Starting university is an exciting and enjoyable time but it can also be worrying for new students. CityBuddies matches current City students with new undergraduates on the same course to provide support during their first months. A CityBuddy will guide them around the University, help build their confidence and show them what City has to offer.

  • Aya met with her new students for free hot chocolates
  • Karolina, one of the CityBuddy Leaders
  • A perk of the role
  • Law CityBuddies meeting each other for the first time
How to get involved 

Sign up to become a CityBuddy

Important dates
Benefits to getting involved 
  • Take pride in the fact that you have made someone's transition to university considerably less stressful
  • Meet new people on your course
  • Give something back to the university
  • Demonstrate enhanced active-listening skills

After CityBuddies you'll be given help and guidance on how to best present what you've gained when talking with employers.

When does it take place? 

Every year from September - January.

You are expected to make initial contact with your buddy before they arrive at Uni and then to be available to answer questions or meet up when they arrive.

The number of meetings depends on the new student’s needs, but you are able to set expectations around your availability.

Where does it take place? 

On campus.

Who can apply? 

All undergraduate students who will continue studying in September (usually first and second year students but in some cases third year students on four year courses) can apply to become a CityBuddy. You don't need any previous experience or particular skills as training will be given. Most importantly it is the experience and knowledge that you've gained as a student that you share.

Students from all undergraduate courses are eligible to become CityBuddies.

Applying to become a CityBuddy mentor is easy:

  1. Complete our online application form by Friday 3 March 2017.
  2. Your application will be assessed and if successful you will invited to an assessment centre in March.
  3. If you pass the assessment centre you will be invited to a compulsory training session in April.
  4. After attending training, you will be confirmed as a CityBuddy and matched with new students in August/September
More information 


CityBuddies | Careers, Student Development and Outreach

Level 1, Drysdale Building


William Power, Buddy Scheme Officer



+44 (0) 20 7040 5001