Student Life

Student Life

Returning to education can be daunting for some who have been out of it for a few years. Below is a short guide about the university network you will be able to experience and the benefits of becoming a student in London.

COVID-19 Information

The safety of our students and staff is our primary concern and in the event that the campus is open we will ensure that we follow relevant government guidelines, including imposing appropriate social distancing in classrooms, lecture theatres and other university spaces.

If you do have questions visit our FAQs page or if you have queries regarding to your application please do not hesitate to contact us.

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 of London

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 Cass Entrepreneurship Fund.

The Business School and City, University of London have additional resources and facilities for budding entrepreneurs available through our City Ventures team.

Events at The Business School

The Business School run regular events which are open to students and prospective students. Recent guest speakers include George Osborne (Former 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, news and social media

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

The alumni network

As an MBA student you will have invaluable access to a network of over 49,000 alumni from all over the world.  As an alum 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 Global MBA student, the majority of your classes will take place at our Aldersgate campus near Barbican, Moorgate and Old Street tube stations. You can find out directions to our campus 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

Local attractions (within a short walk from our campus):

  • Located in the financial district, The Business School is also 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 our 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 Cathedral – Designed 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 Canal – Loved 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.

Visa Information

Visa Information

If you require a Standard Visitor Visa to attend on-campus teaching and events, please let us know and we will issue you with a formal letter. Please note that you can also attend our campus if you already hold a valid UK tourist visa, but you will still need a letter from the MBA Admissions team confirming that you are a student on the Global MBA.

If you have any questions, please contact the MBA Admissions team in the first instance.


Temporary Accomodation

There are several hotels near our Bunhill Row campus including "reasonably priced" options such as Travelodge City Road and Easy Hotel on Old Street.

We would also recommend websites such as and Airbnb.

Student Centre at City University

You can find additional resources and information available for both current and incoming students at the City University Student Centre.