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Living & Working In The East Midlands

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Living in East Midlands

The East Midlands has picturesque cities, like Lincoln, that have retained a lot of old-English architecture and offer a glimpse into British history. Alongside its historic sites, there are some modern cities, such as Leicester, that have a strong student population and are lively places to be. Compared to other regions in the UK, the East Midlands is not heavily populated and it doesn’t have as many large attractions. However, it was the birthplace of Sir Isaac Newton who discovered how gravity works, which is a pretty tough fact to beat!

Cost of living in East Midlands

The average house price in the East Midlands is £174,000, which is below average for the UK. Some areas closer to London are more expensive, whereas the cities that are further north tend to be cheaper. Cities like Nottingham, Leicester or Derby are considerably cheaper than cities in the South, although often this is matched by lower wages.

Renting Prices in East Midlands

The average rental price for a property in the East Midlands is £619 per calendar month, although it is possible to find places that are cheaper within the region (or more expensive, if you prefer!)

Nightlife in East Midlands

In the bigger cities, like Nottingham or Leicester, there is a wide range of bars, clubs and pubs that’ll provide something for everyone. There is also a healthy live music scene, ranging from famous DJs to classical music performances. There are not as many large cities in the East Midlands as in other areas of the UK, and in the quieter areas there might be less to do, but if you know where to look you will definitely be able to find something!

Notable Attractions in East Midlands

Wild Park Brailsford, Derbyshire - Wild Park Brailsford has a number of outdoor activities including paintballing, quad biking, laser tag, archery.

Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire – Kedleston Hall has a beautiful parkland, grounds, hall, and magical areas of forestry and wildlife.

The National Brewery Centre, Derbyshire – offers guided tours which explore the history of British brewing and, of course, offers tasting of a selection of beer samples.

Carsington Water Sports and Leisure, Derbyshire – Water-based activity centre set on a lake, offering courses for amateurs that include but are not limited to: powerboating, windsurfing and sailing.

East Midlands Aeropark, Derbyshire – The Aeropark is an aviation museum that provides shows of planes throughout the ages. Although the older ones are stationary, the more modern vehicles take off and land in the park as it is a growing cargo airport.

Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire - famed as the forested retreat of the outlaw Robin Hood, nowadays Sherwood Forest is a protected area of British natural beauty, offering beautiful walking trails under the eaves of 500-year-old oak trees and silver birches.

Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire - a historic castle and stately house perched on top of a hill in Leicestershire, Belvoir (pronounced ‘beaver’, believe it or not!) Castle offers guided tours of the house, stunning gardens and outdoor concerts.

Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire - with a focus on primates, Twycross Zoo offers you the chance to get up close and personal with our closest relatives in the animal kingdom.

Education institutions in East Midlands

Bishop Grosseteste University
De Montfort University
University of Derby
University of Leicester
University of Lincoln
Loughborough University
University of Northampton
University of Nottingham
Nottingham Trent University