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.


How to get involved 

To become a mentor (second and third year undergraduate students only, from February 2022), visit

To become a mentee (first year undergraduate students, from August 2022), 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.

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 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. If you apply this academic year (2021/22) you will be a CityBuddy mentor in September 2022 and support up to four 1st year students in their first term at university.

Applying to be a CityBuddy mentor is easy:

  1. Complete our online application form.
  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 attend compulsory training in April.
  4. After attending training, you will be confirmed as a CityBuddy and matched with new students in August/September


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 will open in August 2022.

More information 


CityBuddies | Careers, Student Development and Outreach

Level 1, Drysdale Building


Liam Power, Senior Student Development Officer

Rochelle Smith, Student Development Assistant



+44 (0) 20 7040 5001

+44 (0) 77 4165 9876