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London South Bank University

London South Bank University was founded in 1892. It is a public university in Elephant and Castle, London. Initially it was known as Borough Polytechnic Institute. In 1992, it earned its university status under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992.

University History

In 1892 London South Bank University was founded by Lord Rosebery. It is a public university in Elephant and Castle, London. It is based in the London Borough of Southwark, near the South Bank of the River Thames. In 1990, the Polytechnic institute was accredited for Research Degrees and in 1991 the Central Catering College at Waterloo and South West London College merged with LSBU.  In 1992, the institution earned its university status under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992.

In September 2003, the institution name changed to London South Bank University (LSBU). In 2003, it opened various new centers like- the School of Health and Social Care, the Center for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings (CEREB), a new Student Center, an Enterprise Center, and a new media center called Elephant Studios. 

University Programs, Courses and Schools

London South Bank University has 7 schools and colleges located in its 3 campuses- Southwark campus, Croydon campus and Havering campus. The campuses offer wide learning opportunities and challenges to the students. The 7 schools and colleges of the London South Bank University are;

  • School of Arts and Creative Industries
  • School of Applied Sciences
  • School of The Built Environment and Architecture
  • LSBU Business School
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Law and Social Sciences
  • Institute of Health and Social Care

University Achievements

London South Bank University is a well-known university in the United Kingdom. In November 2016, the London South Bank University was named the Entrepreneurial University of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards. In the inaugural 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework, London South Bank University was awarded a silver rating. London South Bank University (LSBU) has been ranked 5th in the world for 'Reducing Inequality' and ranked 63rd for encouraging 'Good Health and Wellbeing' and 90th in all aspects in the new Times Higher Education 2022 rankings. 

University USP

The London South Bank University was known for its focus on personalized learning and employability skills. The university has the highest possible rating for the quality of education, from the independent Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). London South Bank University is ranked #801 in World University Rankings by Times Higher Education.

University Notable Alumni

London South Bank University’s alumni has expert alumni from different backgrounds who are there to serve based on their common passion and responsibility towards the university. The alumni members of LSBU include Businessmen, Architect, Cartoonist, Television Actor and Politician etc. Some of the alumni members of London South Bank University are-

  • Sir David Adjaye, architect
  • Patrik Schumacher, architect, company director Zaha Hadid Architects.
  • Wavinya Ndeti, politician
  • Frank Auerbach, painter
  • Shaun Bailey, politician
  • Sue Black, computer scientist
  • Paul Burstow, former politician
  • Mel Calman, cartoonist
  • Edd China, television presenter and engineer
  • June Clark, nurse
  • Dennis Creffield, artist
  • Cliff Holden, painter
  • Edna Adan Ismail, former foreign minister of Somaliland
  • Jordan Kensington
  • Leon Kossoff (Art)
  • Don Lawrence (Illustration)
  • Nick Leslau (Surveying)
  • Russel Lissack, musician

University infrastructure & services


Southwark Campus-

London South Bank University’s Southwark campus is located in Elephant and Castle, London, United Kingdom. Since 1892, it has been LSBU's main campus. The campus is spread across a big area of land, £3 billion is invested into the area, including a £20 million new public leisure center, it is home to 1,693 affordable homes and provides 10,000 jobs, additional training services and apprenticeships. It’s a unique place to study and undoubtedly one of the most upcoming areas of London. There are so many things to do on the campus and being in this campus means students have all the access to nearby sights, attractions and nightlife of Elephant, London.

Croydon Campus-

 Croydon campus at London South Bank University plays a key role in transforming lives, communities, businesses and society via applied education. Croydon is the fastest campus which is becoming one of London's largest growth centers. LSBU’s Croydon campus provides students with a personalized and practical education to be successful in their careers and achieve their goals.

Havering Campus-

Havering Campus at London South Bank University is away from the bustle and hustle of the city. Havering campus offers a warm, welcoming and friendly environment to students. Classes on campus are small and the campus has a tight knit community, which allow students to make friends easily and socialize with each other.


There are three libraries at London South Bank University, one on each campus, which plays an important part of the educational experience and an invaluable resource for students, faculty, staff, and alumni, but also for the broad community. The Perry Library on Southwark Campus, which holds material for all courses, Havering Campus Library, which holds materials for health-related courses, and Croydon Campus Library, which holds materials for health-related and business courses. The libraries offer a wide range of books and other materials and services to support academic studies and enhance research work at London South Bank University. The library has a vast collection of books, e-journals and e-books etc. University libraries are focused to provide high-quality library resources, programs, and services to the students. The library provides flexible and well-equipped surroundings for everyone's research and learning needs. The libraries support the student learning experience, creation and administration of knowledge, and also contribute to advancements in teaching and research programs.

Housing services-

On-campus- London South Bank University offers residential communities, where students from all over the country and the world live, learn and grow together. Students have an option to reside in their homes. There are 3 housing places present on campus- Dante Road, David Bomberg House and McLaren House. The London South Bank University’s residential halls and apartments offer support and convenience, as well as opportunities for personal growth, cultural exploration, and interaction with all facilities and staff. The university’s residence halls are perfect for comfortable housing.  Students can select a room of their choice based on costs, hall facilities, location, and availability. Through university’s affinity housing students can live in groups of like-minded students who share the same love for sports, literature, film and course. The various services offered in university’s residence halls are-

  • Fully furnished rooms
  • Large lounges with kitchens
  • All-inclusive utilities
  • Free Wi-Fi and cable TV
  • Free laundry facilities
  • Residence Life staff support
  • Programming created around a residential curriculum
  • 24-hour security and on-call housing staff

Off-campus- London South Bank University assists students in finding off-campus housing near the university's campus. They provide convenient rental housing to students, faculty and staff at nearby universities. Students can call accommodation services team at +44 (0)20 7815 6417/6412/6424 for any assistance.

Medical services-

London South Bank University provides medical services to students. The Health Services encourage students to live a healthy lifestyle in order to achieve their personal, academic and career goals. They also maintain an emergency response team which responds immediately to any accidents or injuries involving any person on campus. Primary and urgent healthcare, health clearances, routine women’s healthcare, emergency response and wellness education are all part of the services provided. The staff consists of certified physicians and nurses who are dedicated towards their work and provide high quality medical care to students.

Student’s clubs-

London South Bank University offers many students’ clubs and organization which provide wide range of opportunities for students to engross themselves. The university offers everything students need to stay active on campus. Some of the sports clubs at London South Bank University are-

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Karting
  • Netball
  • Rugby

These are just a few clubs and organizations listed above. there are many other options available to choose from and engross yourself.

University location

Southwark Campus- 103 Borough Rd, London SE1 0AA

Croydon Campus- Electric House (Stop WY)

Croydon CR0 1 London, United Kingdom

Havering Campus- Goldcrest Way, Harold Wood, Romford RM3 0BE, United Kingdom

Top Landmarks-

  • Elephant and Castle.
  • Waterloo.
  • Clapham.
  • Tower of London.
  • Tower Bridge.
  • London Eye.
  • Oxford Street

International student’s info

Courses Offered-

London South Bank University offers Undergraduate programs and Graduate programs. Some of the courses are-

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Allied Health
  • Architecture
  • Baking Science and Food Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Business and Management
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Criminology and Sociology
  • Drama and Theater
  • Economics
  • Forensic Science
  • Engineering
  • Education
  • Film
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences

Student Support-

 The International Student Services Team at London South Bank University provides international educational exchange via its services. It serves as the primary administrative, programming, and advising office for the international community. The office provides various services like-

  • Immigration assistance and support to international students and exchange visitors through advising, programs, workshops and events.
  • Serve as a guide for academic and administrative units in the collaboration, hiring and sponsorship of international students and exchange visitors.
  • Provides on-going orientation and support services in a welcoming environment designed to help students in cultural adjustment.

Visa and Immigration Support-

There are two types of Visas for which students can apply if they want to study in the United Kingdom UK-

Student Visa (SV)

This visa is for students over 16 years old who have been offered a place on a course that is longer than six months in length.

Short Term Study Visa (STSV)

This is the visa to use for short term courses such as an English Language course. It is not designed for doing research as part of a degree. These visas are normally valid for a period of either six months or eleven months.

International Student Contact-

E-mail- [email protected] 

Phone- 0207 815 6454

Student life

student society-

London South Bank University’s student organizations or clubs are one of the best ideas to get involved in the campus. Organizations are assembled under an arrangement of causes, identities, and interests. Student organizations at London South Bank University put on some of the most highly anticipated campus events and offer a wide range of opportunities for involvement and leadership every year. London South Bank University has many student organizations, so there is something for each student.

Sports and fitness-

London South Bank University provides activities that promotes healthy lifestyles and fitness for a huge population of students, faculty and staff. The university provides various sports activities and fitness rooms to keep students fit and healthy.

Health & Wellbeing-

Health and Wellness at London South Bank University is to highlight the active process of change and growth that involves building resilience, persistence, and positivity in the phase of provocations. It is the initiative dedicated to help students incorporate in an overall well-being experience across campus. They allow students to actively indulge in well-being activities that provide support to a holistic lifestyle. Through this initiative, students will learn and understand resources and they will also learn how to help others in need.

Residential Life-

On-campus housing at the London South Bank University can easily accommodate a huge population of students. The residential places include Dante Road, David Bomberg House and McLaren House. The on-campus housing offers Residential Based Learning Communities on designated floors, areas or buildings where students request to live near others that share an interest in a particular social cause or academic area.

Food & drink-

London South Bank University provides dining in residential places.  Dining is open to students, faculty, and staff. Dining plan offers different dining options which includes special dietary menus such as vegetarian and low-fat food. The plans are designed to fit the busy schedule of students, the plan assists all dietary preferences by providing a wide range of dining options and healthy food options. There are a number of cafes and restaurants available on-campus or nearby campus which provides a huge variety to students.

Short term getaways, weekend getaways

There are many short-term getaways near the London South Bank University to have fun like-

  • Brigit's Bakery Bus
  • Ministry of Sound
  • German Kraft Brewery
  • Velba Tours
  • Southwark Playhouse
  • Mercato Metropolitano (Elephant & Castle)
  • Jim and Tonic Elephant & Castle
  • Imperial War Museum London
  • Borough Market

and there are many other options also available to spend holidays and weekends.

Part time jobs

The Employability Team at London South Bank University provides employment opportunities to students who want to earn money while studying to pay their expenses. The Office of Student Employment helps students find part-time work that not only builds their bank account, it is also on or near campus, and gives them a relevant and meaningful career experience which enhances their resume.

Student Safety

Crime Around the area-

London South Bank University keeps safety at priority. The University's Police Department provides 24/7 assistance to deter crime, and to increase personal safety and building security. A security desk is located in the lobby of each residence hall, which assists 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to ensure the safety and identification of those entering and leaving the campus buildings. Students can call an officer to escort them anywhere on campus 24/7. The University is committed towards providing a safe, secure living and learning environment for all students, faculty and staff.

Famous courses

The famous courses at London South Bank University are-

  • Baking Science and Food Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Business and Management
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Criminology and Sociology
  • Drama and Theater
  • Economics
  • Forensic Science
  • Engineering

Campus recruitment


The Employability Team at London South Bank University has an award-winning placement team that is dedicated to supporting students throughout their placement search. The university hosts recruitment events and fairs to provide jobs to students. Student’s eligibility requirements for placement-

  • Academic requirements
  • Be aged 16 or older
  • Have the right to work and study in England 
  • Spend at least 50% of their working time in England

Famous companies who recruit directly from London South Bank University –

  • Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) 
  • Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) 
  • Institute of Directors (IoD)

Application Requirements

  • Create a new account
  • Completed Application Form
  • Submit required support documents
  • Academic Records
  • Pay the application fee 
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Recommendations
  • Standardized Test Scores

London South Bank University Programs

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IELTS score requirements

A strong proficiency in the English language is essential for admission into universities in United Kingdom. To be able to get a successful admission in London South Bank University in United Kingdom students need to complete IELTS with a minimum score of 6.

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London South Bank University Cost of studies


Undergraduate: GBP 13,120

Fees may vary for each program. Please visit program page for specific fees.


London South Bank University Deadlines

January 15th

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