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Living In Derby

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Whether you are Derby born and raised, or you’re in new territory, living in Derby has something to offer everyone. Making a home for yourself in this wonderful vibrant city isn’t a hard task. From quirky pub hangouts to an up-and-coming arts scene, there really is a plethora of activities for all walks of life.


This well-connected commuter hub makes it incredibly easy to get around. As one of the UK’s most central cities, there are without a doubt some great transport links in Derby. The city is home to 3 train stations, with Derby Station being the main hub just a short walk from the city centre. You can reach London by train in just 1 hour 46 minutes, Leeds in just over an hour and Birmingham in just 45 minutes. And let’s not forget, East Midlands airport is a mere 20-minute drive — allowing you world-wide access!

There is also a healthy supply of taxis and bus routes, with most leaving on an average of 10 minutes. In fact, Derby has been ranked one of the top cities for reliable buses. And if you’re conscious of your carbon footprint, or simply want the exercise, the sheer number of cycle routes across this flat, compact city makes it ideal for cyclists.

Social Spots

Living in Derby will undoubtably provide you with an abundance of social spots to choose from. The main shopping centre, Derbion, has a large selection of shops, café’s and restaurants. With entertainment areas such as a cinema, bowling alley and much more.

Especially as a student, we know that brunch is a popular activity. Why not treat yourselves after an exam! Places such as BEAR and Fat Cats offer bottomless drinks and tasty menu’s that will surely satisfy any palette. And if brunch isn’t your thing, there are plenty of sophisticated coffee shops to choose from. Particularly if you fancied a change of scene from the library or a desk, take your laptop along and work somewhere different. It’ll be sure to get that productivity flowing!

Marlix Student Living is certainly prime location when it comes to being amongst all action and events. You’ll never miss a beat. With a 5-minute walk into derby city centre, who doesn’t want to be in the midst of Derby’s best offerings, especially as it’s right on your doorstep?


If you’re the creative type, then Derby Museums is a honey pot of art, invention and culture waiting to be explored and admired. Derby Museums is an independent charitable trust operating three museums: the Museum and Art Gallery, Museum of Making and Pickford’s House. It has unique cultural assets, with Derby Silk Mill, situated in the Derwent Valley. This is widely regarded as the site of the world’s first modern factory. Keep up to date with current events and exhibitions Derby Museums have to offer, here.

Derby has a rich cultural heritage, illustrious history, and an ambitious future. It’s currently bidding to become the UK’s City of Culture in 2025. By living in Derby, it’s good to know about the city’s history. Initially a market town, Derby grew rapidly in the industrial era and claims to be one of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution. In the 19th century, Derby became a centre of the British rail industry.

Outdoor Adventures

The juxtaposition of the hustle and bustle of city life to the scenic beauty of the Peak District also adds to the many perks of living in Derby. You can reach the Peaks in just under an hour’s drive from the city centre. With its storybook villages such as Hathersage, it also has some literary associations after having been visited and enjoyed by Charlotte Brontë.

Just outside the village of Wetton, you’ll find the magnificent Thor’s Cave, a natural cavern set in a steep limestone crag, with its huge arched entrance easily visible (and quite accessible) from the footpath below.

If you’re looking for somewhere closer to home, then Darley Abbey is a beautiful place to explore. With a stunning lake and vast park, it’s undeniably one of the best spots in Derby. The charming old cotton mills are wonderful to walk around and explore, featuring a few wine bars — perfect for a date night or a social hangout. It’s a great place to meet new people too.

So, if you’re new to the city, we can assure you that living in Derby comes with plenty of positives! 

Fun fact: in 2021, Derby was voted as one of the ‘happiest places to live’ in Great Britain!

For further information about living in Derby, including the City Masterplan, restaurant, bar and shopping recommendations, and so much more, please visit our location page here.

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