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  1. Why City?
    1. Student life in London
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    3. Student Charter: We are City
    4. Alumni
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Why choose City?

Our commitment to academic excellence, focus on business and the professions and central London location are just some of the reasons for studying at City, University of London.

Why students choose City

Our commitment to teaching excellence

Our exceptional lecturers and academics do far more than just impart knowledge to our students. We believe our teaching can transform the way our students think about the world around you. It gives you the skills to challenge assumptions and to make reasoned arguments. It shows you how to build persuasive cases for and against various situations for the rest of your life.

At City you will be taught by research driven academics – these are experts, doing leading-edge work in the field you have chosen to study. They are the people writing the reports, the policies, the books and the articles that inform the field. Through our teaching we aim to highlight the importance of your subject and how it can be applied in real life.

We take the responsibility of delivering high-quality teaching seriously and recognise that it is important to our students. You can find out more information about our teaching quality and our recent performance in the newly introduced Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) here.

Our central London location

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We are located in the heart of London, close to the capital's leading financial, legal, media and medical institutions. London is ranked in fifth position in the QS Top Universities Best Student Cities in the World 2016 and is placed as the number one city in the world for rankings, commended for its world-class facilities and its position as a hub of academia. QS describes London as "one of the world's most important financial hubs", as well as "being among the world’s leading places to find work in media and the arts, and a host of other industries".

Both professionally and personally, students have the opportunity to benefit from all that London has to offer.

Professionally, make the most of our proximity to the City of London and our close ties with major London employers such as KPMG, Allen & Overy, Goldman Sachs, the BBC and Sky.

Personally, take advantage of London's famous nightlife, parks and sports facilities. Nearby you will find national arts venues Sadler's Wells and the Barbican. The local area offers world class dance, music, theatre, galleries and museums, as well as a large selection of bars, shops and restaurants.

Explore the local area

Discover what London has to offer

Our commitment to academic excellence

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City, University of London is a leading international institution and the only institution in London to be both committed to academic excellence and focused on business and the professions. We have a long tradition of academic excellence, dating back to our foundation in 1894.

Our academic staff are engaged in research that is transforming the world in which we live. Whether they are developing biomedical sensors to improve mortality rates of patients in intensive care, or leading unique research into social attitudes across Europe, you will be educated by academic staff who are at the forefront of their fields. These academics will play a major role in your educational experience and are dedicated to making sure your learning is relevant and rewarding.

City's unique focus on both academic excellence and business and the professions contributes to making City a leading global institution and we are proud of our high rankings in recent surveys.

  • City has received a Silver award in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) (2017).
  • City is ranked in the top 20 UK institutions (18th) in the Guardian University Guide 2017.
  • 1st in London for student satisfaction (The Complete University Guide 2018).
  • 1st in London for teaching quality (The Times and The Sunday Times University League Table 2016)
  • 2nd in London for student experience (The Times and The Sunday Times University League Table 2016)
  • 4th in London for graduate career prospects (The Times and The Sunday Times University League Table 2016)
  • 40% of total academics producing research that is world-leading or internationally excellent (2014 Research Excellence Framework)

Our exceptional employment prospects

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Our focus on business and the professions provides our students with opportunities for direct interaction with future employers and makes our courses relevant, exciting and topical. Many of our courses are accredited by professional bodies, which ensures that courses are relevant and up-to-date, and helps improve your employment prospects.

City students also benefit from our extensive network of links with major London employers. Throughout your study, we will help you enhance your employability by organising work placements relevant to your future career and providing specialist careers advice and career workshops. Once you graduate, you will have access to our global network of alumni.

Read more about employability at City

Read more about the City Alumni Network

Our award winning student services

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Our Student Centre is dedicated to supporting your endeavours and ensuring your success at City. Students are provided with support and advice in a welcoming and friendly environment on a range of different areas, from finance and accommodation to wellbeing and learning support.

City is the first institution in the UK to have its Student Centre recognised by The Institute of Customer Service, an accreditation in recognition of excellent service delivery to students. The team is also a winner in the Times Higher Education Leadership & Management Awards in the category of Outstanding Student Services Team.

Read more about services we offer for students.

Our membership of the University of London

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As a part of the University of London, you will have the opportunity to access to a wide range of facilities and services offered by the University, alongside those already open to you at City.

Benefits include access to the University of London's comprehensive library services, including the facilities at Senate House, access to further accommodation options and support services and membership of Student Central, the University's central London venue offering sports facilities, entertainments and social events.

Read more about the benefits of the University of London.

Generous scholarships, bursaries and prizes

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You may be eligible for an award to help pay your tuition fees or living expenses. For example, did you know that City is offering a first-year Scholarship of £2,000 to UK and EU undergraduate students who achieve exceptional grades at 'A' level, International Baccalaureate or other qualifications? (terms and conditions apply)

New scholarships and awards often become available, so it's worth checking our scholarships section on a regular basis to see what you can apply for.

Undergraduate bursaries, scholarships and awards

A world-class student experience

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However you like to spend your free time, student life at City offers a huge range of opportunities. Whether you want to get involved with a sports team, join a club or society or explore faith, there is something for you. Also, with a campus based in Central London, you constantly have an abundance of cafes, bars and pubs around you to meet up with friends.

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Take a journey through our university. We are proud to say 'This is City'.

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City, University of London

Northampton Square

London EC1V 0HB

United Kingdom

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City, University of London is an independent member institution of the University of London. Established by Royal Charter in 1836, the University of London consists of 18 independent member institutions with outstanding global reputations and several prestigious central academic bodies and activities.