Information for offer holders

This page provides both general support information and specific pages for new arrivals for each of our programmes.

Please note that Welcome information relating to offer holders for 2020/21entry is not yet available.

BSc Mathematics and Economics

BSc Mathematics with Economics

BSc Financial Mathematics and Statistics

MSc Applicable Mathematics

MSc Financial Mathematics

MSc Operations Research & Analytics


General Course

This information is for those of you who have been allocated to the Department of Mathematics for your stay here during the academic year 2020-21.

We have arranged a Welcome Brunch for you on XX. This will be an opportunity to meet each other, the General Course Tutor (see below) and the Head of Department, Professor Jan van den Heuvel. Appointments will be made for you to see the General Course Tutor individually, to help you select your course choices etc. and discuss any other issues you may have after this event. 

During the year, your General Course Tutor will be XX who will be your General Course contact within the Department. 

Student support

Each student is assigned an academic member of the Department as an Academic Mentor. You can consult them with academic queries. You can also consult the administrative Programme Manager for your programme.

Our undergraduate students have a Departmental Tutor and our graduate degrees have a Programme Director. They monitor your progress, alongside your Academic Mentor.

The LSE Eden Centre offers a range of events, services, and resources broadly centred around study skills. It covers such topics as how to study, how to revise, and how to approach exam papers. One-to-one support is also available.

The LSE Language Centre offers English support classes throughout the year, in both speaking/listening and writing. They are tailored to academic studies and to particular disciplines, such as mathematical subjects.

The Disability and Wellbeing Service can assist you in studying effectively and maximising your potential, regardless of your circumstances.

The Student Counselling Service can help with personal or emotional problems, whether or not they are related to your studies.

This is just a partial list of available support. More information about general (including personal) support and academic support is available on the School website.

Preliminary reading and book lists

Preliminary Reading

We will share some preparatory reading lists and study advice with offer holders in August.

Books that are central to individual courses will be listed in the relevant course guide. Note that course guides are updated in August.

Buying Books

We recommend that you do not buy books for your courses in advance. 

Firstly, it is because many courses will not require books, and multiple copies of important books will be available in the LSE Library. Secondly, courses are not finalised until close to the start of the year, and you may end up buying expensive books that go unused. Thirdly (for international students), used copies of the relevant books are typically cheapest in the UK. 

On campus, Waterstones should have a copy of all books on LSE courses, including a large number of (cheaper) used books. Another campus option is Alpha Books. Online, Amazon and AbeBooks are good places to start.

Visiting LSE

Please see information on the School's website about visiting LSE.

Money matters

Please see information on the School's website about money matters.


First year undergraduates and General Course students are guaranteed an offer of accommodation.

A large number of master's students also choose to live in LSE accommodation.

Priority is given to student with disabilities and special requirements.

There are many other options beyond LSE and University of London residences. They include a rapidly increasing number of privately operated halls of residence. Additionally, there are many options for privately rented accommodation, whether by yourself, with friends, or through collectives in a shared house or apartment.

London accommodation prices are high compared to many cities, but this does not mean cheaper options are not available.

Spending a little more time travelling to the School can mean a significantly cheaper rent, for example. We suggest that you look at travel times from different areas, rather than just distance. The School is in a very good location in regard to public transport, close to stations with several Tube lines and a large number of bus routes. Google Maps is very helpful for this, because you can choose door-to-door public transport or walking routes.

Our advice is not to worry about accommodation, even if you receive an offer quite late in the cycle. London has always been home to a huge number of students and this means that would-be providers are aware of your needs (shorter contracts, for example).

For more information, consult LSE Accommodation.

Social life, food and culture

The range of things you can do at any time in central London is second to none. Yes, you are here to study, but London will be a huge and very positive part of your experience. The LSE campus is located at the heart of all this.


There are more than 150 student societies at the LSE, spanning a very wide range of interests, from politiccs and the arts to academia and charitable causes.

The LSE Students' Union organises a range of events for all students, from young undergraduates to more mature students.

The School puts on a series of world class public lectures and events every year. Recent speakers include Aung San Suu Kyi, David Cameron, Noam Chomsky, the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, Bill Gates, Daniel Kahneman, Paul Krugman, Christine Lagarde, Thomas Piketty, and George Soros.

Student Central is open to all London students and provides even more recreational opportunities. It is located a few minutes away, in Bloomsbury.


The theatres, museums, and galleries are some of the best in the world, and they are greater in number than anywhere else. The West End is on our doorstep, the British Museum is up the road, and the Southbank Centre is just across Waterloo Bridge.

To find out out about what's on, we recommend Time Out and the London Evening Standard. Hard copies of both are distributed across London.

Night Life

There are countless clubs, bars, and pubs, including three on campus. The world famous superclub Fabric is a short walk away, as are the legendary clubs and bars of Soho.


London caters for all tastes, with its huge range of restaurants and cafés. Zomato and TripAdvisor are useful for finding good food on any budget.

Health and dental care

Please see information on the School's website about health and dental care.


Many of the places you might visit are within walking distance. This includes most LSE and University of London halls. London is a very safe city, but obviously you should take precautions, especially if you are alone at night and or intoxicated.

The Tube, Overground, and DLR run from around 0530 until midnight, every day but several tube lines run for 24 hours on weekends. They cover the whole of London.

Buses  cover even more of London and run all day and night across most routes.

Contactless payment is available on the Tube, Overground, DLR, and Buses. You can also use an Oyster card.  If you use public transport every day, you may want to apply for a student Oyster card for a discounted weekly or monthly rate.

Licensed black cabs (taxis) are available to hail in central London at any time. Or you can use Uber or Hailo to ask for a driver to come to your location.

From Heathrow Airport, you can take the Heathrow Express, Tube (Piccadilly Line), or a cab or similar.

From Gatwick Airport, you can take the Gatwick Express or Thameslink services, before switching to the Tube or buses. You can also take a cab or similar.

For domestic travel, it is usually easier to travel by  train/rail than air. You can plan journeys and buy tickets for all UK train operators from National Rail. The two major coach operators are National Express and Megabus.

For international travel, Skycanner is useful for comparing flight prices and times. Eurostar may be another option, by rail. Megabus offers coaches to some European destinations.

Visas and immigration

Please see information on the School's website about visas and immigration.