flair for culture.
Described as the “City of Festivals” (Financial Times, 2012), Derby is home to a diverse range of large-scale events, including the UK’s largest outdoor classical concert, Darley Park Concert, the national CAMRA Winter Beer Festival and the international photography festival, FORMAT. The city is also home to the Derby Festé, Derby Folk Festival and many more music festivals including Download, Bloodstock, Bearded Theory and Y Not Festivals.
Homefinders Plus can confirm that Derby has established itself as a brilliant place to shop too, home to Westfield Derby, which attracts 25 million shoppers ever year, as well as the Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Quarter, which offer a unique, boutique shopping experience amongst the fashionable cobbled streets of the city.
The city’s central location also means residents and tourists are within a one hour drive of 100 attractions in and around the city, including some of the top UK attractions the beautiful Peak District, Alton Towers and Chatsworth House.
Education in Derby
Derby has some of the best educational institutions in the UK, including Derby College which is one of the UK’s largest Further Education institutions, and the University of Derby, which attract over 35,000 students every year to the city.
The city has an excellent range of local authority and independent schools, providing well qualified students. 80%+ of students at Derby High, Derby Grammar, Chellaston Academy, West Park, Repton and Ockbrook schools are achieving five A*-C GCSEs including English and Maths (The Telegraph, 2013).
Derby College welcomes over 20,000 learners every year. The College has a portfolio of extensive courses covering GCSEs, degrees vocational courses, adult education, apprenticeships and bespoke solutions for business.
The University of Derby welcomes over 18,000 students every year and is rated highly by its students too (NSS, 2013). Five courses including History, Mechanical Engineering and Music Technology all received a 100% score in the National Student Survey. From the 18,000 students welcomed to the city, 96.1% of full time graduates found employment or continued into education six months after graduating – the 12th highest of all UK universities in 2013.
Derby continues to invest in its already successful educational infrastructure with the arrival of a University Technical College (UTC) in September 2015. A £9.5 million investment project led by Derby City Council, University of Derby, Derby College, Toyota, Bombardier and Rolls-Royce, the hub will deliver hi-tech engineering and technology skills promotion to 14-19 year-olds alongside Maths and English.
The housing statistics
Housing in Derby is incredibly affordable compared to the East Midlands and UK average. Average house prices for Derby (January and March 2013) a
were £145,107, compared with £160,766 for the East Midlands and £238,986 for the UK (Land Registry).
Rental figures for the city are also favourable compared to the UK average of £826pcm with flats averaging £489pcm, two-bedroom houses at £557pcm and three bedroom houses at £616pcm in the city all offering better value (home.co.uk, homelet.co.uk, 2013).
Investment in residential is continuing in Derby with construction of two planned for city centre urban villages: Nightingale Quarter and Castleward – 500 new homes will be built and let via the new schemes.
Outside the city, Bakewell and Melbourne have been listed as two of the best towns to live in Britain. Compiled by The Times (2013), Bakewell was ranked 2nd whilst Melbourne finished 15th.
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