I love the city of Sunderland. Having never been there before I was pleased to find it busy but not too big. The student nights out during freshers were brilliant, there's loads of little pubs and restaurants that accommodate students' budgets as well as a fairly well stocked shopping centre. The student housing outside of halls of residence can be excellent and very cheap if you know where to look.

By member99133 On 12th June 2015

Study in Sunderland

The University of Sunderland is located right in the heart of Sunderland. Known for its golden coastline, its history as a port and, of course, football; the Stadium of Light is practically a temple for the sport!

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University of Sunderland

The University of Sunderland is home to 20,000 students that represent 156 nationalities. 93.4% of graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduating. The university’s facilities have benefited from over £130 million investment in the last 20 years. This includes the Living Lab, Law Facilities, Science Complex and much more. 

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Sunderland Student Life

It is a northern bustling city with lots to offer students. It’s located within a countryside environment with award-winning coastal scenery. It's hard to beat that combination!

Cost of Living

Accommodation

Student accommodation costs in Sunderland range from £75 - £155 per week; the average is £108 per week. 

Compare the average elsewhere: Newcastle: £149/week, Carlisle: £91/week, Preston: £105/week.

(prices are for all purpose-built student accommodation (both private and university-owned) over the last 12 months, as listed on StudentCrowd)

The average price for:

A cheap meal at a restaurant: £12
A pint of beer: £3.50
A regular takeout coffee: £2.45
1L of milk: £0.89
A loaf of white bread: £1

(Source: Numbeo)

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Public Transport

The Metro is a light rail network that’s a useful way of getting to places like Newcastle, and if you’re going to use it regularly, it’s worth getting a Metro Student Card. Otherwise, getting around Sunderland itself is easy by foot with the university campus in the city centre. 

 

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Eating Out

Along the seafront, you’ll find the lighthouse and harbour area. It’s an excellent place to take a refreshing walk and then hunt down some food in one of their many cafes. In the city centre, you’ll never be short of options to try which include your high street favourites such as Nando’s as well as some great independent options. 

Shopping

In the city centre, you’ll find The Bridges shopping centre, all your usual high street shops and an indoor market for those who like to get their groceries on the cheap. Every winter, an ice rink appears in the city centre, as well as a German Christmas market.

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Cultural Guide

 

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Galleries

Sunderland is establishing itself as a national centre for the arts and was shortlisted for the UK City of Culture 2021. There are some fantastic galleries to check out such as the Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art and The National Glass Centre.

Museums

Sunderland Museum and Winter Garden first opened its doors in 1810. Here you can find the famous Wallace the lion amongst displays of Sunderland’s rich industrial past. Don’t miss the Winter Garden where over 2,000 plants thrive in a glasshouse all year round. 

Festivals

There’s a free International Festival of Kites, music and dance festivals for the artsy types and the International Airshow and that’s just for starters! 

 

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Sunderland’s Music, Art and Culture Quarter

Sunderland is set to get a major new venue for music, dance and drama which will be located at the heart of the city’s Music, Arts and Cultural Quarter in central Sunderland. It’s funded by the Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund and a really exciting new development for Sunderland!

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The town is fine but...

The town is fine but literally no night life which also equates to nothing is available after 7pm. So, better get your things done before that time or wait till the next (working) day read more

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27th May 2021

Metro is a god send....

Metro is a god send. It's accessible and easy to use to get in and out of Sunderland. Also useful for getting to and from the hospital of you have loads of medical appointments like me... Take aways are decent, especially if you use unidays for offers. Shopping is alright, the Bridges is useful and big tesco usually has everything you need. read more

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22nd April 2021

Newcastle is a great...

Newcastle is a great place to be for all of the above, the metro gets me from here to Sunderland for university at a handy price and the shopping and nightlife is very vibrant. read more

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21st March 2021

The cost is alright here...

The cost is alright here you can get by comfortably. The night life is a little lacking but you can easily start the night at wetherspoons just over the road and go to one of several nightclubs afterwards, or nip up to newcastle on the metro for a night out there. Some shops here, your usual asda, tesco, wilko etc. Again if you want some of the wider variety shops nip up to newcastle on the metro or head to the metro centre. Plenty of public transport and there is a free university bus for students too. read more

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5th February 2021

University is near the...

University is near the city centre so it is easy to get around the city. read more

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5th February 2021

Easy to get around and...

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2nd February 2021

Sunderland City is a...

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29th January 2021

Everything has been wonderful...

Everything has been wonderful from the accommodations, to the people of the city, to the campuses and public transport. read more

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27th January 2021

Cheap city to live in...

Cheap city to live in while you take the metro to Newcastle read more

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26th January 2021

Sunderland is quite city...

Sunderland is quite city suitable for students who need to concentrate on their study read more

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24th January 2021

Good city but most things...

Good city but most things closed due to covid pandemic read more

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1st August 2020

I enjoyed the parts of...

I enjoyed the parts of Sunderland I saw while staying for University and may consider moving back once I have stable income. The Metro is quite handy, after all. read more

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member1249681
5th July 2020

please dont join this...

please dont join this university read more

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18th May 2020

Unfortunately, it is...

Unfortunately, it is not very convenient; maybe I used to live in states have no transportation issues. The options of the cafe and business hours are minimal. Too chill for students' living if who seek for growth. read more

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1st March 2020

The university offers...

The university offers you some free access in 2 particular bus lines connected with the uni read more

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member945909
19th February 2020

Faeces covered streets,...

Faeces covered streets, shops mainly closing down. Run down area. Not nice. Litter/fly-tipping issues. read more

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member542427
26th September 2019

Nice little city. Has...

Nice little city. Has it’s ups and downs like anywhere else. read more

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member442340
22nd September 2019

It's meh. It could be...

It's meh. It could be worse but could be better also. Its pretty much what you'd expect from sunderland. read more

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member437545
30th April 2019

Transport is terrible...

Transport is terrible and the metro is often delayed, it is also expensive. There are very little options in terms of places to eat and most of the highest rated trip advisor restaurants are sub par. The shopping experience could not be worse. Many shops close and nothing takes their place. There is a reason why Sunderland is the anti depressant capital of the world read more

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member99133
12th June 2015

I love the city of Sunderland....

I love the city of Sunderland. Having never been there before I was pleased to find it busy but not too big. The student nights out during freshers were brilliant, there's loads of little pubs and restaurants that accommodate students' budgets as well as a fairly well stocked shopping centre. The student housing outside of halls of residence can be excellent and very cheap if you know where to look. read more

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30th April 2015

cheap night out but limited,...

cheap night out but limited, shopping centre is good and the green bus takes you where you need to go for free with your student card. read more

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member88480
30th April 2015

So cheap to live in Sunderland,...

So cheap to live in Sunderland, so are the nights out. There's only a small handful of clubs but newcastle is easy to get to if you can afford it. There are high street shops but they're small, but the charity shops are all on one street and they're actually pretty decent. There's loads of discount stores which are good too. Warning though: Sunderland shuts at 5pm.. read more

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29th April 2015

It's really cheap to...

It's really cheap to live in Sunderland and the nights out are really good and cheap too and with it being close to Newcastle and the Metro there are really good shopping opportunities and it's easy to go for a night out elsewhere. read more

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29th April 2015

Public transport is great....

Public transport is great. Haven't been for a night out but stories say that it's not amazing. read more

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member128350
29th April 2015

Exceptional place to...

Exceptional place to live. It's safe, friendly, the nightlife is cheap and electric on the right nights, easy access to Newcastle, Durham, Carlisle, Teesside, even Scotland if you plan your trip right! But if you wanna go shopping for good stuff at good prices, just hop on the metro to Newcastle. read more

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member76232
20th April 2015

More like a village,...

More like a village, pretty shocking really read more

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