Sunderland, the city by the sea, is located on the northeast coast of England and is nestled between countryside and coastline. The city has a population of around 300,000 and is well connected to the nearby cities of Newcastle and Durham. Newcastle airport can be reached in less than 45 minutes.
Leave the city centre and within minutes beautiful countryside and coastlines surrounds you, making it ideal for those who enjoy outdoor pursuits such as walking, cycling and water sports. Within the city centre there are public parks, historical attractions and modern shopping facilities to enjoy. On the riverside you will find the National Glass Centre, celebratingSunderland’s 1,300-year-old glass-making tradition.
During the past 10 years, Sunderland has taken part in a multi-million pound investment programme that has created a range of leisure attractions. This includes the magnificently restored Empire Theatre and Winter Gardens.
The city is also home to Sunderland AFC, one of the UKs leading football clubs. The club’s stadium has a capacity of 50,000 and is regarded as one of the best football venues in the world. The football club also holds summer concerts and has seen Beyonce, Take That and Coldplay take to the stage.
Other nearby sporting attractions include Gateshead International Stadium, which hosts a number of international and European athletic championships, and Durham County Cricket Club which hosts international cricket matches including teams from Pakistan, India, Australia, Bangladesh, the West Indies and Zimbabwe.
Sunderland is a great city to live in as a student. The warmth and friendliness of people in the North East is well known and means students quickly feel at home in the city.