London South Bank University

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LSBU is a cosmopolitan university with over 25,000 students from more than 130 countries. We received the highest possible rating for the quality of our education from the independent Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).

Our campus is based in Southwark, central London, a stone’s throw from the Southbank area along London's River Thames.

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Location:

LSBU’s excellent transport links mean we are 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.

LSBU’s Southwark campus is in Elephant & Castle, 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.

Learning/Study Facilities:

The Skills for Learning Centre offers students a range of interactive workshops, one-to-one tutorials and drop-in sessions delivered by experienced learning developers.

The Academic Practice and English Language team provide guidance to maximise your reading, writing and thinking and the Maths and Stats team deliver tailored support to refresh and improve your numerical, mathematical or statistical knowledge.

In addition we provide specialist study materials through our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Moodle site.

Libraries on our Southwark and Havering campuses provide LSBU students with access to a wide range of books, journal articles and other specialist materials they will need to complete their studies.

E-resources – including over 18,000 full-text journals – can be accessed off-campus 24 hours a day. A team of experienced, professional staff is on hand to give expert support and provide training.

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.

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.

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. Find out more at www.LSBSU.org/societies

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. Find out more at www.LSBSU.org/sports

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!

Courses & fees

Entry Requirements:

Each course has specific entry requirements, search Course Finder for full course information including entry requirements.

Schools:

Our seven schools create a dynamic environment to support students, develop academic programmes and engage with industry.  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

Tuition Fees:

Our tuition fees vary by course, search Course Finder for full fee details  

Bursaries and Scholarships:

Visit our scholarships and bursaries page for more information on what we offer.

Accommodation

Halls of Residence:

LSBU has four halls of residence right in the heart of central London, giving students a perfectly-located yet safe and comfortable base. All of our halls are within a 10-minute walk of our Southwark campus. Our residences have great public transport connections, whether you’re travelling by bus, train or London Underground, and are a close to many of London's key attractions and amenities.

We have over 1,400 single bedrooms spread across four buildings; Dante Road, David Bomberg House, McLaren House, New Kent Road and Havering. Each single occupancy, self-catered room features:

  • A choice of en-suite or standard room
  • Wi-Fi internet and access to the University network
  • On-site laundry facilities
  • on-site management teams and on-call staff for emergencies

Flats accommodate between two and nine residents, depending on the building. We also now offer a limited number of Queen and Premium bedrooms. Queen bedrooms are larger rooms with a queen-sized bed and our premium rooms have been furnished to a high standard and are available with standard or queen-size beds.

If you're studying at our Havering campus, we'll help you find safe and affordable private accommodation.

Private Rented Accommodation:

LSBU’s Accommodation Service has a number of helpful resources for finding private rented accommodation. We can provide you with:

  • A guide to private accommodation - information and useful tips to help you when looking in the private sector.

  • A guide on hotels and hostels for short-term accommodation or long-term solutions. These can be useful if you need a base while looking for the right private accommodation.
  • A list of private landlords – updated on a weekly basis and includes available flats, houses, bedsits and shared accommodation, as well as a Flat Share list for those who prefer to live with other students in the private sector.
  • A list of letting agents – including information on agents operating in our local area, information on Porchester House – brand new student accommodation just three minutes from LSBU, Porchester House has a diverse range of fully furnished en-suite studios, including ample workspace and plenty of storage.

Open days

Come to our next Open Day and find out why we have been voted University of the Year for Graduate Employment for an unprecedented second year in a row. We have events both on our main Southwark campus, and specialised nursing events in Havering.

What to Expect:

Open Day talks: During our Open Day we hold 30 minute talks covering the University, our support services, student life and more.

Subject-specific talks: Hear from the academics you'll be studying under and discover more about the subjects you're interested in and their related courses at our Open Day subject talks.

We hold tours of laboratories and facilities, one-to-ones with staff and interactive sessions to guide you through the courses on offer.

Campus tours: Discover everything our Southwark campus and local area has to offer on one of our Open Day tours, including student residences within 10 minutes of campus.

How to get to the University:

London South Bank University is located at 103 Borough Rd, London SE1 0AA.

Walk or bicycle: The University is in easy walking distance of underground and leading overground stations. We are only 20 minutes away from the Thames. We encourage walking and cycling, and have bicycle racks on campus. Please check the Transport for London cycling website for London cycling maps and route planners.

By bus: LSBU is very well connected, and a large number of buses travel to and connect in the Elephant and Castle area from across London.

By train or tube: The Bakerloo and Northern lines stop at Elephant & Castle underground station, which is right next to campus. The closest rail stations are Elephant & Castle, London Waterloo and London Bridge. To plan your train journey, visit the National Rail website.

By car: London South Bank University does not provide public parking space. There is a limited amount of parking in the area, so we strongly advise using public transport.

Living here

Our home is in Elephant and Castle. It’s a unique place to be a students. One of our local favourites includes Mercato Metropolitano, an outdoor covered food hall that has everything from an in-house cinema, to craft beer, an urban farm and cooking classes. Looking for something more upbeat? Ministry of Sound is one of our noisiest neighbours, and the bars and clubs of Borough and London Bridge are just down the road. If history is more your scene, the Cinema Museum is a short walk away, as is the Imperial War Museum and its impressive grounds. £3 billion has been invested into Elephant and Castle, including a £20 million new public leisure centre, 1,693 affordable homes and 10,000 jobs, plus training and apprenticeships. It’s a unique place. Come and be part of it.

While on campus we suggest you find out what the surrounding area has to offer. Here is our handy list of nearby pubs, clubs and cultural stops. Enjoy!

Academy of Sport:

We offer quality gym facilities, services and programmes to LSBU students, staff and the community. There is a 20+ station Fitness Suite, equipped with SMART Centre Technology for better performance monitoring and progression, as well as a selection of Free Weights including dumbbells from 2.5kg – 50kg and a Multi-Purpose Olympic Rack. The gym also provides therapy services, personal fitness programmes and Personal Training, as well as an extensive Group Exercise Studio Timetable

Facilities

Our Fitness Suite equipped with over 20 cardio and resistance exercise/Free Weight stations equipped with SMART Centre Technology, so you can monitor your personal performance and keep up with your fitness goals. The Academy provides accessible facilities and has 'Registered' status in the Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI) programme. We continuously work with the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) to ensure disabled people can enjoy the benefits of physical activity.

Students’ Union:

London South Bank Students’ Union (LSBSU) is a charity, independent of the University, set up for the sole benefit of London South Bank University students.

Societies are the largest extracurricular group at LSBSU, with over 85 active societies for students to get involved in. Societies are groups of students who come together because of a common interest and they might hold events, socials, talks and trips based on what they are interested in. Sport clubs are also run by students for students, they are the ones who get to plan, organise and participate in activities

Student Media is new to LSBSU. They have brand new equipment and loads of opportunities for students to build Student Media and make it their own. From TV and Radio to News, there is something for everyone and they want people from all courses and all walks of life to help create a media outlet that is as diverse as our students.

Travel Information

Havering Campus:

Goldcrest Way, Harold Wood, Romford, RM3 0BE

Southwark Campus:

103 Borough Rd, London SE1 0AA

Term dates

Semester 1 runs from Monday 23 September 2019 to Friday 24 January 2020

Semester 2 runs from Monday 27 January 2020 to Friday 5 June 2020

Questions and answers

What do you look for in your students?

To be offered a place on one of our undergraduate courses, you’ll need to demonstrate that you have the necessary skills to study. Our admissions officers look for evidence of your motivation and commitment, alongside aptitude and potential.

How much of an emphasis do you place on building workplace skills like presenting, project management and people skills?

At LSBU, our courses are applied, accredited, professional – this means we place special emphasis on making our students employable through real-world teaching and embedding core skills across our courses.

What support is available to students who are struggling for any reason? 

At LSBU we provide advice and support for students on a wide range of non-academic and educational needs. Our aim is to enable all students to achieve their potential while studying, by providing an approachable and reliable service that students can trust. Any questions or concerns you may have, the Student Services team are here for you.

What social events do you offer when people first join to help people make friends and settle in?

For new students starting in September, a dedicated programme of welcome and induction events takes place – a perfect opportunity to meet new students and settle into academic life at LSBU.

Is it a campus or city based university? What advantages do you think this offers?

LSBU is a campus-based University. Our Southwark campus is in the heart of London, close to many of the world’s most influential and well-known brands. Why does this matter? It means amazing networking and job opportunities for you - not to mention all the other experiences that the city has to offer!

What sort of societies are there?

We have loads of activities for you to get involved in, and 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. Find out more at www.LSBSU.org/societies

How far apart are different university buildings, and how far away is the accommodation?    

We pride ourselves on being a campus University, which means that everything you need is in one place, with most accommodation options being within a 15-minute walk.