Derby is situated in the Midlands region of England, on the River Derwent, and is a cosmopolitan city with a large student population. The Business Improvement Districts within Derby are regenerating the city center, bringing in visitors to enjoy dining, shopping and drinking real ale in the many pubs. Living as an expatriate in Derby should be an interesting and pleasant experience. Newcomers are welcomed by the resident population, especially if they enjoy watching soccer. The city’s team, Derby County, typically plays at Pride Park. Classical music concerts and organ recitals also take place regularly, but if folk, rock, punk and pop are more to your taste, Derby is the city for you. Making contact with other professional expats living in Derby can best be achieved through the InterNations website. Registering as a member gives access to the many forums on which expatriates around the world network, enabling you to find individuals of a similar professional standing and outlook for friendship and companionship.
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Derby is served by Birmingham International Airport and East Midlands Airport. There are direct rail links with Birmingham and London St Pancras, and National Express coach services connect all major cities. Local bus services are run by several different operators, and it is advisable to search online for routes, timetables and ticket prices. Being a university city, rental properties are plentiful and range from serviced apartments to shared accommodation flats. Moving to Derby may involve a change in language and culture, and can therefore be quite daunting, at least at first. Whilst locals may be willing to help, often problems arise which cannot be resolved without recourse with fellow expatriates. The trusted community of InterNations members, all of whom understand the trials of relocation, are often able to give specific advice online. Finding InterNations members living in the Midlands or in Derby itself, or those that have lived in the UK previously, will help you through the process of moving to this English city. For more general queries, the InterNations‘ Expat Magazine contains many articles on a range of topics which should answer your questions. As an expatriate moving to Derby, the Expat Magazine is a recommended read through before your actual relocation to help with your preparations.
Derby has retained its engineering and manufacturing industries, and is an internationally recognized center for transport engineering technologies. The Rolls Royce aero-engine facility and the Toyota car plant near Derby are the city’s biggest employers. Derby's railway carriage building heritage continues to this day. The University of Derby has links with leading commercial, technological and manufacturing companies, and there are large distribution and warehousing parks situated on the outskirts of the city. The InterNations online community of global expats exists for the mutual benefit of its members, and finding expatriates working in Derby gives the opportunity for members to organize social gatherings and visits, which could include Derby Cathedral, with its 212ft high tower and webcam viewing of breeding peregrine falcons. The Derby Museum is housed in Lombe’s Silk Mill, and the Derby Roundhouse, the world’s first railway engine turntable, now houses a theater, library and corporate hospitality area, whilst the adjacent Peak District offers walking and mountain biking which will challenge even the fittest expat in Derby!