Living in Sunderland

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

Sunderland Insights
Sunderland Population
House Prices in Sunderland
Renting in Sunderland
Is Sunderland a Nice Place to Live?
Travelling in Sunderland
Eating and Drinking in Sunderland
Need a Locksmith 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.

It’s ideal to live in a coastal city in many ways. You may spend your days strolling through bustling streets and your evenings watching the sunset over the pristine sands of the beach. Every year, the Sunderland International Airshow is held on the award-winning beaches of Seaburn and Roker. Besides, when most people think of Sunderland, they don’t think of the great outdoors – but they should. The city is studded with magnificent parks such as Herrington Country, Hetton Lyons and Roker Park. There are also Thompson Park’s sports facilities and Washington Wetlands’ exotic animals.

Sunderland Population

The population of Sunderland is estimated to be 342, 427 in 2021 based on the 2011 population census and it has over 127,000 households. The residents of Sunderland make up around 24.75% of the Tyne and Wear population.

how many people live in Sunderland

House Prices in Sunderland

The average house cost for Sunderland is currently standing at £158,583 in 2021. This has fallen 1.32% compared to the previous year. The following table shows average property cost in Sunderland:

Property Type Average price paid (£)Current average value (£)Value change (%)
Detached327,880309,178 -0.51
Semi Detached 167,789161,023-3.90
Terraced 127,326116,856-1.67
Flats 88,910126,933-1.43

Renting in Sunderland

The average rent in Sunderland in 2021 is currently standing at £531 per calendar month (PCM). The following table shows how much it costs to rent in Sunderland by property type:

Property TypeAverage cost per calendar month (PCM)
Flat £487

The following table shows how much it costs to rent in Sunderland by number of bedrooms:

No. of Bedrooms Average cost per calendar month (PCM)

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 in the city.

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.

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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 in the city. 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.

What is Sunderland popular for?

Sunderland thrived as a port over the ages, trading coal and salt, and was once known as the “World’s Largest Shipbuilding Town.” Ships have been built on the Wear since at least 1346, and Sunderland was one of the country’s leading shipbuilding towns by the mid-eighteenth century.

Travelling in Sunderland

Sunderland is connected to the rest of the county by excellent road and rail links. You can access the city 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.

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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

These are the top rated restaurants in Sunderland:

The Scullery Silksworth

Both an Italian and British Cuisine, the restaurant has many options for vegetarians, vegans, and gluten free customers. With happy hour deals and live music nights, you can rest assured there will be a fun atmosphere in The Scullery Silksworth. There are also catering and function rooms as well as CIP and party tables that can be hired.

Deli & Dips

Known for its massive tasty sandwiches, Dips and Deli is a British fast food cuisine with many vegan and vegetarian options. The restaurant is very popular with its friendly staff that will make sure you are enjoying your stay.


If you are a fan of Indian and Asian food, Yuvraaj has been in the business for 80 years, providing the freshest ingredients of western dishes. With a short distance to the town centre, it has an ambient atmosphere with a perfect getaway from the city life.

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

Premier Inn – North West Hotel

Premier Inn has its reputation in the UK. However, whether you are travelling to Sunderland for business purposes or to watch a game or attend a concert at the famous Stadium of Light, we highly suggest you go for Premier Inn. To ensure a comfort stay, it features a Thyme restaurant for the guests. 24 hours front desk and check-in services also ensures you convenient services.

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. Hilton Garden is, generally, a perfect choice for those travelling for leisure purposes.

Travelodge Sunderland High Street West

With domestic pets being allowed and its location in the heart of the city, Travelodge is a perfect destination for family trips to Sunderland. It’s a child friendly hotel where all children under 15 stay at no cost, besides other convenient amenities for families.

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?

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