London South Bank University


  • 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 iin 1974.
  • In June 1992 the institution was granted university status by the Privy Council to become London South Bank University (LSBU).

Location and Transport

  • The Elephant and Castle campus offers excellent transport links joining it to the heart of the city.
  • The campus is within easy walking distance of Elephant and Castle, Waterloo and London Bridge tube and rail stations.
  • Close to major London attractions, it is 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.