London South Bank University (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.
Our original aim ‘to promote the industrial skill, general knowledge, health and wellbeing of young men and women’ remains central to our mission today. Our practical and vocational approach ensures our students will leave equipped with the skills to meet the challenges of today’s workplace.
- 107th in the Times University Guide 2019
- 78th in the Guardian University Guide 2019
Following the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, London South Bank emerged as one of the top three modern universities in London after 73% of its research was given either the highest 4* or 3* ranking for ‘impact’. In 2017, London South Bank was named ‘University of the Year for Graduate Employment’ by the Times University Guide.
Student accommodation at London South Bank has been ranked fifth nationally and the best in London by the ‘Whatuni Student Rankings 2015’. It has four halls of residence which provide almost 1,400 beds, and international students are guaranteed accommodation as long as the application is received by the required deadline. The Accommodation Service is also able to assist students in finding private rented accommodation in and around London.
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London South Bank University’s main campus is situated in Southwark on the South Bank of the Thames, a short walk from many of London’s major landmarks. Waterloo and London Bridge are the nearest stations and strong transport links mean that the culture and nightlife of central London is very easy to reach and be a part of.
All of the London South Bank University’s major teaching and learning buildings are within a small area, which is unusual for university in a major city and of a huge benefit to students.