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City University London

UCAS Code: C60

Location: Central London Show on Map

Site: Main site near Islington plus other sites across central London

 Mid-sized research-intensive university.

Student Population

Total Students:19,340
FE Students:0%


Total undergraduates:10,130
Full Time:80%
Mature on Entry:26%
UK Students:72%
State school entry:89%

Teaching Staff

720 full-time and part-time.

Broad study areas

Business, management, finance, actuarial science, engineering, informatics, mathematics, nursing, midwifery, allied health professions, optometry, speech & language therapy, economics, psychology, politics, sociology, criminology, journalism, law, music.


Admission Information:AS-levels accepted in combination with full A-levels or equivalent, preferably in a contrasting subject (some departments may accept 2 AS-levels in place of a 3rd A-level but often with higher grades). UCAS tariff used for some offers, grades for others (or combination).
Points on Entry (Mean):340
Drop Out Rate:13%
Accommodation:All first years guaranteed accommodation (if from outside London and fulfil certain conditions).


Founded:1894 as Northampton Institute; university status in 1966.
Site:Main campus in Islington, close to the City. Also Cass Business School near Moorgate; City Law School in Gray’s Inn; optometry clinic in Bath Street; other community & health sciences sites in West Smithfield and Whitechapel.
How to get there:Angel, Barbican or Farringdon underground stations for main site; served by several bus routes. All other sites well-served by tube and bus.

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Student centre gives access to all support services; SU information & representation centre; health centre; counselling services; careers & skills development service.
Amenities:Bookshop on site; SU recreational facilities, including café, bar, shop and social venue.
Sporting facilities:Sports centre redeveloped for 2013 to include 6-court sports hall, a 100-station fitness area, 4 multi-purpose studios; full disabled access. Playing fields in north London. Sports service offers a range of classes, team sports and wellbeing programmes.
Accommodation:Guaranteed for all first years aged 18+ from outside Greater London, who have a firm acceptance of an offer (conditional or unconditional) and who apply before the deadline. 905 self-catering places (535+ for first years), rents from £170 per week, mostly 42-week contracts Sept−July; more university accommodation expected. Most students live in privately-owned accommodation for two years, rents £95−£230 pw for self-catering (plus bills).

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:Library with 285,000 volumes, 40,000+ periodical titles online; 1396 study places. 4 further libraries in business school, law school and school of community & health sciences. Information provision, £105 pa spent for each student (FTE). Separate IT service, access 24 hours 6/7 days/week. Wifi access throughout all main sites plus residential network in halls of residence. IT skills courses on all supported software.
Other learning resources:Variety of e-learning tools give access to course materials, resources, interactive activities and assessment.
Study abroad:Some opportunities to study in Europe (through Erasmus).
Careers:Information, advice and placement service, including one-to-one guidance, mock interviews, CV and application checking, employability workshops etc. Resources include careers library, online vacancy board and website. Employers regularly deliver seminars and recruitment events on campus.


Living expenses budget:Budget of £210–£350 per week (excluding tuition fees) recommended by university.
Term-time work:Centre for career & skills development helps students find part-time jobs.
Financial help:150 scholarships of £3000 for English students whose family income is up to £16k pa and who is eg disabled, a care leaver, from a single-parent family. Scholarships of up to £3000 pa for UK/EU students who achieve grades AAB in 3 A-levels (or equivalent), amount depending on grades and subjects; scholarships of £7000 pa open to students in engineering, maths or actuarial science, who are resident in a specified London borough and whose family income is £50.8k pa. A variety of other awards, some for any new student, others for specific subjects, for exchange students, for sons/daughters of grocers etc. Also help available from government access to learning funds.
University tuition fees:Home students pay £9000 pa for first degrees. International students pay (approximately) £9000–£13,000.


Academic features:

Many courses include optional 1-year professional placement and lead to exemptions from professional exams. All courses offer introduction to IT, development of communication skills and opportunities for learning languages; major individual project in final year.

Awarding body:

City University London

Main undergraduate awards:

BA, BSc, BEng, LLB, BMus, MEng.

Length of courses:

3-4 years; others 4-5 years eg MEng.

Main subjects offered:

  • Accountancy
  • Actuarial Studies
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Air Transport Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Avionics
  • Banking
  • Biomedical Electronics
  • Business Administration
  • Business Economics
  • Business Studies
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication Engineering
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Technology
  • Computing
  • Criminology
  • Econometrics
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Energy Engineering
  • Engineering (General)
  • Estate Management
  • European Business Studies
  • Finance
  • Financial Economics
  • Health
  • Informatics
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Media Studies
  • Medical Engineering
  • Midwifery
  • Motor Sport Engineering
  • Music
  • Music Technology
  • Nursing
  • Ophthalmic Optics
  • Optometry
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Radiography
  • Risk Management
  • Social Science
  • Sociology
  • Software Engineering
  • Speech Sciences
  • Speech Therapy
  • Statistics
  • Surveying
  • Telecommunications Engineering

Student view

Ellis-Fauve Cresswell, Vice-President Activities & Development (Mathematical Science)


What's it like as a place to live? The phrase 'London is our campus' sums it up. As long as you remain pro-active, you will find everything you want.

How's the student accommodation? Currently being renovated.

What's the student population like? City University prides itself on the fact that it is highly diverse, with students and staff from countries all over the world.

How do students and locals get on? The closest neighbours complain sometimes regarding noise but, other than that, there is no contact.


What's it like as a place to study? My course wasn't really flexible until third year, which then had many options. Library and workspaces are great now they have been renovated.

What are the teaching staff like? Varies from school to school. Staff seem much more engaged when teaching third year material.


What are student societies like? There is a good range but, as the union's relatively new, they are quite underdeveloped.

What's a typical night out? Bar for a few drinks, then live music venue.

And how much does it cost? £20.

How can you get home safely? Underground before 00.30 then bus – not alone!


Is it an expensive place to live? Everyone is skint but that's just student life, isn't it?!

Average price of a pint? £3.50.

And the price of a takeaway? £8.

What's the part-time work situation? University Careers Centre is excellent. Also, work as an ambassador or a foot into teaching available through uni. Otherwise, pub jobs are easy to get but poorly paid.


What's the best feature about the place? Opportunity! London is what you make it and as you learn the tricks and tips, it just gets better.

And the worst? You need to be enthusiastic and out-going. It's easy to feel alone, even when you're surrounded by people.

And to sum it all up? A social and working network, which expands across the world.

Past Students

Charles Farnecombe (conductor), Michael Fish, (meteorologist), Dermot Mermaghan (news presenter), Kate Adie (reporter), Jo Whiley (presenter and DJ), Stelios (Easyjet).



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