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10 reasons to choose Sunderland

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Whether you’ve checked us out at an Open Day and want to know more, or have never even heard of Sunderland, we're sure there's a few things about the city and the University that you don't know. Here's 10 great reasons to choose Sunderland:

Shortlisted for University of the Year 

The University of Sunderland was shortlisted as University of the Year, the leading category in the THE - Times Higher Education - 2021 awards. This achievement is due to the University being student focused, professions facing, and society shaping, which will help students reach their potential and increase their employability.

“Being shortlisted for this prestigious award is a significant moment for the University. It is another accolade for our great city and will be a matter of pride to everyone who lives, works and studies here. Such recognition speaks volumes about the outstanding work being done by students and staff, even during a global pandemic. It is also testament to the growing reputation of the University and, indeed, Sunderland more generally.”

Sir David Bell, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Sunderland

Investment in Facilities 

We’re always investing in new facilities, like our Living Lab and Helen McArdle House which features mock hospital wards, a pharmacy dispensary, training ambulance and a hi-fidelity simulation suite. We’ve also invested over £1m in engineering facilities, including a dedicated mechanical lab and a fluid lab. And acclaimed independent production company Fulwell 73 – makers of Netflix show ‘Sunderland ‘Til I Die’ – has launched a new regional office in our David Puttnam Media Centre. 

Living Lab


Great transport links

Getting between campuses couldn’t be simpler. The Connect Bus service and the Campus Circular service are both free for students with a valid student card. There is also a metro stop situated on City Centre Campus. If you prefer getting fresh air when travelling, we also have a cycling hub and on foot it will take around 20 minutes to get between the two campuses. You’re never too far from where you need to be.

An inclusive university

Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion was celebrated when we were named University of the Year for Social Inclusion (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021). No matter your background or circumstances, the University will help you to achieve your potential.

Convenient location

The University is in Sunderland, a vibrant city that benefits from a metropolitan city centre and coastal scenery. Roker beach is a short stroll from St Peter’s Campus where you can treat yourself to ice cream and fish and chips. Sunderland is also only 30 minutes away from Newcastle Upon Tyne, another lively city, and we are in easy reach of Gateshead and Durham.

A group of people playing in the sand on a beach

Opportunities to engage in cultural experiences

While in Sunderland, there are always opportunities to engage with cultural activities. You can catch a show at the Empire Theatre, listen to some live music at Independent or learn something new at one of the many museums. The Stadium of Light has hosted some of the world’s biggest artists such as Beyonce, Foo Fighters and Rihanna. In 2022, the stadium will be hosting both Ed Sheeran and Elton John.

Access to sport

Here in Sunderland, we love sport. We have over 50 sports clubs and societies and have excellent facilities such as a 70 station fitness suite and an indoor climbing wall. If you are more of a spectator, the Stadium of Light is home to Sunderland AFC, a football club that has a dedicated fanbase.

Interior picture of CitySpace Fitness Suite

Famously low cost of living

The North East is famous for low living costs. Sunderland is the second most affordable city in the UK according to a 2018 ‘Graduate salaries in the UK’ survey conducted by Prospects Luminate. With rent being as low as £77.79 a week and the average price of a pint costing just £3.30, we are accessible for all budgets.

A welcoming community

Coming to Sunderland means you will be joining a community of both home students and international students. There are 20,000 University of Sunderland students spread out across our campuses in Sunderland, Hong Kong, and London. 156 nationalities are represented within our student body. And whether you are a mature student or a school leaver, you are sure to fit in with our community.

Enhanced employment prospects

Our huge range of extracurricular activities coupled with our incredible courses will leave your CV bursting at the seams. Sunderland Futures offer careers fairs, appointments with career advisors, and help with sourcing placements, internships, and jobs.

A student receiving guidance in Sunderland Futures

So there you have it, 10 reasons to choose Sunderland. If you're still not convinced, there are plenty more.

If you want to know more about the University of Sunderland, read more about the huge range of courses we offer, take our Virtual Campus Tour, or check us out on FacebookInstagram and YouTube.

Published: 8 October 2021

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