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.

All undergraduate first-years are eligible to apply.

Important dates

Applications open on 1st August, and close on 6th October 2017.

Benefits to getting a CityBuddy:

· Course insight: Find out what it is like to study your course from a second or third year student.

· Questions answered: A CityBuddy will answer any questions you may have about starting university – even before you arrive.

· Instant friend: Arrive at City with the assurance that you already know someone at the University.

· Confidence boost: You’ll get the best study tips from students on your course.

· Exclusive events: Get an invite to exclusive CityBuddies events – including our Welcome Week Café and Buddy Ball.

· Campus tour: Have your own personal guide to the University to show you all City has to offer.

When does it take place?

Every year from September – January

Your CityBuddy Mentor will email you to answer any questions you may have and you can meet up with them and stay in contact for as long as you find helpful. They will be from the same course.

When does it take place?

Initially by email. It is also recommended that you arrange to meet with your Mentor.

Who can apply?

All undergraduate first-years are eligible to apply. CityBuddies will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

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

Visit to become a mentee (first year students) 

Visit to become a mentor (second and third year students only) 

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.

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