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Reasons to come to our Open Day

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Hi, I’m Chris and I’m the Events Officer here at the University of Sunderland. I’m here to tell you all about our undergraduate Open Days, which are for anyone who is interested in studying a bachelor's degree here at Sunderland.

Open Days are great opportunities to find out more about your course, meet staff and students and look around campus. But there are some other great reasons to come to our next Open Day – here are just a few:

We'll help with travel expenses

As the cost of living is increasing, we understand how expensive travel can be right now. So, to help you with expenses we’re offering a travel reimbursement for our Open Days. If you’re based in the UK and live more than 20 miles away from the University, you could claim back up to £100, depending on your location. Check out the terms and conditions to learn more about our travel reimbursement and find out how much you could be entitled to.

If you’re travelling by car, you’ll benefit from free all-day parking on campus. You'll also have access to our free shuttle bus which can take you between campuses and to our student accommodation.

A pink double decker bus parked outside of the bus stop at City Campus

We'll feed you – for free!

Open Days are thirsty work, that’s why we provide free refreshments throughout the day in the Friends and Family Zone – don't forget to grab a sweet treat to go with your cuppa!

Discovering our campuses and learning more about your course will work up an appetite, so refuel in our cafés where there’ll be a selection of hot and cold food available. We cater for all dietary requirements, so there’s something for everyone. Make sure to let us know your dietary requirements when you complete the registration form.

A close up of the sign for The Studio Cafe that reads, Welcome to The Studio Cafe Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We'll show you our amazing facilities

A key part of an Open Day is to look around our campuses and see the facilities for yourself. We offer regular campus tours throughout the day that are delivered by our friendly Student Ambassadors – make sure to ask them lots of questions! Tours are available at both City Campus and the Sir Tom Cowie Campus and the free shuttle bus will be available every 15 minutes to travel between campuses. Some subject talks will also be followed by a specific facilities tour that will be delivered by an academic who teaches on your course.

We’re proud of our incredible facilities and we think you’ll be impressed. Keep an eye out for: 

  • National Glass Centre – where we recently celebrated our 40th anniversary of teaching Glass and Ceramics at Sunderland
  • Virtual Production facilities – see the brand new, cutting-edge technology in the David Puttnam Media Centre and learn why we're 1st in the UK for Film Production and Photography courses (Guardian University Guide, 2023)
  • David Goldman Technology Centre – see demos of our computing and engineering equipment and visit the new home of the Northern Centre of Photography
  • The Living Lab and Helen McArdle House – check out the demos in the mock hospital wards and see our simulation suites
  • Our new Anatomy Centre – where you can have a go of the anatomage table (pictured below)
  • CitySpace – visit the brand new home of our Students' Union. You can also drop by the gym for a free induction!

Four medicine students listening to a lecturer who is demonstrating the anatomage table

We'll provide the freebies

Not only will you come away from our Open Day armed with information, you'll also be taking home a goody-bag full of freebies! Depending on your chosen course and the campus event you attend, you can expect to collect a range of sustainable merchandise, from a reusable cup to a mini first-aid kit.

An Open Day visitor sits smiling at the camera holding up their free reusable cup and holding their free tote bag

We'll take you to see our accommodation

If you’re planning to move away from home, you’ll want to see the accommodation on offer. We often offer tours to visit Clanny House, or Panns Bank and Scotia Quay. Clanny House is a popular accommodation site located one mile from City Campus and Sunderland city centre. Panns Bank and Scotia Quay are closer to the Sir Tom Cowie Campus, with riverside views available. All sites are self-catered with fully equipped kitchens and onsite coin-operated laundry facilities.

Head to the Tour Booking Stand after you check in to book your place, then head to the bus stop to catch the shuttle bus. You’ll be guided by a member of staff who’ll show you where you need to go, and keep you right when it's time to head back to campus.

Exterior shot of Panns Bank

Join us

So, that’s just some of the reasons why you should join us at our next Open Day.

Book your place today, and I'll see you soon!

Published: 18 October 2022