The University of Derby recently climbed 25 places to make it into the top thirty of the Guardian University Guide 2019, this was achieved by particular focus on providing industry-relevant applied education, improving both employability of graduates and student satisfaction. Over the last decade the university has invested £200 million on state-of-the-art facilities and its reputation continues to go from strength to strength.
There is the well established Museum and Art Gallery in the city centre, housing an eclectic range of displays of paintings, artefacts and educational dioramas. The nearby Quad is a cultural hub that brings an exciting and challenging programme of film, exhibitions and activities to promote the arts in the city.
Every possible high street store you could need is provided by the huge INTO shopping centre, which also houses a plethora of chain restaurants, a cinema, bowling alley and mini golf. Bargains aplenty can be found in the adjacent Eagle Market which is also the home to the university owned Derby Theatre. There are all manner of trendy fashion boutique and alternative shopping to found up in Sadlers Gate, and interesting mix of modern and medieval places to drink and eat around the Cathedral Quarter.
Derby has a long industrial history, being a major centre of mills, factories and the rail industry during the 19th century, and to this day it remains famed for its precision engineering and manufacturing. Many world class transport manufacturers are based in the area, such as the world’s second largest commercial euro-engine maker, Rolls-Royce, also there is Derby Litchurch Lane Works, the UK's only remaining train manufacturer, also in the area are Toyota’s UK headquarters and the JCB factory. The city also has a strong new technology and creative sector, notably being home to Core Design who developed the well known Tomb Raider series of computer games.
When you need a break from the city, a short train or bus journey will take you into the spectacularly beautiful Peak District, where hiking, biking and every imaginable kind of adventure sport is available, as well as stunning views of natural beauty and monumental marvels of engineering.
There is a flourishing student community, and with a reasonable cost of accommodation and plenty to do, Derby truly is a great place to study.