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Social life

With a booming city centre, a beautiful coastline and a whole host of new facilities, there’s a huge amount for you to get up to here in Sunderland.

Sunderland is an energetic city that knows how to have a good time. The recently redeveloped town centre has a vast number of bars, pubs and clubs to enjoy. Sunderland has a growing reputation as a cultural hub and has played host to some of the biggest musical and theatrical acts in recent years. There’re tons of things to do as well, with a host of activities on offer for students.


Our city has a wide selection of venues as part of what is a fast-growing and buzzing scene. The city’s bars are varied, with pubs for those who prefer a quieter night and clubs for those who love nothing more than to dance into the early hours.

Sunderland is a friendly city and students are welcome in all venues, with many running student nights. You'll be sure to find deals out and about and on social media. See a full list of bars and clubs in Sunderland.

Music and Arts

Sunderland is one of the central hubs for culture in the North East. Come summertime, the Stadium of Light is transformed into one of the biggest music venues in the country, playing host to some of the music world’s biggest acts. Rihanna, The Kings of Leon and One Direction have all graced the stage at Sunderland in the past, along with a host more.

Meanwhile, the Sunderland Empire Theatre continues to draw in some of the biggest shows and acts out there. Shrek the Musical, The Lion King and Billy Elliot have all delighted sell-out crowds here while the likes of Derren Brown, Jimmy Carr and Michael McIntyre have also played successful shows here.

The Students’ Union

One of the best ways to get out and meet people is through the Students’ Union. And Sunderland’s SU is one of the best. It was was ranked fifth in the country, so you know you’re in good hands. They organise a whole host of trips, from paintballing to movie nights, most of which are free or at student-friendly prices. They can help you try things you never thought you would, and make a whole host of new friends in the process. Membership to the Union is absolutely free for all students, so be sure to take advantage of the great offers and events available. 

And of course, no student experience would be complete without a fantastic Fresher’s week!

Societies and Clubs

University wouldn’t be a university without societies and clubs. And we have a huge number of them, who would love for you to join up. Societies are a brilliant way to meet people with similar interests to you. There are over 50 of them, with everything from cheerleading to debating covered, so there’s almost certainly something to interest you. Find out more about clubs and societies at Sunderland.

Sunderland is a great place to socialise, with the North East named as the friendliest region of the country. There is a lot more to discover too. Sunderland has proven to be immensely popular with students both inside and outside of the lecture halls.

Open days and visits

Open day on Thursday 16th February 2017 from 2:00pm-7:00pm.  More...

Open day on Thursday 23rd February 2017 from 3:00pm-8:00pm.  More...

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