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A Snapshot into.. Derby

  • June 29, 2020

Derby is a City on the banks of the River Derwent in Derbyshire County, situated in the East Midlands. The thriving city boasts an excellent range of attractions, restaurants, parks, open spaces, entertainment venues and businesses, with an estimated population of 259,653.

The University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust consists of the following five hospitals; Royal Derby Hospital, Queens Hospital Burton, London Road Community Hospital, Samuel Johnson Community Hospital and Sir Robert Peel Community Hospital. The Royal Derby Hospital has 1,159 beds and provides state of the art care to around one million patients from Derby and the surrounding areas every year, rated Good by the CQC. With 35 operating theatres, four linear accelerators for treating cancer patients, two MRI scanners and a Da Vinci surgical robot, the Royal provides the highest standards of care in a modern environment, ensuring the best possible care for patients.

Facts About Derby

  • Derby is the site of the worlds first factory - Derby’s Silk Mill
  • Florence Nightingale spent her early years living in Derby
  • Derby Art Gallery has the largest collection of Joseph Wright paintings in the World
  • Arboretum Park in Derby was Englands first Public Park and inspired the design of New York’s Central Park
  • An industrial boom began in Derby when Rolls-Royce opened a car and aircraft factory in the town in 1907.
  • Lara Croft, one of the worlds most famous computer game characters, was created in Derby
  • Derby were the proud owners of the UK’s first purpose build basketball arena – The Thunderdome
  • Derby is twinned with German City ‘Osnabruck’

Cost of Living in Derby

Cost of Renting Accommodation per month

One-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre


One-Bedroom Apartment outside of the City Centre


Three-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre


Three-Bedroom Apartment outside of the City Centre



1ltr Petrol


One-Way Public Transport Ticket


Monthly Public Transport Ticket


1km Taxi Journey



Meal out for two in a local pub


Meal out for two in a mid-range restaurant, 3 courses


Cinema tickets for two people


One-month gym membership


Tennis court rental for 1 hour on the weekend


Beer 0.5ltr bottle


Coke/Pepsi 0.33ltr bottle




Time it Takes to Travel by Train from Derby to Cities in the UK:


Time it Takes to Travel


1 Hours 35 Minutes


2 Hours 1 Minutes


2 Hours 50 Minutes


1 Hours 42 Minutes


2 Hours 44 Minutes


35 Minutes


2 Hours 6 Minutes


4 Hours 29 Minutes

Education in Derby:

According to the information available on the government website, Darby is home to 20 Nursery/Infant Schools, 61 Primary Schools, 17 Secondary Schools and a further 8 Special Schools. To find out more information about term dates, applications, standards, curriculum and general education, visit the Derby City Council’s website here, where you can also download the full list of schools and academies.

The City is also home to The University of Derby, rated Gold in the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) and a Top 30 UK University in the Guardian University Guide 2020. The University is also rated Top 10 in the world for international student learning experience. With three different campuses, the University can offer a broad range of experiences and further education opportunities.

Things to do in Derby:

Derby Museum and Art Gallery

With longstanding and temporary exhibits, the Museum and Art Gallery boasts paintings and artefacts that are of both local and international significance. The exhibitions are changed and updated regularly, which means visitors will never be seeing the same thing twice! The Museum also runs education and learning programmes, and hold events and exhibitions with the purpose of sharing knowledge and inspiring creativity amongst the people of Derby.

Darley Park

Darley Park is a large, picturesque and popular park situated within walking distance of the city centre. It is located on the River Derwent at the gateway to the World Heritage Site. The park is popular with visitors from across the County and is a peaceful place to escape city life. It hosts many events throughout the year, including the classical Darley Park Concert

Shopping in Cathedral Quarter and ‘Intu’ Shopping Centre

Centrally located in the heart of the bustling city, intu Derby is a vibrant hub of retail, leisure and dining facilities, home to some of the world’s biggest brands with a host of eateries and entertainment on offer. Home to Showcase Cinema de Lux, Hollywood Bowl and Paradise Island Adventure Golf, intu Derby features one of the UK’s finest in-centre complexes of high-end leisure facilities.

For a more unique shopping destination, Cathedral Quarter consists of historical streets, arcades and specialist independent retail stores. The Cathedral Quarter is also the hub of city culture whether you are looking for stunning art galleries and museums orchestral concerts, contemporary dance performances, band gigs, plays or films.

Derby Theatre

Home to captivating comedy and drama productions, and hub for creative drama in the city, Derby Theatre is a brilliant venue for evening entertainment. As a Learning Theatre, Derby Theatre provides a unique opportunity for students to learn by working alongside both academics and theatre professionals in the heart of a professional producing theatre.

Relocation to Derby:

If you’re an international doctor looking to relocate to Derby, or another location in the UK, please email your CV to [email protected] and we can support you in securing an NHS post and on your journey to relocate to the UK.

Are you a member of our Facebook group? When you join IMG Advisor, you join a community of doctors all looking to relocate to the UK and join the NHS. We post a series of vlogs and blogs to the group every day. We will also be on hand to answer all of your relocation queries.

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Listen to BDI Resourcing on the go to IMG Advisor the Podcast. You can find us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and Buzzsprout. We have a number of episodes with tips and advice on relocating to the UK and the routes you can take to achieve this.

References 2020. Derby City Guide - About Derby. [online] Available at: [Accessed 22 June 2020].

Discover Derby. 2020. Cathedral Quarter. [online] Available at: [Accessed 22 June 2020].

Discover Derby. 2020. Intu Derby. [online] Available at: [Accessed 22 June 2020].

Discover Derby. 2020. 7 Surprising Facts You Might Not Know About Derby. [online] Available at: [Accessed 22 June 2020].

Nelson, S. and Jones, C., 2020. 13 Fascinating Facts To Make You Proud Of Being From Derbyshire. [online] derbytelegraph. Available at: [Accessed 22 June 2020].

NHS, U., 2020. About Us. [online] University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS. Available at: [Accessed 22 June 2020].

Living, C. and Kingdom, U., 2020. Cost Of Living In Derby. [online] Available at: [Accessed 22 June 2020]. 2020. International Student Centre. [online] Available at: [Accessed 22 June 2020].


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