Charitable status

The London School of Economics and Political Science (sometimes abbreviated to “the London School of Economics”, “the LSE” or simply “the School”) holds the dual status of:

  • a company limited by guarantee; and
  • an exempt charity

The Registered Office of the London School of Economics and Political Science is Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE, United Kingdom.

Since 1 June 2010, the School has been regulated for charitable purposes by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

For a more detailed description of the legal status of LSE please see Legal status of the School [PDF]

Trustees of the School

The Council, the governing body of the School, also forms the Trustee Board. For a current list of Council members please see Council members. This page also indicates those members of Council who are directors of the School as a private company limited by guarantee, and provides information about whether Council members serve as trustees of other charitable organisations. 

Information on Council member’s links with other charities is available here.

Constitutional documents

The constitutional documents of the School are the Memorandum and Articles of Association. Broadly speaking, the Memorandum sets out the objects (aims) of the School whilst the Articles set out in a historical context how the School is run to achieve those objects. To view PDF version of the Memorandum and Articles please see Memorandum and Articles of Association [PDF].

Financial statements

To view the current Annual (statutory) Accounts please see Financial statements. Please note that the Annual Accounts also provide information about the ways in which the LSE, as an exempt charity, provides public benefit.


If you wish to contact the School, the Registered Office is:

The London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 7405 7686