Living in Sunderland as a student
Located at the mouth of the River Wear is the city of Sunderland, in Tyne and Wear, England. Situated in between Newcastle upon Tyne (a 20min train ride away) and Durham, Sunderland is home to over 174,000 mackems (the term for locals as well as the Sunderland dialect). Sunderland has one university, the University of Sunderland, which teaches over 13,000 students at a time.
Sunderland has a long history as a shipbuilding town, and the Port of Sunderland still has 17 quays that handle a variety of different cargo, from steel to chemicals. Popular attractions include the Roker and Seaburn beaches, as well as the many parks within the city. Sunderland is also known for its music capabilities, producing a number of well-known bands and musicians such as The Toy Dolls, Leatherface, Frankie and the Heartstrings, and more. The Sunderland Stadium of Light is a major stadium and concert venue, and city hosts many live music events annually, as well as within its many clubs and pubs. Other events in Sunderland include the Sunderland International Airshow, the International Festival of Kites, Music and Dance, as well as a film festival. For football fans, top women’s football team Sunderland A.F.C Women is the team of choice, in addition to the Sunderland A.F.C, which was formed in 1879 and are six-time Football League champions.
The University of Sunderland has two campuses in the city; City campus (formerly the Chester Road campus) and Sir Tom Cowie campus at St Peter’s. The former is 8mins walk west of city centre and the latter is 17mins walk north of city centre. Sunderland has some of the cheapest student accommodations in England, and student accommodation areas tend to be centered around the university’s campuses, or near the four halls of residence offered by the university.