Living in the City of London

Want to study in the heart of London – the world's best student city (QS Best Student Cities 2023)? City, University of London is located in an area of London called 'The City' – also known as the ‘Square Mile’, or the business and financial district.

The City is home to hundreds of global company headquarters, some of London’s best attractions and the creative hub of Shoreditch – along with the INTO City Study Centre and the University’s prestigious Bayes Business School (formerly Cass).

Careers in the City of London

London is full of opportunities to launch your career.

A major global centre for business, finance and technology, the City is home to one third of the world’s largest companies. More than 500 international banks – as well as influential businesses and institutions – are located here. Just a 10-15 minute walk from the INTO Centre, you’ll find ‘Tech City’, which is home to major businesses including Google, Amazon and Microsoft.

Thanks to its excellent location and exceptional links with employers, City, University of London has one of the highest rates of graduate employment in the UK, with Bayes Business School graduates earning higher salaries than graduates of any other business school in the UK (Adzuna 2022).

What makes London unique?

  • A global centre of academia and education, home to some of the world’s top universities.
  • 115,000 international students from over 200 countries choose to study here (London Higher 2022).
  • Thousands of parks and open spaces for relaxing, studying and taking a break from busy life.
  • A global capital of culture, with hundreds of museums, galleries and live music performances every day.
  • More than 200 attractions and so much to do, from festivals to football matches and world-class theatre.
  • Iconic sporting venues and facilities, including Wembley Stadium, Twickenham Rugby Ground, Wimbledon, several Premier League football teams and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

City of London landmarks

Alongside modern skyscrapers like the Shard and the Gherkin, the area is also home to some of the UK’s oldest and most famous historical landmarks and attractions, including:

  • St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Tower Bridge
  • The Bank of England
  • The Tower of London
  • The Museum of London
  • St Mary Le Bow

Food in the City of London

With so many different people from so many different countries living and working here, you can find delicious world food in hundreds of restaurants, markets, street stalls and cafés.

Close to the INTO Centre, Spitalfields Market and Petticoat Lane are vibrant markets selling authentic food from all over the globe, from Chinese and Thai to Indian and Korean. Italian food emporium EATALY serves exquisite cuisine from the Mediterranean.

Shopping in the City of London

Whether it’s top designer brands or small independent boutiques, you’ll find an excellent variety of shops – whatever your style.

Spend the afternoon browsing the exciting stalls of Borough Market, sampling food and hunting for antiques. Just minutes from the Centre, Spitalfields Market is the perfect place to find unique outfits and handmade gifts – and you can pick up some tasty street food at the same time!

The City of London is also home to plenty of well-known international shops, including Gucci, Hermes, Tiffany and Co, Jo Malone and Louis Vitton. Close to St Paul’s Cathedral, you’ll find One New Change – a shopping centre featuring some of the UK’s most popular high street stores such as H&M, Accessorize, Topshop, Cos and Gap.

Travel in the City of London

The Tube/Underground

London might be a big city, but getting around couldn’t be easier. It is served by a huge underground network of trains called the ‘Tube’. They run every few minutes on routes called ‘lines’ – and with 270+ Tube stations altogether, it’s no wonder the Tube is one of the most popular ways to travel.

INTO City, University of London sits next to Liverpool Street Station – a major transport hub that allows you to travel anywhere in London with ease.

Buses

As well as the Tube, the iconic red buses are a great budget-friendly travel option. You can no longer use cash to pay, so you’ll need an Oyster or contactless payment card. An Oyster card also gets you great discounts on the Tube, so it’s worth getting one when you arrive.

Walking

While you probably won’t be able to walk everywhere, one of the best ways to explore is on foot. It’s often quicker to walk than to catch a tube or bus – plus, you’ll have time to admire the historical architecture, find hidden places to visit and see more of this beautiful city.

Cycling

The City of London is perfect for exploring by bike, with cycle lanes and docking stations where you can hire one whenever you like. It costs as little as £2, and you can easily pay with a bank card using a touch screen. You don’t have to book – simply hire a bike, ride it wherever you like, and return it to any docking station once you’re done.

Explore the UK from the City of London

The Square Mile has excellent transport links to explore the rest of the UK and Europe.

Using the Tube or bus network, you can access the capital’s nine major train stations, all of which provide links across the UK. At London St Pancras Station, you’ll find the Eurostar – an international high-speed railway service that connects London with other European cities including Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam.

You can also travel to one of five major airports that serve London, including Heathrow, which is one of the world’s busiest and most famous. From here, it’s easy to catch a flight to another UK city, visit mainland Europe, or take a long-haul trip anywhere in the world.

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