Starting university is an exciting and enjoyable time. However it can also be worrying for new students, which is where CityBuddies comes in. A CityBuddy is a second or third year undergraduate, studying your course, who will mentor you in your first term. They are there to guide you around the University, show all City has to offer and provide a valuable insight into studying on your course.

Instagram: @_citybuddies

How to get involved 

To become a mentor (second and third year undergraduate students only, from February 2023), visit

To become a mentee (first year undergraduate students, from August 2023), visit

If there are spaces on your course, you will be matched with a Mentor. Otherwise, you’ll be placed on our waiting list and matched up later if a space becomes available.

CityBuddy Mentors will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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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.

As a mentor, tou are expected to make initial contact with your buddy before they arrive at City 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 and online.

Who can apply? 

to be a CityBuddy mentor

All current 1st and 2nd year undergraduate students can apply to be a CityBuddy mentor. 

to get a CityBuddy mentor

If you are planning on studying an undergraduate degree at City, University of London you can apply to get a CityBuddy mentor once your place is confirmed. Applications open in August 2023.

More information 


CityBuddies | Careers and Employability

Level 1, Drysdale Building


Liam Power, Senior Student Development Officer (CityBuddies)

Rochelle Smith, Student Development Officer (CityBuddies)



+44 (0) 20 7040 5001

+44 (0) 77 4165 9876