London South Bank University

London South Bank University

Top reasons to study here

  • London South Bank University is a cosmopolitan university with over 18,000 students drawn from over 130 countries.
  • London South Bank University is Entrepreneurial University of the Year (Times Higher Education 2016).
  • The only university to be awarded University of the Year for Graduate Employment for two years in a row.

Bachelor's programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (2)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)

Pre-Bachelor's programmes

Business & Management (36)
Engineering & Technology (29)
Social Sciences (22)



Originally the Borough Polytechnic Institute, we laid down roots in south London in 1892 and has been improving the lives of students, businesses and the local community ever since.

Our original aim 'to promote the industrial skill, general knowledge, health and well-being of young men and women' remains central to our mission today. 


We offer undergraduate, postgraduate and apprenticeship degrees that equip you for future career success. 

The courses are career-focused and alongside mentoring, we offer the opportunity to undertake placements, internships or work experience. Before and after graduation our Employability Service will support you in finding a job, interview techniques and more.

Facilities are extensive, cutting edge and highly specialist. From state-of-the-art virtual engineering labs to Elephant Studios, our multi-million pound media facility; in fact, specialist laboratories for almost every discipline.


Our applied research seeks to provide solutions to the business world and beyond. 7

We feel justifiably proud of our researchers' achievements as well as their success in attracting external financial support for their research ideas. Each of our Schools is involved in a wide range of research projects, many involving collaborations with business.


Courses are career-focused and alongside mentoring, we offer the opportunity to undertake placements, internships or work experience. Before and after graduation our Employability Service will support you in finding a job, interview techniques and more.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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701 50
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Student services

At LSBU we provide advice and support for students on a wide range of non-academic and educational needs. Our aim is to enable all students to achieve their potential while studying, by providing an approachable and reliable service that students can trust. Any questions or concerns you may have, the student services are here for you.

We provide:

  • Accommodation advice
  • Disability and dyslexia support
  • Employment and career advice
  • Financial advice
  • ID card support
  • International student advice
  • Mental health and wellbeing support
  • Skills for learning, IT support and library resources

Housing services

LSBU has four halls of residence right in the heart of central London, giving students a perfectly-located yet safe and comfortable base. All of our halls are within a 10-minute walk of our Southwark campus.

Our residences have great public transport connections, whether you’re travelling by bus, train or London Underground, and are a close to many of London's key attractions and amenities.

We have over 1,400 single bedrooms spread across four buildings. Each single occupancy, self-catered room features:

  • A choice of en-suite or standard room
  • Wi-Fi internet and access to the University network
  • On-site laundry facilities
  • on-site management teams and on-call staff for emergencies

Library services

Libraries on our Southwark and Havering campuses provide LSBU students with access to a wide range of books, journal articles and other specialist materials they will need to complete their studies.

E-resources – including over 18,000 full-text journals – can be accessed off-campus 24 hours a day. A team of experienced, professional staff is on hand to give expert support and provide training.

Medical services

We want to support you in looking after your physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing; they are all connected and equally important.

Student Life

Campus life

The campus is in the centre of London, where we have strong partnerships with the industries that surround us: finance, health, the arts, sciences, culinary, law, education, engineering, construction, architecture.

Sports facilities

The Academy of Sport uniquely combines academic and non-academic functions through sport facilities, taught courses, research units, sports science support services and sport development:

  • Sports Scholarships
  • Academy of Sport Facilities
  • Human Performance Centre
  • Sports Clubs

We offer quality gym facilities, services and programmes to LSBU students, staff and the community. There is a 20+ station Fitness Suite, equipped with SMART Centre Technology for better performance monitoring and progression, as well as a selection of Free Weights including dumbbells from 2.5kg – 50kg and a Multi-Purpose Olympic Rack.

Student clubs

London South Bank Students’ Union (LSBSU) is the centre of student life on campus and home to a number of key services and activities designed to help you get the most out of your student experience.

Coming to university is about more than getting a degree, it’s a time for you to develop your passions and bring those dreams to life.

Student Reviews

LSBU review
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

it is hard to give an appropriate review. I am these years fresher, but because of covid, we haven't spent much time at the campus. Most of the lectures and seminars were online. So hopefully it will get better soon.

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I am highly enjoying my time at London South Bank University. It is full of challenges and fun. There are lots of opportunities available on the campus like clubs, societies, projects and events. I love all the subjects that I'm studying now or that I have studied last year.

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Large campus university in central Elephant and Castle, relaxed uni

London, England, United Kingdom

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