LSBU was named the top London modern (post 92) university for graduate prospects in both the Complete University Guide 2013 and the Times Good University Guide 2013. The Sunday Times University Guide 2013 also positioned LSBU in the top 20 for graduate starting salaries. All courses are accredited or developed in association with leading professional bodies and have flexible study options, with the majority of courses being offered on a part-time basis.
• LSBU focuses on offering one of the most professionally and vocationally oriented course portfolios in the country.
• Areas of academic strength include Health & Social Care, Computing, Business, Design and Engineering, Arts & Society, Science and Technology.
• The vocational nature of many courses means that many course directors have links with industry and professional bodies such as CIM, RIBA and ACCA.
• LSBU is one of the UK’s leading Knowledge Transfer providers.
• LSBU provides a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses set at a variety of levels to make accessing higher education a realistic option for as many people as possible.
• The university believes in making its courses as flexible as possible, and majority of its courses are offered part-time.
• Student satisfaction with LSBU teaching was rated 81% in the National Student Survey 2012.
• The university achieved the highest possible rating for the quality of its education from the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) 2010.
• The majority of our courses are accredited by industries’ leading professional bodies.
• There is a growing and dynamic research culture, with a wide range of academic interests and highly qualified staff.
• Traditionally the university's research strengths are in social science, engineering, applied science, business and computing.
• LSBU has worked to establish credible research activity in other areas of strategic importance to the university, notably health and sport.
• LSBU is the number one modern university for Social Policy Research (source: Research Assessment Exercise 2008).
• LSBU is the number one modern university in London for research in sport-related subjects (source: Research Assessment Exercise 2008).
Student facilities, including library and computing
• New Student Centre opened in 2012 as a central hub for support and employment information.
• There has been over £50million campus investment in teaching facilities and labs over the past three years.
• There is one library on each campus. The Learning and Resources Centre on the main campus has over 600 study spaces at the university for both individual and group learning.
• IT services for students are provided on all campuses, with over 400 workstations. Open access in Southwark and more PCs at Havering.
• There are wireless areas for laptops and IT support for students living in halls.
Location and transport
• The Elephant & Castle campus offers excellent transport links joining it to the heart of the city.
• The campus is within very easy walking distance of Elephant and Castle, Waterloo and London Bridge tube and rail stations.
• Close to major London attractions, it’s only minutes away from the South Bank, the West End and the City.
• All major teaching and learning buildings sit within the compact campus, which is unusual for a city-centre university.
• Over 20 bus routes connect the university to the rest of London.
• LSBU also has a campus in Havering, Essex.
Recent/prospective new builds
• The Southwark campus features new buildings that enhance teaching provision and student experience. A new Student Centre and Students’ Union opened in late 2012 as a space for support, socialising and relaxed study. An Enterprise Centre is being developed in fully-renovated Grade II listed buildings and will be committed to business start-ups and knowledge transfer.
• K2, opened in 2010 and was shortlisted for a RIBA award. The building was designed and constructed using the latest in green building technology and, fittingly, houses the University’s Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings (CEREB – see below). It also houses the Faculty of Health and Social Care, the Department of Education and Sport and Exercise Science.
• Founded in 1892 as the Borough Polytechnic and amalgamated with four other colleges in 1970 to become South Bank Polytechnic.
• Historically the institution focused on providing people with relevant employment skills and supplying employers with the skilled workforce they needed. This included pioneering courses such as petrol motor mechanics in the 1900s, heating and ventilating engineering in the 1920s and nuclear power in the 1950s, together with the UK's first engineering course for women in the 1920s and one of the UK's first nursing degrees in 1974.
• In June 1992 the institution was granted university status by the Privy Council to become London South Bank University (LSBU).
For further information
Phone: +44 (0)20 7815 7815
Address: London South Bank University, 90 London Road,London SE1 6LN
Tuition Fees 2013
The tuition fees for full-time UK and other EU students beginning their undergraduate studies at LSBU have been capped at the same level as was charged in 2012. Although the rates have increased quite significantly from 2011, to offset this there is additional financial support for students from lower income families and other groups not well represented in higher education. This is in the form of fee waivers and scholarships.
Minimum fee £4,500 Average fee £8,320
**Maximum fee £8,450
Average cost to student*£7,460
* The estimated average cost per student after allowing for financial support (eg. fee waivers and bursaries) from the institution. ** PGCE (£9,000 (+CRB fee)