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London South Bank University

Student life

Our world-class facilities are here to support your professional and personal development. From our extensive libraries to state of the art multi-million pound film studios, we make sure you have access to industry-standard equipment that will enrich your learning experience.

Highly specialised labs

As a strongly vocational university many of our courses feature practical sessions in fully-equipped laboratories.

Highlights include our Forensic laboratories with testing stations and microscopes for sample assessment, Psychology labs with research testing cubicles, a Pub Lab to examine alcohol-related behaviours, a workshop/chemical lab, an eye tracker/physiology suite and interviewing rooms.


Our Spatial Analysis and Informatics Lab (SAIL) features Geographic Information System (GIS) software on its 30 networked computers creating an excellent platform for applied research.


For students in architecture, the Digital Architecture Robotics Lab (DARLab) is a research platform in architectural education that advances experimentation and cross-discipline collaboration. Other facilities for built environment and engineering work include our Acoustics Lab, the Thermodynamic and Strength of Materials Labs, the Engine and Petrol Lab and the Virtual Engineering Lab.


Students in the School of Health and Social Care also have access to nursing skills labs, the Real-Time Labour Ward and the Therapeutic Radiography VERT Lab. 

Student Centre

Our Student Centre is a central hub for support and employment information, with an airy first floor ideal for socialising, group study or to meet staff informally.

All non-academic services are here: Student Advice, Employability, Accommodation, Fees & Bursaries and Disability & Dyslexia Support.


The centre is also home to our Students' Union; a base for its social and support facilities. Adding to the comfort, the Grads Café serves a range of soft drinks and snacks and The Venue Bar opens until late.

Library and Learning Resources

Expert library and IT support is available at both our Southwark and Havering campuses helping to support today's students use a mixture of books, journals and electronic materials to complete their studies.


The Perry Library, at Southwark, holds over 300,000 print books, hundreds of study spaces and over 90 open access PCs. We subscribe to 150 online databases providing access – both on and off campus – to over 18,000 journals, plus e-books, TV and radio programmes, and a wide range of other specialist data to assist research and study.


The Havering campus library provides support and materials on health and social care.


The Learning Resources Centre on the Southwark campus holds over 400 open access PCs plus 10 Apple Macs. A wide range of software is provided, including specialist subject-specific packages.


Whether studying at work, home or university you can access the University's library pages.

Workplace experience

Across our faculties we have stunning practical areas specially designed to create scenarios students find in the workplace. Some highlights include purpose-built classrooms for ICT, maths, research, PE and dance students on our Education courses.

Our health students use a new suite of sophisticated skills laboratories, with life-like hospital wards, simulated patients and a radiography-testing suite with the latest 3-D imaging. All our courses give details of the facilities they access.

Skills for learning

We offer students support in maths and communication skills for academic and professional development purposes. There is an extensive range of free courses, workshops, one-to-ones and group sessions in both maths and communication skills, and IT needs.


We provide training on MS Office applications, teaching on specialist packages (including SPSS and Sage Line 50), advanced word processing and photo editing. We also provide training and testing for the European Computer Driving Licence – an internationally recognised IT qualification.


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. 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.


All rooms are non-smoking and have access to a kitchen. 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. 

First year accommodation

International students attending the University for the first time are guaranteed accommodation if they meet the allocation criteria and apply to our Accommodation Office by 1 August.


Priority for rooms is given to first year undergraduate and postgraduate students attending the University for the first time and who live furthest away from our London campus. If you hold a conditional offer with LSBU you may have to wait until late August/September before we are able to process your application. The Accommodation Service will contact you directly if this is the case.

Our Accommodation Service:

  • processes applications to live in LSBU's halls of residence, and allocates and offers places;
  • provides an information and advice service about alternative accommodation options.


They cannot offer any legal advice but is your first point of call for basic information and assistance.

Career services

The Employability Team at LSBU helps students to access job opportunities and experience the world of work. The team is committed to giving all students a guaranteed opportunity to undertake a work placement, internship or other professional experience or study abroad during their degree.


The team interacts with students through:

  • Workshops
  • LSBU Employment
  • LSBU's Job Shop
  • Higher Education Achievement Report


We deliver free employability workshops for students all year round on a variety of employment related topics. The timetable can accessed on the student portal MyLSBU.

LSBU Employment

LSBU Employment is LSBU’s own professional temporary recruitment service linking students and recent graduates with top UK employers. Allowing you to gain valuable workplace experience without interfering with your studies. We add value to businesses by hiring outstanding LSBU students and graduates. We are committed to helping you make the most of your LSBU experience by helping you gain relevant work experience to launch your prestigious and fulfilling career.

Job Shop

The Job Shop is located in the LSBU Student Life Centre and covers:

  • Tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications Delivering one-to-one mock interviews Securing temporary jobs, placement and internship opportunities and graduate roles Understanding the needs of employers Sourcing relevant employability related online resources and services;
  • Tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications;
  • Delivering one-to-one mock interviews;
  • Securing temporary jobs, placement and internship opportunities and graduate roles;
  • Understanding the needs of employers;
  • Sourcing relevant employability related online resources and services.

Higher Education Achievement Report

The Employability Team monitors students' and alumni achievements and records it in the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).


The HEAR provides our students with a framework that supports them to plan extra-curricular activities that can be used to demonstrate their employability and support them in applying for jobs in the future.


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London South Bank University
103 Borough Road
United Kingdom
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Our campus is in the centre of London within London Fare Zone 1, where we have strong partnerships with the industries that surround us: finance, health, the arts, sciences, culinary, law, education, engineering, construction, architecture. The campus is convenient to get to on public transport, or even by bike or on foot from every direction. We're also minutes away from some of the capital's best bars, restaurants and clubs - our main campus is a 10-minute walk from the South Bank Centre, one of London's premier districts for nightlife, arts and culture - as well as moments from other world-renowned art galleries, world famous theatres and historic museums.