City, University of London is a public research university. It is a special place, located in the heart of London. It was formerly known as City University, London. It is one of the leading international institutions committed to academic excellence with focus on business and business-related professions. In 2015, the multicultural campus was ranked in the top 15 in the UK for graduate prospects by the Times and Sunday Times University League Table. Graduates are well-equipped for their global career and are able to show the necessary skills and tools sought after by international companies. Prospective students can expect to be taught in an international learning environment. Students, academics and professional staff from all around the world, make up a vibrant international community. Speaking of international- City, University of London works closely together with numerous institutions in the UK and the world, making the University’s outlook truly global. The University offers a wide range of Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees, and certificates and diplomas at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Most of the programmes are accredited by professional bodies. City, University of London wants to give everyone a shot at higher education, regardless of their financial circumstances. Therefore, the University provides and recommends a number of funding options, including bursaries and scholarships.
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The main part of the building is extremely modern, definitely reflects City of London. A lot like SOAS. The University seems to be hanging onto its renowned name, and not improving… Walk through the halls and you’ll see images of Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair….
The University libraries are however extremely odd and unattractive. Cold dingy toilets in odd places, cold hallways and very dangerous windows that open extremely wide. Difficult to connect to Wi-fi. The staircase resembles the back of a warehouse or Blackwall Tunnel/Woolwich Ferry staircase. The books are okay, not the best, but helpful and necessary.
A few quirky and indie restaurants around, great area, nice hustle and bustle of North London.
The course tutors are quite rude and arrogant, especially via email. However, the careers advice team, student union and course advisors are amazing! very helpful and efficient, and I have seen that they are award winning. I have a feeling alumni life will be much better and rewarding than current uni life.
Not the best student life, everyone seems advanced and focused. Which they should be.
Attend if you have strong self-motivation and vision, so you can get through your course. A valuable, but not enjoyable university.
I have enjoyed my time in the city as a GDL student so far. Whilst the course is very rigorous and challenging, it is near Angel station and so is fairly easy to commute in every day. You always get one day off in a week, and for this year everyone has Monday’s off. My lectures and tutorials are only in a few different rooms so you don’t need to learn the route to every single area of the campus like you would as a postgraduate. There is generally free space in the Law Library as well as the main university library, although there is more space the higher floors you go.
I have only been at City for three months, but the school was well organized and had good facilities and amenities. It is ugly from the outside and can therefore be depressing, but the location is ideal (right near the City, and 10 minutes from Angel tube station). The lectures were interesting and interactive, library had a great selection of articles and books, and the cantine wasn’t too bad, although the food there was pricy as anywhere in London and not so healthy at times. The lecturers and teachers were always helpful and International office seemed to be decently organized, although exchange students didn’t really have that many events provided by them. There were two sessions of exams, which made it possible for me to leave school earlier, still gaining my credits, and travel for a longer period in summer. I was pretty happy with this educational experience. However, it’s sad that one should pay 9K per year to get this pretty standard level education, normally. As an Erasmus I paid nothing, but I am not sure if all unis have this level, because it wasn’t exceptional, but standard. The UK unis are crazy expensive, but like one of the lecturers said, you can surely get the same level or even better level of teaching for free in Northern countries