London South Bank University

Southwark, England


London South Bank University (LSBU) is a public university in Newington, London. It has 17,985 students and 1,700 staff, and is based in the London Borough of Southwark, near the South Bank of the River Thames, from which it takes its name.

Founded from charitable donations in 1892 as the Borough Polytechnic Institute, it absorbed several other local colleges in the 1970s and 1990s, and achieved university status in 1992. LSBU is a post-1992 or new university.

The main campus populates a triangular section of roads in the Borough of Southwark, immediately north of the Elephant and Castle. London’s South Bank is a short tube or bus journey away from Waterloo or London Bridge. To the north of the campus is Borough Road, where the main entrance is situated and the original building of the Borough Polytechnic Institute. To the west is London Road and to the east is Southwark Bridge Road. At the northwest corner is St George’s Circus.

Schiller International University had a campus in the Technopark Building on the London South Bank University property. In August 2011 Schiller stated that it was closing its London campus and will not start the Autumn 2011 semester there, due to stricter student visa requirements in the United Kingdom.

There is a smaller satellite campus in east London: at Havering (LSBU at Havering), diagonally opposite Harold Wood station.

The British painter David Bomberg taught Art at the Borough Polytechnic between 1945 and 1954. One of the university’s halls of residence, David Bomberg House, carries his name and a handful of his works are on display at the University. Major paintings by Bomberg were acquired by the Tate Gallery after his death.

LSBU works in partnership with institutions in the UK, Europe, Africa, the Americas and Asia. It currently works closely with the Beijing Institute of Technology, Hunan University, Beijing University of Posts & Telecommunications, Northwestern Polytechnical University, and the National Academy of Education Administration. The collaborative educational programmes both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels have been running for over ten years with the Chinese partners. LSBU established the first Confucius Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2007.

93 in League Table Ranking of The Complete University Guide
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver rating
Type University Public
Year Founded 1992
Size Large
17,985 Students


3 years
Course Durations Available

TEF Rating

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK.

Courses Available

  • Accounting, Business, Management and Marketing
  • Architecture, Building, Planning and Design
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Engineering
  • Health Professions
  • Hospitality and Culinary
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Recreation, Sports and Fitness Studies
  • Veterinary, Agricultural and Food Sciences
  • Visual and Performing Arts


How to Apply?

Accepts UCAS
Other Applications Accepted Institution's own application

For International Students

6.0 Minimum IELTS Score
IELTS Requirement: Required
PTE Academic, CAE Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of IELTS)
Deadlines and Important Dates
Deadline of application for majority undergraduate courses via UCAS

Cost and Scholarships

£ 13,125
Average Tuition Fee
(For International Students)

Types of Scholarships Available



Elite Sports Programme
Total Worth up to £3,000
Eligibility and Requirements Available to students participating in the Academy's focus sport, basketball. Applicants must be playing at a minimum of Basketball England National League Division 2
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline --
Other Details All applications for the scholarship and bursary are considered by a panel with awards being made on merit. In exceptional circumstances, the panel may choose to award the applicant with a higher amount.
International Scholarships
Total Worth £1,125
Eligibility and Requirements New overseas fee-paying nationals undertaking undergraduate, postgraduate or PhD studies.
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline --
Other Details Students must hold a valid offer of a place at LSBU for a full-time degree programme, starting in September 2018 or January 2019. They must be self-funding and not in receipt of any other official sponsorship. The programme of study must be at least one year in duration. For undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes the tuition fee charged must be £7,500 or more. The award will be issued as a reduction in tuition fees when you register.
International Merit Scholarship
Total Worth A fee reduction of up to £3,000
Eligibility and Requirements Hold a valid unconditional and current offer of a place for a full-time taught undergraduate degree or postgraduate taught degree programme beginning in September 2018 or January 2019; Be classified as an Overseas Student for fee paying purposes; The programme must be a minimum of one year in duration and taught on campus at LSBU; Have achieved the Scholarship's academic pre-requisites in the qualification being considered for entry
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline --
Other Details Available to new applicants for an LSBU undergraduate or postgraduate taught degree programme