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Dear parent.
We would like first to clarify the meaning of the word Sunderland. It is complex from the word SUNDER that means separate and the word LAND that means ground; that is separated ground, because its separated in the middle from the river WEAR. The University of Sunderland has nearly 18,500 full time students from all around the world and the two campuses, one in the city the other in the north banks of the river Wear provides one of the most important life experiences in a student’s life. The University is proud to be an innovative, forward-thinking University with high standards of teaching, research and student support.

The University of Sunderland is the only British University which has created a Regional Office of Interconnection and Briefing in the wider region of Europe and Eastern Mediterranean, located in Athens, Greece. You will find the contact details of the Regional Office of Interconnection and Briefing in the first page of the web site. Our staff is available to cover any inquiry you may have about studying at the University, the accommodation and the cost of living in the North of England.

The city of Sunderland is a small city of 350,000 residents. The city provides hospitality and safety. Living in the north city of Sunderland has many advantages and one of the most important ones is that it is a very economical place to live and study. Usually the relation of expenses between North –South is at approach 3/1, that means that the North of England is almost 2 to 3 times cheaper that the South of England.

3819You must have in mind that our Halls of Residence are one of the best and modern that you can find in a British University and the most important is that our students can stay for the full duration of their studies.
It is usual the students that study at Sunderland need between 600,00 € – 700,00 € monthly. This sum includes:
· The accommodation cost which is around 300,00 €
· Other expenses (food, books, clothing) around 400,00 €
The students should not forget that they are far from their house and family, therefore it is important to manage their monthly income with caution and attention.
There is no need for the students to buy a car; the reason is because the city is small, easy to walk and with very well organized public transportation.
Besides, the University provides its own mini buses, which are used exclusively by the students and are free or charge.

First year students do not need to purchase a computer from the very beginning;  the University has very well equipped computer laboratories and libraries that some are open 24 hours per day for 7 days per week.
Later, and if they need it, they can purchase a computer or a laptop, from the UK; no need to buy it at home and post it to them; there are many bargains and good prices at computer shops in Sunderland and Newcastle.

3430It is very common for students these days to own a mobile phone; our advise is that they should get a local line, a Free-to-Go card, so they can regulate their expenses as much as possible.  Unfortunately, roaming of calls still exist in many countries and telecommunication companies, so you must be very careful when you communicate with your children, as it may end up as a very expensive exercise.  Our advise would be to install SKYPE or MSN, and communicate for free through the Internet;  the University and the City of Sunderland is equipped with free Wi-Fi so this could be the cheapest solution for you.

As you know already, the Undergraduate studies are 3 years and the Postgraduate studies are 1 year. The students, your children, have enough academic work on a daily and weekly basis like lectures, workshops, presentations, even from the first month of their studies.  It is then important that they study every day, revise the daily lecture and tutorials and make sure that they follow all instructions from their lecturers.
The attendance of lectures and tutorials is one of the most important parameters of  a students life. Therefore, parents should monitor and check that their children conform to their obligations.
For further information and any assistance you may require, please do not hesitate to contact with the Regional Office at europe@sunderland.ac.uk.