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Boost your employability and make a difference by supporting a new student in their first term.
Ready to join the team of mentors?
Applications for 2024 open in February
Why should I become a CityBuddy?
As a CityBuddy you'll be a second, third or fourth year student who will mentor new students on your course in their first term.
You'll give them a head start by guiding them around, showing them all City has to offer and providing a valuable insight into your own experience of studying on your course.
Develop your skills and become more employable.
Be an inspiration
Mentoring new students is a unique opportunity to be a role model at City.
Meet new people
As part of the experience you'll get to know people on your course.
You'll get a great feeling as a role model for new students.
Help students succeed
Supporting students in their first term will make a big difference to them.
Get an invite to exclusive CityBuddies events - including our Welcome Week Cafe.
Our success stories
Become a Leader with CityBuddies.
As a CityBuddy Mentor, you'll also have the chance to take on a paid leadership role through our CityBuddy Leader programme.
Being a Leader gives you the opportunity to work on CityBuddies projects, be an ambassador to other students and shape the future of the scheme.
Frequently asked questions
What happens after I apply?
We will assess your suitability at our selection event. Successful candidates will be invited to take part in the online CityBuddy training programme.
How long does the CityBuddy scheme run for?
You are expected to be available for contact from August 2023 until February 2024. Though many choose to stay in touch long after this!
Do I need any previous experience?
You do not need to have any previous experience. All the guidance you need will be provided to you through our online training programme.
Who is eligible to apply?
All undergraduate students that are expected to continue their studies in September 2023 are eligible to apply. This does not include placement year.
How will I contact my mentees?
After being matched via email, you will exchange contact details. It is up to you how you choose to contact each other.
Will it be a lot of work?
Not at all! Usually mentors will contact their matched students a few times during the first term.
How will I be matched with students?
You will be matched with new undergraduates joining your course from August and the matching process is random.
How often do I have to contact my mentee?
Usually mentors will contact their matched students a few times during the first term to make sure their arrival at City is going well.
Should I be at City during August or September?
You do not need to be physically present at City to take part. Initial contact with your mentees will be through email.