Founded in 1901 as Sunderland Technical College, the University of Sunderland gained university status in 1992. It has four locations: two in Sunderland, on the north east coast of England, one in London, near Canary Wharf, and one in Hong Kong.

Located at the heart of the UK’s most important financial centre, the University of Sunderland in London is used for teaching business, tourism and nursing degrees. In 2017, it opened a campus in Hong Kong.

The university has five main faculties for its students: arts, and creative industries, business, law and tourism, education and society, health sciences and wellbeing, and technology. The university recently announced the opening of a new School of Medicine, with the first cohort of students starting in September 2019.

It is world-leading in several areas of research, including pharmacy, engineering, sports and exercise sciences, education and social work. It was the first educational institution in the area to install a digital computer. The PDP8 model was so large a crane was needed to haul it through the roof of the building in which it was to be housed. Also home to the National Glass Centre, students can watch free glass blowing demonstrations and study glass and ceramics.

Sunderland has been an important nucleus for education since 674 AD, when Benedict Biscop built St. Peter’s Church and Monastery, which was also the first place to get stained glass windows in the UK. The Sir Tom Cowie Campus is located next to this famous church.

Now a mixture of Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian architecture, Sunderland is one of the largest cities in the north east and has a buzzing nightlife scene, often playing host to many touring music bands. It is a short walk from miles of sandy beaches and about three and a half hours by train from London.

Why Choose University of Sunderland?

Facilities: We’re always investing in new facilities, like our new Living Lab which features a mock hospital ward, a pharmacy dispensary, a dementia-friendly patient’s flat and a hi-fidelity simulation suite. We’ve also recently invested over £1m in engineering facilities, including a dedicated mechanical lab and a fluid lab.

Employability: 93.4% of our graduates are in employment, further study or training within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2016/17 (based on full-time, first degree, home leavers). For many courses, including BA (Hons) Journalism, BA (Hons) Performing Arts, LLB Law, BA (Hons) Social Work, BA (Hons) English, that figure is 100%. You can also take advantage of a huge range of cv-enhancing activities from mentoring and placements to studying abroad, as part of Sunderland Futures.

Location: Sunderland is a coastal city with beautiful beaches, historical sites and a modern city centre. Roker Beach and the Marine Activities Centre are just a short walk from our St Peter’s campus. We’ve got 12 beaches in total, ranging from small and rugged to wide, sandy beaches with fish and chip shops, a promenade and an enticing range of watersports on offer. We’re also only 30 minutes away from lively Newcastle on the metro, and within easy reach of Gateshead and Durham.

Well-connected campuses: There’s a free campus bus service linking the campuses, halls of residence and the city. Prefer walking or cycling? We’ve got that covered too – there’s a Cycle Hub, or you can plan a walk and enjoy the fresh air. It takes about 18 minutes to get between the two campuses on foot.

Support: There’s a free travel pass on offer for new undergraduate students (eligibility criteria applies) which gives you access to the entire region, so Newcastle, Metrocentre and the wider region are all easily accessible, 7 days a week.

Culture: We didn’t quite make City of Culture 2021, but we were super proud to be one of the final five cities shortlisted for the award. With developments like the new Northern Spire bridge, a new business district, a seafront regeneration programme and the redevelopment of our old Fire Station into a major new arts venue in progress, Sunderland’s best days are still to come.

Incentives: There’s a wide range of scholarships on offer for all sorts of situations, such as getting great A Levels, coming from a low-income family, playing high-level sport or taking a year abroad during your course.

Quality: We’ve risen 78 places in The WhatUni Student Choice Awards this year which made us the highest climber in 2019. Not bad! Plus, over 41,000 students reviews from 160 institutions across the UK placed us in 9th position in both the ‘International’ and ‘Student Support’ categories of the Awards.

Indie: We do cool as well as anyone – Frankie and The HeartstringsThe Lake Poets and This Ain’t Vegas all hail from these fair lands. With Holmeside coffee serving the best artisan coffees this side of the Wear, all your hipster needs are covered.

Bonus reason: We have the coolest Chancellor! Emeli Sandé is an award-winning singer who recently joined us and who knows, you just might find yourself next to her… pun intended.


Services for International Students

The University offers English language tuition to students before the start of term as well as in-sessional courses. The University of Sunderland also runs a free airport pick up service for students who arrive at Newcastle Airport. The faculty run a one-week induction programme for new students, while the University also organises a number of welcome parties for new arrivals.


  • 109th in the Times University Guide 2020
  • 89th in the Guardian University Guide 2020

Following the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, ten subjects at Sunderland were awarded the 4*maximum standard of world leading research.


Sunderland has five halls of residence and all first year students are guaranteed an offer of a place in University accommodation. There are over 2,000 rooms available with various options including en suite, shared and sizes ranging from medium to extra large. Rooms are arranged in flats with a shared kitchen.

All halls are self-catered, with fully equipped kitchens and on-site laundry facilities. Personal possessions insurance is included within the rent, as is wifi, and a free campus bus service links all halls to both campuses.


The University of Sunderland has three campuses: two in Sunderland and one in London, for teaching business, tourism and nursing degrees. Sunderland is a city with a mixture of Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian architecture and is a short walk from miles of sandy beaches.

As one of the largest cities in the north east, it has many large bars and nightclubs and is a regular stop for touring bands. Sunderland is also home to numerous sports clubs, like Sunderland FC and facilities, including Olympic standard swimming pools, a dry ski centre and one of the largest climbing walls in Britain. Sunderland is about four hours by train from London.

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