City University London



Quick Facts

  • Over 18,000 students from more than 150 countries.
  • Educating students in London since 1894.
  • City University will become a college under The University of London by August 2016.
  • Notable alumni: Mahatma Gandhi – leader of Indian independence movement, Tony Blair – UK Prime Minister from 1997 to 2007, and Margaret Thatcher – UK Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990.

City University London was founded in 1894 as the Northampton Institute and was awarded University status in 1966. The University’s motto is “to serve mankind”.

As the name suggests, City is located in the heart of London, but its outlook is truly international. Students are drawn from more than 150 nations from around the world, while staff come from over 40 different countries. There are commendable graduate employment rates, state-of-the-art facilities, and an extensive public lecture and events programme. The university is renowned for its international focus, the employability of its graduates, and its links with business and the professions. With international students from 90 different countries, City’s Cass Business School is ranked first in London and second in the UK for business, management and finance degrees.

City and Canada
City welcomes applications from Canadian students. London is a great place for students from Canada to study as it is a global city with virtually every nationality represented in some way.

Colleges and Schools
City University is organised into five schools:

  • City Law School, incorporating Inns of Court School of Law
  • School of Health Sciences, incorporating St Bartholomew School of Nursing & Midwifery
  • School of Arts and Social Science, including the Department of Journalism
  • School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering
  • Sir John Cass Business School

For information on international student fees (non-EU), click here.

City offers a wide range of International Scholarships. Click here to learn more.

Over 18,000 students and 10,000 staff.

Entrance Requirements
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City University London works with several third party housing providers offering safe and modern accommodation within easy travelling distance of the main University buildings.

If you are coming to City as an International Student for the full academic year you are eligible to apply for accommodation in City’s nominated halls. If you are going to be studying an undergraduate course you will be bound by the conditions of the University’s accommodation Guarantee Scheme for undergraduate students.

The university’s commitment to academic excellence is backed by the highest quality support and facilities. High-tech equipment, coupled with the online learning resource Moodle, form an integrated learning environment that combines virtual and physical learning spaces to support the university’s educational activities. During 2013, significant investment went into developing new lecture spaces in the university building, the expansion of the undergraduate facilities for Cass Business School and the refurbishment of the Tait building.

The University’s main campus and the location of its historic College Building is Northampton Square in Islington. The University has several other academic sites within central London. Cass Business School is located in Bunhill Row, the City Law School at Gray’s Inn and the Fight for Sight Optometry Clinic is in Old Street.

City University London is located in the heart of London, close to the capital’s leading financial, legal, media and medical institutions

City University London is close to Liverpool Street, King’s Cross, St Pancras and London Bridge mainline stations. Its principal sites are within walking distance of Farringdon, Barbican, Angel, Old Street and Moorgate underground stations, all within Zone One.

Living in London
City University London is located in Islington in central London. Close to Angel, Clerkenwell and Shoreditch, the University is in the heart of a vibrant, exciting, global city.

The diverse range of entertainment, shops, restaurants and bars in the area mean there’s something for everyone. The local area is home to world class arts centres the Barbican and Sadler’s Wells hosting live music, dance, theatre and cinema from around the world; mainstream and art-house (Screen on the Green) cinemas; live music venues, such as the O2 Academy Islington; nightclubs including the famous Fabric; theatres – some less than ten minutes’ walk from the main University buildings; and comedy clubs.

Soak up some history along with the modern culture, with a visit to the nearby Museum of London or to the British Library, which often holds exhibitions alongside its massive collection of 14 million books, 920,000 journal and newspaper titles and three million sound recordings. City is close to several Underground lines, so it’s easy to travel around, making other areas of central London feel local, too.

Islington boasts many essential services such as supermarkets, newsagents and banks as well as numerous high-street shops and street markets. Both Clerkenwell and Shoreditch are peppered with small boutiques and designer stores. A short bus or tube ride away, Covent Garden, Oxford Street and Carnaby Street house some of the most famous stores in Europe. Locally we have some of the best restaurants in London and there are plenty of low-budget and takeaway options, with food from a multitude of cultures. Nearby Exmouth Market and Whitecross Street provide excellent street food at lunchtime, and great restaurants in the evening. Many of the local bars and pubs also serve food, often at discounted price for City students. You’ll be in walking distance of a variety of bars, serving up live music, theatre and film screenings as well as the more usual drinks.