Is Sunderland A Nice Place To Live?

If you are thinking about relocating to the city of Sunderland, you will be pleased to know that it is an excellent place to call home. In 2018, Sunderland was ranked as the best city in the UK to live and work! Pretty impressive, eh?

In this blog, we are going to outline why Sunderland is so great. We will be focusing on key factors including affordability, education, employability, safety and things to do.

The Facts

A survey of 2,000 people was carried out by OneFamily and considered factors including housing, travel, jobs and crime.

The scores were then split into two categories; satisfaction and happiness. Sunderland ranked at the very top for satisfaction and ranked fourth for happiness, making it the best city in the UK to live!

Aside from being a great place to live, a national survey also found that Sunderland is one of the safest places to live in the UK.

The survey looked at everything from crime rates to A&E response times and found that Sunderland is the 7th safest place to live in the UK. If you are raising a family or living alone, you will feel safe living in Sunderland.

What Makes Sunderland Such A Great Place To Live?

Sunderland is a city with a small-town feel. The variety of neighbourhoods have a sense of community and the locals tend to look out for each other. The city has plenty going for it and is a great place to call home…


If you are considering raising children in Sunderland, the school system will be at the top of your list.

Thankfully, Sunderland has a wide range of primary schools, secondary schools and SEN schools. The majority of the primary schools have been deemed Good by Ofsted and a number of them have also been deemed Outstanding.

There is also plenty of colleges and sixth forms. Plus, the University of Sunderland, Northumbria University, Teesside University, Durham University and Newcastle University are all within reach.

education in Sunderland


Employability was a huge factor taken into consideration when Sunderland was ranked as the top city in the UK. The survey found that the cost of living is well balanced with income and job satisfaction is high overall.

The city has an impressive automotive sector offering plenty of careers. Plus, the IT and software industries are expanding. Sunderland offers a wide range of job opportunities, including graduate positions for students.

Transport Links

Like most cities in the UK, Sunderland has an excellent transport system. A fast and efficient system of trains, trams and buses enable the city’s residents to travel around the city and beyond with ease. Other areas of the North East are easily accessible and the A1 makes getting in and out of Sunderland easy.

Things To Do

You will never get bored when living in Sunderland. The city is bursting with things to do for people of all ages and interests. The city boasts a range of leisure facilities, attractions and shopping opportunities.

Top attractions in Sunderland include Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, the National Glass Centre, the historic Hylton Castle and the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art.

Family favourites include Roker Park, Sunderland Aquatic Centre and Laser Quest Sunderland. The WWT Washington Wetland Centre in nearby County Durham is also a firm favourite for the whole family.

During the summer months, you can take a break from city life and head to some of the beautiful, award-winning beaches on Sunderland’s coast. The beaches of Seaburn and Roker are particularly great.


With so many universities in the area, it is no surprise that Sunderland has a vibrant and buzzing nightlife. Whether you want a quiet glass of wine after a busy day, a family meal out, a posh cocktail or a night of dancing, Sunderland has something for you.

The city has a wide range of traditional English pubs, swanky bars, nightclubs and event venues. Plus, there is a vast array of eateries, restaurants and cafes.

Finding An Affordable Home In Sunderland

If you are looking for an affordable, quality home in Sunderland, we can help. Accent Housing is a housing association providing homes to a range of people throughout England.

There was a time when housing association properties were limited to those on a low income, but this has changed over the years. These days, housing association properties are available to a wide range of people.

Accent Housing has a range of homes in the North East, including homes in Sunderland, County Durham and Gateshead. This includes family homes, flats and sheltered housing for the over 55’s.

Renting from a housing association tends to be more affordable than private renting. Plus, it offers more security. When you rent from a housing association, you also have more flexibility in how you decorate your home.

In addition, there is often the option to buy shares in a housing association home through shared ownership.

If you would like to find an affordable home in Sunderland, sign up for our online application system Let’s Move. With Let’s Move, you can browse and apply for homes in the North East. Signing up is easy – all we need is your name, email address and a password.

Once your account has been verified, you can start applying for properties that you believe to be suitable. You can also set up property alerts so you never miss a new property in Sunderland.

You can also use the search function on the Accent Housing website to find your next home.

Get In Touch

If you have any questions about finding a home in Sunderland, get in touch with Accent Housing. You can call us on 0345 678 0555 or email us at Alternatively, fill out our contact form here.

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