How to contact us

Residential Services Office
and Residential Fees Team

3.02 Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE


Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7531
Email: accommodation@lse.ac.uk| 


Opening hours:

Monday to Friday
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
For fee payments queries,
please visit between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm

Leaving early or swapping rooms

Leaving your room before the end of your contract

We hope that you're enjoying your time in halls and that you will stay in your room until the end of your contract, but we know that sometimes circumstances can change, and that students would like to swap rooms or move out completely. 

If you are planning to leave your accommodation early, you need to complete our online early exit form so we can try to find a replacement for you. 

Early leaver forms will be received by the Residential Services Office who will inform your residence. 
We'll start the process of finding a replacement straight away, but we cannot guarantee that we will be able to find a new resident to take over your contract, especially when the waiting list for places in residences is very reduced.

Towards the end of the academic year, we will not accept any further early leaver forms, as the time span left until the end of your contract is too short to find a new resident. Therefore, forms submitted after the deadline date will not be accepted.

  • 30 April  -  early leaver form deadline for 31 and 40 week contracts
  • 20 June - early leaver form deadline for for 50 weeks contracts
  • Charge - A £75 admin charge applies.
  • Replacement - By signing your Licence Agreement you have agreed to being responsible for the rent until a new resident has moved into your room. This may take several weeks or even months. We will try to find a new resident as soon as possible. 
  • Access- By completing the form, you agree that we can enter your room to show it to prospective tenants. They will always be accompanied by a member of staff, if you're not in your room.
  • Damages -You should return your room as you found it. Your room will be checked after you leave. Missing items, damages, rubbish removal, poor cleaning etc will be charged to you according to the terms of your Licence Agreement.
  • Deposit - Your deposit - minus the admin charge and any charges for damages etc if applicable- will be returned to you after all checks have been completed. This will take around 28 days after a replacement has moved in.
  • Departure - You have to return all keys by 10am on the day that you leave. If you choose to remain in your room until a replacement has been found, you need to be very flexible and have to be able to leave at very short notice, often only 24 hours. 
  • Mail - Any mail that arrives for you will be 'returned to sender' after you've left, so please make sure you're changing your address with your bank etc.
  • Help - If you are unsure about anything, or change your mind after submitting the form, contact us as soon as possible via email accommodation@lse.ac.uk.

The list above is a brief summary of the process, so please also have a look at the early leaver form information| [PDF]. A copy will be emailed to you after submitting the form.

To start the process, please complete the online early leaver form|.

Swapping rooms with someone in another LSE hall

Generally, swaps are possible but you need to find somebody to exchange room with, get authorisation and complete the necessary paperwork before you swap.

Please note that room swaps are not permitted during the first two weeks of the Michaelmas Term, and are only available until 30 April  for the current academic year. 

  • Charges - A £50 admin charge applies to each student involved in the swap. 
  • Signatures -  You must obtain the required signatures and return a copy of the completed form to the Residential Services Office (see "How to contact us" on the left).
  • Deposit - Your deposit will be transferred with you to the new residence (unless you move to a non-LSE residence, in which case it will be returned normally within 28 days from moving out).
  • Paperwork - Ensure that a new Licence Agreement is made out and any other paperwork is completed eg room inventory or next of kin form.
Download the  Accommodation swap form| [PDF]

Swapping rooms with someone in your hall

Please note that room swaps are not permitted during the first two weeks of the Michaelmas Term and are only available until 30 April for the current academic year. 

  • Charges - A £50 admin charge applies to each student involved in the swap. 
  • Signatures -  You must obtain the required signatures and return a copy of the completed form to the Residential Services office (for our contact details, please see the 'contact us' box on the left).
  • Paperwork - Ensure that a new Licence Agreement is made out and any other paperwork is completed eg room inventory.
  • Deposit - Your deposit will be transferred with you to the new room.
Download the  Accommodation swap form| [PDF]
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