City, University of London is located in the heart of London. City is committed to academic excellence and focused on business and the professions. City attracts around 20,000 students from more than 160 countries and academic staff from over 75 countries.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


The university is composed of individual colleges

UCAS Code: C60

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 54%
  • Postgraduate 46%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 82%
  • Part Time 18%

Where students come from

  • UK 63%
  • EU 11%
  • Other 27%

Student gender

  • Male 43%
  • Female 57%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • Excellent resources and facilities are provided by the Library Services. The main Northampton Square Library occupies five floors in the University Building and there are specialist libraries for Cass Business School and The City Law School.
  • Collections in City's main library consist of around 250,000 books with over 25,000 online journal titles and over 1,600 study places available in the libraries.
  • The e-learning environment, Moodle, provides instant access to course materials, resources, interactive activities and assessment and communication tools.

Student jobs

  • City’s Careers Service has an online job vacancy board for students, finalists and graduates and can advise on employment opportunities from part-time jobs to graduate roles, placements or summer internships.
  • Unitemps, as part of the Career Service, is an online recruitment service providing temporary work for students and recent graduates at the university, and various local opportunities ranging from start-ups to multinationals.
  • City students also have opportunities for paid work as student ambassadors or widening participation ambassadors. In these roles they represent City, sharing their experiences of what it's like to study at university with prospective students at open days and evenings, and those in the local community.

Careers advice

  • City organises a variety of career and work experience advice and opportunities for students and alumni throughout the year. On the CareersHub students can view vacancies, book appointments with advisers and participate in the Professional Mentoring Scheme.
  • CityStarters organise extracurricular events, cash prize competitions and business support for student entrepreneurs. The City Launch Lab also provides an incubation space for student start-ups.
  • City Volunteering supports organisations in the local community and is open to all students.
  • Professional Liaison Unit (PLU) supports students from the School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering with placements, internships and work-based learning. In the PLU the Professional Pathway is a scheme that allows students to work four day weeks at established companies alongside their degree, which they complete over a longer period of time. Last year the PLU placed 200 students across all schemes including, professional pathway, postgraduate and undergraduate internships.

Health services

  • The Student Health Service is committed to the general well-being of students, helping them achieve their full potential during their time at City.
  • Students can visit the Health Service for medical advice, help registering with a doctor (GP), immunisation services and support with disabilities. The Health Service is run by a nurse adviser, who is available for advice on minor illnesses, accidents and general advice on health matters. Immunisations are also available.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • Professional and confidential counselling services are available on campus. This includes group and individual counselling sessions, cognitive behavioural therapy, workshops, mental health advice and mentoring.

Disability support

  • The Disability Support team within Learning Success works with students with a range of diagnosed disabilities and long-term health conditions to identify strategies and reasonable adjustments which will enhance the learning experience of students. The service is committed to promoting inclusivity and equality for students with disabilities.
  • City also work with students who require temporary arrangements as a result of an injury or short-term illness.

Other services and facilities

  • City was the first UK university to have its Student Centre accredited by the Institute of Customer Service in recognition of its excellence.
  • The university is also praised for its proactive approach to student engagement and support. Student ambassadors facilitate student engagement in widening participation activities in local schools. Support is provided to new students through the CityBuddies scheme, which pairs new students with current students on the same course so they have a familiar face when they arrive to university to show them around and answer questions. Around 1,010 pairings build the CityBuddies community and students receive training on being a mentor.

Students' Union

  • Whether students are interested in societies, activities or media, the Students' Union ensures their life at City is fun and fulfilling. All students of the university are given a free membership once they register at City.
  • By attending the annual Freshers' Fair students are given the opportunity to join more than 100 established clubs and societies, Raising And Giving (RAG) charity activity, student media and multiple other student-led projects, funded by the union. The Students' Union provides support and actively encourages new students to set up their own club or society.
  • Students can benefit from confidential advice on academic and disciplinary issues through the Union Advice Service. The union also develops student course representatives to ensure students' are heard on key student issues and to support university academic representation.


  • City, University of London was founded in 1894 as the Northampton Institute, with the objective of promoting 'the industrial skill, general knowledge, health and well-being of young men and women belonging to the poorer classes.' This year marks the 125th anniversary of City, University of London.​
  • Awarded university status in 1966, in 2016, City became an independent member of the University of London.
  • City, University of London has strong links with the City of London and its rector is the Lord Mayor of London. The university has recently invested £200 million in research-excellent academic staff, information systems infrastructure and estate.

Fascinating Fact

  • City, University of London was visited by Apollo 15 astronauts in 1971: the then Vice-Chancellor was presented with part of the command module, Endeavour.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Keith Abel – co-founder of Abel & Cole.
  • Tony Blair – former Labour prime minister.
  • Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi) – leader of the Indian independence movement.
  • Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou – founder and director of easyGroup PLC.
  • Professor Dame Wendy Hall – distinguished computer scientist and dean of physical and applied sciences at the University of Southampton.
  • Ruby Hammer – founder of Ruby and Millie cosmetics.
  • Kirsty Lang – journalist and broadcaster, BBC Radio 4 and BBC World.
  • Hanisha Patel – barrister and chair of the Association of Asian Women Lawyers.
  • Alexis Petridis – head rock and pop critic for The Guardian.
  • Samira Ahmed – award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker.


City, University of London, Northampton Square, London, EC1V 0HB