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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 next Open Day which is taking place on Saturday 24 September. This Open Day is for anyone who is interested in studying an undergraduate course 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, so you can really make the most of your visit.

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’ll be providing 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 campus and learning more about your course will work up an appetite, so refuel in The Studio café where there’ll be a selection of hot and cold food available. We cater for all dietary requirements, so whether you choose a pasta dish or Gyros with a selection of fillings, there’s something for everyone. Make sure to let us know your dietary requirements when you complete the registration form. If you’ve signed up before 14 September, you’ll receive a lunch voucher in your pre-Open Day box that will be coming through the post. Don’t worry if you sign up after 14 September – lunch vouchers will be available to collect from the check-in desk.

Finally, cool down with an ice cream cone or sorbet from the cart that will be on campus – sauce and sprinkles, anyone? Get your voucher in your pre-Open Day box or from the check-in desk.

An assortment of chocolate and wafers to go with ice cream cones

We'll show you our amazing facilities

A key part of an Open Day is to look around campus and see the facilities for yourself. We’re offering regular campus tours throughout the day that will be delivered by our friendly Student Ambassadors – make sure to ask them lots of questions! Tours will be available at both City Campus and the Sir Tom Cowie Campus – a 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: 

  • 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 – be one of the first visitors in 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 take you to see our accommodation

If you’re planning to move away from home, you’ll want to see the accommodation on offer. You can visit Clanny House or Panns Bank and Scotia Quay during this Open Day. 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

Key details

So, that’s just some of the reasons why you should join us at our next Open Day. As a reminder, here are the key details you need to know:

Date: Saturday 24 September 2022
Time: 10am until 3:30pm
Location: CitySpace, City Campus, Chester Road, Sunderland, SR1 3SD

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

Published: 6 September 2022