School closure and term dates
For the dates of the end of Michaelmas Term and the start of Lent Term, please visit the term dates webpage.
The School is open outside of term-time, with the exception of Public holidays and School closure dates. However, please note that a reduced service may be operating during this period. See below.
Travelling during the holidays?
If you are planning to travel outside the UK during the holidays, it is a good idea to take photocopies of your passport, visa and a stamped copy of your Certificate of Registration with you when you travel. You never know when this information might be useful! International students are also strongly advised to review the ISIS information on travelling during your studies.
You should always check to see if you need a visa for the country you are travelling to and review visa application instructions carefully. The ISIS webpage provides guidance on Schengen visas for travel in Europe. You can also find further information on the UK Council for International Student Affairs website. You will need a letter from LSE, so be sure to plan ahead, as it can take 3-5 business days to produce a letter for you.
Don’t forget to arrange travel insurance as your NHS cover will not apply outside the UK. You should be careful to choose insurance which is suitable for international students. If it is only suitable for permanent UK residents, you will not be able to make a claim if anything happens.
Remember: the Student Services Centre operates reduced opening hours in December so any document requests should be made as early as possible.
Student Services Centre
The SSC is open from 10:00am - 12:30pm on Wednesday 10 December and will close early on this day.
The SSC is also closed 16-18 December for the Graduation Ceremonies and during the School closure period. Please visit the SSC homepage for details.
If you think that you may require documentation over the break, please plan to request and collect items as early as possible.
Christmas Vacation Opening Times are in operation from Saturday 13 December 2014 to Monday 12 January 2015
Monday to Friday: 9am-10pm
Saturday and Sunday: 11am-10pm
The library is closed 21 December to 5 January inclusive.
IT resources and support
During the Christmas vacation the IT Helpdesk and Laptop Surgery will remain available except on normal School Closure Dates (see below) when all facilities will be closed. You can also access your LSE Resources such as email and H: space remotely when away from campus.
Mon - Fri: 09:30 - 17:30
Sat - Sun: Closed
NB: Closed during School Closure days
The Laptop Surgery
Mon - Fri: 11:00 – 13:00
Sat - Sun: Closed
NB: Closed during School Closure days
Student Computer Rooms
Some student computer rooms will also remain open. For more information on specific rooms availability, please visit Student Computer Facilities on the IMT website.
You can still access your LSE resources remotely, such as your email or files, even when you are off campus or away from your residence over the holiday period. To find out how to access your LSE email, H: space, specialist software, and more, visit IMT's Remote Access webpages.
Visit the catering webpages to find out when you can enjoy a traditional Christmas lunch in your favourite LSE catering outlet. You can also find information about outlet opening hours during the Christmas Period.
St. Philips Medical Centre
The Medical Centre's opening hours are subject to change during the break. The Centre tentatively plans to be open throughout the break from 8:30am-6:30pm, with the exception of the following closure dates:
25 December 2014 - closed
26 December 2014 - closed
1 2015 January - closed
This information is subject to change, and so be sure to check with the Medical Centre directly to confirm this information.
If you require medical assistance while the practice is closed, please call the out of hours service on 0207 611 5131 for a telephone consultation. Please note, the out of hours service is for registered patients only.
LSE Students' Union
There is a variety of Christmas events taking place within LSESU during the last week of Michaelmas Term.
LSESU will also be hosting the following events:
Thursday 11 December: free hot drinks on the hour, every hour
Thursday 11 December: Music Society carolling with mulled wine (5:00pm)
Friday 12 December: Make your own Christmas jumper workshop (2:00-4:00pm)
The Denning Learning Cafe is open on Monday 15 and Friday 19 December 2014. It is then closed for the Christmas period and will reopen on Monday 5 January 2015.
Please contact LSESU directly with any questions.
If you are staying in London over Christmas, it's a good idea to find out what's on and where. Many people who live in London leave to visit friends and family, so the city can feel different for a few days. The transport system is more limited and many shops are closed. However, London offers a number of things to do if you stay. Here are a few ideas to help you plan ahead.
Various social events will be held in halls during the vacation period to help you get involved in festive activities and make contact with others staying in London over Christmas. Details will be sent to you via email, included in halls newsletters, advertised on Facebook and displayed on posters and leaflets in-house.
There will be staff from the Warden’s Team on site and available throughout the holidays, including during School Closure time, and you will be able to contact them in the same way as you do during term time.
The LSE Carol Service will be held on Wednesday 10 December 2014 at 5:30pm in the Shaw Library, followed by mulled wine and minced pies.
Chaplain’s Drinks Party and Midnight Mass at St. Paul's Cathedral
Any students who are still in London are warmly invited to attend the Chaplain’s Christmas drinks party at 9pm on Christmas Eve in LSE Bankside House. This precedes Midnight Mass at St Paul’s Cathedral for which a limited number of reserved seats are available. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org after 15 December to say you are coming to the drinks and to request a place at the service. These are limited and restricted to LSE students only.
LSE Choir and Orchestra Christmas Concert
The LSE Choir and Orchestra Christmas Concert will be held Tuesday, 9 December 2014 at 7:30pm at St Clement Danes (Strand, London, WC2R 1DH). Tickets are £7.00, and must be purchased online via the LSE Online Shop.
The LSE Choir will perform Gloria by Vivaldi, and a selection of Christmas carols.
The LSE Orchestra will perform:
Beethoven Aria : 'Ah Perfido!'
Cy Lloyd : Elegy for Jayne (World Premiere)
Beethoven : Symphony No.5 in C minor
Soloist : Jo Bywater
Conductor : Matthew Taylor
International Students House (ISH)
International Students House, a centre in London available for all students, offers a varied Christmas programme throughout the holidays. In 2014, this will include a Christmas Eve Winter Wonderland Trip and a a Christmas Day traditional Christmas lunch, and a Boxing Day Pantomime.
You may need to become a member in order to partake in ISH events. Individual student membership rates are very reasonably priced and details can be found by contacting ISH directly by visiting their website or by completing their web query form.
Elsewhere in London
Christmas in London (Visit London): Essential information and ideas about things to do in Christmas 2014, including carol concerts, festive lights, Christmas markets, and things to do with kids.
London Town: Lists of Christmas dining, shopping, market suggestions and more
Time Out London: Many suggestions of things to do during the holidays, such as outings, museums, ice skating, and a range of music events.
The Londonist: a guide to being in London over Christmas 2014, including tips on what to do on Christmas day itself.
Please note that LSE cannot be held responsible for the content of external websites.
There are lots of ways to get involved and meet new people during the holidays. Here are a few ideas to get you started!
There are many ways to get involved during the holiday season which are rewarding as well as fun. Check out the latest Christmas volunteering opportunities available to students from the LSE Volunteer Centre. They range from carol singing to working in a homelessness centre. Many more can be found on LSE CareerHub too.
London International Meetup
London International Meetup is a social group for people from all parts of the world (including British). It provides a chance to make new friends from many different cultures and backgrounds. There are typically a number of events and/or trips going on during the Christmas season.
HOST is a volunteer organisation of UK residents who welcome international students to their homes for a weekend or Christmas visit. Application deadlines for Christmas visits have now passed, however there are still opportunities to arrange winter visits for early 2015. Their purpose is to give students an insight into the way of life in Britain while learning more about the cultures of the students who visit them. Please note that there is an application fee to join the HOST program and you will need to pay your own travel costs to your host. For details on the program, see HOST UK.