London Life

Moving cities is always an exciting adventure, especially to a capital as diverse and thriving as London. Below is a short guide about the University network you will be able to experience and what to explore while in London.

Clubs and Societies

Our Clubs and Societies offer students the chance to meet and network informally with each other, with academics and with professionals from across the business community. A list of current clubs is available on our website.

Sports at City University

City University have a range of sports and leisure clubs plus state of the art gym and sports facilities called City Sport.


The Peter Cullum Centre for Entrepreneurship was founded in 2010 and provides our entrepreneurs with access to specialist teaching programmes, venture capital expertise and a start-up incubator. Students and alumni also have the opportunity to apply for investment from the £10m Entrepreneurship Fund.

City, University of London have additional resources and facilities for budding entrepreneurs available through our City Lauch Lab.


We run regular events which are open to students and prospective students. Recent guest speakers include George Osborne (Chancellor of the Exchequer) and Dame Inga Beale DBE (Former Chief Executive Officer of Lloyd’s of London). You can register to attend events here.

MBA student blog / Business School in the news and on social media

Keep up to date with our latest news on our website and MBA student blog. You can also find us on the following social media:

Alumni network

Being a MBA Alumni will give you invaluable access to a network of over 49,000 people from all over the world. You can also attend one MBA elective per year, free of charge. Further information about our dedicated alumni department is on our website.

Student discount

Being a student will give you access to a wide range of discounts including travel, Microsoft and Apple products, cinema tickets, restaurants, cosmetics and clothing. Most discounts can be obtained via an NUS (National Union of Students) membership card or by joining the Unidays website.

Please note that you will first need to formally register as a student before taking advantage of these discounts.

London transport

As a Full-time MBA student, the majority of your classes will take place at our Bunhill Row and Aldersgate campuses near Barbican, Moorgate and Old Street tube stations. You can find out directions to our campuses here.

Once you begin your studies, you will be eligible for a Student Oyster card which entitles you to a 30% discount on adult-rate travel cards and season tickets. You can find out more here.

The Transport for London (TfL) website has some excellent resources such as journey planners, train and bus route maps and details about the Santander cycle hire scheme.We would recommend familiarising yourself with the London Tube Map.

We also recommend the Citymapper website and app when planning any journeys in London.

Local attractions

Doing your MBA in London offers unrivalled networking opportunities and access to potential employers. In addition to banking / financial services, London is home to world-leading arts, fashion, creative media, government and legal sectors (75% of Fortune 500 companies have offices here).

Local attractions (within a short walk from campus):

  • Located in the financial district, the Bunhill Row campus is less than five minutes from the emerging Tech City based around the Old Street roundabout.
  • Shoreditch – Located next door to the financial district and spiritual home of London’s hipster community, Shoreditch has become famous for its independent shops, food stalls, art galleries, bars, night clubs and live music venues.
  • Museum of London - Documents the history of London from prehistoric to modern times. Next to the Aldersgate campus.
  • Whitecross Street Market – a two-minute walk from our Bunhill Row campus, this street food market has over 30 stalls offering food from all over the world.
  • Barbican Centre - Europe's largest multi-arts and conference venue presenting a diverse range of art, music, theatre, dance, film and creative learning events. It is also home to the London Symphony Orchestra
  • Spittalfields Market – An eclectic range of restaurants, bars, shops and stalls selling vintage clothes, records, jewellery, furniture and anything else you can think of. Spittalfields indoor market has been on this site for over 350 years.
  • St Paul’s CathedralDesigned by Sir Christopher Wren in 1673 after the Great Fire, St Pauls is one of London’s most iconic landmarks. Only 5 minute walk from our Aldersgate campus.
  • Islington Angel and Upper Street – Just a short walk from the City University main campus, Upper Street has one of the highest concentrations of restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs anywhere in Europe.
  • Regent’s CanalLoved by boaters, walkers, joggers and cyclists, Regent’s Canal is one of London’s best kept secrets. The perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city – you can walk as far as Victoria Park, the Olympic stadium or Limehouse Marina on the River Thames
  • Brick Lane – As a hub of London’s Bangladeshi community, Brick Lane has long been famous for its authentic curry restaurants. It also has a reputation for art galleries, trendy clubs and bars.

London guides and listings

We would recommend the following online guides for all that London has to offer:

  • Time Out - Time Out provide essential listings for upcoming events, theatre, music, sports, exhibitions etc.
  • Lonely Planet - A great guide to discover some of London's gems
  • The Londonist - Receive weekly updates of pop-ups and unique London events
  • London on the inside - Great offers and discount on local food and attractions