Founded over 125 years ago, City is located in the heart of London. The University of business, practice and the professions. It has all the benefits students expect of a London university – strong links with business and industry for career development, an inclusive and diverse community from across the world and unbeatable opportunities for sport, culture and entertainment.


City, University of London is a leading UK University, with a global vision and a commitment to transforming lives through education. City's unique focus on the business, practice and professions contributes to making City a leading global university. It is home to over 20,000 students, 45% of which are studying at postgraduate level and has over 150,000 alumni from over 160 countries.


City was founded in 1894 as the Northampton Institute, and became a university when The City University was created by royal charter in 1966. The Inns of Court School of Law, which merged with City in 2001, was established in 1852, making it the university's oldest constituent part. In September 2016, the University became a member institution of the federal University of London, becoming part of the eighteen colleges and ten research institutes that then made up that university.


City is composed of six academic Schools offering both undergraduate and postgraduate courses: Bayes Business School (formerly Cass), The City Law School, the School of Communication and Creativity, the School of Policy and Global Affairs, the School of Science and Technology, and the School of Health and Psychological Sciences.

Courses cover the following academic areas: Business, Arts, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Health Sciences and Law. Each of City’s academic Schools has a particular strength, for example the School of Health & Psychological Sciences is leading research in ophthalmology.


City is right at the heart of it all in Islington, a bohemian area of London known for its many independent shops, bars and restaurants. At the doorsteps of the historic City of London and Tech City – Europe's largest cluster of digital startups, City students are never far from the exciting experiences and enriching opportunities that London has to offer. 

City’s main campus is just a short tube or bus ride into central London, with its diverse range of theatres, world leading galleries and museums and famous attractions. If all that hustle and bustle gets a little too much, London is home to over 3,000 parks and open areas for you to relax in. Or you can hop on a train and visit any number of the UK’s fantastic cities and towns.


It’s not just students’ academic development that’s important to City. City offers a wide range of services to support students from day one, to help them settle in and cope with the pressures that come with student life, including:

·   Student counselling and mental health teams: confidential mental health support, workshops and self-help material. Free counselling is also offered, including a daily drop-in service

·   Wellbeing services: a health service, where you can get advice from a registered nurse and get immunisation jabs; a disability service for those with physical and mental disabilities; and a chaplaincy service, with support and spaces to pray and reflect.

·   Dedicated support for care leavers and estranged students; offering advice and support on a range of financial and personal issues.


City believes that to produce world-leading research, students need world-class equipment and facilities. City has invested £150 million in responsive learning environments, new technologies, library and study spaces and its staff over the past ten years. The facilities have been designed, often in collaboration with professionals working in relevant sectors, to ensure that students have opportunities to develop professional skills and prepare for their future careers.

Library facilities
The resources and facilities provided by Library Services are integral to the student experience and academic journey at City. The main Northampton Square Library occupies five floors in the University Building and there are specialist libraries for Bayes Business School (formerly Cass) and The City Law School. 

City’s dynamic library collections are shaped by student demand. Subject librarians are dedicated to supporting students throughout their course by directing them towards the resources to complete their assignments and prepare for examinations. Specialist support is available through enquiry points, online chat service, one-to-one tutorials and workshops to help students locate, access and use the resources they need. 

City’s innovative learning spaces offer a mix of individual and group study areas to suit everybody’s learning needs. There are over 1,500 individual study spaces, many equipped with PC workstations, with approximately 200 spaces for group study. Group study rooms are equipped with audio-visual equipment to help students prepare presentations and share and discuss their ideas with colleagues. 

Assistive technology
Library Services provide a range of support for students with additional needs. Facilities include software for students with visual impairments, inspiration mind-mapping and voice recognition software. This provision is available in specialist rooms at the Northampton Square Library.

IT services
Leading-edge technologies and 24-hour IT support ensure every student benefits from excellent IT facilities. Students receive a Microsoft Office 365 account, an email account for life, alongside access to a range of facilities such as Microsoft Teams, LinkedIn Learning, online storage and the full Microsoft Office suite for the duration of their studies. 

Computing labs
Campus-wide wireless network provision enables students to connect to services from their own devices and City’s computer laboratories. With more than 140 different desktop applications, students have wide access to the software required for their studies. Some laboratories are open 24 hours a day and students can use City’s website to find available machines at any time of day. 

University of London facilities
City’s membership of the University of London gives students access to a range of other libraries, including Senate House Library which offers additional online resources. As part of the University of London, students also get access to a wide network of library, social and sports facilities.

Highlights for students include:

  • Airbus cockpit simulator, micro turbines and formula car simulator in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics
  • State-of-the-art 3D OCT camera used in City’s own opticians, City Sight, which is open to the public
  • A fully equipped recording studio, composition studio, performance space and rehearsal rooms in the Department of Music
  • A brand new building for The City Law School, featuring a dedicated law library and study spaces, a mock courtroom, and an in-house legal clinic.


City Students’ Union (SU) works to improve the experience of City students. It provides independent advice on academic issues through the Union Support Service (USS). It also organises events and supports student clubs and societies, Raising and Giving (RAG) activity, student media and student-led environmental projects, so that students can play a full part in the City community and make the most of their time at City.

Elected student officers represent students before the University and nationally: they ensure that students’ voices are heard on key student issues and lobby to make sure students have the support they need to excel. The Students’ Union supports City’s academic representation by training and supporting student course representatives.

University sports are open to everyone. There are many sports and exercise opportunities for you to get involved in, regardless of your ability, commitment level or past experience.

City’s sports centre, CitySport, is the largest student sports facility in central London. CitySport provides leading-edge sport and wellbeing facilities for students. Located approximately a five-minute walk from the Northampton Square campus, it is fitted with the latest and most sophisticated fitness equipment across 3,000m2 of floor space.


·   City offers a range of accommodation, including modern and newly refurbished halls of residence a short walk from the main City buildings, as well as private accommodation.

·   Each with a team of management staff, the halls have private, modern study bedrooms and communal living spaces where students can cook, relax and feel at home.

·   City guarantees halls of residence places to all first-year undergraduates who accept a place before the accommodation deadline.

·   Postgraduate students will be able to apply for one of City’s affiliated halls once they have firmly accepted an offer at City. Please note that rooms are allocated on a first come, first served basis, but priority is given to students with a disability or severe medical condition.

·   Students have access to private housing advisors, legal housing advice, a contract checking service and housing events.

·   Whether students want to live in halls or privately rented housing, the Student Centre's Accommodation team can help.


Students and staff from more than 160 countries around the world are attracted to City. City extend a warm welcome to international students, who represent 35% of their community. The University’s Students’ Union and ‘International City Week’ provide a platform to celebrate different cultures, whilst our extensive global alumni network connects graduates around the world.

City’s world-leading research addresses contemporary issues of global concern and they work in partnership with some of the world’s leading universities and with over 100 leading global institutions to maximise research impact, change lives and shape a better future.


City has close contacts with leading professional institutions and businesses worldwide and more than two-thirds of its courses are recognised by relevant professional bodies. City has strong links with major employers, who give regular presentations, attend career fairs and run student skills sessions.

Ties to both UK and international businesses provide networking and career opportunities for postgraduate students. City has also signed up to The Concordat, which is an agreement to improve the employment and support for research staff.


Many of City's undergraduate courses provide the opportunity to undertake a placement or internship as part of your studies. A work placement gives you the opportunity to gain real-work skills and road test your future career.  Professional placements take place in the third year of a four year sandwich degree. Your final degree certificate would then be endorsed with your placement. The type of opportunities available varies by school and course.

Undergraduate students may apply to study abroad at one of our 35+ highly-ranked worldwide partner universities as part of their undergraduate programme. We currently have partner universities in the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Korea, The Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Spain, USA, and Vietnam.

City’s Micro-Placements Programme offers opportunities for students who want to explore careers different from those traditionally associated with their degree. They are an exciting way to gain professional experience via short summer placements with a wide range of UK-based employers. The aim of the programme is to give you real-life exposure to the business environment and enhance your employability skills. 


City offers skills-focused degrees that embed employability within the curriculum. Alongside employability, City are focused on setting up new interdisciplinary research centres that will produce solutions to some of the biggest challenges that society faces.

City’s specialist careers service helps students discuss plans at personal appointments and group workshops, get advice on preparing a CV, job application form or LinkedIn profile, or attend a mock interview. City has strong links with major employers, who give regular presentations, attend career fairs and run student skills sessions.

Ties to both UK and international businesses provide networking and career opportunities for postgraduate students. City has also signed up to The Concordat, which is an agreement to improve the employment and support for research staff.

Building brilliant careers
City is committed to the career prospects of its students. Degrees and facilities have been developed with employers and leading figures in industry and embed employability within the curriculum. Most degrees at City are accredited by professional bodies and nearly all undergraduate courses offer placements.

Specialist careers service
Students can discuss plans at personal career appointments and group workshops, get advice on preparing a CV, job application form or LinkedIn profile, or attend a mock interview.

Regular careers events
Strong links with major employers, who give regular presentations, attend career fairs and run student skills sessions. The Careers Service hosts panel events for students to explore industries and network.

Help finding opportunities
With City CareersHub, a specialist online service, students can discover internship opportunities available during their time at City and get support with identifying graduate opportunities that are right for them. All City students and graduates are registered on CareersHub, along with more than 5,000 employers including the BBC, Bloomberg, Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Macfarlanes LLP, PwC, Santander and The Times.

Mentoring from a professional
City's award-winning professional mentoring scheme matches students with experienced professionals with a view to developing their skills, confidence and future employability.

Extracurricular and co-curricular activities

·    CityVentures organises extracurricular events, cash prize competitions and business support for student entrepreneurs

·   The City Launch Lab provides an incubation space for student startups.


Much of the City campus is located on the cusp of some of London’s most vibrant neighbourhoods: design-focused Clerkenwell, Islington’s fashionable Upper Street and the high-tech creative communities of Old Street and Shoreditch. Tree-lined avenues and green spaces offer contrast to the vibrant street life, bars and restaurants of Exmouth Market and Hoxton Square, while the nearby Barbican Centre is a world-famous architectural and cultural landmark.

Further afield, Bayes Business School (formerly Cass) occupies a prime location in the City of London’s financial hub, making it the ideal postgraduate study base for professionals working in the Square Mile.

From shops, cafés and restaurants to museums, galleries and arts venues; from sports clubs to nightclubs; from cityscapes to public gardens, London is a city for everyone. Celebrated as a truly global destination, with a diverse cultural mix, iconic landmarks and a unique energy, it is an exuberant and exciting place to live and has been consistently named the best student city in the world by QS Best Student Cities rankings. Far-reaching connections and close ties with institutions around the world position City as a truly international university.


·   Almost all undergraduate degrees offer the opportunity of a work placement, a clinical placement or a period studying abroad. Many offer professional accreditation. 

·   A welcoming and diverse community with student counselling, buddy schemes, active student societies, Students' Union and an award-winning student centre. 

·   Partnerships with over 100 leading institutions across the world provide exciting opportunities to study abroad and gain international work experience.




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Established: 1894 (University since 1966)

Location: Central London, close to the City of London (the financial district) and Tech City (cluster of high-tech companies)

Population of London: Over 9 million

Closest airport: Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport, London City Airport, Stanstead Airport, Luton airport

Student population: around 21,000 students

International students: Over 6,500

Nationalities on campus: Over 160



o   Art & Humanities

o   Business

o   Engineering & computing

o   Health & Psychology

o   Law

o   Social Sciences



o   4 former Prime Ministers attended City

o   12 minutes by bicycle to Oxford Street, the West End and a host of international renowned attractions

o   City is ranked 7th in UK for graduate startup investment (HESA 2019/20)

o   Over 100 student groups, social and support networks



o   Most degrees accredited by professional bodies

o   150,000+ alumni worldwide

o   Academics from over 75 countries

o   Cutting-edge subject-specific facilities

o   Member institution of the University of London



o    Muhtar Kent, CEO Coca Cola

o    Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannu, founder of EasyJet

o    Sir Richard Olver, Chairman BAE Systems

o    Robert B Kelly, CEO The Bank of New York Mellon

o    Dermot Murnaghan, presenter Sky News

o    Sophie Raworth, presenter BBC News at One

o    Sharon Maguire, Director (Bridget Jones Diary)

o    Julie Stewart-Bink, presenter Fox Sport (Fox Soccer Daily)



o   86% of research rated as world-leading or internationall excellent (REF, 2021)

o   6th in London for graduate prospects (Complete University Guide 2023)

o   40th best university in the UK (Complete University Guide 2023)

o   Among the top 10 highest ranked institutions in London (QS World Ranking 2023)

o   Their business school is 3rd best in London, 6th in the UK, 23rd in Europe (Financial Times European Business School ranking 2021).

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