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London South Bank University

London South Bank University (LSBU) accommodation

If you book student accommodation near London South Bank University with Student.com, you will have the perfect base to explore the history and culture of the megacity that is London. 

Our accommodation options near London South Bank University include ultramodern and beautifully equipped student homes that will allow you to soak up the culture and history of London’s South Bank. 

Some of our LSBU accommodation is conveniently situated on the banks of the River Thames, within touching distance of all that London has to offer.

If you have any questions about our accommodation options, you can call us, or send us a quick message on Live Chat. Our booking consultants will be happy to answer all your questions.  

Where is London South Bank University located?

London South Bank University (LSBU) is a public university in the Borough of Southwark, near the South Bank of the River Thames in London, England.

It is located in the heart of London in the vibrant Elephant and Castle area of the London Borough of Southwark.

Easy to reach

Few city centre university campuses in London are as compact as LSBU’s. The area is served by excellent mainline rail, bus and tube connections and the main campus is a two-minute walk from Elephant & Castle Underground station.

Sitting on a major public transportation hub, its main campus is a 10-minute walk from mainline stations such as London Waterloo and London Bridge.

In the centre of a prestigious city

LSBU’s prime location places it at the centre of things. The campus is minutes from bars, restaurants, clubs and many of the city’s world-renowned galleries, theatres, museums and other attractions.

Living in London will allow you to experience life in a leading global city.

Strong in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism and transport, London is widely considered as a world cultural capital and one of the world’s leading financial and legal centres.

Some of London’s biggest businesses are the university’s neighbours, so you’ll be rubbing shoulders with corporate folks.

Studying at LSBU

With over 15,000 students from more than 130 countries and a global alumni network of over 80,000, London South Bank (LSBU) is a cosmopolitan university.

It is a top 100 university nationally with the 2022 Complete University Guide and 2021 Guardian University Guide ranking it the 89th and 93rd best in the UK respectively. The institution is also ranked as one of the top 1,000 universities globally by QS World University Rankings.

High quality of teaching

LSBU has the highest possible rating for the quality of its education, from the independent Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). It has also been awarded the Silver award for teaching excellence under the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

The university is renowned as a leading provider of fully accredited professional courses which are designed to provide the skills and knowledge students need to excel in the real world.

With strong employer and business links in the private and public sectors, many of the university’s degree programs have been developed in partnership with relevant professional bodies.

High graduate employment

The University’s established industry connections and focus on personalised learning and employability skills feed into its seven Academic Schools, many of them offering work experience and work placement opportunities with their courses.

This helps students to form useful career connections and get a foot in the door, which leads to a high proportion of LSBU graduates going straight into employment on completion of their courses.

Whatever your professional goals, the university will provide professional support and help your career development by placing you in contact with industry partners.

LSBU has been rewarded for the tremendous entrepreneurial support it has offered to its students with The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide University of the Year for Graduate Employment award in 2018 and 2019, and the Entrepreneurial University of the Year award by the Times Higher Education in 2016.

LSBU student life

If you choose to enrol with London South Bank University, you’ll be studying in a diverse, supportive, and welcoming environment.

With over 2,000 international students from around 130 countries, the university is fully committed to maintaining a learning community founded on equality of opportunity that celebrates the rich diversity of its student and staff populations.

The Student Life Centre

Attending university is about more than just earning a degree, it’s also a place where you can develop your passions and bring dreams to life.

Along with key student services, the Student Life Centre (SLC) is also a space for socialising. It’s where you can get together with friends and grab lunch in Grads Café or have a drink at The Venue Bar.

Students' Union

The SLC is also home to the London South Bank Students’ Union (LSBSU) and the over 85 student-run clubs and societies on campus.

Supported by a team of staff and four full-time student reps, it’s the centre of student life on campus and provides several key services and activities designed to help students maximise their student experience. It provides advice and support services for students’ educational, personal, and employment needs.

The Union is also a hub for a range of student-run societies that cover a broad range of cultural, academic and social interests.

It also runs a variety of free or low-cost events throughout the year, including socials, pub quizzes and nights out, and is responsible for all competitive and non-competitive sports on campus.

Students Enterprise

If you need help with finding employment with blue-chip organisations, self-employment, or starting your own business, ‘Student Enterprise’ is on hand to help. It offers free activities, events and programmes to help develop the skills and techniques that will make you stand out from the crowd in the professional world.

The university’s start-up and business accelerator programmes provide students and alumni with free access to workshops, entrepreneur networks, mentors and specialist advice.

Want to test your business idea? With access to a grant, IdeaHub’s two-week hackathon called IdeaHack is a great way for any LSBU student or recent graduate (up to 5 years post-graduation) to bring their business idea or social impact project to life.

History of London South Bank University

Founded as the Borough Polytechnic Institute in 1892, the institution achieved university status a full century later when the British government granted full university status to all polytechnic institutions after enacting the Further and Higher Education Act of 1992.

Since laying down its roots in South London, the institution has been improving the lives of students, businesses and the local community by providing vocationally relevant, accredited and professionally recognised education.

Its original aim “to promote the industrial skill, general knowledge, health and well-being of young men and women” remains central to its mission today.

After going through several name changes, it became known as the London South Bank University in September 2003.

It has since opened several new centres including an Enterprise Centre, a new Student Centre, the School of Health and Social Care, the Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings (CEREB), and a new media centre called Elephant Studios.

Frequently asked questions about student accommodation near London South Bank University

How can I book flats for rent near London South Bank University on Student.com?

Applying for student accommodation near London South Bank University is easy with Student.com.

Use our filter feature and mapping function to compare student properties by price, amenities and location. After you’ve found your ideal flat for rent near London South Bank University, click ‘View rooms’ to go to its property page.

On the property page, choose the room type you’re interested in and click ‘Enquire’ or ‘Book Now.’ One of our booking consultants will then be in contact with you to take you through the next steps and answer any questions you may have.

Why should I live in private accommodation instead of LSBU halls?

When you stay in private accommodation you have more freedom to choose from several options. You can decide to live right next to the campus, or in the city centre where you’ll be living next to several world-famous attractions of London. We currently list almost 500 different properties all over London, so you’ll surely be able to find one that is just the right one for you, whether you want to share with a roommate or have more privacy in a fully self-contained studio apartment.

Many modern PBSAs (purpose-built student accommodations) also have some great of amenities that their inhabitants can use. These typically include things like lounges, games rooms and in-house gyms, plus a whole array of social events that are great for making new friends.

What are the different room types you offer?

Student.com offers three different types of rooms:

A Shared Room includes a bedroom you’ll share with at least one other person. Other living areas such as the bathroom and kitchen are also shared with roommates as well as tenants from other rooms.

A Private Room includes a private bedroom that you don’t have to share with anyone. Depending on the property, your bathroom might be either private or shared. Other living areas are shared with other students.

The Entire Place is a self-contained studio flat that provides a fully private bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette. The perfect option if you love your privacy!

Do you offer accommodation also for postgraduate students?

Yes! All of our listed properties are also available for postgraduates, as long as you are still a full-time student.

Can I see the flat before moving in? 

Many of the properties we list have some excellent photos and videos to give you an idea of what your new home will look like, so if you can’t get to a viewing, don’t worry.

If you’ll be in London before your move-in date though, you can also have a viewing to see a property in person. Just talk to our booking consultants and they will arrange it for you.