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Living in Sunderland
If you choose Sunderland, you’re not just choosing a course, but a home away from home too. Find out everything you need to know about how friendly, diverse and affordable it is to live in the North East and get ready to explore city, coast and countryside from your doorstep.

  • Where is Sunderland?
    Sunderland is located within the county of Tyne and Wear, in the North East of England. Providing the perfect fusion of city and seaside living, it’s a fantastic part of the country and a great choice for somewhere to live and study. Nestled by the River Wear’s mouth to the North Sea, Sunderland’s population of around 175,000 strengthens our reputation as a small and friendly city, but you’ll also be just a stone’s throw from Newcastle upon Tyne and Durham. We’re also advancing when it comes to technology as Sunderland is about to become one of the first 5G-enabled universities in the UK.
  • Eating and drinking
    There’s something to suit all tastes and budgets when it comes to food and drink options in Sunderland, with the city offering a blend of familiar chains and independent eateries to discover, from a wide range of cuisines. Whether you’re looking for a cosy café for brunch, a pub for a quick pint or somewhere to grab your Friday night takeaway, we’ve got it all here. Or, hop on the Metro and travel just a few stops to Seaburn where you’ll find Stack – one of the North East’s most popular food venues providing a variety of street food traders all in one place, as well as regular live music events.
  • Shopping
    If you fancy indulging in some retail therapy, Sunderland’s shopping scene comprises your typical high street names with quirky boutiques and independent retailers. The Bridges Shopping Centre serves as the main shopping hub within the city centre and houses over 90 stores, plus several food outlets if you want to grab a bite to eat while you shop. A short drive or bus journey away, you’ve got Dalton Park and The Galleries which are home to an even wider range of retail outlets. You’ve also got Gateshead’s Metrocentre and Newcastle’s extensive choice of shops, just a train ride away if you want to plan a day trip.
  • Arts and culture
    Sunderland has a rich cultural heritage and it’s well worth taking a break from your studying to spend a weekend exploring what we have to offer. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re looking for art galleries and museums, historical attractions or theatre and cinema. Enjoy an exhibition at National Glass Centre, experience a slice of history at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens or step back in time with a trip to Hylton Castle. Then unwind in the evening by catching a show at the Sunderland Empire theatre or soaking up some live entertainment at the newly refurbished Fire Station.
  • Nightlife and music
    When it comes to nightlife, the city’s large student population means that there’s something going on every night of the week on Sunderland’s clubbing scene, from themed nights to classic club nights, plus lots of student-friendly drinks offers to take advantage of. If you prefer a more relaxed night out over the partying lifestyle, Sunderland isn’t short of craft ale pubs and cocktail bars, perfect for winding down with friends. Gig-goers will love what the city delivers in the way of live music. Not only does this include a thriving independent offering, but some of the world’s biggest artists and bands like Beyoncé, Elton John and Ed Sheeran have performed at our very own Stadium of Light.
  • Outdoor spaces
    We love our central city location, but one of the great things about living here is that you’re never far away from open, outdoor spaces, with the coast and countryside right within your reach. One thing our students love is undoubtedly the beaches. With the endless sands and miles of beautiful coastline, Seaburn and Roker Beaches are ideal for walks and spending summer days with friends. Both beaches have been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag award for another year running in 2022, putting them at the forefront for cleanliness and safety.Living in Sunderland wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Penshaw Monument, one of Wearside’s most recognisable landmarks. Close by is Herrington Country Park, which is a beautiful place to walk and take in nature. The park also hosts regular music events such as Kubix Festival and Let’s Rock the North East.If you want to stay closer to the city centre, Mowbray Park is one of the oldest in the North East and is right in the heart of the city.
  • Beyond Sunderland
    While Sunderland itself has plenty to offer, you’ll find there is so much more of the North East to discover while you’re a student here. Head just 15 miles north west of Sunderland and you’ve got the buzzing city of Newcastle and its many attractions, shops, bars and restaurants to explore. You’ve also got the historic city of Durham nearby, with its scenic riverside location dominated by its castle and cathedral.A little further afield, you’ve got one of the UK’s most beautiful counties, Northumberland, capturing the ultimate of the North East’s rugged natural beauty. Noted for its stunning beaches, remarkable castles and spectacular national park, the opportunities for days out are endless.
  • Getting around Sunderland
    Travelling in and around Sunderland is both easy and affordable for students due to the city and region’s excellent transport links. Whether you’re planning to travel locally or are venturing further away, you’ll find planning any journey hassle-free.
  1. On foot
    Being a smaller city makes it simple to navigate Sunderland on foot and you’ll find a lot within walking distance from our campuses and accommodation, including the beach which is only a 20-minute stroll from St Peter’s. Our two campuses are just over a mile apart from each other, making it easy to travel between the two.The city centre is largely accessible and there are plenty of walking and cycling routes nearby, including lots of green spaces and coastal walks to enjoy.
  2. By train
    The Tyne and Wear Metro is a rail service connecting Sunderland to other areas of the North East, including Newcastle and Gateshead. You’ll find several Metro stations dotted around Sunderland, with one in close proximity to both campuses, as well as our halls of residence. It takes approximately half an hour from the University station next to City Campus to get to the centre of Newcastle. There are several discounted tickets available for travelling as a student on the Metro, making it an affordable and convenient way to explore further afield.Sunderland also has its own railway station, keeping you well-connected with other parts of the country, including London, Newcastle and York. The train station is located within the city centre and both Northern Rail and Grand Central operate from here.
  3. By bus
    Sunderland boasts a fantastic bus network, making it easy to access the local area and other nearby locations. The Nexus website is the best place to find out more about planning your journeys.The Sunderland Connect service, provided by Go North East, allows students to travel for free by simply showing their student ID card. This service operates between both campuses, plus other stops along the way within the vicinity of our accommodation and key areas of the city.We also have our own Students’ Union circular minibus, which picks up and drops off around our campuses and halls of residence. The Campus Circular service operates from Monday to Friday, between 8am and 8pm. There’s also an Evening Circular service in operation during term time.
  4. By car
    If you’re bringing a car to university, the most accessible way for the majority of drivers entering Sunderland will be via the A1(M), whether you’re travelling from the North or South. You can get here from Newcastle via the A184, Durham via the A690 and Middlesbrough via the A19.Parking is available at both of our campuses and you can get substantially cheaper rates as a student by applying for a permit. If you’re living in University accommodation and wish to use the car park, you must apply online for your permit, which can be done in advance of arrival if you’re already aware of your allocated room.
  5. By plane
    The nearest airports to Sunderland are Newcastle International and Teesside International, which are less than an hour’s drive away from the city centre. Newcastle Airport has its own Metro station within the terminal, so you can also travel by this method which is just under an hour’s journey from Sunderland.

Top Reasons to Study in University of Sunderland

Whether you’ve already checked us out at an Open Day and want to know more, or have never even heard of Sunderland, we’re sure there’s a few things about the city and the University that you don’t know. Here’s ten great reasons to choose Sunderland:

Ranked within the top 50 UK universities
We’re pleased to say that the University of Sunderland has been placed within the top 50 UK universities by the Guardian University Guide 2023. This achievement recognises our immense efforts towards providing teaching excellence, being professions facing and employability-focused. At the heart of everything we do here is the drive to help our students reach their potential and get where they want to be after graduating. This commitment has also been reflected by our standing as the best university in the north-east for teaching quality according to the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023.

Investment in facilities
We’re always investing in new facilities, like our Living Lab and Helen McArdle House which features mock hospital wards, a pharmacy dispensary, training ambulance and a hi-fidelity simulation suite. We’ve also invested over £1m in engineering and computer science facilities, including a dedicated mechanical lab and a fluid lab and a 3D interactive igloo space. Acclaimed independent production company Fulwell 73 – makers of Netflix show ‘Sunderland ‘Til I Die’ – has even launched a new regional office in our David Puttnam Media Centre.

Great transport links
Getting between campuses couldn’t be simpler. The Connect Bus service and the Campus Circular service are both free for students with a valid student card. There is also a metro stop situated on our City Campus. If you prefer getting fresh air when travelling, we also have a cycling hub and on foot it will take around 20 minutes to get between the two campuses. You’re never too far from where you need to be.

An inclusive university
Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion was celebrated when we were named University of the Year for Social Inclusion (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021). No matter your background or circumstances, we will help you to achieve your potential.

Convenient location
Sunderland is a vibrant city that benefits from a metropolitan city centre and coastal scenery. Roker beach is a short stroll from Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s where you can treat yourself to ice cream and fish and chips. Sunderland is also only 30 minutes away from Newcastle Upon Tyne, another lively city, and we are in easy reach of Gateshead and Durham.

Opportunities to engage in cultural experiences
While in Sunderland, there are always opportunities to engage with cultural activities. You can catch a show at the Empire Theatre, listen to some live music at at an eclectic mix of clubs and bars or learn something new at one of the many museums. The Stadium of Light has hosted some of the world’s biggest artists such as Beyonce, Foo Fighters, Rihanna, Ed Sheeran and Elton John.

Access to sport
Here in Sunderland, we love sport. We have over 50 sports clubs and societies and have excellent facilities such as a 70 station fitness suite and an indoor climbing wall. If you are more of a spectator, the Stadium of Light is home to Sunderland AFC, a football club that has a dedicated fanbase.

Famously low cost of living
The north-east is famous for low living costs. Sunderland is the third most affordable city in the UK according to a 2021 ‘Graduate salaries in the UK’ survey conducted by Prospects Luminate. With rent being as low as £77.79 a week and the average price of a pint costing just £3.30, we are accessible for all budgets.

A welcoming community
Coming to Sunderland means you will be joining a community of both home students and international students. There are 20,000 University of Sunderland students spread across our campuses in Sunderland, Hong Kong, and London. 156 nationalities are represented within our student body. And whether you are a mature student or a school leaver, you are sure to fit in with our community.

Enhanced employment prospects
Our huge range of extracurricular activities coupled with our incredible courses will leave your CV bursting at the seams. Sunderland Futures offer careers fairs, appointments with career advisors, and help with sourcing placements, internships, and jobs. Our Enterprise Place and Digital Incubator also provide dedicated support, workshops and funding opportunities for students and graduates looking to set up a business or embark on a freelance career.

So there you have it, ten reasons to choose Sunderland. If you’re still not convinced, there are plenty more.


University details

About University of Sunderland

The life changing University of Sunderland has over 24,000 students based in campuses on the North East coast, in London and Hong Kong and at its global partnerships with learning institutions in 15 countries.

Ranked as a top 50 university in the Guardian University Guide 2023, we are proud of our long-established commitment to widening participation, our world-leading research, and public and private sector collaborations. We also have a track-record for providing quality student experiences that result in graduates who are the tomorrow-makers of our societies and economies. The University is focused on ensuring our graduates leave equipped with the knowledge, skills, confidence, and connections to make a positive difference in the wider world.

Sunderland is recognised internationally as a leading university, receiving five stars for teaching, inclusiveness, employability and facilities in the QS World University Rankings 2023. The University is also one of the UK’s leading widening participation Universities and was named The Times/Sunday Times University of the Year for Social Inclusion 2021. We were also shortlisted as University of the Year by the THE – Times Higher Education, and our We Care programme picked up the Widening Access Initiative (Retention and Progression) Award at the 2020 NEON awards.

The University of Sunderland is integral to the city and our region. Our Strategic Plan 2020-25 sets out our “Life-Changing” mission, through transformative experiences for our students, career-focused and professions-facing teaching, and the positive difference we aim to make to society. All of these have a distinct local and regional impact.

We have been rooted in the city of Sunderland since the establishment of Sunderland Technical College in 1901 and this year we celebrate our 30th anniversary as a university.

Career at University of Sunderland

Our careers and employability service, Sunderland Futures allows students to engage in person or online with employers through employer talks, employability conferences and careers fairs to ensure that they are well placed to make connections with potential employers. We offer a wide selection of experiential opportunities ranging from volunteering, work shadowing, paid projects, Student Ambassador roles, support in finding a student job, professional mentoring and the Sunderland Professional Award (SuPA) to help enhance our students’ future employment prospects.

Alternatively, if a student is a budding entrepreneur, then they may decide to run their own business alongside studying at university. At Sunderland, The Enterprise Place provides support for our students to help them realise their start-up ambition whilst with us and for three years after graduation.

Campus life

Living in a student-friendly city like Sunderland is an amazing experience. We know moving away to university is one of the biggest and most exciting decisions you’ll ever make, and you’ll find a home from home at Sunderland.

We offer a great choice of accommodation for you to choose from and our rent prices include heating, lighting, water, fuel, Wi-Fi and personal possessions insurance.

Sunderland is the second most affordable city in the UK, according to a 2018 ‘Graduate salaries in the UK’ survey conducted by Prospects Luminate. Living comfortably on a budget is much easier at Sunderland than other universities.

Sunderland house prices are lower than in other parts of the country, which means lower-cost private renting and university accommodation. Travel costs are low too – our two main campuses are within walking distance from each other and the centre of town. Typical monthly living costs Below are some typical monthly costs for a student living in Sunderland, to help you work out your own budget.

  • Guaranteed a place
    We want you to settle into student life as quickly and as smoothly as possible, and to do that we are offering first year students the opportunity to guarantee a place in our University accommodation, so it is one less thing for you to worry about. T&Cs apply*
  • Great locations
    Within a short distance of our two campuses, you’ll find three University-managed residences, each providing you with an excellent range of locations to choose from. You can enjoy a superb riverside view from Panns Bank or Scotia Quay, or the spacious surroundings of Clanny House. We offer free transport across each of our accommodation residences, so you’ll be within easy reach of our two campuses and the city’s bustling social scene. Miles of golden, sandy beaches are just a ten minute walk from The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s, close to Panns Bank and Scotia Quay, offering you the ideal retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life.
  • Meet new people
    Living with other students is a great way to meet new people, and each accommodation residence provides you with the perfect opportunity to make friends with people from around the world. You’ll have the option to choose who you want to live with, whether that’s with friends you already know, in a single gender flat, or in a single culture flat. We also have family and couples’ accommodation available if you’re coming to the University with your partner and/or children.

For more information see the Accommodation Handbook.

*Take a look at the Accommodation Guarantee Terms and Conditions .


International Scholarship 2022/23

What it is:
£1,400 tuition fee reduction (undergraduates) or £900 tuition fee reduction (postgraduates).

Who it’s for:
All international students studying on-campus undergraduate and postgraduate courses excluding preparation courses such as foundation courses, EAP or pre masters.

Which intakes:
Students starting with us in September, October, November 2022, January, February, April, June 2023.

Ranking & Accreditation of University of Sunderland

  • Sunderland is one of the UK’s leading widening participation Universities and was named The Times/Sunday Times University of the Year for Social Inclusion 2021
  • A shortlisted as University of the Year by the THE – Times Higher Education, and our We Care programme picked up the Widening Access Initiative (Retention and Progression) Award at the 2020 NEON awards.
  • # 101-150 , QS WUR Ranking By Subject.


Student Accommodation at University of Sunderland

How much you spend is up to you and your budget – for this reason, we’ve provided three versions: a budget option, an average option and an expensive option. You can also use this online student budget calculator to help you put together a budget for living and studying at the University of Sunderland or try our PANDA budgeting tool.

Item Budget Average Expensive
Accommodation £300 £420 £540
Travel £0 £8 £17
Food £100 £150 £200
Course materials £15 £32 £50
Clothes, toiletries and grooming £15 £45 £75
Social life £40 £95 £150
Miscellaneous expenses £15 £35 £52
Total monthly cost £485 £785 £1164

Living costs in detail

  • Accommodation: £300 – £540 per month Rents vary depending on whether you choose university or private accommodation, the facilities available and the size of living area. University accommodation tends to include some utility bills with the rent, making them even better value for money. The cost of our university accommodation starts from approximately £72 per week for a standard room in Clanny House.
  • Everyday travel: £0 – £17 per month Sunderland is a compact city, and the two campuses and all university accommodation are within walking distance of each other. If you don’t want to walk, the University also provides a free campus bus. For trips further afield, a return train ticket to Newcastle is about £4, to Durham is about £9, and to Middlesbrough is about £10 (and with a Young Person’s Railcard you can get an additional 33% discount).
  • Food: £100 – £200 per month How much you spend on food is up to you. Cooking is the cheapest option, but there are plenty of restaurants and cafes in Sunderland with great student deals – look out for happy hours and 2 for 1 offers!
  • Course materials: £15 – £50 per month Depending on your course, you may need to pay for field trips, specialist clothing or books. Remember that the University has 2 libraries, so you may be able to borrow all the books you need during your course. You may be eligible for a StudyPLUS award which will help you with your costs.
  • Clothes, toiletries and grooming: £15 – £75 per month How much you spend on clothes, shoes and haircuts is, of course, a matter of personal choice. Just remember that your student card entitles you to an additional 10% discount from many shops in the city of Sunderland.
  • Social life: £40 – £150 per month There are a huge number of social activities available in the University and the city. Here are just a few examples:
  1. Empire Cinema ticket: around £6
  2. Pint of beer in Sunderland city centre: around £2.85
  3. Cappuccino in Murray Library: around £2.50

Our Gym membership costs are typically £130 for the full year.

  • Other miscellaneous costs: £15 – £52 per month
  1. Mobile phone: £5 – £30 per month
  2. TV licence: £12 per month
  3. Laundry and household items: £5 – £10 per month

Programs at University of Sunderland


  1. Performing Arts BA (Hons)
  2. Screen Performance BA (Hons)
  3. Music (Top-Up) BA (Hons)
  4. Film Production BA (Hons)
  5. Media Production BA (Hons)
  6. Film and Media BA (Hons)
  7. Media, Culture and Communication BA (Hons)
  8. Social Media Management BA (Hons)
  9. Animation and Games Art BA (Hons)
  10. Screen Performance BA (Hons)
  11. Mass Communications (Top-Up) BA (Hons)
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  1. Visual Practice MA
  2. Design MA
  3. Master of Philosophy MPhil
  4. Radio, Audio and Podcasting MA
  5. Media Production (Film and Television) MA
  6. Master of Philosophy MPhil
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  1. BA (Hons) Business and Management
  2. BA (Hons) Business and Financial Management
  3. BA (Hons) Business and Marketing Management
  4. BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management
  5. BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance (with Professional Exemptions)
  6. BA (Hons) Marketing
  7. BA (Hons) Business and Management (Stage 3)
  8. BA (Hons) Business and Marketing Management (Stage 3)
  9. BA (Hons) Accounting and Financial Management (Top-Up)
  10. LLB (Hons) Law
  11. BSc (Hons) Esports Event Management
  12. BSc (Hons) Tourism and Aviation Management
  13. BSc (Hons) International Tourism and Hospitality Management (Top-Up)
  14. BA (Hons) Events Management
  15. BSc (Hons) International Tourism and Hospitality Management
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  1. Tourism and Aviation MSc
  2. Tourism and Hospitality MSc
  3. Tourism and Events MSc
  4. Sustainable Tourism MSc
  5. Commercial Law and International Trade LLM
  6. Criminal Law and Procedure LLM
  7. Law LLM
  8. Professional Practice MBA
  9. Master of Business Administration MBA
  10. Master of Business Administration MBA / PgCert
  11. Master of Business Administration (HRM) MBA
  12. Finance and Management MSc
  13. Marketing (Professional Practice) MA
  14. International Business Management MSc
  15. Marketing MA
  16. Master of Business Administration (Marketing) MBA
  17. Extended Award MA/MBM/MSc
  18. Human Resource Management (CIPD accredited) MSc
  19. Master of Business Administration (Finance) MBA
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  1. Primary Education with QTS BA (Hons)
  2. Computing Education with QTS BSc (Hons)
  3. Engineering Education with QTS BSc (Hons)
  4. Chemistry Education with QTS BSc (Hons)
  5. Biology Education with QTS BSc (Hons)
  6. Physical Education with QTS BSc (Hons)
  7. Design Technology Education with QTS BSc (Hons)
  8. Education Studies BA (Hons)
  9. Primary Education with SEND BA (Hons)
  10. Physics with Mathematics Education (11-16 years) with QTS BSc (Hons)
  11. Mathematics Education (11-16 years) with QTS BSc (Hons)
  12. Childhood and Society Studies (Top-Up) BA (Hons)
  13. Childhood Studies BA (Hons)
  14. Criminology BSc (Hons)
  15. Social Work BA (Hons)
  16. Community and Youth Work Studies BA (Hons)
  17. Health and Social Care BSc (Hons)
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  1. Inequality and Society MSc
  2. Social Work MA
  3. MA Childhood and Youth Studies MA
  4. Education MA
  5. Inequality and Society MSc
  6. Social Work MA
  7. MA Childhood and Youth Studies MA
  8. Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion MA
  9. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MA
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  1. Biomedical Science BSc (Hons)
  2. Physiological Sciences BSc (Hons)
  3. Children’s and Young People’s Nursing Practice BSc (Hons)
  4. Mental Health Nursing Practice BSc (Hons)
  5. Adult Nursing Practice BSc (Hons)
  6. Cosmetic Science BSc (Hons)
  7. Biopharmaceutical Science BSc (Hons)
  8. Medicinal Chemistry BSc (Hons)
  9. Biochemistry BSc (Hons)
  10. Pharmacy MPharm
  11. Counselling (Top-Up) BA (Hons)
  12. Clinical Psychology BSc (Hons)
  13. Forensic Psychology BSc (Hons)
  14. Psychology with Counselling BSc (Hons)
  15. Psychology BSc (Hons)
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  1. Pharmaceutical and BioPharmaceutical Formulations MSc
  2. Drug Discovery and Development MSc
  3. Cosmetic Science MSc
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  1. Computer Science BSc (Hons)
  2. Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics BSc (Hons)
  3. Game Development BSc (Hons)
  4. Computer Systems Engineering (Top-Up) BSc (Hons)
  5. Network Systems Engineering (Top-Up) BSc (Hons)
  6. Engineering Technologies BEng (Hons)
  7. Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)
  8. Electronic and Electrical Engineering BEng (Hons)
  9. Electronic and Electrical Engineering (Top-Up) BEng (Hons)
  10. Automotive Engineering (Top-Up) BEng (Hons)
  11. Mechanical Engineering (Top-Up) BEng (Hons)
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  1. Engineering Management MSc
  2. Project Management MSc
  3. Applied Project Management MSc
  4. Data Science MSc
  5. Cybersecurity MSc
  6. Computing MSc
  7. Applied Data Science MSc
  8. Applied Cybersecurity MSc
  9. Applied Computing MSc
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