I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to Passfield Hall. My name is Dr Michael Blackwell and I am the warden. I am also an Assistant Professor of Tax Law at the School.
In my role as warden, I am responsible for ensuring that Passfield Hall provides a safe, peaceful and pleasant environment in which you can feel at home, make friends and study.
I am assisted by three subwardens in this task. See who they are at: Who's who at Passfield Hall
Passfield has a well-deserved reputation as one of the most friendly, sociable and outgoing of student communities. Central to the vibrant social life of the hall is an active student hall committee. I hope that everyone is able to make the most of social life at Passfield and support the activities of the hall committee. To find out more, visit the student committee who's who.
History and locality
Architecturally, Passfield is an attractive Georgian building, with its own enclosed garden. The hall is extremely well-located in the heart of Bloomsbury – famous for its museums, historic parks and garden squares, and intellectual, artistic and literary scene.
Passfield is close to the British Library and British Museum and only a short walk from the shops, bars, clubs and theatres of Covent Garden and the West End. To the north lies Camden Town with its wealth of eclectic markets and equally bewildering nightlife.
For those of you wishing to discover other parts of the UK, two of London’s major railway stations – Euston and King’s Cross – are also conveniently located close to the hall. And last, but by no means least, the School is just a twenty minute stroll away.
London is a lively, cosmopolitan city with much to offer. As with any major city, however, it is wise to take safety precautions. I therefore strongly urge you to read the LSE’s Staying Safe booklet [PDF]. Also, please ensure that you keep your room door locked, that the entrance doors are closed after you, and report any suspicious occurrences to security.
Passfield aims to be a tranquil, friendly and sociable residence for all. The subwardens and I are here to ensure we all give each other the opportunity to thrive. This means we shall ask each of you to abide by the house rules. It also means we are here to offer advice and support when you need it.
I look forwards to meeting you in the near future.
Dr Michael Blackwell
Passfield Hall warden