Freshers' Guide 2019: Everything you need to know when starting at the University of Sunderland

University is the start of a new adventure and, for many, the first taste of an independent life.

By Faye Dixon
Friday, 16 August, 2019, 16:24
This is your guide to freshers week

The hard work is going to continue but University of Sunderland life is more than just studying

Take a look at this Freshers’ Guide for everything you need to know about university life on Wearside in 2019.

Before it all begins

Make sure you have your student bank account sorted prior to arrival. Use comparison websites to work out the best deal for you. Be cautious of freebies and make sure you go for the best option financially.

Check the welcome emails the University of Sunderland will have sent you and follow their various social media channels for the latest info, advice and guidance.

It’s not all work and no play

Although the academic side of university is a priority, the social aspect remains a huge pull for students.

There are an array of clubs and teams which will help you settle in and expand your social circle.

The city is a great party town, with lots to do. Throughout September and beyond there will be plenty to keep you busy.

Don’t forget to save a few taxi company numbers to your mobile, so you know that following your night out you can get home safely.

Don’t forget to pick up a Metro timetable, as well as learning the closest stations to you.

Finance and money-saving

We all know budgeting money is a key part of university life.

Sunderland University offers different types of scholarships and grants – there might be one to suit you.

If you’re looking for a part-time job, Sunderland Futures could help you find part-time work to assist with your living expenses.

Make sure you check for hidden course costs: Books, tech equipment, field trips, CRB checks etc and make the most of the wi-fi on campus.

When it comes to text books, buy what you need rather than the full course text list.

Your health and wellbeing

Everyone deserves to enjoy their university years in a safe and protected environment, which is why Sunderland offers support and advice through our Wellbeing service. The University is also a member of the C-Card scheme which provides confidential advice and free condoms to anyone under 24 years of age.

Buddy up?

University life can be a little daunting to begin with – but SU Buddies are available to help new students settle into their new digs.

SU Buddies connect new and returning Sunderland students together so that they can share tips, knowledge and experience they've gained about the social, non-academic side to university life.

Ambassador life

Fancy becoming an ambassador? Not only do you get to wear a bright orange t-shirt or hoodie, the experiences gained from being a Student Ambassador can help you get ahead as a graduate and make your University of Sunderland experience even more life changing.

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Staying safe

The University has its own dedicated police officers, security and a raft of measures all designed to make it one of the safest universities out there, your home away from home.

Freshers’ Fair

The 2019 Clubs & Societies Freshers' Fair promises to be one of the biggest student events of the year.

Held at CitySpace on City Campus the Fair is the perfect start to the academic year and in 2019 will be held on Wednesday, September 25.

The Fair has gained fans amongst students and businesses. The day is always action packed, busy and full of fun.

For students, it offers them an ideal chance to learn about the city’s provisions and services as well as indulge in the offers provided by the array of different businesses to keep them entertained throughout the year.

The event also showcases the extensive sport and recreation provision on offer from the University of Sunderland, including the CitySpace fitness suite, volunteering programmes as well giving students the chance to sign up for any number of our sports clubs and Students' Union societies.

Freshers’ Welcome Week 2019

The Students’ Union will have a full line up of activities and events happening throughout Freshers’ Week, and you can find out what is happening and when via their website.

Music, eating, drinking, and dancing

Sunderland is a fantastic city for music, spawning The Futureheads, Field Music, Lilliput, The Lake Poets and Frankie and the Heartstrings. The live music scene continues to thrive at different venues in the city. Whether you’re eating on a budget or going gourmet, there’s an array of cafes, restaurants and gastro-pubs in the city which you can sample.

Student inquiries

There is a Student Gateway Inquiry Desk on each campus in Sunderland.

City Campus: The Gateway Building.

Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peters: Prospect Building.

Both are open as follows.

Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 6pm

Friday: 8.30am - 5pm

Chaplaincy team and wellbeing

There is an-inclusive chaplaincy which aims to support students regardless of their backgrounds or beliefs.

Most of all …

Have fun! Your university life will fly over so make the most of it.