Derry, the muse of both musician and poet alike, a city of hardy beauty with a people laced with integrity. Derry may be something different to everyone, but to me it’s home.

Derry is that first mouthful of tea after a long day – a living embodiment of hygge – a place you come to rest and stay for the company.

I grew up in an area called Rosemount, once widely recognised for its booming factory industry.

Rosemount was like a small village in itself. Everything was on your doorstep, and the sense of community was almost contagious. My childhood was spent playing on the streets with friends, carrying out errands for neighbours in exchange for penny sweets. Summers were long, where Brooke Park served as the nucleus of our small world.

I attended a school in Rosemount by the name of St Anne’s, formed by teachers whose passion was to teach, I developed a love of learning that left a lasting impression.

My teacher’s early influence prompted a heightened interest in education, and I worked tirelessly to attain acceptance into a prestigious local school, Lumen Christi College.

During my teenage years, the week was filled with academic study. I was inspired by teachers who challenged the misconception that being boring was a prerequisite to being a teacher…..teachers who were passionate about their specialised subject, who had larger than life personalities and who were dedicated to helping you fulfil your potential.

The weekends were reserved for the glitz and glamour of teenage living, the town was our catwalk where we would showcase our unique attire, hit the shops with whatever our EMA money allowed. We dined in the finest takeaway joints and chilled out in St Columb’s Park, immersed in a moment, without care of what Monday would bring.

I had a group of good friends who helped the transition into adulthood. Days in the town where swapped for bottomless brunch, joyfully reuniting to discuss where life had taken us.

Although life has taken me in a different direction, a part of my heart lives on in Derry.


So you’re making the move, what happens next? We have outlined the most frequently asked questions when moving to our humble abode

 Will I require a visa to live in Derry?

In most circumstances a visa for stay or work will be required. Personal circumstances will dictate exactly which visa you require. For more information contact the relevant authorities or click the link here.

I am moving to live in Derry , do I require a Northern Irish driving licence?

Upon arrival in northern Ireland your license will need to be changed in accordance with NI regulations. For more information about the finer details click the link here.

Or you can change your current licence for an NI driving licence by filling out a DL1 form readily available in most post offices. Original paperwork must be submitted to confirm proof of identity. Passport and proof of residency should suffice.

Can I bring my own car / motorcycle when I move to live in Derry?

As is customary in many countries if you wish to transport your car / motorcycle there are certain regulations that need to be adhered to

  1. You must inform HM Revenues and customs of your vehicles arrival within 14 days
  2. VAT & Duty must be paid if requested by HMRC
  3. Your vehicle must pass an inspection to ensure it meets the required safety & environmental standards
  4. You are then required to register and tax your vehicle with DVLA – after which you will be issued a registration number in order to obtain your identification plates

If you wish to save yourself the grief, it’s possible to employ a third party to act on your behalf such as an importer or shipping company.

Before taking your vehicle out in public it’s necessary to have full insurance, a valid MOT if necessary and a driving licence otherwise risk prosecution for failure to comply with road safety & regulations.

Residents of mainland UK or Northern Ireland are free to move their vehicle provided it is registered.

For more information click here.

What are weather conditions & climate like in Derry?

Like any new venture or in this case a permanent relocation, weather and climate are one of the many contributing factor in determining your choice.

Derry has a weather pattern that matches most of its bordering counties. This includes a temperate maritime climate, with highs exceeding 18 degrees Celsius during summer months and a drop to around 5 degrees Celsius in the winter.

Rain is an all year round gift that keeps giving!

Our recommendation would be to carry a nice large umbrella and raincoat and if it gets really bad a pair of waterproof wellies should do the trick. After a while you will come to love our weather just like everything else about our city and county.

What is the standard cost of living in Derry?
The cost of living in Derry is extremely reasonable and allows its residents to experience high quality of living at a moderate price.

Food and beverages prices are radically cheaper than their city counterparts and you can expect no drop off in quality thereafter.

A standard meal (main course) in Derry will generally cost no more than £12 and there are many offers and attractive deals too. In other words, check out the bargains!

Buying a house is considerably cheaper in Derry than other parts of the UK.

What are the opportunities for employment in Derry?

This city which continues to expand daily will require a large workforce that caters to all skills and levels.

The city has become home to many global companies, employing a large workforce and continue to recruit. Check out the huge growth and investment of these companies here in the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce website.

The city’s hospital has a great reputation, and it is constantly upgrading its facilities. In consequence, there is a constant recruitment process for medical specialists, consultants and nurses.

There are many government authorities happy to assist you in your search for work. Most employment opportunities are available to apply online here.



What makes Derry-Londonderry a remarkable destination to live, work, and travel? Is it the iconic Mussenden Temple on its cliff edge, with some of the most picturesque coastal views? Or is it the warm and friendly faces of the locals? Every stretch of this magnificent land has something that can surely enchant anyone.

As part of the Destination Derry campaign, Exascale AI were approached to research some of the main reasons why people chose to live in or return to Derry-Londonderry. Key findings uncovered that there is a vast spread of the Derry-Londonderry community across the world.

This land, rich in history and culture, has modernised significantly to support thriving businesses, in order to become one of the most notable locations to find work.

Exascale AI – as part of the Destination Derry project powered by Taggart Homes – decided it was time to investigate further. They wanted to explore that space where old age charm met with new culture and strong business ideals, to make Derry-Londonderry a prime location to live.

One early finding was that Derry-Londonderry is easily accessible from other countries, with flights from City of Derry Airport transporting over 2 million passengers in 2019. Flights to Stansted London operate 13 times a week and may encourage a week-end break. But the low cost of living here means that you will always come back home.
What a great home it makes too. With 4 shopping centres in the city alone, there is much to keep you occupied in this former City of Culture. Take a break for a quick coffee in one of the 160 cafes, restaurants, and pubs.

Broadband coverage, property prices and investment by large industries make this a very enticing place to live! With remote working and working from home, it’s an ideal time for Derry Diaspora around the globe to come home and put down roots in this great part of the world.

Do you want to find out more?

Take a look at our infographic here, go online to research Destination Derry and talk to Taggart Homes about prime locations to build.


Destination Derry conducted some research on working from home and remote working. The following is some feedback in brief:

  • Most remote workers found it helpful to have a clear workspace set up in the home
  • They found the experience to be overall less stressful than a normal workplace and appreciated the increased amount of time with their family
  • Many poll takers found their mental health would suffer if they spent too much time in the home without adequate breaks
  • For the most part, they found that working from home was far more convenient and required much less preparation in the morning
  • The ability to schedule your own work day, including taking a break whenever you want was valued very highly in the poem
  • Remote workers found that being able to balance household chores and work tasks on the fly was a great benefit to them
  • In many cases, remote workers found that the increased flexibility offered by working from home led to increased productivity on their part