London South Bank University

London, England, United Kingdom
We're a cosmopolitan university with over 18,000 students drawn from over 130 countries. We received the highest possible rating for the quality of our education from the independent Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).



Established as the Borough Polytechnic Institute in 1892, the original aim of London South Bank University (LSBU) was 'to promote the industrial skill, general knowledge, health and well-being of young men and women', which remains remarkably similar today.


  • Undergraduate qualifications
Undergraduate qualifications cover: Honours degrees, Foundation degrees, HNC / HND and Extended Degrees. Read definitions of undergraduate qualifications.
  • Postgraduate qualifications
Postgraduate qualifications cover: PgCert, PgDip, Masters (MA / MSc), MBA, Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) Read definitions of postgraduate qualifications.
  • Apprenticeships
The University is registered and approved by the Skills funding agency to provide apprenticeships. Read more about apprenticeships.


Research plays a crucial role at LSBU

As well as addressing the challenging issues faced by society today, our applied research seeks to provide solutions to the business world and beyond.

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.


Whether you'll work while you study or are thinking ahead to when you graduate, London South Bank University's (LSBU) Employability Service offers advice on how to shape your career. This complete service provides free professional information, advice and guidance while you study at LSBU and for up to two years after you graduate.

Master's Programmes

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at London South Bank University!


Student services

If you’re an undergraduate or a postgraduate student who would like to experience life as a student in London for a semester or a year, our Study Abroad Programme is for you. At LSBU, we offer course paths that build on and enhance your studies.

You’ll study alongside our current students to ensure you get the most from this cultural, social and intercollegiate experience. Depending on your level and course of study, you’ll have the option to select modules that fit with your course or programme at your home university.

Housing services

London South Bank University (LSBU) has four halls of residence, giving students a safe and comfortable base. The furthest away from our Southwark campus is a 10-minute walk away from all its amenities, leaving students always feeling close to home.

The University has 1,396 single self-contained study/bedrooms spread across four residential buildings.

Our single occupancy, self-catered rooms feature a:

  • choice of en-suite or standard rooms
  • all rooms come with Wi-Fi to access the internet and University network
  • on-site laundry facilities
  • on-site management teams and on-call staff for emergencies if assistance is needed

Library services

The Perry Library, at Southwark, holds over 300,000 print books, hundreds of study spaces and over 90 open access PCs. We subscribe to 150 online databases providing access – both on and off campus – to over 18,000 journals, plus e-books, TV and radio programmes, and a wide range of other specialist data to assist research and study.

ICT services

The Learning Resources Centre on the Southwark campus holds over 400 open access PCs plus 10 Apple Macs. A wide range of software is provided, including specialist subject-specific packages.

Medical services

There are a range of doctors and healthcare providers near the campus and the general health and safety of our students is very important to us.

Student Life

Campus life

Our campus university is located close to some of London’s most famous landmarks such as Big Ben, Piccadilly Circus and Buckingham Palace, among others. Students also have the option of living in one of our Halls of Residence which are located just minutes from the university.

Few city centre campuses in London are as compact as ours in the Elephant and Castle.

Sitting on the border of the city's Zones 1 and 2 for public transport, we're minutes from the entertainment buzz of bars, restaurants and clubs, plus many of the city's world-renowned galleries, theatres, museums and attractions.

Sports facilities

Our Academy of Sports houses fitness classes, sports clubs, Human Performance Centre and Elite Sports

Whether it's a feature of your studies or for keeping fit, our Academy of Sport brings together educational opportunities, vocational placements and quality services. It combines academic and non-academic functionalities through taught courses, research units, sports science support services, sport development and facility staff.

Features of the Academy of Sport include:

  • Sports Centre and full programme of fitness classes
  • Varied sports clubs
  • Human Performance Centre
  • Elite Sports

Student clubs

Our active Students' Union runs clubs, societies, events and support services

Our Students' Union (SU) is the centre of the student social scene and home to a number of services.

The union is a hub for a range of societies that cover cultural, political and social interests. Specialist staff at the Union can also advise on any course concerns and external matters our students experience.

It is also the main socialising space for students - a place for a drink and a chat with friends.


Here are just some of our affiliations:

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
  • Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
  • Bar Standards Board
  • Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)
  • Institution of Engineering Designers (iED)
  • Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC)
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

The Global Study Awards

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

London, England, United Kingdom