London South Bank University (LSBU) is a cosmopolitan university with a can do attitude, welcoming over 15,000 students from over 130 countries and a global alumni network of over 80,000. LSBU has served south London and beyond for over 125 years with a consistent commitment to providing high-quality education for all. Applied courses are designed with employers, accredited by relevant professional bodies and offer relevant placement opportunities, so that students leave as highly employable graduates.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

UCAS Code: L75

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 72%
  • Postgraduate 28%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 58%
  • Part Time 42%

Where students come from

  • UK 91%
  • EU 3%
  • Other 6%

Student gender

  • Male 41%
  • Female 59%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • Expert library and IT support is available at both the Southwark and Havering campuses providing in total 800 study spaces, 58,000 e-journals and databases, and 250,000 books.
  • The Havering campus library provides support and materials on health and social care.
  • The library and learning resources on the Southwark campus has 400 networked workstations, Apple Macs, MS Office and specialist software packages, laptop loans, as well as printing, scanning 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. Students have access to free software including Microsoft Word and Excel.

Student jobs

  • The Jobshop provides a professional vacancy-handling service that helps students find full or part-time work, work experience, placements, temporary work and volunteering opportunities.
  • LSBU has an on-site employment agency specialising in placing LSBU students into part-time temporary roles within the university itself. Part-time work is also available through the university's student ambassador programme.

Careers advice

  • London South Bank University's Employability Service offers students advice on how to shape their career, providing information, advice, and guidance to students until two years after they graduate.
  • The service assists students with planning their career objectives, preparing professional CVs and offers training on topics such as effective interview techniques.
  • The Career Gym in the Student Centre offers valuable careers advice and a range of CV and interview workshops. The service also advertises vacancies to help graduates and students find full and part-time work, work experience, placements, and temporary and vocational work.
  • The university has a strong focus on developing students' entrepreneurial thinking. The university's Student Enterprise team offers inspiring talks and workshops with entrepreneurs; start-up programmes; internships and consultancy opportunities.

Health services

  • LSBU students are supported from the beginning of their course until after they graduate. The university recognises that physical, mental and emotional health are all connected and students are supported whatever challenges they face.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • At LSBU, student's mental health and well-being is extremely important and, as required, students will receive support that is tailored to their individual needs.
  • Support includes a confidential and collaborative discussion with a Mental Health and Well-being Adviser where students will develop a personal plan, as well as self-help resources and a referral to the university's counselling service, including online platform SilverCloud.

Disability support

  • LSBU is committed to ensuring that students with a disability or specific learning difference are fully supported in their application and subsequent studies at the university, by creating the appropriate adjustments as required. 
  • The university works closely with academic teams and relevant colleagues to ensure that students are fully included in the learning experience and can demonstrate their skills and knowledge.

Other services and facilities

  • As a strongly vocational university, many courses feature practical sessions with real-life simulations, helping to recreate scenarios students may find in the workplace.

Students' Union

  • London South Bank Students' Union (LSBSU) is a charity, independent from the university and run by students, for students. Students become a member for free on enrolling at LSBU.
  • There are loads of activities for students to get involved in, including over 70 societies where students with common interests meet up to do what they love.
  • Into sports? LSBSU runs over 20 different sports clubs, competing nationally against other teams in the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) leagues as well as in Varsity, a one-day competition against other London universities.


  • LSBU – originally the Borough Polytechnic Institute – laid down roots in south London in 1892 and has been improving the lives of students, businesses and the local community ever since.
  • Remaining true to its original aim of providing high quality applied education for all, it is still rooted in the local community. LSBU's Clarence Centre has helped support 1450 start-ups and 27 student start-ups, and is also home to 72 small businesses – a community that has collectively generated a turnover of £370 million, safe-guarding and creating 400 extra jobs. Through the centre, LBSU bridges the gap between the academic and business world and contributes to its status as London's enterprising university.

Fascinating Fact

  • London South Bank University is home to the National Bakery School – the oldest bakery school in the world.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Dr Sue Black OBE – technology evangelist and social entrepreneur.
  • Tom Toumazis MBE – chair of the Childline board; formerly at Yahoo he is now a non-executive director of TheLADbible group.
  • Russell Lissack – member of the band Bloc Party.
  • Dame Sarah Elisabeth Mullally DBE – Anglican bishop, formerly chief nursing officer and director of patient experience for NHS England.
  • Sir David Frank Adjaye – architect and lead designer of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, located on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
  • Shahid Malik – former MP 2005–2010, holding a number of ministerial positions.
  • Phil Spencer – Channel 4 presenter for Location, Location, Location.


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