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City, University of London

4.3 out of 5 (18 ratings / 12 reviews) London, England, United Kingdom
City, University of London has links with business and industry for career development, an inclusive and diverse community from across the world, and opportunities for sport, and culture. Ranked the greenest university in London (People and Planet University League), City is within top 200 in the world for commitment to the UN’s Sustainable Global Goals (Times Higher Education Impact Rankings).

Bachelor's programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Law (1)

Pre-Bachelor's programmes

Social Sciences (38)
Business & Management (29)
Engineering & Technology (15)

About

History

City's tradition of providing high quality education relevant to business and the professions dates back over 125 years. For many of City’s graduates, time spent at City laid the groundwork for leadership, innovation and excellence that have changed the world we live in.

The Lord Mayor of London is the Rector of City and many City of London livery companies are long-standing supporters of City.

Education

City is divided into five academic Schools:

  • School of Arts & Social Sciences
  • The Business School (formerly Cass)
  • School of Health Sciences
  • The City Law School
  • School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering

City is committed to academic excellence and focused on business and the professions, attracting some of the best talent from across the world to deliver courses across its academic Schools. City offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, alongside foundation degrees, evening and weekend courses and professional development courses. Many courses involve placement opportunities and guest lectures given by expert professionals. 

Research

City’s academic staff are engaged in world-transforming research. 

Whether developing biomedical sensors to improve survival rates of patients in intensive care or leading unique research into social attitudes across Europe, students at City are educated by academic staff who are at the forefront of their fields.

City's unique focus on both academic excellence and business and the professions contributes to making City a leading global university:

  • Ranked 3rd in London for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2020)
  • 76% of City’s research submissions are rated of world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3) quality (REF 2014)
  • Awarded Silver in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework.

Career

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. City ranked 7th in London for career after 6 months (Guardian University Guide 2020). Most degrees at City are accredited by professional bodies and nearly all courses offer placements.

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.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2021
350 -1
2020
349 2
2019
351
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2021
351 50
2020
401 -50
2019
351
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2020
701 200
2019
901
2018
901
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2021
-
2020
663 -42
2019
621
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Services

Student services

As well as offering an outstanding academic experience, City provides award-winning support services to help create an enjoyable and enriching student experience. 

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. Students at City are part of a welcoming and diverse community, with student counselling, buddy schemes, active student societies, Students' Union and an award-winning student centre. 

City’s student services offer free and confidential advice and support on welfare, visas, financial support and accommodation.

Housing services

  • City guarantees halls of residence places to all first-year undergraduates who accept a place before the accommodation deadline
  • City's halls are self-catered with private, modern study bedrooms and communal living spaces
  • 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.

Accommodation costs: catered £216.23-£305.83 per week / self-catered £160 - £232 per week

Library services

Northampton Square library occupies five floors in the University Building, with additional specialist libraries for the Business School (formerly Cass) and Law. There are over 1,500 individual study spaces, many equipped with PC workstations. Libraries offer extensive opening hours with a range of e-books, journals and databases available online. 

ICT services

City’s students benefit from excellent IT facilities. Campus-wide wireless network enables students to connect to services from their own devices and City’s computer laboratories. Students receive a Microsoft Office 365 account, an email account for life, alongside access to facilities such as video calls, online storage and the full Microsoft Office suite for the duration of their studies.  

Medical services

  • The health service offers medical advice, help registering with a GP and other support
  • Nurse advisers are available to advise on issues such as minor illness, accidents or immunisation
  • Several clinics, major hospitals and pharmacies are located nearby.

Student Life

Campus life

Based in the UK capital, City students have a wealth of academic and career opportunities on their doorstep. City is in the heart of Islington in Central London. Most of the main buildings are around Northampton Square. 

From the boutiques, bars and restaurants of Islington to the dynamic cultural scene of Shoreditch, City is in an ideal location for students. It is minutes from Tech City and the Square Mile, London's world-famous financial district and headquarters of professional institutions, major arts complexes and media offices, teaching hospitals and specialist medical research centres. Extensive bus, railway and underground networks ensure students are never far from anywhere in the city, day or night.

Sports facilities

University sports are open to everyone. There are many sports and exercise opportunities for students to get involved in, regardless of their 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. 

Student clubs

Through its Programme Representatives, City Students’ Union (SU) represents the student voice and ensures that it is heard on key academic issues. The SU also supports students in creating their own campaigns on matters that are close to their hearts and provides independent advice on a range of academic and non-academic issues students might have.

The SU organise events and support City’s many 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.

To find out more about City Students’ Union, visit their website.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I would recommend this city as it provides professors who offer interactive, enjoyable lessons whilst, coming from a high bracket of knowledgeable staff to assist in all our needs and questions

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I would recommend this university. It offers fantastic teaching within a great environment.

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Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

This course was unique and completely tailored to my needs. The teaching staff were amazing and I formed brilliant relationships with my tutors. I have learned so much about writing in a very short period of time, and will now pursue a career in literature. It's a real shame that this course has now been closed down and replaced by a sub-par version because this was a...

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