You’ve been in the city for a few weeks now – it’s time to get properly acquainted.
Moving away for university is the most exciting, liberating and (let’s be honest) scary time of your life.
It’s time to get to grips with a new city, make friends and relish every second of the student experience.
But that can be difficult to do in a strange land.
So now that you’ve moved into your halls, met your classmates and maybe attended a lecture or two, it’s time to get down to the serious stuff.
How are you going to make the most of being a student in Sunderland?
Join a society
It may seem like the obvious thing to do, but it really is the best way to make friends and get involved. Whether you fancy sports, music or something a bit more unique, there will be something for you to sink your teeth into.
Explore the North East
Sunderland is a great place to live, learn and work – and while it has plenty to offer, that doesn’t mean you can’t explore the rest of the North East too. Head into Durham, Northumberland, South Tyneside or even (whisper it) Newcastle to eat, drink and be merry during your down time.
Get the last metro to Newcastle and the first metro back in the morning
If you’re from a more rural part of the UK, the metro will be an amazing thing to you. Skip out on taxi fare and use the public transport instead.
Go to the seaside
If you’re not from a coastal city or town, being so close to the seaside will be a novelty. Everyone needs some time away from the books, so take some time for yourself and go for a quiet walk (or at least a quick chippy tea).
Watch the football at the Stadium of Light
You may follow your own team, but there’s nothing quite like being at a Premier League Stadium. If you’re a true football fan, and you happen to support a lower league team, get yourself a ticket for a home match and soak up the atmosphere.
See a show at Sunderland Empire
There are few places outside of the West End that offer such a fantastic programme of shows. Keep an eye on the listings and wait for your favourite show to arrive – the moment will come, and it will be well worth singing along to your favourite in the stalls.
Splash out on a slap up meal at one of Sunderland’s tasty restaurants
Student life is all about the supermarket own brands. We know that. We lived that. But you do need to treat yourself to something a bit more substantial. Sunderland is packed to the brim with appetising eateries, whether you fancy Italian, Indian or even Egyptian at Arabesque. Get your mates round, and get booked in.
Go to a gig at The North Shore
You need to spend some of your evenings in the student union. That’s just a fact of university life. But with drinks, food and fantastic entertainment on offer, why not visit The North Shore. Keep an eye out for bands and artists visiting the city, and spend an unforgettable evening there in the crowd.
Visit the Sunderland Airshow
Granted, this will be taking place during the university off season, but it’s well worth coming back up for. Bundle into the car with your friends from home, and spend a summer weekend in the North East. It’ll be a weekend you’ll never forget at one of the city’s biggest outdoor events – and you can feel like a real Sunderland native playing tour guide.
Stick with the city for a night out
Some may tell that Newcastle has the North East’s bulk share of the nightlife. But, bear with us. Sunderland has its own fair share of pubs, bars and clubs. And there is no university experience better than wandering back home with your friends after a night out. You’ll regret going further afield when you have a long taxi ride ahead of you.
Embrace your time in the city
Three years may sound like loads of time – but trust us, it’ll fly. Try not to get too bogged down in any element of your time here – whether it’s work, or partying. Make the most of the best years of your life, and enjoy!