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The City & Region

Roker Pier in Sunderland

Sunderland, the city by the sea, is located on the northeast coast of England and is positioned 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 by car and just under 1 hour by Metro.

A couple of miles beyond the city centre, 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, celebrating Sunderland’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 49,000 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.

Our cultural heritage, beaches and academic institutions have put us on the map as a strong contender for ‘UK City of Culture 2021’. Take a look at some more key facts about Sunderland in our Prospectus:

Sunderland College has a range of options for people wanting to study on our summer school programmes. Download our Summer School brochure here:

The people of the North East are known for their warmth and friendliness, meaning students are quickly made to feel at home. There’s always plenty to see and do in the area, take a look at a map of Sunderland and the surrounding area: