The University was founded in 1901 when it was named the Sunderland Technical College, and gained its university status in 1992. Today it has around 15,000 undergraduate students and has a league table ranking of 109 according to the Guardian University League Table Rankings 2016.
The University of Sunderland offer courses in four major areas that are organised into faculties. These faculties are:
- Faculty of Applied Sciences
- Faculty of Arts, Design and Media
- Faculty of Business and Law
- Faculty of Education and Society
Depending on the faculty your course belongs to you will be based at one of the University's three campuses. The Sir Tom Cowie campus is located by the sea in Sunderland, and the City Campus is located in Sunderland’s city centre. The third campus is located in London near Canary Wharf.
The University have five halls of residences that are based within a 1.5 mile radius of the city centre making it easily accessible for students. The largest hall is Clanny House, with over 600 single study bedrooms. It is just 1 mile from the city centre campus with regular buses running to and from the University campus. To live in Clanny House it can cost between £77.54 and £84.86 per week depending on the room size you choose. Facilities in each flat include a shared bathroom and shared kitchen.