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London South Bank University (LSBU) is a vibrant, multinational university with a 'can do, go do' attitude and big ambitions to be London's top modern university. They welcome over 18,000 students from 130+ countries and have a global alumni of over 80,000 graduates.

LSBU has served south London and beyond for over 125 years with a consistent commitment to providing high-quality education to all. In 2017 the university was awarded Silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017.

The university also has strong links with employers and courses are applied, accredited and offer placement opportunities.

LSBU has seven Schools that support students, undertake world-leading research and remain heavily engaged with their respective industries.

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

Job Prospects

Applied. Accredited. Professional.

You'll learn from industry leaders who apply a professional context to their teaching and make sure you gain the practical experience you need to appeal to employers. Courses accredited or designed with employers mean you'll be up to date with industry needs and boost your prospects even further.

There is an Employability Service to help support you with job searches and prospects, including free career services to enhance your CV and work skills. The university works with employers to help find relevant vacancies and make sure you're prepared for interview.

Graduates in job/further study
Course and lecturers
Course and lecturers

Course and lecturers

An experience like no other

Teaching at LSBU isn't stuffy. They mix it up. Students are a real mix, too - some are part time, some full time, and some have already had jobs. Students are diverse, talented and enterprising. LSBU empowers every individual to realise their full potential.

As an LSBU student, you'll benefit from courses that are either accredited or developed in partnership with relevant industries, and learn from academics that are professionals in their chosen fields. You'll find a curriculum that's enriched with cutting-edge, work-based projects and have the opportunity to go on placements that will give you the experience and knowledge you need to succeed in the real world.

They have been awarded a silver rating for teaching excellence under the Government's Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), in recognition of their focus on personalised learning and an emphasis on supporting graduates into employment.

Students' Union
Students' Union

Students' Union

London South Bank Students' Union (LSBSU) is a charity, independent from the University, run by students, for students. You'll become a member for free when you enrol at LSBU.

Make Change

The Students' Union is here to represent LSBU students. We have over 700 part-time elected representatives, who are the driving force for change at LSBU, empowering students and ensuring their voices are heard. In the past, they have campaigned on issues such as the renovation of the Grads Cafe, keeping the cost of food on campus down and the reopening of the student bar.

Have Fun

Whilst studying is a key part of student life, so is having fun! The Students' Union puts on weekly and one-off events throughout the year, for students to relax and socialise. From a weekly pub quiz to special club nights, film screenings to mature students' mixers - there's something for everyone.



LSBUs Accommodation service help make the move to London as comfortable, welcoming and hassle-free as possible.

There are four halls of residence at LSBU, with the furthest from the main Southwark campus being just 10 minutes away. Your options are:

  • Dante Road (£126 pw for a standard, £136 pw for a Queen room)
  • David Bomberg House (All en-suite rooms. Prices range from £153pw to £196pw depending on if you want a compact or premium en-suite)
  • McLaren House (Prices range from £130pw for a standard room to £206pw for a Queen En suite Premium Room)
  • New Kent Road (£126pw for a standard room)

You can rent from LSBU and you'll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means guaranteed options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities. Or, if you'd rather rent privately, LSBU can give you a list of landlords - just ask their Accommodation Service.

For those at the Havering (Essex) campus, there isn't a hall of residence - instead students can stay in university-checked purpose-built accommodation.




The world around you has a huge impact on your learning. Each School at LSBU offers unique and exciting facilities, designed to improve your learning experience and make you industry ready.

Engineering labs, electron microscopes, design workshops and hospital simulations, LSBU provides you with real world, cutting edge facilities and equipment.

Well-equipped resources and services are available to make your learning experience easier. The Learning Resources Centre (LRC) houses 400 networked workstations, Apple Macs, MS Office and specialist software packages, laptop loans, and printing, scanning and photocopying. The Help Desk offers support and photocopying. The Help Desk offers support and training across a range of IT and digital skills, such as SPSS NVivo, Sage Line 50 and Microsoft Programmes.

City life
City life

City life

The world's most dynamic capital city

LSBUs Southwark campus is in the heart of London, Elephant & Castle, perfectly located for some of the best entertainment and cultural experiences the city has to offer. As the UKs hub for law, fashion, finance, the arts and technology, whatever your interest, there's opportunities here.

London is a thriving, multi-ethnic and multilingual environment and we're at the centre of it - Zone 1. As the UK's hub for law, fashion, finance, the arts and technology, whatever your interest, there's opportunities here.

LSBU's excellent transport links makes us a minutes' walk to the Underground and a short bus ride from some of the best places in the city, including Covent Garden, Tate Modern and the British Film Institute. Not only that, but we are minutes away from some of the most exciting cultural centres in the city like the South Bank, Borough Market and Bermondsey Street.

Elephant & Castle is without a doubt one of the most up-and-coming areas in London; there's so much to see and do within a short walk of the campus. Being here means you'll have sights, attractions and nightlife on your doorstep.

Clubs and Societies
Clubs and Societies

Clubs and Societies

We have loads of activities for you to get involved with, including over 70 societies geared towards students with common interests to meet up and do what they love. These range from academic pursuits, to politics and faith groups. Click here to find out more.

Into sports? LSBSU runs over 20 different sports clubs, competing nationally in British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) leagues and Varsity, a one-day competition with other London universities. Click here to find out more.

If you can't find something you're interested in, you can start a sports club or society. Get thinking about what you want to get involved in!

Student support
Student support

Student support

LSBU gives you the support and flexibility you need to succeed. Studying has to be a part of real life - you may need to earn some extra income, or having some trouble settling into your first year.

The Student Life Centre is there to make your experience as easy as possible. Many factors can have an impact on students' success, which is why we do everything we can to make sure you get the support you need.   

The Skills for learning team provides workshops, drop-in sessions and one-to-one appointments to offer development of academic and professional skills.

There is a Student Mental Health and Wellbeing service which can offer short-term support and advice to students, which is free and confidential. You can also get support if you have a disability or dyslexia, with a team on hand to help you to get personalised services and facilities.

Set up for success

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. The JobShop has an online board where you can see a wide range of part-time, full-time or voluntary placements. You can also drop in to see our JobShop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.



Full-time fee for Home and EU undergraduate students is set at £9,250. You don't have to pay upfront for your course if you're a Home or EU student and you have a confirmed tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company.

Home students on part-time courses are also entitled to apply for a tuition fee loan. And as long as it’s your first degree – and you complete at least 25% of the full-time course in one year – you can apply for a student loan.

International students must consider the full costs of studying in the UK. Your full expenses outlay will include your tuition fees, accommodation and living costs.

Click here for further information about fees, estimated cost of living and available scholarships.

Scholarships/ Bursaries
Scholarships/ Bursaries

Scholarships/ Bursaries

For September 2019 entry, LSBUs Access Bursary offers up to 100 £1,000 cash bursaries for new Full-time Home students paying fees of £9,250. The scheme has been set up to support new students from lower-income families. Details of the September 2020 entry Access Bursary are still to be clarified. For more information on the Access Bursary, visit our website.

There are several types of fee reduction through our other scholarships and bursaries. Click here to find the full list and other useful information on funding your studies.

Academic strengths
Academic strengths

Academic strengths

To succeed in your chosen career, you’ll need cutting-edge expertise. LSBUs research projects tackle some of today’s most testing issues, often in collaboration with businesses or public bodies, and research informed teaching so that you’re always up to date.

Their outward-looking focus enables our research to deliver outstanding cultural benefits, improving the lives of people and environments in which they live and work.

They are practically focused – from nursing, psychology and sports science to construction, robotics and business process; research creates new knowledge with practical applications. They help to find solutions to global issues and give you the edge you need to hit the ground running when you start your career.

Entry requirements
Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary per course. As an example, we typically ask for one of the following for degree-level entry:

  • two or three GCE A Level passes with specific grades;
  • a pass in BTEC National Extended Diploma/Diploma with specific grades;
  • successful completion of a recognised Access to HE course with a specific number of Level 3 Merits;
  • other Level 3 qualifications of a similar volume and depth of study as those listed above, for example Scottish Highers, Irish Highers;
  • International Baccalaureate Extended Degree/Foundation Degree/HND/HNC Typically for Extended Degree/Foundation Degree/HND/HNC-level entry we might ask for one of the following:
    •  one or two GCE A Level passes with a specific grade
    •  a pass in BTEC National Extended Diploma/ Diploma/ subsidiary with specific grades or:
    • successful completion of a recognised Access to HE course with a specific number of Level 3 Merits
    • other Level 3 qualifications of a similar volume and depth of study as those listed above, for example Scottish Highers, Irish Highers;
    •  International Baccalaureate.



Key stats

WUSCA ranking The overall ranking is decided by students from this institution rating them in a Whatuni review. This forms the basis of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA for short).

131st / 131

CUG ranking Source: Complete University Guide 2019

93rd / 131

Undergraduate students Source: HESA, 2018 (note: only applies to undergraduate records)


TEF score The Teaching Excellence Framework is how the standard of teaching at this institution is judged by an independent panel of experts. It's broken down into three levels; gold, silver and bronze, and looks at teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes.

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