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Student Accommodation in Sunderland

Written by Sam | March 31, 2021

Sunderland is home to the University of Sunderland, it is also a place many might of watched o Netflix with ‘Sunderland Til I Die’.

Sunderland is in between Durham and Newcastle upon Tyne, however, it is based more towards the east coast.

It also has a prominent football club and this brings in fans and supporters from all around to see the home games.

As a student this mix of all these things gives a lot of opportunities for graduates but also plenty of activities to students in the city. You can go to different areas and never be short of things to do.

Sunderland University has just over 10,000 students according to the Times Higher Education, this is quite a good sized university, especially when you consider that it is surrounded by Durham which is a big prominent university and Newcastle which also has a good university.

If you are looking to move to Sunderland and want to know a little about it’s history, what it is known for and what life is like as a student, then this page will help: Sunderland as a student.

Need to know more about the university? This page will give you some key statistics, good points, and the not-so-good points. The University of Sunderland.

Private Student Accommodation

In this section, I like to look at what student accommodation is in Sunderland that isn’t owned or managed by the university.

This type of student accommodation is known as Purpose Built Student Accommodation. It is designed for students and usually built with them in mind.

These accommodation blocks can come with a lot added extras, some of these are:

  • Accommodation manager
  • CCTV
  • Social events
  • Contents insurance
  • Free breakfasts
  • Free coffee
  • En-suites
  • Bills included
  • Gym, cinema, study and games rooms

There are more that you will find, however, no all student accommodation will offer everything due to the space and budget they have.

When searching for accommodation, it is best to generally start looking and researching in the January before you start, assuming you start in September.

This will allow those in the accommodation to re-book if they wish and you can then see the rooms and accommodations available.

All the student accommodation is based around the city centre and this means you are close to the pubs, restaurants, shops and events. Secondly, you are also close to the university which makes the commute easy.

There also isn’t a lot of private student accommodation in Sunderland which means when it comes to choosing you don’t have a lot of options. Not every pin on the map is accommodation, below you will see a list of some providers I like, however, you don’t have the choices as you might have in other cities where there is too much accommodation.

Map of student accommodation in Sunderland
Map of student accommodation in Sunderland

The average rent for student accommodation is around £90 for an en-suite and then for a studio it is around £140 per week. This should have bills included as well.

Some good student accommodation in Sunderland are:

If you are searching for accommodation and want to find a good quality place to live, here are some quick tips:

  • Always view the property
  • Make sure there is plenty of storage
  • Check the quality of the bed, desk, and bathrooms
  • Can you fit everyone in the communal areas for the flat
  • Does the buildings communal areas have big enough spaces
  • Read their tenancy agreement
  • Check their cancellation policy
  • Check the inventory to see what it comes with

Want more detail on how to find your next student accommodation, this article will help: How to find your next student accommodation.

Student Housing in Sunderland

Because there aren’t a lot of student accommodation providers in Sunderland, it could mean that a lot of students go from living in university accommodation for their first year and then moving to student housing for their second year.

The best places to live as a student in Sunderland are:

  • Millfield
  • Pallion
  • Ashbrooke
  • City Centre

City centre will have smaller places and be more expensive, however, Pallion is a good place to start because it is just to the west of Sunderland and has some good housing in the area.

It is the futherst from the beach though, however, Ashbrooke, is just south of Sunderland.

Both have good routes in to the city centre by bus and cycle and the university isn’t too far to walk either. It does depend on where your lectures are though as to which side of Sunderland you should live.

Average rent for a student house in Sunderland should be between £75 – £95 per week with bills included. You can get some really good value rooms in Sunderland if you take a good look around!

Most students start searching for student housing in late November or early December and if they find a place they will usually book it. This can lead to a little mini rush because students don’t want to lose their house in case they don’t book it.

Some good student housing providers in Sunderland are:

When searching for student housing and wanting to find a good quality house, here are some quick tips:

  • Always view the house
  • Look at the quality of the fixtures and fittings
  • Make sure there is plenty of storage
  • Are the communal areas big enough to fit everyone in
  • Get the inventory and read it
  • Read the tenancy agreement
  • Check any accreditations and deposit protection schemes

If you need more detail, this article will help: How to find your next student accommodation.

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