A warm welcome
In 2015, the North East was voted the friendliest region in England! From the dynamic cities of Sunderland, Newcastle and Durham to the historic market towns of Alnwick and Barnard Castle, you can be sure of a friendly face and a helping hand everywhere you go.
The North East has become famous for these characteristics over the years, and you’ll really notice the community spirit and togetherness we have here from day one.
The North East is home to some of the most varied, best loved accents in the UK. If you travel between Newcastle and Sunderland, you'll notice some distinct differences in the accents and dialects – not everyone from the North East is a Geordie!
During your time on Wearside, you will most likely hear the Mackem accent. So, to help you adjust to the Sunderland way of life, we’ve put together a few of the most common words and phrases to help you on your way.
- Gannin: going
- Bait/Scran: food
- Marra: mate
- Ha’way: come on (If you travel into Newcastle or the surrounding areas, this will be spelt howay)
- Gannin yem: going home
- Bairn: child
- Hoy: throw
- Canny: This has lots of meanings! It can be used as a substitute for ‘very,’ ‘good,’ and ‘carefully,’ amongst others, eg “It’s canny cold.” – “It’s very cold.”
- Bewk: book
- Nivver: never
- Sunlun: Sunderland
So, what can the North East offer me?
The North East of England has one of the most stunning, varied landscapes in the UK with striking coastlines, rolling hills and ancient forests available on our doorstep.
A third of the North East is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or National Park, and there are nine forests and 28 castles and Roman forts - in fact, the North East has more castles than any other English region.
The region also has a rich culture and heritage, over 80 museums and art galleries, and the world-famous heritage sites of Hadrian's Wall, Lindisfarne and Durham Cathedral.
We're really lucky here, as we are sandwiched between two of the most beautiful national parks in the country.
An hour south of Sunderland is the breathtaking North Yorkshire Moors, with stately homes, museums and art galleries all set in a vast expanse of woodland and dramatic coastlines for you to explore.
Travel an hour north of Sunderland, however, and you’ll reach the Northumberland National Park.
There are over 700 miles of paths and trails to satisfy even the most hardened outdoor types.
The National Park is also home to the darkest skies in England, so sit back, gaze at the stars and watch the midnight sky burst into life.
As well as offering a wealth of things to do, the North East offers excellent career opportunities for graduates.
Local multinational businesses include: Nissan, Sage, Rolls-Royce, Berghaus, Barbour, Greggs, Arriva, BAE Systems, Siemens Power Generation, Nike and Nestlé.
The North East is also a great place for graduates to set up a business. It's the most inventive region in the UK, generating more patents per person per pound invested in Research and Development than any UK region over the past decade.
What’s the nightlife like?
We certainly know how to party up here in the North East!
With a mix of some of the best clubs and the hottest underground music scene in the region, Sunderland has something to suit everyone.
Dr Feelgood’s and Revolution boast a huge range of cocktails, beers and spirits to enjoy in a modern setting with a friendly atmosphere, while clubs such as Gatsby’s and Illusions offer student-friendly deals throughout the week, playing the latest and best loved music to hundreds of students every night.
There's also a large selection of traditional pubs throughout the city, serving a range of beers and guest ales, while bars such as Independent and Life of Riley host live music from some of the biggest bands and the hottest local talent this region has to offer.
And with another party city, Newcastle, just a 30-minute Metro journey away, no matter what your scene is, you’ll find it in the North East.
The North East is a remarkably well-connected region. Leaving from Newcastle Central train station, you can travel to London and Liverpool in just over three hours, you’re just under 90 minutes away from Edinburgh, and with trains to: Inverness, Aberdeen, Southampton, Manchester, Durham, Carlisle and so much more, it’s never been easier to go out and explore.
The jetsetters among you will also be well catered for when you arrive. Sitting on the Tyne and Wear Metro line, Newcastle Airport is your gateway to some of the world’s biggest cities; New York to Zante, Barcelona to Vienna, Copenhagen to Paris, just to name a few. So if you’re looking for a quick getaway or booking a holiday of a lifetime, the North East can set you on your way.
The beautiful city of Amsterdam is also well within your reach. A daily ferry crossing, leaving from North Shields, can get you over to Holland in just a few hours!
The Tyne-Wear Metro service also makes travelling around the North-east region a breeze. With trains running between South Hylton, Sunderland, North and South Shields, Newcastle City Centre and Whitley Bay and the coast every 12 minutes, it’s never been easier to enjoy the sights and sounds of our diverse region.
The University of Sunderland’s Get There Scholarship can offer you 12 months of free travel within Tyne and Wear on: Nexus Metro, Shields Ferry, Arriva buses, Go North East buses and Stagecoach buses. You can also use Northern Rail services between Sunderland and Blaydon.
Can I afford to live here?
Absolutely! The North East is one of the best value places to live in the UK, and house prices here in Sunderland are among the lowest in the country - meaning your money will go so much further.
As well as great-value University accommodation, students can private rent from as little as £300 per month, and the University’s free travel pass to all undergraduates in their first year means you can save your money for the really important things.
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.