Making the most of studying and living here in Zone 1

One of the best things about being a student at LSBU is its location in the heart of London.  There's always something to do between classes since everything is so accessible!

With Waterloo and Elephant and Castle Stations just a stone's throw away, you can easily get to any central London location within ten minutes. Trust us, exploring London and immersing yourself in the LSBU community will be the highlight of your university experience. As a student, there are countless budget-friendly activities to enjoy: here is a list of our favourite “go-to” places!

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London is filled with culture and entertainment, and as a student at LSBU, you can enjoy a lot of budget friendly activities. Here are some must-visit places and experiences, don't miss out!

Discover Elephant Park and Castle Square

What Our Students Say! " Elephant Park is so nice, it's been completely refurbished and so nice to chill in the sun or have a picnic, plus it's just around the corner from campus.”

This destination features lush parks and a collection of bars and restaurants. Get ready to be captivated by the elephant-inspired theme which has historical roots since 1765! Complete with model elephants and clever references. Experience nature, connect with others, and ignite your creativity at Elephant Park, where university students thrive.

You'll recognise you've reached Castle Square, which is in the centre of Elephant and Castle and on the border of Elephant Park, when you see the dozens of elephant statues welcoming you.

Castle Square is a food paradise that brings together a mix of delicious cuisines from Latin American, African, and tasty dishes from the Caribbean. It's like a symphony of flavours! What's more, there's a spacious outdoor seating area where you can enjoy your takeout while surrounded by elephants. It's like going on a safari right here in South London!

The Elephant and Castle Pub

What Our Students Say! " We love coming the the Elephant and Castle Pub! They have Live music and cheap DJ nights. We even enjoy competitions and quiz nights and can even catch up on the latest sports events."

The Elephant and Castle pub is not just a welcoming spot for Friday nights, it's a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. With its wide selection of drinks and mouthwatering pub food, you'll be spoiled for choice.

Enjoy the flavours of their carefully crafted menu, featuring classic pub favourites made with fresh ingredients. Pair your meal with a perfectly poured pint of beer or indulge in a refreshing cocktail expertly mixed by their skilled bartenders. There's always something happening to keep you entertained and engaged.

Mercato Metropolitano

What Our Students Say! " If you are a foodie like me, Mercato is a must!  You can spend the day trying amazing food from different places and food from around the world with student discounts and deals! ”

A unique market where you can discover all kinds of delicious meals and drinks is known as the Mercato Metropolitano in Elephant and Castle. It's a big place with lots of different stalls and vendors. You can try foods from all over the world, like pizza, burgers, noodles, and so much more. There's something for everyone's taste buds!

Not only is the food amazing, but the atmosphere is cool too. There are tables and benches where you can sit and enjoy your meal with friends or family. It's a fun and lively place, with music playing and people chatting.

The best part is that Mercato Metropolitano Elephant and Castle is not just a market but also a community space. They often have events and activities like live performances, karaoke nights, board games, and drinks. It's a great place to meet new people and have a good time.

Four Quarters

What Our Students Say! "  Four Quarters. It is such a cool bar where you can play retro games whilst you enjoy a drink and meet new people! ”

Get ready for some retro gaming fun at Four Quarters Elephant and Castle! At Four Quarters Elephant and Castle, you'll find a fantastic collection of classic arcade games and old-school consoles. From iconic arcade cabinets like Pac-Man and Space Invaders to beloved consoles like the Nintendo Entertainment System, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Step back in time and relive the excitement of gaming's golden era!

The atmosphere at Four Quarters is electric, with neon lights, vibrant decor, and a lively crowd. You can challenge your friends to multiplayer battles, show off your skills on the pinball machines, or simply soak in the nostalgic ambience.

To keep you fueled for your gaming adventures, Four Quarters Elephant and Castle, also offers a selection of drinks and tasty snacks. Sip on craft beers, sip creative cocktails, or grab a bite to eat while you take a break from conquering high scores.

Whether you're a hardcore gamer or just looking for a unique night out, Four Quarters Elephant and Castle is the place to be. Immerse yourself in the pixelated world of retro gaming and create memories that will make you smile. Get your tokens ready and let the gaming extravaganza begin!

Ministry of Sound

What Our Students Say! " We love Ministry, it's literally two minutes from campus-so a no brainer for a night out! We usually meet for pre drinks in Elephant Park before heading down.”

Just a stone's throw away from LSBU's Southwark campus, the Ministry of Sound is the UK's first nightclub. Dance the night away to the newest hits and experience the energetic nightlife that London has to offer.

The Ministry of Sound has played host to some of the world's most renowned DJs and artists, delivering unforgettable performances that will leave you craving for more. Beyond the exhilarating music, the club boasts visually stunning lighting displays, captivating visuals, and cutting-edge production that elevate the entire experience. It's a sensory feast that takes you on a euphoric journey through sound and light.

Comedy Clubs

What Our Students Say! “ We always go to Comedy clubs. There's something for everyone with offers at The Comedy Store, The Soho Theatre, and the Angel Comedy Club, all really close to Campus.”

Prepare for an evening filled with laughter and unforgettable performances at renowned comedy clubs like The Comedy Store, The Soho Theatre, and the Angel Comedy Club.

These establishments are known for their vibrant comedy scenes and have become hotspots for both emerging talents and seasoned comedians.

Get ready to have your funny bone tickled by hilarious stand-up acts. The environment provides a one-of-a-kind experience in which you can witness funny brilliance up close and laugh your heart out.

Imperial War Museum

What Our Students Say! “ As students we get FREE entry to some of London’s best museums. It is like having a golden ticket to the world of art and history. You can visit the Imperial War and Tate Museum, Natural History and loads more...”

A fascinating place that tells the stories of war with exhibits covering various conflicts, it's like travelling through time. You'll see tanks, airplanes, letters, and photos that bring history to life!

The museum also has a peaceful outdoor area where you can relax and reflect. It's not just a museum. It's a place for learning and engagement. Come visit and explore the impact of war in a meaningful way.

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