Making the most of the cash which was made available for urban regeneration, Sunderland has given itself a nip and tuck to rid itself of the not-entirely-unfair image as a bit of an eyesore.
Taking the city’s lead, the Uni has also pushed on with its own development of learning facilities and continues its work in bringing higher education learning to those in the region and those traditionally out of the academic loop.
Split over the City centre campus and the award winning, eye-catching Sir Tom Cowie campus on the River Wear, the uni has strong links with the local automotive and pharmaceutical industries. Improving standards and an increasing reputation make the city is a hit with incoming student masses, and even music-bible NME magazine have sang the city’s praises in recent years.
Well known party-hotspot Newcastle is a neighbour, and the well known city rivalry between the two is probably one of the driving factors in Sunderland’s booming nightlife. New bars and clubs have opened giving the city an edgier, hipper side, and whilst Newcastle remains the shining star in the North East, Sunderland’s hectic bars and the emerging music scene are proving ever more popular as one of the party destinations.
In 2017, Sunderland will find out whether its bid to become City of Culture 2021 has been successful.
Bidding against towns and cities as diverse as Paisley, and Coventry, Stoke and Hereford, Sunderland could see a bumper boost if it takes the crown.
Points of Interest
- City Centre
- The University of Sunderland
Student Accomodation in Sunderland
The NME have voted Sunderland one of the coolest cities to live in the UK
Sunderland was the largest ship building town in the world. The first recorded shipbuilder was Thomas Menville in 1346
The oldest Latin version of the Bible in existence was written in the church next door to the uni!