London South Bank University

London South Bank University (LSBU) is a cosmopolitan university with over 15,000 students, from over 130 countries – and a global alumni network of over 80,000. LSBU is one of London’s oldest universities; since 1892 the university has focused on providing professional opportunity for all who can benefit. The university has strong links with business and employers in the private and public sectors, which feed into courses and help students to form useful career connections and experience. Work placements feature on many LSBU courses. London South Bank University has a compact city-centre campus close to Elephant and Castle, Waterloo and London Bridge tube and rail stations. There is also a campus in Havering, Essex.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

UCAS Code: L75

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 71%
  • Postgraduate 29%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 58%
  • Part Time 42%

Where students come from

  • UK 90%
  • EU 3%
  • Other 7%

Student gender

  • Male 39%
  • Female 61%

Student Services and Facilities


  • 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.

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.
  • LSBU offers students part-time work experience through its 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.

Disability support

  • London South Bank University offers a comprehensive range of disability and dyslexia support. Please refer to the university website for details.

Other services and facilities

  • The Learning Resources Centre (LRC) on the Southwark campus holds 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.
  • 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

  • Based in the Student Centre, the Students' Union is a hub for a range of societies covering cultural, political and social interests.
  • Specialist staff at the union can also advise on any course concerns and external matters that students’ experience.


  • Founded in 1892 as the Borough Polytechnic Institute, it amalgamated with 4 other colleges in 1970 to become South Bank Polytechnic.
  • Historically the institution focused on providing people with relevant employment skills, and supplying employers with the skilled workforce they needed. This included pioneering courses such as petrol motor mechanics in the 1900s, heating and ventilating engineering in the 1920s and nuclear power in the 1950s, together with the UK's first engineering course for women in the 1920s and one of the UK's first nursing degrees in 1974.
  • In June 1992 the institution was granted university status by the Privy Council to become London South Bank University (LSBU).

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 – Tech evangelist and social entrepreneur.
  • Tom Toumazis MBE – Chairman and founder of the Childline Board and founder investor in digital content platform TheLADbible.
  • Russell Lissack – member of the band Bloc Party.
  • Dame Sarah Elisabeth Mullally DBE – Anglican bishop and former nurse, when she was Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Patient Experience for England (1999–2004).
  • 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.


London South Bank University, 103 Borough Road, London, SE1 0AA