Living in Sunderland

We cover everything you will need to know in this comprehensive guide about living and working in Sunderland.

Sunderland Insights
Sunderland’s Population
House Prices in Sunderland
Renting in Sunderland
What is it like living in Sunderland?
Is Sunderland a safe place?
What are the best neighbourhoods in Sunderland?
Getting around Sunderland
What are the schools like in Sunderland?
University in Sunderland
Eating and Drinking in Sunderland
Shopping in Sunderland
Hotels in Sunderland
Top 10 things to do in Sunderland
Locksmiths in Sunderland


Sunderland Insights

Sunderland is a port city and is the main settlement of the City of Sunderland, in Tyne and Wear. You will find it on the mouth of the River Wear, 12 miles north-east of Durham and 10 miles south-east of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Sunderland Population

The population of Sunderland is 277,962 and it has over 127,000 households. The residents of Sunderland make up 24.75% of the Tyne and Wear population.

House Prices in Sunderland

The average house price in Sunderland is £145,192 as of 2021, which is a rise of 2.50% over the last 12 months. Flats are sold for an average of £91,006 and terraced houses for £107,098. This is according to the current Zoopla estimates.

Renting in Sunderland

The average rent in Sunderland is £522 per calendar month. 


Is Sunderland a Nice Place to Live?

Sunderland has been voted one of the best places to live in the UK, these votes are based on many factors including; house prices, income and crime levels.

Compared to the rest of the UK the employment rate in Sunderland is a bit low, with just 65% of its residents in work. However if you look at other cities such as Birmingham and Greater Manchester where the employment rate is at 62% then Sunderland doesn’t do too badly. Even with the lower employment rates, Sunderland is still considered the best place for under 30s to live and its residence are some of the happiest in the UK.

In the life expectancy stakes Sunderland comes in low again; 77 years old for men and 81 for women, this is among the lowest in England.

A positive of living in Sunderland is that the weekly household food expenditure is hugely lower than average at £49 per week and petrol is on average cheaper than most of the country. With home and car insurance also lower than average, the cost of living in Sunderland is low.

Internet speeds in Sunderland are good at 25Mbps and there is 99% mobile phone coverage.

Is Sunderland a Safe Place to Live?

In a national survey, Sunderland came out as the 7th safest place to live in the UK. This was based on a number of factors including analysis of crime, age of properties, ground movement, doctors per person and ambulance response times. The report found that Sunderland has 489 crimes committed per 100,000 people. It showed that 90.3% of people waited less than an hour to be seen at A&E and had an ambulance response time of 6 minutes as well as having 0.8 doctors per person. There were no flooding incidents reported and ground movement is zero, which means geographically it’s a safe place to live.


Travelling in Sunderland

Sunderland is connected to the rest of the county by excellent road and rail links. You can access it from the A1 which is the main north-south road link from London and Scotland. Whilst in the city you can get around via buses or the metro as well as designated footpaths.

Closest Airport to Sunderland

The nearest airport is Newcastle International Airport. It’s a 30-minute drive from Sunderland, or an hour on the Metro.

Closest Hospital

Sunderland Royal Hospital is a 970-bedded acute hospital which is part of South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

Universities in Sunderland

The University of Sunderland has 20,000 students based on the north east coast, London and Hong Kong. In 2018 they opened a new School of Medicine, with an aim to end the shortage of doctors in the north east. They were ranked 16th (out of 131 universities) in the ‘University of the Year’ category of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019, the only national awards voted for by students. 

Eating and Drinking in Sunderland


If you are looking for authentic Egyptian food then this is the place for you. The menu here is diverse, historical and has a great use of vegetable and legumes. Egyptian food is known for being hearty and filling, and Arabesque doesn’t disappoint, the dishes here include molokhia, koshari and other tasty options. You can also choose to indulge in the flavoured shisha pipes and live belly dancing, to complete the experience.


You’ll find an eclectic mix of English, French and Italian in this great restaurant in a stunning grade 2 listed building. Opened in 2008 by head chef Jimmy Shadford, D’Acqua is stylish and ambient with French oak wood floors and exposed brick archways. They offer seasonal menus that are handcrafted from fresh and locally sourced produce. A must visit for any food lover.


Goa Exemplary Indian Cuisine

This is a good place for anyone that’s a fan of Indian food, it’s one of the most popular places to eat in Sunderland. Taking inspiration from the Indian state of Goa and updated with a western twist, there is something here for everyone who loves curry; spicy vindaloos to creamy kormas alongside some less well-known dishes such as tandoori salmon. What sets Goa apart from other Indian restaurants is the desserts, you can try mouth watering gulab jamun, a hot syrup sponge pudding. You can enjoy all this tasty food while taking in the gorgeous sea view.

The 10 Best Restaurants In Sunderland, England


Shopping in Sunderland

The Bridges

This shopping centre is based in the middle of Sunderland and has over 85 stores, including TK Maxx, next and New Look. Over 15 million people visit the shopping centre every year. There is also a choice of cafes including Costa Coffee, Greggs, Krispy Kreme and Starbucks. There are two car parks within the shopping centre; the bridges car park and the rooftop, so there is plenty of space for visitors.

Hotels in Sunderland

Grand Hotel Sunderland

Set on the beautiful Whitburn Sands and 2 miles from the city centre, the Grand offers sea views and large rooms. There is an indoor swimming pool on site which guests are free to use as well as a fitness centre. You will also find a bar and restaurant that offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. You will have access to 24 hours free Wi-Fi and free parking.


Hilton Garden Inn

The Hilton is right next to the stadium of light, so any football fan will want to stay here. The hotel is also a 15-minute walk from the city centre and a 5-minute drive from the beach at Roker, so it’s not just the football fans that will want to stay here. There is an onsite grill restaurant and bar, free onsite parking and a 24-hour fitness centre open to all guests. Each room has a 32-inch flat screen television, en-suit bathroom and tea and coffee making facilities. You can get a freshly prepared breakfast every morning at the restaurant as well as lunch and dinner. There is also a small shop, where you can buy ready-to-cook meals that you can prepare in your in-room microwave.


Roker Hotel BW Premier Collection

Situated right on Roker beach, the Roker hotel offers 43 bedrooms, 2 function areas and 3 food and drinks venues, so there’s a lot on offer! You can enjoy an afternoon tea at the in-house cakery and tea rooms or enjoy a hot lunch in the Italian restaurant which offers wood-fire pizzas and authentic Italian dishes. The city centre is a 5 minute drive from the hotel, so it’s great for tourists. Each room offers satellite television, free Wi-Fi and a telephone, plus many rooms offer a sea view.

Top 10 Things to do in Sunderland

  1. Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens 
  2. National Glass Centre 
  3. Roker and Seaburn Beaches 
  4. Roker Park 
  5. Herrington Country Park 
  6. Souter Lighthouse 
  7. Keel Square 
  8. North East Land, Sea and Air Museums 
  9. St Peter’s Church, Monkwearmouth 
  10. Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art 


Need a Locksmith in Sunderland?

When moving into a new home changing the locks is vital as you never know how many keys are out there and risk the keys falling into the wrong hands. Arrange for a Sunderland Locksmith to come and fit a new lock the day you get your keys to provide you with peace of mind. We at Keytek® Locksmiths Sunderland provide a professional local mobile Locksmith service complying with British Standard and Home Insurance policies to ensure your home is as secure as can be! What’s more is all our customers benefit from a FREE home security check on site to ensure your home is as secure as can be!

There are many other things you need to consider when moving home so check out our Moving Home Checklist to help you along the way! Once you’re in consider improving the security of your home further still by checking out our Ultimate Guide to Home Security here!

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