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London South Bank University started life as the Borough Road Polytechnic in 1892. Today, the main University Southwark campus remains based on Borough Road in the heart of London, just a short walk from London Bridge and Waterloo stations. One further health campus is based in Essex. LSBU has over 18,000 students from over 130 countries.

LSBU is a Top 10 London university for graduate starting salaries and a Top 2 London modern university for graduate starting salaries. (Sunday Times University Guide 2015).

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London, UK
London South Bank University, 103 Borough Road, London, SE1 0AA
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Whatever our students' interests we have the facilities to take their ideas further. We support our courses with the latest technologies supplied by our extensive range of skills laboratories, and our School of Health and Social Care has just moved into a state-of-the-art new teaching building.

The quality and comprehensive range of our engineering equipment is a rare find in London and our Digital Arts and Media Centre features the leading software and hardware demanded by today's professionals. Plus, we are an approved certified Apple Training Centre. You'll also find that our theatre's contemporary performance space offers the features you'd find in a professional auditorium.


The University has two libraries, one at each campus, and there are over 600 study spaces and a range of study environments for individual and group social learning. Students can access their personal library accounts anywhere in the world allowing them to access websites, electronic databases, online resources and full text electronic journals. They also have access to past exam papers and can renew and reserve books online which hopefully helps them to avoid any late charges.

The libraries contain a large collection of AV resources on video, DVD, CD-ROM as well as PC’s and facilities for photocopying and printing.

The Perry Library also has wireless internet access throughout the building and is open until Midnight Monday to Thursday. Specialist Information Advisors are on hand to provide students with guidance and training on all resources.


IT and Computing

All students are provided with a personal IT and email account and are given their own personal space on the central network drive where they can store important files and coursework.

IT services for all students are provided on all campuses. There are over 400 workstations with open access in the Learning Resources Centre at Southwark and 30 in the Perry Library. From these you can access the internet and a substantial range of software and online resources.

The University supports e-learning through its Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard, where learning materials and communication facilities can be accessed over an electronic medium. Blackboard provides students with a flexible learning environment which they can connect to through the internet, day or night or on campus.

Help is at hand for those who need it. The first floor of the LRC has an IT helpdesk offering assistance to all students. IT workshops are also available at the start of each semester to help new users to IT.


LSBU’s Academy of Sport, Physical Activity and Well Being was established in 2004 and is a recognised hub for sport and exercise in London. The Academy is a unique combination of academic and non-academic sports divisions including taught course areas, research units, sports science, support services, sports development, facility staff and external partners.

The Academy’s main indoor facilities are based at the sports centre on the Southwark campus. The centre has a large 40 station fitness suite, dedicated free weights room, large sports hall and sports injury clinic. In addition the Academy also manages a four-court Sports Hall in a local school for use by the community and LSBU student sports clubs. The facility underwent extensive improvement with £1 million being invested in 2014.

LSBU runs a class programme, offering a mixture of exercise and relaxation classes including yoga, pilates, aerobics and circuits whilst the opportunity to participate in a variety of sports at a fun level is provided through the Recreational Sports Programme.

Membership of the Sports Centre is great value for money, with different price categories available to students, depending on your budget and which facilities and classes you want access to.

As part of the Students’ Union, the Athletic Union is responsible for all clubs and teams that operate at LSBU. Whatever your sport, whether you want to compete at national competitions or just have fun, there is a team here for you.



LSBU offers a range of services to support students, from help with your studies to support and advice about health, money or childcare issues.

Student Advice and Careers Guidance The Student Advice and Careers Guidance are responsible for providing advice to help students develop strategies for improving their academic and personal skills which are essential for successful adaptation to university life, personal effectiveness and further study. SA&CG is made up of Student Advice Workers and Careers Advisers. The Student Advice Workers are able to help you with personal and emotional issues, financial and money management, well being issues, exam anxiety and advice for International students. The Student Advice Workers are able to advise all LSBU students across all faculties and levels of study. The service offered is a free and confidential service.

Security and staying safe The security team looks after all students and staff of LSBU and are well trained to support the needs of the university. Security officers work 24 hours a day throughout the year.

Students Union (NUS) Every student enrolling at LSBU automatically becomes a member of the Students’ Union. LSBUSU offer a range of services aimed at making your university experience the most exciting possible, whilst offering you support and guidance to help you overcome any difficulties.


The National Health Service (NHS) provides medical care for UK residents and visitors through a wide range of services. Some NHS services are free, some you have to pay for and some you can only use if you meet certain conditions. The following NHS care is free for everyone: • treatment for accidents and emergencies as an outpatient in a hospital's accident and emergency department (follow-up treatment is not free for everyone) • family planning services • treatment for certain communicable diseases • compulsory psychiatric care. The LSBU Centre for Learning Support and Development provides a Student Advice Worker responsible for mental wellbeing that is available to offer free, confidential help and advice to students:

- who need support in coping with exam and coursework pressures - with an existing mental health diagnosis - who develop mental health difficulties while at LSBU - to promote mental wellbeing



WHERE TO SHOP The Elephant and Castle shopping centre has a small range of shops, including Boots, Tesco, Superdrug, Iceland and Peacocks, among others. London's major shopping districts, such as Oxford Street, Covert Garden and Soho are not far away. Travel by tube or bus from London Road as there are a number of bus routes available from there.

Away from the bustle of the West End, the South Bank offers a quirky, design-led shopping where you can pick up original gifts, books and all-things related to style, theatre and film.

South Bank Book Market Affordable, second-hand vintage book-stall. On daily, located under the Waterloo Bridge on Queen’s Walk.

BFI Filmstore Film buffs can browse the large selection of books and dvds dedicated to film and media culture. [4]

National Theatre Bookshop Specialist store selling novels, plays, scripts, dvds and posters. [5]

Gabriel’s Wharf and Oxo Tower Designers sell jewellery, fashion and homeware from their studios in this arty enclave. You can get a fantastic massage or even hire a bike. [6]

Southbank Centre The Festival Terrace gift shop offers funky presents and souvenirs, and there is Foyles bookshop.

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Where to eat Below are some recommendations for eateries in the area, and also some web links which provide reviews and guidance to where to eat in South London.





Cafe Pronto A relaxed and popular café, within easy walking distance of LSBU’s Southwark Campus. 109-115 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8HW

Pizzeria Castello 20 Walworth Road, London, SE1 6SP

Borough Market Situated under London Bridge, this bustling market is London’s oldest food market. [13]

The Cut Bar & Restaurant at Young Vic [14]

Film Café or Benugo at BFI Southbank [15]

Studio Six at Gabriel’s Wharf [16]

Concrete at Hayward Gallery [17]

Eat at Southbank Centre/Oxo Tower [18]

Ping Pong at Southbank Centre [19]


On the main Southwark campus there is an ATM available for students use. There are also several banks and ATM’s located just off campus in the Elephant and Castle shopping centre.



Southwark campus By train and tube - the closest stations are Waterloo, London Bridge and Elephant & Castle and they are all within walkable distance. By bus - numbers 1, 12, 35, 40, 45, 53, 63, 68, 100, 133, 148, 155, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 196, 333, 344, 360, 363, 453, 468, C10 and P5.

For directions to the Southwark campus, including a full list of buses plus all train and tube options, see:

Havering campus By train - Trains from London (Liverpool Street Station - Platforms 15 - 19) take approximately 30 minutes to Harold Wood Station. Trains from Stratford to Harold Wood Station take 20 minutes. The entrance leading to LSBU at Havering is diagonally opposite the station. Follow the directional LSBU signs leading to the University campus. The walk along the access route to the University’s campus will take approximately 8 minutes.

By tube - LSBU at Havering is not situated near a tube station. Change at Stratford (Central Line) to mainline railways. By bus - The 256, 296 and 294 buses all stop at Harold Wood Mainline Station.

For directions to the Havering campus, including a full list of buses plus all train and tube options, see: [20]

Careers service

JobShop & Careers The LSBU JobShop and Careers team is based in the Technopark building at 90 London Road and offers advice, information and guidance on employment and job search issues to all students, it has a professional vacancy handling service to assist graduates and students find full-time, part-time, work experience, placements, temporary and vocational work. [21]

Placement Service The Placement Service is a professional service for students and employers. If you are a student looking for a placement, we can offer support and guidance on how to go about it.

Careers advice We provide advice on careers and employability throughout your time at LSBU and for up to two years after you graduate, free of charge.

Part-time jobs

The University has its very own ‘JobShop’ which is a professional service offering advice and support for students and graduates looking to find part-time, temporary and vocational work to help support them while they study.

Religious facilities

The University have multi-faith chaplains that offer, non-judgmental pastoral care and support to all students and are available for personal conversations at any mutually agreed time.

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Bars, Pubs and Clubs As well as the Students’ Union bar on campus, there is no shortage of bars, pubs and clubs in the local area and of course living in London offers you an enormous variety of these right on your doorstep.


Fresher’s Fortnight – Start uni life with the party of the year! Village Fete – LSBU’s annual Village Fete is a fun community focused event. The Village Fete brings an afternoon of traditional village fete activities along with free entertainment to the Southwark Campus which the whole family can enjoy.

Bars, Pubs and clubs


Clubs and societies

LSBU has a wide range of clubs and societies and students are actively encouraged and supported to start new ones.

Joining a club or society is a great way to meet like-minded people and below is a list of those we currently have on offer:


Accounting & finance, African & Caribbean (A.C.S), Arts & design, Business, Chinese, Christian union, Dance, DJ, Drama, Drum line, Entertainment, Fashion, Film, Fashion industry zone (F.I.Z), Forensic, Games, Gladiator challenge, Islamic, Law, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT), Nigerian, Promotion, Psychology, Socialist Worker Student Society (SWSS), Sociology, Stop the genocide, Stop the war.


Badminton, Cricket, Hockey, Jitsu, Karate, Netball, Men's Basketball, Men's Football, Men's Rugby, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Volleyball, Wu Shu Kwan, Women's Basketball.


The University has approximately 1,400 single study bedrooms located across 4 residential buildings offering a variety of standard and en-suite accommodation. All of these residences are perfectly placed for public transport connections and are located within a 10 minute walk from the Southwark campus.

Students are required to sign an Accommodation Agreement Schedule to remain in the room for approximately 40 weeks.

Further information at [22]

Private Sector

The Accommodation Office provides comprehensive information abut the University’s student residences including private rented accommodation and summer accommodation. The Student Advice Bureau run by the Students’ Union can also provide free, confidential advice on housing.


All bedrooms are provided on a self-catered basis and located within self contained flats which can accommodate between 2 and 9 residents.

Every bedroom is equipped with a ‘pay as you talk’ telephone and a data point providing free access to the University’s intranet and the internet.

All residence fees are fully inclusive and cover the cost of hot water, heating and lighting and so there are no hidden costs.

See below full list of Residences: Dante Road, 2 Dante Place (Reception), SE11 4RX The Dante Road residence contains 414 rooms for first year undergraduate, returning and postgraduate students. The complex is located approximately 5-10 minutes walk from our Southwark campus and is conveniently situated for the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre and its underground links. More information on Dante Road at [23]

David Bomberg House, 282-302 Borough High Street, SE1 1JJ Ideally located for enjoying the arts centres of the South Bank, and with Underground and main line station services close by, David Bomberg House contains 289 en-suite bedrooms, each with a shower, handbasin and toilet. The rooms are available to students who are postgraduates, returning or studying with the Faculty of Health and Social Care. More information on David Bomberg House at [24].

McLaren House, 1 St George's Circus, SE1 OAP Ideally located for the South Bank and public transport links, McLaren House contains 600 single rooms for first year undergraduate and returning students. Residents share communal kitchen/dining areas and the vast majority of bedrooms are en-suite, with a shower, handbasin and toilet. More information on McLaren House at [25]

New Kent Road, 83 New Kent Road, SE1 6RD Our smallest residence enjoys a central location and its 81 single rooms share communal facilities. All are allocated to first year students. More information on New Kent Road residence at [26]

Accommodation policy

Once you have a guaranteed offer to study at LSBU you can immediately apply for your place in one of our residences.

All full-time first year students are eligible to apply for a place in student residences. LSBU prioritise applications and give the highest priority to students who live furthest from the University.


Students' union

The Students’ Union is run by students for students and offers an invaluable part of student life providing you with the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of social, sporting, political, recreational and cultural events.

The Union itself has its own bar/café with games machines, pool tables, videos, large screen plasma TV’s and with such a diverse events and activities programme you are guaranteed to find something that interests you.

Students' Union prices: The typical cost of a pint of beer? The typical cost of a sandwich? Any others?


Accommodation An average weekly rent in London for private accommodation is £90 - £110 per person if you are sharing a property. The rent for a University student residence ranges from £86.50 - £106 per week depending on the residence.

Food You can expect to spend around £30 - £45 a week on grocery shopping.

Utilities For basic utilities (gas, electricity and water rates) you should allow around £5 per week per person if you are sharing a property.

Travel A typical London underground single ticket without an Oyster or travel card is £4. A typical London bus single ticket without an Oyster or travel card is £2. By purchasing an Oyster card (a pay as you go travel card) for just £3 you can make significant savings on London’s transport network, by up to 50% in some cases. Visit for more information.


Teaching buildings The Keyworth Centre, Keyworth Street, SE1 6NG As well as its facilities for conferences and small events this architectural landmark provides teaching space for the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences and is a centre of excellence for our media courses. Magnificant views are available from the eigth floor.

K2 K2 is a new multimillion pound building on Keyworth Street, which houses the School of Health and Social Care.

Borough Road Building, 103 Borough Road, SE1 OAA Dating back to the origins of our institution over 100 years ago, the Borough Road building contains the Tower block, M block, extension block and Joseph Lancaster House (J block). It is home to our Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences and the Faculty of Engineering, Science and the Built Environment. Its facilities include a refectory, the Tower Restaurant and the Edric Hall performing arts centre.

Erlang House, 128 Blackfriars Road, SE1 8EQ Erlang House is currently the main teaching and administrative location for our Faculty of Health and Social Care in the Southwark campus. Health is also taught at our Whipps Cross and Havering campuses.

Faraday Wing, Keyworth Street, SE1 6NG The Faraday wing provides teaching facilities and locations for our Sports Science courses.

London Road Building, 100-116 London Road, SE1 6LN The teaching and administrative home for our Faculty of Business, Computing and Information Management also incorporates the Abbey Conference Suite, a refectory and caf 264.

Rotary Street, Rotary Street, SE1 6LG One of the University's oldest buildings and once a school, Rotary Street now houses our Education Department.

Administrative/Support buildings Caxton House, 13-16 Borough Road, SE1 0AA At the heart of our academic support services for students and staff, our specialist staff located here can provide help with developing skills for learning, student advice and careers.

Eileen House, 80-94 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DE Our Human Resources, Staff Development Unit and Building Services teams can be found on a range of floors in this building. Training rooms are also available for internal courses and staff development events.

Perry Library, 250 Southwark Bridge Road, SE1 6NJ Not only does our library hold thousands of course-specific texts but also a significant number of key journal subscriptions, past examination papers, audiovisual resources and subject databases. The building is also home to our academic support services, including our disability and dyslexia unit.

Learning Resource Centre (LRC), 105 Borough Road, SE1 0AA The LRC on Borough Road provides free computer access to all students and staff, as well as printing, scanning and photocopying facilities. Further specialist facilities for Engineering and Language students are also available.

Nursery, 12 Borough Road, SE1 0AA The LSBU nursery accommodates 47 children between the ages of six months and five years and is available to both staff and students. For more information about the nursery, including how to apply and costs, please visit the LSBU nursery website.

South Bank Technopark, 90 London Road, SE1 6LN As well as housing the Vice-Chancellors office and a number of university departments, Technopark is also the setting for a range of smaller enterprises and not-for-profit organisations.

Students Union, Thomas Doyle Street, SE1 6ON The Students Union building holds all our social events and also the Students Union Sabbatical offices.


London South Bank University's main campus is based in Elephant and Castle, central London, where most teaching buildings are based. LSBU is investing more than £45 million in its campus as part of a 15 year redevelopment strategy to provide world class facilities for students and staff.

Local area

Situated close to Waterloo and London Bridge stations, LSBU’s Southwark campus is at the hub of local transport and has easy accessibility to some of London’s most famous cultural venues, at Southbank, Bankside and across the river. A packed programme of exhibitions, theatre, music, film, festivals and free events means there is also plenty of inspiring things to see and do near to the University.

Teaching quality

The University has a fantastic reputation in niche areas such as healthcare, construction, arts management and bakery and is consistently ranked in the top ten for graduate starting salaries in the UK.

LSBU graduates have one of the best employability ratings in the country.

Applying to London South Bank

Entry requirements

Our courses are split into two main areas: • for those studying for their first degree (undergraduate) • those pursuing their second degree (postgraduate)

Undergraduates applying for any of our Undergraduate Degrees, Foundation Degrees or HNC/D courses will typically need to have GCSE passes in five subjects including English Language and Mathematics, (some courses require GCSE passes in other specified subjects, so do check the specific course for details. We also accept a pass in the Key Skills Qualification at Level 2 in place of GCSE English and Mathematics).

In addition to meeting the above, for each of our undergraduate courses we typically desire a certain amount of UCAS Tariff points and the required amount is given on each entry of our online course search and in our prospectus. All qualifications achieved at a level comparable to GCE 'A' Level or BTEC Nationals can be included within this total.

No formal Qualifications? If you don’t have these formal qualifications but have the ability and ambition to study a degree or diploma then an Extended Degree or Foundation Course could be for you. Successfully completing this course guarantees you a place on the most relevant courses offered by LSBU so you can further your studies here.

We also welcome applications from people who have gained appropriate skills through a wide range of vocational qualifications or suitable experience. So if you are a mature applicant , with no formal qualifications, you should still consider applying if you think you have gained the appropriate skills from your life/work experience.

Our postgraduates come here via many different routes. While most applicants normally require a first degree (usually at least a 2:2), we do recognise that many people have a wealth of valuable skills and knowledge developed through their time at work. We assess this prior learning and take it into account when judging whether a student should be exempt from certain course units. If you choose to study at LSBU your application will be sent to one of our Admissions Tutors. It’s their job to decide whether they can offer you a place from simply reading your application or whether they’d like to find out more about you by inviting to attend an interview.

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