Useful Information

University of Sunderland

Of course the University of Sunderland website provides a wealth of information for all students on all aspects of student life.

Sunderland Royal Hospital

Sunderland Royal Hospital is a 970-bedded acute hospital which is part of City Hospitals Sunderland. We offer a full range of clinical specialties and therapies. For further details please see

City Hospitals Sunderland

City Hospitals Sunderland is an Acute Trust providing a wide range of hospital services such as A&E, surgical and medical specialties, therapy services, maternity and paediatric care. For further details please see


If you intend to travel regularly on the Metro you can take advantage of a student Metro Pass. For further details please see

Rail Travel

If you are between 16 and 25 years old or over 26 and in full time education you are eligible for a Young Person’s Railcard. The railcard costs £26 per year and saves a third off all rail fares across Britain for that year. See for more details.

TV Licence

There is a television aerial point in the lounge of each flat. Please note that a TV licence is required if you intend to use a television. Please see for further details.

Council Tax

As a full time student you are not required to pay council tax.

Contents Insurance

Whilst the landlord insures the buildings and furniture provided we advise students to purchase their own contents insurance for high value items which you intend to keep in your room and/or flat such as lap tops.

Drugs Awareness

FRANK helps you find out everything you might want to know about drugs (and some stuff you don't). For friendly, confidential advice, Talk to FRANK. Please see for further details.

Alcohol Abuse

Realising you have a problem with alcohol is the first step to getting better, but it is often the hardest one. Please see for further details.

Useful Contacts

Sunderland City Council

Civic Centre, Burdon Road, Sunderland SR2 7DN
Phone: 0191 520 5555


Park Lane Practice, 1-6 City Green, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear SR2 7BA
Phone: 0191 567 6828

‪Northumbria Police - Sunderland

Gillbridge Avenue Police Station, Gillbridge Avenue, Sunderland SR1 3AW
Phone: 101
Opening hours: Open 24 hours

Sunderland East Community Fire Station

Railway Row, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear SR1 3HE

The Samaritans of Sunderland

13 Grange Crescent, Stockton Road, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR2 7BN
Phone: 08457 90 90 90

SUNDERLAND - a potted history

From its earliest foundations in Anglo-Saxon times, Sunderland has grown and prospered on the banks of the River Wear. The city's history and culture were formed by its connection to the sea and by the industry and endeavour of its people.

The city's emergence as a focus for learning and industry began in Anglo-Saxon times, when the nobleman Benedict Biscop - recently named as Sunderland's patron saint - established a European centre of learning at the twin monastic settlement of St Peter's and St Paul's. It was here that the Venerable Bede wrote the first history of England, the art of glass-making was introduced to the UK, and where the renowned Saxon Bible, the Codex Amiatinus, was produced. By the year 1500, Sunderland was one of the wealthiest towns in England and to this day it is still the largest city by population between Leeds and Edinburgh.

With a rich and fascinating heritage going back centuries, Sunderland has a superb array of places of historical interest to visit and explore.