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 will be leaving the UK during the holidays, it is a good idea to take photocopies of your passport (and visa if applicable) and a stamped copy of your Certificate of Registration with you when you travel. You never know when this information might come in handy! International students are also strongly advised to review the ISIS information what to do if you need to travel overseas.
Those travelling abroad should always check to see if a visa is required and review visa application instructions carefully. The ISIS webpage provides guidance on Schengen visas for travel in Europe. You may 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.
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 Student Services Centre opening hours change outside of term time and the SSC is closed 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 - 14 December 2013 to 12 January 2014
Monday to Friday: 9am-10pm
Saturday and Sunday: 11am-10pm
(Closed 21 December to 1 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.
Some catering locations on campus are closed during the Christmas vacation. Download Catering Services during Christmas Vacation for details of catering opening hours between 16 December 2013 and 10 January 2014.
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 9am-4pm, with the exception of the following closure dates:
25 December - closed
26 December - closed
31 December - open 9am-12pm only
1 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 388 5800 for a telephone consultation. Please note, the out of hours service is for registered patients only.
LSE Students' Union
SU services will operate reduced opening hours across the Christmas break and in preparation of the move into the New Student Centre.
All of the outlets and helpdesks will be shut from 20 December until January. The shops on Houghton Street and in the New Academic Building reopen on 6 January.
All new facilities in the New Student Centre will be open from 13 January at the very latest, with the helpdesks in the building likely to reopen by 7 January.
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.
Hall residents staying in London for any part of the Christmas break are invited to attend the LSE Residential Life festive afternoon tea party on Wednesday 11 December 2013.
Residential Life will be showcasing some of London's most popular holiday activities (as well as some best-kept secrets!) and enabling residents to connect with others who are equally keen to experience them. They are also offering free Christmas biscuit decorating and the chance to win great prizes in our holiday-themed quiz.
The event will be held from 2:30 – 4:00pm in the Grosvenor House Common Room, although the event is open to all hall residents. Free mulled wine, mince pies and nibbles will be provided.
Booking is required for this event. To sign up, visit:lseresidentiallifechristmas2013.eventbrite.com
If you have any queries, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The LSE Carol Service will be held on Wednesday 11 December 2013 at 5:30pm in the Shaw Library, followed by mulled wine and minced pies.
Christmas morning service at St. Paul's Cathedral
Any students wishing to join the Chaplain in attending the Christmas morning service at St. Paul's Cathedral may take advantage of a limited amount of reserved seating for LSE students. For further information and to register, please contact email@example.com.
LSE Choir and Orchestra Christmas Concert
The LSE Choir and Orchestra Christmas Concert will be held Tuesday, 10 December 2013 at 7:45pm at St Clement Danes (Strand, London, WC2R 1DH). Tickets are £6.00, and must be purchased online via the LSE Online Shop.
LSE Choir will perform Nelson Mass by Haydn, and a selection of Christmas carols. Choir Master: Andrew Campling
LSE Orchestra will perform:
Dvorak: Slavonic Dances (selections)
Bruch: Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor
Schubert: Symphony No.3 in D
Soloist: Savitri Grier
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, a Christmas Day traditional Christmas lunch, and a Boxing Day Pantomime. ISH is also offering up to 60% off Christmas & Cirque Du Soleil Tickets at The Royal Albert Hall.
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 calling 02073237233.
Elsewhere in London
Christmas in London (Visit London): Things to do in Christmas 2013, including carol concerts, festive lights, Christmas markets, and things to do with kids at Christmas. .
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.
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 Careers Volunteer Centre. They range from carol singing to working in a homeless 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. 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.