Derby is a vibrant, compact and accessible city, home to 250,000 people, and currently investing in a £2 billion transformation. This includes the Westfield Shopping Centre, which has over 190 shops including a luxury 12 screen cinema, The Quad (Derby's visual arts centre showcasing film, media and other visual arts), and the £50 million Derby Riverlights project, changing the face of the city's riverside to provide new bars, restaurants and clubs.
Derby is an excellent centre of communication by both road and rail, with trains to Nottingham and Birmingham at least every half hour throughout the day, while a short distance to the south is the Nottingham East Midlands Airport offering budget flights.
Sports and leisure
In and around Derby there is an extensive choice of sports and leisure facilities. Derby County football team's ground, Pride Park Stadium, is also within a short distance of the city. The Peak District, one of the most beautiful of Britain's national parks is nearby and only a few miles away you can find the Swadlincote Ski Centre.
Derby has many modern shops and two markets within the mainly 'vehicle free' city centre, including the Westfield shopping centre.
Many nightclubs, theatres, multi-screen cinemas, pubs and a huge choice of eating-places are to be found in the centre of the city. Derby's nightlife is a vibrant mix of pubs, clubs, theatres, restaurants and live music, with many places holding regular student nights or offering NUS discounts, helping students get more for their money. The city is also rated as one of the safest cities in the region.