University Guide

University of Sunderland

The University of Sunderland is based in the North East of England but also has campuses in London, Hong Kong and global partnerships with learning institutions in 15 countries. The University welcomes 20,000 students a year onto undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across five faculties; Health Sciences and Wellbeing; Arts and Creative Industries; Business, Law and Tourism; Education and Society; and Technology. The University of Sunderland has a long-established commitment to widening participation and prides itself on providing an inclusive environment for its staff and students.  The city of Sunderland was named the second most affordable city in the UK in 2018 (Prospectus Luminate) and due to its low living costs, high job satisfaction and general happiness and wellbeing, Sunderland was voted the best place to live for the under 30s (2018 Liveability Index).

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The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the University of Sunderland .

  • Rankings

    The University of Sunderland ranked 16th (out of 131 universities) in the ‘University of the Year’ category at the Whatuni Student Choice awards in 2019. More recently The University was ranked between 1,001-1,200 out of 1,799 Institutions across the world in 2024.

  • Employability

    The university’s career service is committed to supporting students to achieve career success. The team can help with anything from careers advice and CV writing through to interview techniques and work experience opportunities. Find out more here. 93.4% of the graduates secure full-time employment within six months of graduating (DLHE 2016/17).

  • Fees

    Tuition fees for full-time undergraduate degrees are £9,250 per year for UK home students. Undergraduate fees for international students are £16,000 per year for 2024/2025 admissions. More information about fees can be found here.

  • Bursaries

    The University of Sunderland offers a range of scholarships and bursaries, these are allocated according to students currently under-represented in higher education. These groups include; Gypsy, Traveller, Roma, Showman and Boaters; Asylum seekers or refugees; carers; students from lower income households and mature students. More details and information can be found here.


The university has a great choice of accommodation to choose from. Prices start at just £82 a week and include heating, lighting, water, fuel, WiFi and personal possessions insurance. A full list of accommodation and prices can be found here.

Students' Union

The University of Sunderland has an award winning students’ union, having been crowned students’ Union of the year 2020! The Students’ Union runs not only societies, but academic societies, volunteering events, advice and support and even a buddy system!

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University of Sunderland  Students' Union
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Famous for

Notable alumni include BBC Radio 1 DJ Jordan North, stand-up comedian Chris Ramsey and former captain of the England Rugby Union team Katy Daley-Mclean.


The University was happy to announce at the end of 2019 that their Professor of Health Professions Pedagogy and Scholarship had been made Secretary of the Executive Board of the International Federation of National Teaching Fellows!

AFS says

"Sunderland has much to offer students. A busy city centre with a good cost of living, it is also close to some of the most attractive coastline in England"

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