Is Sunderland An Affordable City?

Yes, Sunderland is an affordable city and an amazing place to live. And you don’t have to take it from us!

Based on average house price data and average salary data, Sunderland has recently been ranked as the 3rd most affordable city in the UK. It has also been named as one of the cheapest cities to rent in the UK.

Cities are notorious for being expensive places to live. However, the North East of England as a whole offers great value for money, including the cities!

In August this year, it was found that Sunderland, Newcastle and Durham all rank within the top 20 most affordable places to live in the UK.

Better yet, a study carried out in 2017 found that Sunderland is one of the cheapest places in the world for students. At the time, the average weekly spend was about £95, meaning university students in Sunderland were guaranteed to get good value for money on their accommodation.

Living And Working In Sunderland

If you are thinking about relocating to Sunderland, you will be pleased to know that it is an excellent place to live and work. Sunderland is popular with people of all ages and backgrounds.

This includes students looking for cheap accommodation and graduate jobs, senior citizens looking for safety and community, families looking for quality homes and education options, and young adults seeking career progression and affordable house prices.

Research carried out by OneFamily found that Sunderland is the number one city for under 30s to live and work in the UK. This was based on several factors including average salary, rent, property prices, commuting costs and quality of life.

The list of the top ten cities for under 30s to live and work in the UK was heavily dominated by Northern cities, and Sunderland topped the list.


As you can see, Sunderland is regularly topping lists as one of the best places to live in the UK. And aside from affordability, this has a lot to do with employability opportunities, low crime rates, education options and things to do.

When it comes to employability, there is a wide range of job opportunities in the city. The automotive sector is particularly popular, and the software and IT industries are growing in popularity. Income and cost of living are well balanced and job satisfaction is very high.

In addition, Sunderland has fantastic transport links, so commuting is always an option. Thanks to trains, Metrolink’s, buses and the A1, Sunderland is well connected to other key areas in the North East.

What Makes Sunderland So Great?

As well as being an affordable place to live and work, Sunderland also offers an excellent quality of life. There’s an abundance of things to do and a great sense of community within each of the city’s neighbourhoods.

Plus, it is a city on the coast – meaning it has some beautiful beaches. The award-winning beaches of Seaburn and Roker are particularly great.

The city also boasts a buzzing nightlife with a wide range of pubs, bars and clubs. And a night on the town won’t cost you an arm and a leg. There is also a variety of restaurants, cafes and eateries throughout the city.

When it comes to things to do, Sunderland offers museums, theatres, parks, shopping facilities, outdoor adventures and so much more.

Finding Affordable Homes In Sunderland

If you are on a budget, affordability will be one of the main factors when finding a home in Sunderland. And that is where we come in.

Accent Housing is a housing association offering a range of homes through England, including properties in the North East. We provide affordable and quality homes for a diverse range of people, including family homes, flats and sheltered housing.

Renting from a housing association offers more security than private renting. Plus, it’s cheaper! Aside from renting, we also help people on a low income get onto the property ladder through shared ownership. This means you can buy shares in your rented housing association property.

If you would like to find an affordable home in Sunderland, sign up for Let’s Move. Our new online application system enables you to browse and apply for homes in the North East. Signing up for Let’s Move is simple – 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 an affordable home in Sunderland, get in touch with our friendly team. You can call us on 0345 678 0555 or email us at Alternatively, fill out our contact form here.

Accent Housing has been providing affordable and quality homes since 1966. We have more than 20,000 homes across the North, West and South of England.

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