Ravensbourne University London

Ravensbourne University London is an industry-focused university in the heart of London's newest creative hub. A champion of creativity and collaboration, it offers practical digital media and design courses at all levels. Its students have worked on briefs for the BBC, Royal Shakespeare Company and Ford.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


Specialises in a single subject area, or a small range of subjects

UCAS Code: R06

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 98%
  • Postgraduate 2%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 100%

Where students come from

  • UK 89%
  • EU 5%
  • Other 6%

Student gender

  • Male 49%
  • Female 51%

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

  • The Study Zone includes over 20,000 books, an ever-growing e-book and DVD collection, access to some of the best industry databases and journals, plus a materials library.

Student jobs

  • Based next to the O2 Arena and within a short tube journey of most of London, part-time work for students in retail and hospitality should be available.

Careers advice

  • The Careers and Industry liason team at Ravensbourne provides careers advice for current and former students.
  • Ravensbourne's excellent industry links also present the opportunity for students to organise work placements.

Health services

  • Ravensbourne advises students to register with a local GP near to where they live.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • Students with personal issues or who are struggling to cope are supported with guidance or counselling. Regular drop-in sessions are run, and all services are free to Ravensbourne students.

Disability support

  • The Student Support team offer disabled students support with study skills, specialist tutoring and mentoring.

Other services and facilities

  • The CLR or Central Loan Resource has over 4,000 pieces of equipment including cameras, lighting, microphones, laptops and IT accessories. New and updated equipment is added regularly. The CLR team also offers monthly training sessions in addition to the training students get on their course.

Students' Union

  • The Ravensbourne Students' Union (RSU) organises regular events, including events in support of campaigns such as Children in Need and Mental Health Day.
  • The adjacent O2 Arena is often used as a venue by the RSU. Students are also eligible for discounts at the shops, restaurants and bars in the O2.
  • The RSU operates a range of societies, including football, Christian Union and cheerobics.


  • Ravensbourne was formed in 1962 following the merger of the Bromley School of Art and the Department of Furniture Design of the Beckenham School of Art.
  • Until 2010, it was known as Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication.
  • Later that year, Ravensbourne moved to its current location in Greenwich, next to the O2 Arena.

Fascinating Fact

  • Ravensbourne students designed fashion collections for Wrangler's 70th anniversary celebrations.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • David Bowie – singer, actor and all-round creative genius.
  • Stella McCartney – fashion designer and daughter of Sir Paul McCartney.
  • Peter James – writer and winner of WHSmith's award for the Best Crime Author of All Time.
  • Gareth Unwin – film producer perhaps best known for his Oscar-winning work on The King's Speech.
  • Nazaneen Ghaffar – weather presenter for Sky News.
  • Bruce Oldfield – fashion designer whose clients have included Sienna Miller, Taylor Swift and the late Diana, Princess of Wales.
  • Jay Osgerby – designer whose studio designed the award-winning London 2012 Olympic torch.


Ravensbourne, 6 Penrose Way, Greenwich Peninsula, London, SE10 0EW