Sunderland is a city by the sea within the North-east of England. It was granted city status in 1992 and has a population of over 280,000 people.
Sunderland is home to the University of Sunderland which was voted Best New University in the North-East in 2012, for the second year running, by the Guardian University Guide. The University of Sunderland has over 16,000 students split across 2 campuses, which have undergone regeneration with over £130 million having been spent on the facilities within these campuses.
The city centre is a short distance from the sandy beaches and beautiful coastlines where Sunderland has the oldest operational lifeboat station in Great Britain; the Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat Station.
The Sunderland Empire Theatre, which was opened in 1907, is the largest theatre in the North-East. You can take in a variety of West-End shows at the Empire Theatre, and its grand Edwardian Architecture ensures it is worth a visit. Other attractions within Sunderland include Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.
The Sunniside area of Sunderland city centre has had a re-development over the recent years, with new bars, cafes and retailers opening their doors on the Eastern side of the city. The Sunniside area is now home to an Empire Cinema and a Gala Casino.