One of Sunderland's best features is its stunning coastline, one of the best-kept secrets in England! For photos of the city, student life and various visual courses, the University has a great Pinterest page.
The University have student life blogs where you can get a perspective of the student experience in Sunderland from current students - this is really useful, especially if you're interested in the courses they are studying.
Sunderland has particularly strong courses in Pharmacy, Journalism and PR and Tourism, Hospitality and Events, although there are several other highly rates courses and departments such as the Business School, Engineering, Law, Social Sciences and Art and Design. The Glass and Ceramics degree in Sunderland takes place at the National Glass Centre - a unique museum and facility that contains glass workshops.
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The University has two state-of-the-art libraries:
- Murray Library:
Situated at City Campus and open 24/7, the Murray library enables you to study in peace, meet with groups and use the computer facilities. Returns from either library can also be made here and requests from St Peters Library can be made.
- St Peter's Library:
St Peter's Library is a modern, exciting resource that is open until midnight and has a whole floor dedicated to journals of english and law.
Both libraries are also accessible to other students; such as those from the other four north east universities of Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria and Teesside.
IT and Computing
All the university accomodation and buildings have 15MB wireless broadband accessible by student ID number. Aside from that the University has two IT hubs offering over 300 pcs at the two libraries. The University also boasts a specially built Apple Mac suite and new macs in all classrooms in its media complex. At the Murray Library there is the facility to borrow a laptop.
On campus sports facilities at the City Campus include CitySpace, a £12m facility that includes a sports hall with six badminton courts, a 70-station fitness suite, sports massage and injuries centre , an indoor climbing wall and a cafe. The centre also runs a number of classes in things like yoga and circuits. Gym fitness membership is £130 for students for 12 months and includes access to a wide range of fitness classes and there are also options for beginners trying new sports and 'pay and play' casual arrangements, not to mention full training and competition packages in over 30 different sports, with professional coaching and support.
Sunderland enters the inter-university BUCS leagues and cups, as well as other local, regional and national competitions. In 2013 both the mens and the women's football teams won their respective leagues.
Sunderland also provide funding for talented sports people with an Elite Athlete programme.
The City of Sunderland also has a lot to offer - a 50m swimming pool, a 110m ski slope, an LTA-accredited tennis centre, athletics track, rugby and cricket ground and a watersports centre.
Current clubs include:
Spark is a multi-platform media brand operated from within the University of Sunderland, starting in 2009 with 107 Spark FM, a new community radio station for young people in Sunderland. In its short time on air, Spark has won almost every industry award and accolade going, being named the 'Best Station in the World' at the New York Radio Festival, numerous Radio Academy awards, Student Radio Awards, Royal Television Society and NaSTA Awards too. Broadcasting on 107FM from state of the art digital studios, using industry standard RCS Radio Automation systems, Spark operates from facilities which rival some of the biggest media brands in the world including the BBC, Global Radio and Bauer.
The Spark brand extends far beyond radio and now incorporates its own television production arm and video on demand service (Spark TV) and a print magazine, (Spark Magazine) currently in circulation around Sunderland, with 5000 copies produced bi-monthly.
All students and community members are actively encouraged to 'join the revolution' and get involved. Spark is embedded within Media Production and Journalism modules, which aim to provide real-world training alongside your degree programme and regular recruitment drives are held both on and off campus to make getting involved as easy as saying yes! Prospective students wishing to get involved before starting their degree programme can sign up on the Spark website.
You can listen/watch/read Spark wherever you are by heading to [www.sparksunderland.com] from a computer, tablet or phone.
The Students' Union
The University of Sunderland Students' Union is a company and charity that provides the students of the University of Sunderland with support and opportunities throughout their studies. The students' union is run by students for students! The Executive of the Union are voted in each year by the Student body and therefore represent them amongst both boards throughout the University and the North East itself.
The Students' Union provides a wealth of support, social activities, volunteering opportunities and several events. To see more visit the University of Sunderland Students' Union website.
The university will encourage you to register to a new doctor and dentist if you need to do so. However the Sunderland General Hospital is fairly local to all students, and opposite Clanny House Accomodation. There is a doctors surgery here that has a special student drop in rota.
Sunderland city centre has The Bridges which is an indoor shopping centre with popular shops such as Primark, Topshop, H&M, Debenhams and River Island plus most high street banks, phone shops, jewellers and an indoor market selling things such as fruit and vegetables, fabrics and meat and there is also a Tesco.
Sunderland has a lot of discount and economy grocery shops such as Netto, Farmfoods, Aldi, Home Bargains, TJ Lewis, £Stretcher, Heron Foods. Students will find this very useful!
City Campus has its own on site Greggs and St Peter's Campus has a very new cafe and alfresco type eaterie. The Murray Library and CitySpace also have excellent cafes at reasonable prices. In the city centre there are all the usual mod-con take outs. But in the North East there is a total plague of Greggs shops, there is around 8 of them alone in the town centre!
Sunderland and the North East region have some great restaurants offering food from all over the world – try sea views at the Tavistock Thai China in Roker, or Little Italy at Seaburn, where you can eat literally on the beach - or why not try one of Sunderland’s new city restaurants such as Hollathons or the Thai Manor – both just a short walk away from the Empire Cinema multiplex.
In the town centre there are branches of Nationwide, Abbey, Bank of Scotland, Halifax, Lloyds and NatWest.
In Pallion right near Clanny House, there is a free cash machine located at the Post Office.
At the Forge halls of residence, there is also a free cash machine.
Students at Sunderland University have access to a free Campus bus service, which will take you to all buildings in its main campuses and all halls of residence. This bus is supplied by the University as part of its award-winning ecological initiatives.
There is also a free bus service provided by GoNorthEast and the University called the '700' which transports students from Clanny House (& Royal Hospital) to City Campus and then on to St Peter's.
There is also a local bus service that runs from Newcastle, Consett, Blyth and other neighbouring areas. Aswell as other areas of Sunderland like Roker, Hylton, Doxford Park and Seaford.
Students can purchase discounted tickets for use on the Metro - and all new students can travel free on the Metro in their first year thanks to our Get There scholarship. The metro serves Sunderland and Newcastle - it takes around 25 minutes to get to Newcastle City Centre from the University's metro stations (one next to each campus) and you can also reach South Shields and Gateshead in a short amount of time. An annual ticket that can be used just around the Sunderland area costs just £40. You must buy a ticket, faillure to do so will result in a fine (£20) AND the borough have the right to publish your residential details on example posters, they already use it as a scare tactic.
Generally, students rarely use the Metro to move between campuses as it only comes every 25-30 minutes and you can walk between campuses by then. The service is also unadvisable to use late because it stops around 11.30pm. But there are stops right by Clanny House/The Forge (Millfield/Pallion), City Campus (University) and St Peters (St Peters)
Grand Central Trains run daily services to London Kings Cross from Sunderland and take around 3.5 hours. There are also local services including regular trains to Newcastle (where you'll be connected to the East Coast mainline and the country's major cities).
A Careers and Employability Service Desk is at the Gateway building at City Campus and the University also have an internship scheme where they will find temporary paid roles just for Sunderland graduates. The University will try to help you in any way they can. During your degree you will have the opportunity to attend work placements, some paid depending on your course, and you may also have the chance to study abroad.
There a number of opportunities for careers in the local area. For example, business parks like Doxford Business Park and Rainton Bridge attract a lot of large international companies who may be hiring. The University also has good relationships with large organisations including Sage UK, Sunderland AFC, IBM and more.
There isn't much in the way of student temp jobs in Sunderland. You may be able to find lucrative work at Doxford Business Park where many companies base their call centre operators. Other than that a lot of students work as PR reps for bars or in the town centre shops.
The University has a Chaplaincy service situated at City Campus in the Edinburgh building. There are also many religious societies including a popular Islamic Society, a Christian Society and more.