Early arrivals

If you plan to arrive in London prior to Orientation Week, please note that School related activities may be limited.

Some tasks, such as setting up a bank account or getting student discounts on travel cards cannot be done until after you have registered as a student. You may also be liable to pay Council Tax|.

Unless you are registering early as part of a compulsory pre-sessional course, you will need to wait for your designated registration date|.

If you do decide to arrive early, here are a few things you can be working on. 

Student Services Showcase 

You don't need to wait until Orientation Week to learn more about the many services available to help you to get the most out of your time at LSE!  Visit the Student Services Showcase for early arrivals on Friday 12 September, from 11:00am - 2:00pm.  No need to book in advance!  Just take a stroll down Houghton Street and Sheffield Street| and visit stalls of interest. 

Self-guided LSE campus tours 

Download the LSExplorer| for a self-guided tour of the campus.

Student-led tours of campus will begin during Orientation Week. See the campus tours| page for more information.

Local history tours

LSE is situated in historic central London and is surrounded by fascinating sites of historical significance. Take part in one of our hour long tours, given by a professional tour guide, which will take you off campus and back in time!

Local history tours are held on afternoons just before Orientation Week for students arriving early and should be booked in advance.  Visit the Orientation Events| webpage for information and booking details.

Library tours

Learn your way around the library in advance by downloading the Library audio tour|.

If you haven't yet registered and received your student ID card, you can still access the library by using the temporary card that was sent to you in your offer pack, or by bringing your offer letter to the Library reception.

Tours of London

There are many guided and self guided walking tours of London, some of which are free.  For example, inmidtown.org| offers a large number of free guided walks which explore the Holborn area, close to LSE. Visit London| provides lots of useful information for people who are new to London, including a list of useful smartphone apps which may help you find your way around.

There are lots of things going on around campus for those who arrive before Orientation Week!  For a full list of early arrivals events, check out pages 8-9 of the LSE Guide to Orientation 2014 online. You can also download a low resolution PDF| version. Keep in mind that some events require that you book in advance to attend!



Update your new addresses in LSE for You

You may want documentation that proves that you are a student after you attend your scheduled registration session|.  Avoid delays later by logging into LSE for You as soon as possible and updating your Permanent and Contact addresses.  This is particularly important if you will be applying for Council Tax exemption| or opening a bank account| after you arrive!  Be careful to list the address you live during term-time (usually in London) as your Contact Address and your address at home (or international address) as the Permanent Address.

Download the New Arrivals Checklist

The New Arrivals Checklist| is an essential document for all new students. It provides a list of all the things you need to be thinking about before you arrive and during your first few weeks.

Check your documents

Take some time to be certain that you have all of the necessary documentation for registration|.

If you are an international student, be sure to also read the registration information for  international students|.

Think about opening a bank account

Please read through our online information about opening a bank account |to learn more about the process for opening a bank account and talk to your chosen bank directly to confirm what you will need.

If you want to open a new bank account, you may be required to set up an appointment with your chosen bank, particularly if you are opening an account in the UK for the first time. Since you're here early, you should beat the Orientation Week rush and schedule your appointment now.

Some banks will require a letter of introduction from LSE in order for you to open an account.  LSE can provide a letter to you before you are registered, for those with unconditional offers only.  However, some banks may not accept a letter that has been printed before you registered.  Check your bank of choice on the "Local bank branches" tab on our banking website| for advice on how to request what you will need.

Start reading

If you have some time on your hands, why not get a head start on your reading? Contact your academic department directly to find out if they can offer a reading list.