Location: City University London is located in Islington, the cultural and financial heart of London (UK).
Funding: Tuition fees at City University are funded by Student Finance England.
Size: There are more than 9,000 undergraduate students at our university.
Percent Women: Women constitute the 57% of the students attending City Uni (Girl power!)
Tuition (one year): Tuition fees start at an average of £6,742. The accomodation isn't included and costs approximately £6,600-8,600 a year.
Most Popular Majors: Popular majors are Business, Journalism, Engineering & IT, Law and Nursing.
Greek Life: No, but we have great societies!
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit City University London’s website at http://www.city.ac.uk/student-administration/admissions
Why Choose City London?
"After I realised I wanted to study Journalism and that I wanted to study in the United Kingdom, I did an Internet search for the best journalism universities in the UK and City came first. I applied to it - together with four other unis - super early and I was lucky enough to get a place."
"I applied to City because it’s a good university with brilliant lecturers. Plus, it’s super close to the city centre and it’s in a really nice area."
"I must be honest, I was really keen on academic excellence. When I saw the rankings, the only thing I wanted was to sit at City University desks! Thankfully, they proved to be true and I must admit that if I had to decide again I would always pick City. I think it was very important to visit the Open Day and hear all the professors and alumni students speaking about their experience at City. I am very intuitive person and from the moment I entered City my intuition was telling me: 'Yes, yes, yes'! And it was right!"
"I had a friend who went to City and adviced me to have a look at it. He was right: I am passionate about finance, and I discovered City was just the perfect place to be. Cass Business School offers great modules, prepared staff, lots of opportunities and an amazing location. Honestly, I am having the time of my life!"
"Coming from a small town in the countryside, I wanted to study and live somewhere multicultural, with lots of different people, cultures, events and places. Between all the universities I visited, City seemed to be the most mixed one, with its energetic buzz, various societies and interesting activities. And then honestly, I just fell in love with the College building!"
"City's best features are without doubt its close links with the professions: I get thousands of emails per month about job and internship opportunities which have helped me a lot to improve my CV. Its central position is also a great plus: I planned to make the most out of London and living near City definitely helped towards that."
"The journalism department is just amazing. The equipment is brand new and we get the chance to use it quite often. I never had to buy a camera or a tripod in my two years here because I could always borrow them from the technical studios, and their quality is great."
"I love the City Uni atmosphere. It's not one of those big universities, it's quite small and cosy and that gives you a homelike feeling. I think it indirectly makes you feel more important and being more taken care of. You don't have to queue in the line for weeks to meet your professor for some advice or help, everyone seems to know and help each other, and so in the end of the day, I don't really feel like at university. I feel more like at home."
"I love the fact that no one judges you. And also the College and the Social sciences buildings are extremely cool. Plus, they organise a lot of events and conferences with really inspiring guests. And the weekly event at Saddlers is so much fun!"
"City's journalism department is full of lecturers who are experts in the field. Even the students have achieved great things in the industry. All of the people I've met at City are friendly and full of enthusiasm. City is full of opportunities to learn new skills but to also meet inspiring characters."
"Its reputation is absolutely a big plus. I am about to graduate and in these three years I made tons of experiences and connections thanks to City's brand. City prepares you for your future career not only by giving you the tools and the knowledge, but also by creating the situations for you to make a real change in your life."
"Social life is definitely a cons. The Student Union needs a massive improvement, together with its events and the involvement of students"
"It sometimes looks like this university is terribly disorganised. We were told the Graduation date would be somewhere in the week of 21 July, so most people booked their tickets and hotels. Then it turned out that it was actually the week before - and we found out by ourselves, not thanks to the staff. This caused major problems as most people either won't be able to be there or won't have their parents there. So now we will have two graduation ceremonies, and both times not all students will be there: a massive mess, considering that our course is made of loads of international students and we won't see each other ever again."
"I would definitely add more space in the canteen and library as the number of students seems to be rising. I would also prefer to have a wider, cheaper and healthier choice of food, as I really damaged my stomach during my second very busy term when I didn't have enough time for cooking."
"The journalism department at times feels slightly separated from the rest of the institution making it harder to meet students from other schools in the university. It would be great to see more collaborative events with the institution and also the Students' Union. The new social spaces as part of the estates plan should help in getting students to meet with one another."
"Not to seem superficial, but I think some main areas of the university need to be renewed. The outside of the main building, the library and some lecture rooms look old and unwelcoming. There should be more attention for the environment as well as for the quality of the teaching. We spend most of our days at uni and it would help to be in bright, organised and inspiring places."
New Collegiette on Campus
"As far as I remember orientation week was really nice and, as far as I see, I think they are constantly improving it. They have also started a City Buddy scheme for first years which is a great idea. Most of the freshmen stay in the university halls but it’s not that hard to get to know upperclassmen. They should just organise more socials so everything would be easier."
"Freshers Week was a blast! Go to every single party you are invited to, believe me you won't regret it! I wish I was a first year again to feel again that excitement, that carefreeness. The SU guys are amazing and try their best to do everything they can to make you feel at home. Just don't be too shy, no one is there to judge you!"
"Even though at first I was scared people would have been rude or bossy, I remember everyone was really nice and helpful with me. They organised tours of London for the freshers, departmental meetings, games and many other activities. The Freshers Fair is also great fun and gives you the opportunity of meeting tons of new people. You can find out about societies, media teams, sports or internships."
"I'd say the Freshers Flu is quite a tradition here! After the first week of uni (=parties) no one was at lesson for a few days. London's weather doesn't really help... But I'd say it's worth it!"
"Generally speaking first years stay in university halls, as it is the easiest and quickest option to be safe and comfy in a new place. However, I would advice everyone to try to step out from their comfort zone and look for a flat with other City students. It doesn't matter if you don't know them or if they aren't first years, it's even better! Moving in with some third years was the best choice I've made. I met so many people outside my course that I wouldn't have met otherwise, and I am still in contact with most of them."
All About Academics
"The workload is not that bad although it depends a lot on the time of the year: as you get closer to the 5th or 11th weeks your days are gonna be like hell. But you can survive (well, you have to). There are also many courses and session planned to help you organise your study, structure your essay, write your dissertation, etc..."
"Most people study in the library, which is quite crowded during exam time. It also opens 24/7 to allow students to work at any time of the day (people actually sleep there...). However, when the weather is nice it is also possible to study in Northampton Square or in the Drysdale Garden. On the contrary, if you want to work in groups you can book a study room in the library. They are very useful: you get a computer with a big screen and some space to discuss and sit all together."
"Being an international student, I was very worried about keeping up with the workload and achieving good results. However, I received a lot of help, both from my friends, my lectures and from the university. There is a course aimed to help you writing essays which was extremely useful, as academic writing differs from country to country. I was also accepted in the Professional Mentoring scheme, and together with a professional from my field, we worked on my weaknesses, my pieces of work, my CV and cover letters. It was amazing."
"Getting in the courses you want is not always that easy. There are some modules that are particularly popular and you need to apply as soon as possible to get in. This year I lost the opportunity to get into my "Political scandals" module because I completely forgot to fill the form on time. If I could go back, I would ask to second or third years some advice before choosing, so I would know in advance what I want to do."
"The most popular departments are the Journalism one and the Cass Business School. City is the best university in the country for Journalism, and it has links with all the major newspapers and broadcast networks. The course is quite challenging and the competition to be accepted is fierce, but I think it's totally worth it."
Learn from the Best
"My favourite lecturers are Paul Majendie, Jane Singer and Melanie Bunce. Paul teaches Advanced Practical Journalism - Print - and he's funny, helpful and he actually cares about our work, which doesn't always happen when you have dozens of students. He's a former Reuters journalist so he always ends up talking about some cool person he's interviewed - be it Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson or the Harry Potter cast. Jane is amazing: she helped me get through my dissertation and she's so great that she went through the whole 9,000 words twice! Mel Bunce taught mostly academic modules this year and she was very helpful and organised, but most of all she's always available for us and very approachable."
"Although my second year was the absolute killer (I literally had to freeze my life from September till May), I have to admit I had some amazing modules and brilliant lecturers this year, which undoubtedly contributed to my both personal and professional development. Most of the lecturers try to make the classes entertaining through various kinds of activities, workshops and often very funny exercises which doen't only make me leave the class with a smile on my face, but also teach me in the most creative way of practice."
"Departmental parties are a tradition at City. You get to spend time with your friends and teachers outside class, and they are absolute fun! They organise games and shows, there is music, food and drinks. Lecturers are far less formal in these occasions and you get to know lots of facts about them. I couldn't stand one of my tutors, I thought he was super boring and arrogant, until I saw him bouncing with a balloon between his knees! I definitely changed my mind about him."
"I love having a personal tutor. They are always there for you when you need, and they are able to give great advice. I had mine for three years in a row now and to me it feels like having a second mum."
"If I had to choose one class of this year I would find boring or useless, I wouldn't be able to name any. We had lots of practical classes which were more self-educating, but only through these kinds of exercises you learn and build your own skills, as well as understanding limitations and aspects you need to work on more. Lecturers were not only academics, but they were professionals who not only taught us in an old-fashioned way, but based their teaching on their professional experience."
Interests & Involvement
"Co-curricular activities are popular amongst City students. Students can take part in societies, clubs, student media, raising and giving, sports, liberation campaigns, Green Dragons project etc. The main provider of these is the Students' Union. They're great for developing transferable skills you can then put on your portfolio. To find our more about these you can visit the Students' Union website or pop into the office and if the society you're interested isn't there, the union can support you in creating it! "
"Some people (not everyone) join clubs and other activities. There are quite a lot but still there could be more. You can find out on the orientation week or online. I enjoyed spending time with new people and meeting new friends. I don’t really know which are the procedures to start a new club, but surely the hardest thing about setting up a society is making sure you’ve got enough interest and people to support you from the start."
"We have a lot of students who do. One of the reasons you come to uni is because you have this idea of uni life, all about parties and societies. The Students' Union provides most of those things. Cheerleading is really popular, they squad just won the national competition which everyone is really excited about. The mountaineering club won 'Society of the Year' and it's a really great one. I really regret not getting involved with more society stuff. I’m definitely going to make up for it next year."
"There are a wide range of clubs and societies on offer, and it is relatively easy to star your own if you recognise a gap. The most popular are probably the media teams, the sports teams, the mountaneering soc and the national/religious ones. Make time for them, it is really worthwhile."
"It's quite easy to find a society or a group that suits your interests. There is a huge directory on the Students' Union website and all over Facebook that helps you find them all. I took over the radio station after contributing for one year, and it was quite simple (a battle for the editorial, I'd say)."
"Sports are something which could be improved on. While I don't doubt there are talented athletes at our uni, they're not properly recognised for their achievements - you just don't hear about them!"
"I really like being part of a team. Since I started playing volleyball at City I've felt more confident and more comfortable in working with other people. When I was in a team in my home country I stopped because some members were disrespectful and arrogant with each other. That's why finding that team values and friendships still exist here at uni was a blast for me."
"The rugby team probably has the biggest representation, mainly cause they tend to take over the student bar on Wednesday nights. I think there is a separate athlete culture, but I really don’t know anything about it. We don’t have events that students go to because we don’t have the facilities, but when we get our new gym we hope we can change that and get loads of people to watch."
"I personally don’t have any sports-related engagement but I am aware of many sports club and societies at City. The Uni is also renovating the sports centre and it is suppose to open this coming autumn. This should encourage students to do not only sports but also exercise.
"I subscribed to City's bootcamp and zumba classes for one year, and they were absolutely amazing! For a ridicolous price you get 20 lessons for 60 days, and you can choose between different courses everyday at different times. I loved the teachers too, especially the zumba's one: he made us practice on "Waka waka" by Shakira with belly dancers' skirts!"
"I feel that I see only women in the university! If you take the journalism undergrads, we are many more women than men. However, our campus is so big and we have so many students you don’t see the same people all the time. That's why I turn up at university in sweatpants and greasy hair... I am sure no one will recognise me!"
"Something I enjoy a lot about my university is that you can really wear what you want without being seen as a weirdo. In Paris, where I grew up, you can not really wear what you want!"
"We have a women’s officer now! This is the first year of its existence so the role is still finding its feet. We'll have a mostly female student union (13 women vs 1 guy) next year, so I think we can do a lot to tackle women’s issues. I know a big thing for us is safety during Freshers, and that will be our first feminist campaign next year."
"There are women clubs and societies that you can join. In my course there are definitely more women than men but I don’t know how the ratio is for the other courses or departments. There’s definitely an air of girl power at City, especially because in the recent election the three elected sabbatical officers are all females and the SU representative pool is also dominated by females. Women taking over the world!"
"We don’t have a feminism society but I’m pretty sure a group of students are setting one up at the moment, which is really exciting! I think when that exists it will be much easier to raise awareness to the SU. We wanted to have a ‘women in the workplace’ priority campaign this year, but we never managed to get it going. I really want to see gender equality campaigning stepping up this year."
Food & Drink
"There isn't a massive choice when it comes to food on campus, there is one sort of food court with four outlets, but it's on the pricey side. You're well catered for when it comes to tea and coffee, as there is an on campus Costa and a separate cafe too, but you're in the centre of London, and outside Uni you are spoilt for choice."
"Restaurants are expensive because we’re in the heart of the capital city. They offer better price-quality ratio than any place on campus though. Luckily for us there is a Sainsbury’s down the road, and Tesco and Waitrose in the other direction."
"Food is not that great and it is expensive. I usually prepare food at home or get a bit of bread and a drink on the way to uni. Sometimes I wish we had a kitchen or at least a place to warm up our meals, so I could bring my own meals and save some money."
"There’s an amazing sandwich shop in the middle of Northampton Square which does huge sandwiches and you can choose the filling. I would recommend everyone at City check it out! The food in the student bar is pretty good too, you get huge plates of curly fries. Other than that the food isn't particularly great."
"We are going through the catering contract retender at the moment, so hopefully the food and drinks across the whole campus will improve. We’re working really hard to make sure we get value for money; we want reasonable food, at reasonable prices. At the moment we’re paying quite a bit and getting crap, school-style food, often in tiny portions. If I have to pay a lot I want something pretty good, at least."
"In London 'late' is never 'too late'. There are few tubes, plenty of buses, cabs and jetpacks available, so there’s always a way home from the heart of the capital city."
"I enjoy walking around in London. It is a very surprising city, with very different areas so close to each other. You can enjoy a nice quiet evening with your flatmate, watching series and cooking at home. visit an exhibition or go to the pub. I would say though that the social scene is inclusive or exclusive depending on where you go. Some places are open to everybody, while some others are more selective."
"I love London's nightlife. However, what I don't like is the feeling that people have to drink or take drugs to have fun. There is so much to see, to try, to meet, to experience, even without exaggerating. I like pub culture too, but sometimes I just wish that alcohol wasn't so essential in everything we do."
"The great thing about our campus is that it’s in central London, so whatever you want you can find. I think the SU uses that as an excuse for not trying new events and putting on things for students. We definitely need more City University events."
"The Student Union has weekly events hosted at the student bar, Saddlers. Saddlers is also open every day for students, and it’s a good place to hang out with your friends. Being in London, you’ll never run out of activities to do; it’s a huge city to explore with all its nook and crannies, and it also has buzzing with night life."
"I would advice toeveryone - and especially to Freshers - to try Propaganda at the 02 Academy, Guilty Pleasures at KOKO, Animal Parties at the Rainforest Café, and every event you could find at Fabric. Trust me!"
"Before arriving at City, you can chose whether to go into halls of residence, or to rent your own flat. There are plenty of different options, it's about finding one that suits you! For example in halls, you are assigned flatmates at random. Flat sizes can range too, some have only three bedrooms while others have up to eight with shared kitchen and living space. Halls are a safe place, and the fact that the uni isn't a 'campus based uni' also makes you feel more independent. Rather than staying on site, you have a small commute, giving you the feeling of independence."
"During my first year I preferred to find a flat with some older students than to stay in a studio by myself. It was quite challenging but I got to learn many things about myself and about living with other people: being respectful and patient, looking after myself, finding compromises, cleaning and cooking. It was much cheaper than uni accomodations too, which is always a plus."
"Student accommodations are relatively safe, usually, as all residents are mostly students and most of the time from the same university. They are also located close to uni, which makes you save on transports. It might not work out with your flatmates sometimes, and this is the most common problem. Although I think staying at a student accommodation on your first year is the most ideal, since you don’t know a lot of people yet. Later on, you can just always find a house you can share with your friends."
"What I don't like about university accomodation is that you cannot choose your flatmates. The flats themselves are renewed, quite spacious and modern, but living with people you don't know can be a hell. Also, I would have preferred to meet second and third year students, but the halls' residents are mainly freshers."
"Not everyone is required to live in a student accommodation, but it seems to be the easiest option for a first year. Although there’s not much room options, student halls usually offer shared flats or studios, so you get to choose between those. The student halls are much like official providers of rooms for student, so I don’t see much activities initiated by the management. However, I guess, it’s up to you socialise with other people in the building... But partying loudly in the middle of the night can be annoying for other fellow residents."
"While City Uni has its downfalls, you cannot beat the location. You're in the centre of the capital and there isn't any part of the city you wouldn't be able to reach in a relatively short period of time. For journalism students it is ideal, as the major broadcasters and newspapers are located in the city. Work experience is out there, it's really down to you! All the major institutions are a walk away too, and easy to reach."
"There are so many things I love about London! It is vibrant, surprising and not boring. What I don't like? The weather probably, and the transport system, but most of all the prices! Everything is way too expensive."
"London, baby! I think it’s great that we’re in such a diverse, exciting city. If you try hard enough you can find anything you want here, the opportunity is there at least, but it can be a quite intimidating place to be too. I remember that in my second year, when all my international friends wen back to their home countries, I realised I had to start again and that’s not easy in this city. People don’t just talk to each other! I was quite lonely at that point, I really had to push myself to go out, try new things and meet new people."
"In London everyone is always extremely busy, and perhaps this is the reason why there aren't many campus activities/events. Everyone does internships, they happen all year round. Everyone knows by now that if you want to get ahead of the game you need to be out there, trying things out and networking. However, there’s loads of support to help you get into internships. I’ve had three I think!
"City University is so well connected with its neighbourhood. In two years I found out a lot about Islington, its residents, history, restaurants, nightlife, culture and much more! In just 10 minutes from the campus you could be eating at an amazing Indochinese restaurant, doing some shopping in Upper Street, watching a play at Sadler's Well, getting a tattoo on Goswell Road... There is always so much going on!"
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