Welcome to Northumberland House in the heart of London. It doesn’t get more central than this. Situated between Trafalgar Square and the River Thames the hall is ideally located to make the most of everything which London offers.
Northumberland House is a beautiful Grade II listed building. It offers ensuite rooms for both undergraduates and postgraduates and is self-catering. It is run on a day-to-day basis by the house manager and reception team, who are responsible for ensuring that the building and its facilities are safe and sound.
Northumberland House is located just one block from Trafalgar Square. The National Gallery is only a few minutes away, as are Soho and Covent Garden with their many cinemas, clubs, theatres, pubs and restaurants. St James’ Park with its beautiful gardens and lake is located within five minutes’ walk of the hall and is the perfect place to relax with friends during the warmer months.
Just across the Thames you can find the Southbank Centre which is Europe’s largest centre for the arts, as well as a number of street food stalls, restaurants and museums. And most importantly the LSE campus is only a twelve-minute walk away along the Strand.
As warden I am responsible for ensuring that Northumberland provides you with a safe and pleasant environment in which to both live and study. I am assisted in this by three subwardens who will often be your first point of contact in cases of student discipline and welfare. These may include problems with roommates or shared spaces, and personal or financial issues.
In order for all 300+ residents to live peacefully together we ask each of you to abide by the house rules and to bring any problems to us as early as possible so that we can resolve them before they escalate.
The student social committee organises events for fellow hall residents, from excursions around London to sports games and movie nights. If you enjoy organising events then this is your opportunity get involved in making Northumberland a friendly and sociable place to live.
London is an exciting city to live in with much to offer. However it does come with the usual safety issues experienced by major cities. Those of you who are new to London should read the LSE Campus Safety Tips which also includes information about staying safe off campus and online. It is important that you keep your room door locked and ensure that the hall entrance doors are closed after you. Any suspicious activity should be reported to security.
I hope that you enjoy your time with us at Northumberland House. You will be studying at one of the UK’s top universities and living in one of the world’s greatest cities so there are an incredible range of opportunities available to you over the next year and I encourage you to make the most of them.
To find out more about the warden's team, student committee and hall staff, visit: Who's who at Northumberland House
Sarah Lee, Warden