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London South Bank University

London Southbank University is a university based in Elephant and Castle, near the South Bank of the River Thames. It has been delivering professional training since 1892, teaching highly vocational undergraduate degrees that are geared to employments success whatever the student’s ambitions. There are currently 18,000 students attending the University drawn from over 130 countries around the world.

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The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the London South Bank University.

  • Rankings

    London Southbank University is ranked 113th place out of the 130 universities in the UK by the Complete University Guide.

  • Employability

    The Times Higher Education Impact 2023 rankings comes after a year in which LSBU students and staff have won over 30 national awards. They range from the Student Nursing Times Awards 2023 where LSBU students won the Student Midwife of the Year and Student Nurse of Year awards and the CIMA Awards 2022 where LSBU staff won the Employability Excellence and Teaching Excellence awards.

  • Fees

    For undergraduate students from the UK, the tuition fees are £9,250 per year. For international students, the tuition fees are from £15,900 per year for all undergraduate courses.

  • Bursaries

    London South Bank University offers considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. These include sports scholarships, care leavers’ support, international scholarships and educational trust funds.


The University has four halls of residence right in the heart of central London, giving students a perfectly located yet safe and comfortable base. All of the halls are within a 10-minute walk of our Southwark campus. The residences have great public transport connections, whether students are travelling by bus, train or London Underground, and are a close to many of London's key attractions and amenities. For some alternative options, check out AFS’s private accommodation suggestions in London.

Students' Union

At London Southbank University, membership is free for students and as an independent charity, the Student’s Union exists to champion the academic interests of every student at the University. Every member has the right to access the Union services, take part in and shape the decisions of how the it is run and have their voice heard across the university and beyond.

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Famous for

London Southbank University is well known for its innovative curriculum, having been awarded Silver for Teaching Excellence under the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework.


London South Bank University (LSBU) has achieved a remarkable feat in the prestigious Times Higher Impact Rankings 2023, solidifying our position among the world's top universities. With over 1000 institutions participating in this year's rankings, LSBU's outstanding performance across multiple categories is a testament to the positive impact we have had thanks to our strategy.

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