About Derry

About Derry

Derry is Northern Ireland’s second city with a population of approximately 150,000 and is the regional capital of the North West of Ireland. It is situated on the banks of the River Foyle, from where the school takes its name.

Derry (which comes from the Gaelic name ‘Doire’ meaning ‘oak grove’) is one of the oldest continually inhabited areas of Ireland. Derry is Ireland’s only completely walled city and one of the finest examples in Europe.

Facts about Derry

  • 4th largest city in Ireland
  • Cultural capital of Northern Ireland
  • University city with a great social scene
  • Voted 4th best city in the world to visit (Lonely Planet Guide 2014)
  • First ever UK City of Culture, 2013
  • Birthplace of Two Nobel Prize Winners (Seamus Heaney – Nobel Prize for Literature and John Hume – Nobel Peace Prize)
  • Young population (36% under 25 years old, 71% under 50 years old)


Northern Ireland is one of the cheapest places to live in the British Isles, and Derry has the lowest cost of living in the Northern Ireland region. This is ideal for students who want to spend as much time studying as their budget allows.

Have a look at the differences in price between Derry, Belfast and London to see how much you can save:

Monthly Rent a Room£180 – £240£240 – £300£600 – £800
Coffee and Donut£3.00£4.00£4.50
Weekly Bus Ticket£11.25£13.80£32.50
Cinema Ticket£6.00£6.00£12.00
Swimming Pool£3.00£3.50£4.00
Night in a B&B£22.00£40.00£70.00
Night in a City Hotel£70.00£100.00£150.00
Fast Food Meal£4.50£5.00£5.50
Fancy Dinner per person£8.00£12.00£18.75

For more information, visit the Discover Northern Ireland website: www.discovernorthernireland.com/walledcity/  Derry Visitor website at www.visitderry.com or the Derry City website at http://www.derrystrabane.com/