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Two students in London South Bank University's (LSBU) Students' Union

LSBU hosts a number of social events to welcome you to the University and London

LSBU's Students' Union and the International Team host a number of activities and events to introduce you to the social side of University life.

Welcome Week

At Welcome Week we showcase the range of fun and social activities available at LSBU through the Students’ Union, including the Fresher’s Fair, with stalls covering societies, sports, volunteering and local businesses. For full information on Welcome Week, download our App.

Students’ Union

LSBU's Students' Union (SU) is run by students and provides social, sporting, political, recreational and cultural opportunities. The SU has its own bar and cafe and holds a wide range of diverse events and activities.

For information about the local area, Students' Union and more, read the Student Life guide (PDF File 1,877 KB).

International students

We have a range of social activities for international students to welcome you to LSBU, London and the UK.

There is an international student welcome evening, drop-in sessions and mixer event when you arrive at LSBU.

For details please visit the international students welcome sessions.

You can also access the following:

LSBU Social Programme

We have a discounted social programme designed especially for LSBU's international students. We believe this varied itinerary of guided day trips and evening activities will provide you with memorable experiences of London and the UK.

Book your place on upcoming trips.

Student buddy scheme

Our International Student Buddies are international students who can help you to settle into life in the UK and at LSBU.

Your buddy will be able to:

  • Talk to you about any problems you might be facing
  • Help you to learn about life in the UK and London
  • Help you to learn about services available at the University
  • Introduce you to other international students through social activities

Please note, your buddy cannot provide study support or advise you on your academic issues.

Once a buddy is assigned to you they will:

  • Keep in touch with you at least once a week in the autumn term
  • Meet up with you every few weeks in the autumn term

You can join the scheme once you are enrolled. Request an international student buddy.

Organisations in London

HOST UK offer you the chance to spend a day, weekend or Christmas in a British home with a British family. This is a unique opportunity to learn about British history, food, customs and culture. Your first visit is free, all you need to pay for is your travel.

Weekend visits: first visit free and second visit £60 (£50 +VAT) to HOST UK.

Day visits: first visit free and second visit £36 (£30 +VAT) to HOST UK.

International Students House (ISH) offers a range of student accommodation and are an excellent social and cultural centre for international students. They organise trips and hold social nights such as karaoke, quiz and club nights, free film nights and present special lectures.

London International Meetup is a social group for people in London and is a chance to make new friends from different cultures. You must be at least 18 and all nationalities are welcome, including British. Events include informal social evenings, a weekly English club, day trips out of London and longer weekend trips.

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