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 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 three 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 entrance and 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.
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, its own café with a green roof!
32 Lincoln's Inn Fields
The 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. These areas have laptop charging points and 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 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 and the 3rd and 4th floors of the East Building. Each terrace 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. Please note that smoking is not permitted in these areas.
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.
Further details about all the facilities available in the Shaw Library can be obtained from Francesca Ward (email email@example.com) or Joanne Taplin-Green (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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.
The Quad is at the centre of the Students' Union in the basement and ground floor of the East Building. It's the main social area in the East Building for students to relax and meet friends, have lunch, read The Beaver and prepare for the next class. During the day it boasts the LSESU shop, Alpha Books, the second-hand bookshop and two large seating areas. On Friday nights it hosts the SU club night, 'Crush'. For more information please see the LSE Students' Union website. The Quad space is also available for SU societies to rent – please email Alex Bond (email@example.com) for more information.
The Shaw Library (LSE Founders' Room)
Located 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). There is a roof terrace that can be accessed from the Shaw Library with some seating and planting. Please do not take furniture outdoors. The Shaw Library is regularly used for School functions, which are booked via the Conferences and Events Office. The Shaw Library stock can be borrowed by LSE staff and students: up to four items may be loaned for up to three weeks. There are also a number of newspapers and serials 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.
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 from the street 24 hours a day. Following a successful student design competition in 2010 this space was renovated and reopened at the end of September 2011. The winning design by Ailin Huang, a BSc student of Environmental Policy with Economics at LSE, has been developed by Feix and Merlin Architects.
We hope you like the new Salon which is always available if you need a place to rest or to shelter from the elements.
Campus map showing social space