Social and green space

Social space at LSE

The LSE campus offers many areas of communal space for meeting and socialising, and is within close walking distance of some of the most attractive green space in central London.

In addition to the surrounding green space we are also ‘greening’ the campus by enhancing the biodiversity value of the urban environment. We have installed a green roof on the 3rd floor of Saw Swee Hock Student Centre and another on top of the Plaza café (see below), a brown roof on Connaught House, a green wall on the Old Building and are even making use of window sills to install green window boxes. We have a resident beehive and roof top gardens managed by the Roof Top Garden Group.  If you are interested in getting involved find out more at Sustainable LSE.

Departmental common rooms

Some academic departments and research centres offer their students common rooms and study space. Please check with your department/centre manager to see if any space has been allocated for this by your department or research centre.

Escape social space in the Library

This interactive social space in the Library foyer is ideal for relaxing, eating and chatting on your mobile during breaks from studying. Please place your unwanted items, especially food waste, in the communal recycling stations provided before entering the main Library.  Please note food is not permitted anywhere else in the Library

John Watkins Plaza

In front of the main entrance to the LSE Library is John Watkins Plaza, which is an excellent meeting point as it is one of the most spacious areas on campus. It also has ample seating and its own café with a green roof!

32 Lincoln's Inn Fields

32LIF_postgrad_common_roomThe newly refurbished building, formerly home to the Land Registry, has a number of break out spaces located throughout the basement, lower ground and ground floors which can be used by students to work or meet socially and relax. There is a PhD common room on the lower ground floor (LSE swipe card access) that is an inviting space to chill out.
The building has wireless facilities throughout.

Lincoln's Inn Fields

Adjacent to the LSE campus is Lincoln's Inn Fields. Numerous park benches and open lawn space make this one of the best places for rest near campus and a lovely place for quiet study under a tree.

Lincoln's Inn Private Gardens

By courtesy of the Masters of the Bench this secluded garden is open to the public Monday – Friday from 12 noon – 2.30pm. The main entrance to the garden can be found at the south east corner of Lincoln's Inn Fields.

LSE roof terraces


In addition to the roof  terraces on Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, the New Academic Building and the Shaw Library, good  weather and  roof-top views across London can also be enjoyed  from  the 4th floor of the Old Building. Continuing the LSE tradition of using our roofscapes to their full potential, each terrace is landscaped and is provided with seating so you can sit back and relax with your friends.  
Please do not place additional furniture on these terraces as it gets damaged in the rain.

Music Practice Room

The Music Practice Room adjoins the Shaw Library and contains various musical instruments for students and staff to use, whether for pleasure or for practice towards a performance. To use this room you need to be a member of the LSE SU Music Society.

New Academic Building communal areas

The New Academic Building offers several high quality spaces for social interaction. The central atrium is the nucleus of the building. It is a light filled, triple height space with gallery levels above to all sides. It is the key point of orientation and visual connection throughout the building. More soft seating can be found in the lower ground lobby. The 8th floor pavilion and roof terrace with biodiversity planting are also available when not reserved for meetings/private functions.

Peacock Theatre

Sadler's Wells theatre organises most of the shows and events that are held at the Peacock Theatre, which in recent years have featured some of the most popular alternative shows in London.  LSE students are eligible to purchase up to two tickets per show from a limited number of £8 tickets at the rear of the stalls for all shows – but book early to avoid disappointment!  Alternatively, if you decide to take in a show on the spur of the moment students can purchase the best available seats from £17.50, up to an hour before a show starts (one per person) – subject to availability and on production of your student ID. 

Saw Swee Hock Student Centre

Occupied in January 2014, this is the first new building on campus in over 40 years. It has transformed student life by bringing together the Students’ Union and other services such as the School’s Careers Service, as well as space for societies, media rooms and social areas.

The basement social space ‘The Venue’ has the capacity to hold 820 people. The Three Tuns pub can welcome 250 people. The first floor Denning Learning Café has seating for 150 and the 6th floor café can accommodate 30.

The Activities Resource Centre (ARC) on the first floor is the hub for sports clubs and student societies, providing facilities for them as well as for individuals looking to join, set up or develop activities of their own.  The media centre, also situated on the second floor, brings together all SU media into one space including The Beaver, Pulse Radio, LooSE TV and Clare Market Review.

LSE Faith Centre

The faith centre, situated on the second floor, has an interfaith social space, male and female Islamic prayer rooms, a multi-faith prayer room and a Chapel. The centre is open all day and everyone is welcome, you do not need an LSE card to enter.

We hope you enjoy using the many facilities on offer within this award winning building, the newest addition to our growing campus.

The Shaw Library (LSE Founders' Room)

Shaw LibraryLocated on the 6th floor of the Old Building, this is a comfortably furnished common room and library for all members of the School. It has a pleasant ambience and is a haven of retreat for many (although it is not intended for serious study by students).   The Shaw Library is regularly used for School functions, which are booked via the Conferences and Events Office.  
The stock can be borrowed by LSE staff and students: up to four items may be loaned for up to three weeks.  Newspapers and serials are available for reading in the Library. It is also the venue of the School's long standing free lunchtime recitals and concerts series. Music is an important part of LSE life. The School has its own orchestra and choir: both are conducted by professional musicians, rehearse weekly and give public performances at the end of the Michaelmas and Lent terms.

Further details about all the facilities available in the Shaw Library can be obtained from Francesca Ward (email or Joanne Taplin-Green (email

Student Salon

This is a designated common room for the use of all LSE students with swipe card access control. Located on the ground floor of King's Chambers, the Salon can be accessed between 8am and 10pm.

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