City, University of London – Student Guide

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Last updated Jun 25, 2020

City, University London (abbreviated CUL) is one of the oldest universities in London, whose roots can be traced to early 1852. City University has strong links with the city of London as the Lord Mayor of London serves as the rector of this university. The main campus is located in Central London in the London Borough of Islington. Additional campuses include the ones in Islington, West End and East End.

City, University of London - Student Guide

The University is organised into five schools –

  • Cass Business School
  • School of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering
  • City Law School

wherein there are more than forty academic departments and centres as part of their commitment to academic excellence.

Salient features of City, University London

Since 2012, City has invested almost £120 million in structural developments. This includes the extension, relocation and refurbishment of City’s main entrance and the creation of a new 240-seat lecture theatre.

City’s main campus also houses their five-floor library in the Northampton Square building. Also, there are specialist libraries for The City Law School and Cass Business School.

The University’s brand new sports centre, CitySport, is the biggest student sports facility in central London. Boasting the latest and most sophisticated fitness equipment across 3,000m² of floor space, CitySport provides well-being and leading-edge sports amenities for its students.

On 1st September 2016, City joined the University of London (UOL), and as a result, City students have gained access to a larger student community, numerous student societies, additional sports facilities, accommodation provision and libraries

Address: Northampton Square, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 0HB, United Kingdom.


City University of London

London is predominantly a walking city, partly because of the well-kept footpaths and partly because of the high cost of transportation. London has one of the largest urban transport networks in the world, with integrated bus, river and road systems spanning the city’s 32 boroughs. Your best bet of getting around the city would be taking one of the following –

  • Buses
  • London Underground
  • Docklands Light Railway
  • River bus services
  • Local Trains
  • London Trams
  • London cycle hire scheme
  • Taxi
  • Emirates Air Line Cable Car

Pro Tip – Get yourself an Oyster Card. It is a payment method for public transport in London that covers most National Rail services, London Underground, the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), London Overground, London Buses, Trams and some riverboat services.

Courses offered

City, University of London, offers Doctoral degrees, Master’s and Bachelor’s, as well as certificates and diplomas at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Two-thirds of university’s programmes are recognised by the appropriate professional bodies such as the RICS, ICE, CILIP, HPC, BPS and BCS, in recognition of the high standards of relevance to the professions. The University also has an online careers network where over 2,000 former students offer practical help to current students.

The City Law School is one of the best institutions in the UK to pursue undergraduates, postgraduates, master graduates and professional courses that lead to qualification as a solicitor or barrister, as well as continuing professional development.


QS World University Rankings 2020 ranked City as the 351st best university in the world. Whereas in the 2017 Financial Times Global MBA Rankings, The Cass Business School was ranked 5th in the UK, and in the top 40 around the world. In the national rankings, The Complete University Guide has ranked the university 57th best university in the UK for the year 2020.

Student Accommodation near City University London

nearby student accommodation

Therese House – This accommodation provides en-suite room, two-bedroom apartments and even studio apartments. Irrespective of your room choice, students can enjoy complete CCTV security, a 24/7 maintenance team and on-site laundry service.

This is the perfect accommodation for students enrolled in Anglia Ruskin University, City University of London, Queen Mary University of London-School of Law and London – Farringdon Building. The nearest train station here is Barbican Station. There is a myriad of bus stops that are just a short walk away. There is no dearth of restaurants, cafe, bars and pubs in this area as you’ll find several of them just a short walk away. 

Cinema Room is provided for the students to unwind and relax. Social events are conducted. 

Urbanest Westminster Bridge – Directly overlooking the Westminster Bridge, this student’s accommodation offers a spectacular view of The Shard, The Big Ben and The Westminster Abbey. Kings College London, LSE, London South Bank University are all within walking distance.

Underground stations at Lambeth North and Westminster are in a comfortable walkable distance. The whole of South East England’s rail network can be accessed via London Waterloo, which is a few minute’s walks. Several of London’s best shopping and social districts including Soho and Covent Garden, are in the vicinity. The accommodation also offers a sauna and a swimming pool.

New Orient House – This property is located in the middle of West London. New Orient House offers students a very high-quality student living experience.

The property can boast strong transportation links, with Imperial Wharf Overground station located just at the doorstep. Imperial College is just 15-minute bike ride away while King’s College is a short train journey away. The City, University of London too is close to this property. New Orient House proffers stylish studios and modern en-suites in shared apartments.

There is an on-site Cinema room and games area that offer a great option to unwind and have some fun.

Francis Gardner Apartments This student favourite property provides 2 to 6-bed en-suite flats and 2 & 3-bed non-en-suite apartments. a Wi-Fi connection and a bed are standard in any kind of room you choose.

Tenants can access all the on-site facilities available to them. The University of Westminster and the City, University of London are just a 15-minute drive away. Brondesbury train station is the nearest train station here whereas the nearest bus stop is Plympton Avenue. There are many restaurants here that offer food from different ethnicities and cultures. Fret not as there are many bars and pubs are located not too far away from this property. Lanark Medical Centre is the nearest hospital in the area.

A living room, a games room and a cinema room are provided for entertainment purposes. Students can make full of the on-site gym here.

Chapter Portobello, London Nest This property is located in the enviable area of central Notting Hill. Chapter Portobello carries the tag of being one of the best student accommodation properties as everything is available at the doorstep.

Students can take in the picturesque canal side views from this property. The Portobello property has well-connected transport links with Westbourne Park Underground Station that just a short walk away. Its ideal location means that universities like City, University of London, Imperial College, University of Westminster, UCL and SOAS are a short distance away.

A must-visit for residents of this property is the famous Portobello Road Market. Residents can buy vintage clothes and antiques and also enjoy some authentic local food and. Don’t miss the chance to explore the iconic Victoria & Albert Museum. 

Nearby attractions

nearby attractions

Located in one of the busiest city’s in the world, there’s always something or the other happening around the university. Some of the world’s most popular cultural attractions are just a short walk away from CUL’s main campus. From galleries and arts venues, museums to cafés and restaurants and shops; from trendy nightclubs to leading Premier League football teams; and from cityscapes to green spaces, London truly is a city for everyone. For a more touristy experience, students can visit The British Museum, St Paul’s Cathedral, Charles Dickens museum and much more.

CUL’s main Northampton Square campus sits between three of London’s most popular districts.

  • Islington – offers tantalising dining and shopping options
  • Shoreditch – buzzes with entrepreneurial creativity and lively nightlife.
  • Clerkenwell – is a hub for trend-setting design and cosy bars.

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