Working Off-Campus

Please click on the appropriate tabs below to see the guides and frequently asked questions on working off-campus. 

2. How do I access LSE resources from off-site?

There are two ways in which you can do this: VPN (Virtual Private Network) and the Remote Desktop


You can also access your LSE email via an internet browser by going to|

3. What is a VPN?

A Virtual Private Network (VPN)is a secure way of accessing network resources, allowing your computer to behave as if it is connected directly to the LSE network. You will be able to to remotely access H: space, U: space, the departmental storage area, your LSE email using Outlook, and certain other LSE resources.

4. How do I use a VPN connection?

It is necessary to use a VPN connection to access H:Space and U:Space and other LSE resources from off campus.




See the Guides tab at the top of this page for more information on how to create your LSE VPN connection and a shortcut on your desktop. Connect to the internet as usual using dial-up or broadband.


When you need to connect to your H:Space, U:Space, use Outlook or access the LSE address book, double click the shortcut on your desktop, enter your LSE username and password and click the Connect button.


Once connected, a new icon will appear in the system tray in the bottom right hand corner of your desktop.  To access H:space and U:space, see further information on connecting your personal file storage and web pages|.




To disconnect from the LSE VPN connection, right click on the new connection icon and select Disconnect. You will remain connected to the Internet through your normal connection.


Note: The VPN connection will route all of your network traffic through the LSE network unless you deselect the default gateway. If some of your other applications behave differently or your Internet connection becomes very slow, close all of your LSE files and emails, disconnect from the VPN and try your other applications again. If this resolves the problem, only connect to the VPN when working on LSE documents or mail.

5. What is the LSE Remote Desktop?

The LSE remote desktop offers students and staff access to their email,

H: space and other network drives, allowing them to work in a window that resembles the School desktop.


The remote desktop provides access to Office 2010 applications and has a Windows 7 look and feel. A wider range of teaching and administrative applications will also be made available in due course.


You can log on to the LSE Remote Desktop from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. For more information, see the Guides tab at the top of this page.

6. What applications are available on the LSE Remote Desktop?

The current list of applications installed on the LSE Remote Desktop includes:


  • EndNote X4
  • Microsoft Word 2010 
  • Microsoft Outlook 2010
  • Microsoft Excel 2010
  • Microsoft Powerpoint 2010
  • Microsoft Access 2010
  • Microsoft Frontpage 2003
  • Microsoft Silverlight
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 9
  • Adobe Flash 9
  • Adobe Shockwave 10
  • Java Runtime
  • Sophos Anti-Virus 9

Administrative applications (authorised LSE staff only):

  • Business Objects
  • SITS
  • Advance
  • Language Centre system
  • Research Awards
  • HRS Query screen