Student Life

Returning to education can be daunting for some who have been out of it for a few years. However, undertaking an Executive MBA is as much about the social networking as the academic learning. Below is a short guide about the university network you will be able to experience and the benefits of becoming a student in London.

Cass clubs and societies

Our Clubs and Societies offer students the chance to meet and network informally with each other, with academics and with professionals from across the business community. A list of current clubs is available on our website.

Sports at City, University of London

City University have a range of sports and leisure clubs plus state of the art gym and sports facilities called City Sport.

Cass entrepreneurs

The Peter Cullum Centre for Entrepreneurship was founded in 2010 and provides Cass entrepreneurs with access to specialist teaching programmes, venture capital expertise and a start-up incubator. Students and alumni also have the opportunity to apply for investment from the £10m Cass Entrepreneurship Fund.

Cass and City, University of London have additional resources and facilities (such as free desk space) for budding entrepreneurs available through our City Ventures team.

Events at Cass

Cass run regular events which are open to students and prospective students. Recent guest speakers include George Osborne (Chancellor of the Exchequer) and Dame Inga Beale DBE (Former Chief Executive Officer of Lloyd’s of London). You can register to attend events here.

MBA student blog, news and social media

Keep up to date with the latest news at Cass on our website and MBA student blog. You can also find us on the following social media:

Cass alumni network

Being a Cass Executive MBA will give you invaluable access to a network of over 48,000 alumni from all over the world. You can also attend one MBA elective per year, free of charge. Further information about our dedicated alumni department is on our website.

Student discount

Being a student will give you access to a wide range of discounts including travel, Microsoft and Apple products, cinema tickets, restaurants, cosmetics and clothing. Most discounts can be obtained via an NUS (National Union of Students) membership card or by joining the Unidays website.

Please note that you will first need to formally register as a student before taking advantage of these discounts.

London transport

As an Executive MBA, the majority of your classes will take place at our Aldersgate campus near Barbican, Moorgate and Old Street tube stations. You can find out directions to our campus here.

Once your begin your studies, you will be eligible for a Student Oyster card which entitles you to a 30% discount on adult-rate travel cards and season tickets. You can find out more here.

The Transport for London (TfL) website has some excellent resources such as journey planners, train and bus route maps and details about the Santander cycle hire scheme.We would recommend familiarising yourself with the London Tube Map.

We also recommend the Citymapper website and app when planning any journeys in London.

Local attractions

Doing your Executive MBA in London offers unrivalled networking opportunities and access to potential employers. In addition to banking / financial services, London is home to world-leading arts, fashion, creative media, government and legal sectors (75% of Fortune 500 companies have offices here).

Local attractions (within a short walk from Cass):

  • Located in the financial district, Cass is also less than five minutes from the emerging Tech City based around the Old Street roundabout.
  • Shoreditch – Located next door to the financial district and spiritual home of London’s hipster community, Shoreditch has become famous for its independent shops, food stalls, art galleries, bars, night clubs and live music venues.
  • Museum of London - Documents the history of London from prehistoric to modern times. Next to the Cass Aldersgate campus.
  • Whitecross Street Market – a two-minute walk from our Bunhill Row campus, this street food market has over 30 stalls offering food from all over the world.
  • Barbican Centre - Europe's largest multi-arts and conference venue presenting a diverse range of art, music, theatre, dance, film and creative learning events. It is also home to the London Symphony Orchestra 
  • Spittalfields Market – An eclectic range of restaurants, bars, shops and stalls selling vintage clothes, records, jewellery, furniture and anything else you can think of. Spittalfields indoor market has been on this site for over 350 years.
  • St Paul’s Cathedral – Designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1673 after the Great Fire, St Pauls is one of London’s most iconic landmarks. Only 5 minute walk from our Aldersgate campus.
  • Islington Angel and Upper Street – Just a short walk from the City University main campus, Upper Street has one of the highest concentrations of restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs anywhere in Europe.
  • Regent’s Canal – Loved by boaters, walkers, joggers and cyclists, Regent’s Canal is one of London’s best kept secrets. The perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city – you can walk as far as Victoria Park, the Olympic stadium or Limehouse Marina on the River Thames
  • Brick Lane – As a hub of London’s Bangladeshi community, Brick Lane has long been famous for its authentic curry restaurants. It also has a reputation for art galleries, trendy clubs and bars.