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Pre-Sessional and Early Arrivals

Are you arriving at LSE early?

Some MSc students are expected to arrive before Welcome (Monday 18 to Friday 22 September) to take part in pre-sessional teaching, register in advance of the main session or develop their language skills.

Other students choose to come to London to give themselves extra time to settle in, or find accommodation. 

Whatever your reason for arriving at LSE early there will be a range of events and support available to you. Please remember that you will not be able to register before your designated slot. 

The Welcome Guide

The first section of the Welcome Guide will be dedicated to things that you can do before Welcome. It will include details on early arrivals events; information about moving into halls or accomomdation off campus; and a useful checklist of things to do before Welcome starts. 

The Welcome Guide 2017 is now available online!

You'll find pages 2 - 6 particularly useful if you plan on arriving on campus prior to Welcome 2017.


Download a PDF.

Hard copies will be available from Help Points accross campus throughout Welcome.

Pre-Registration Pass

New students will be emailed a Pre-Registration Pass in mid-September. This will be sent to the same email address you used when submitting your application to study at LSE. Please check your spam or junk folders carefully.

When you receive this document you should print it out and carry it with you at all times whilst on campus. The pass serves three purposes:

  1. It will allow you to entry to restricted-access buildings (including the Library) prior to receiving your LSE card. You will receive your LSE ID card at registration - it is not possible to receive it any sooner.
  2. It acts as a ticket for your Welcome Presentation so you should bring it with you to your presentation even if you have already got your LSE card.
  3. It will help speed up your registration experience because it contains much of the information we need to get you registered. 

If you haven't received your Pre-Registration Pass by the week commencing Monday 11 September and you have checked the email address you used in your application (including junk folders) please email welcomeweek@lse.ac.uk so that we can investigate.

Early Arrivals Welcome Hub & Events

Monday 21 August - Friday 8 September

If you are taking a pre-sessional course that's part of your postgraduate programme and your designated registration date falls between Monday 21 August and Friday 8 September (inclusive), you will receive tailored support, this will include

  • Advice immediately after Registration
    After you have registered, we will be available in Clement House to answer any questions you might have about your first weeks at LSE. 
  • Letter printing immediatley after Registration
    Providing that you have updated your address in LSE for You at least one hour before you register, we can also print Certificates of Registration for you (for the purposes of opening a Bank Accountapplying for Council Tax exemption, etc) to save you having to queue again at the Student Services Centre.
  • Support from the Student Services Centre
    Should you have any enquiries outside of your designated registration slot, you can visit the Student Services Centre on the ground floor of the Old Building. We're open between 11.00am and 4.00pm, Monday to Friday (but are closed on 28th August for the Bank Holiday).
  • Early Arrivals Welcome Presentation
    The Welcome Presentation for students taking EC400 or EC541 only will take place prior to Welcome, on Wednesday 23 August 2017 from 3:30pm - 5pm in the Old Theatre (Old Building). This event is compulsory. 
  • Support from your Department
    Your department will have support arrangements in place to help you settle in during this period.

Monday 11 - Thursday 14 September

LSE is running a number of events for students who'll be on campus immediately prior to Welcome. 

These are previews of events that will be held during Welcome. If you "beat the crowds" and attend one of these events, there is no need to attend it again the following week.

  • Early Arrivals Showcase (Monday 11 September)
    Meet some of the key services which will support and enhance your LSE experience.  It will take place between 11am - 2pm on the New Academic Building Plaza. No booking required - just turn up!
  • Early Arrivals Hub (Monday 11 - Thursday 14 September)
    Ask a current LSE student or a staff member from the Student Services Centre your questions, take a self-guided campus tour and pick up a hard copy of the Welcome Guide. Visit the Help Point on the John Watkins Plaza (outside the library) between 11am - 4pm. No booking required - just turn up!
  • Local History Tours (Monday 11 - Wednesday 13 September)
    Take a historical tour of the local area, delivered by a professional tour guide.  Local History Tours depart promptly at designated times from the Early Arrivals Hub on the John Watkins Plaza (outside the library). Booking required.
  • Living in the UK (Monday 11 September)
    The International Student Visa Advice Team present a guide to life in the UK for international students. Booking required.
  • Top Tips for Early Arrivals (Tuesday 12 September)
    The Student Services Centre present set of practical tips for your to make a head start at LSE. This presentation will take place on Tuesday 12 September, from 2-3pm, in CLM.2.02.  No booking required, just turn up! 
  • Staying Well at LSE (Wednesday 13 September)
    The Student Wellbeing Service present a guide to looking after yourself while staying on top of your studies.  Booking required.
  • Living Off Campus - Postgraduate Students (Thursday 14 September)
    The Student Services Centre present an opportunity for you to find out how to make the most of your time at LSE while not living in an LSE Hall of Residence. 
    Booking required.
  • Introduction to the Off Campus Support Scheme - Undergraduate and General Course Students (Thursday 14 September)
    The Student Services Centre present an opportunity for you to find out about the Off Campus Support Scheme and how to make the most of your first year at LSE while not living in an LSE Hall of Residence. Booking required

Friday 15 September onwards

The majority of new students are expected to arrive on campus from Monday 18 September 2017, however a portion of of students have been designated a registration slot on Friday 15 September. Most Welcome events therefore start on Friday 15 September. Visit the Welcome webpages to find out more.

 Useful things to know

Early Registration

Unless you are registering early as part of a compulsory pre-sessional course, you will need to wait for your designated registration date. Unfortunately it is not possible to register early.


Requesting documents to prove your student status and/or address

You may need to request a Certificate of Registration that proves that you are a student and/or have a London address.

We can't give you a Certificate of Registration until you have sucessfully registered but we may be able to provide a letter stating that you’re expected to register. These are likely to be available from mid-September, providing you have no outstanding admissions paperwork.

It is your responsibility to ensure that your contact (term-time) and permanent (home) addresses are correct in LSE for You because they will form part of your Certificate of Registration. Update it at least one hour prior to requesting your letter from the Student Services Centre. If you hold a Tier 4 visa you have a legal obligation to keep your address up to date. 


Opening a student bank account

You may be able to set up a bank account prior to registration using your offer letter or a Certificate of Registration stating that you are expected to register (once you have met the conditions of your offer and have no outstanding admissions paperwork).


Council Tax exemption

Please be aware that if you choose to arrive early you may be liable to pay Council Tax for that period until your official registration date


Student discounts

Some tasks, such as securing student discounts on travel cards or applying for an NUS Extra card cannot be done until after you have registered as a student. If you submit an application prior to registration your application is likely to be refused.

Student Oyster Card and NUS Extra card applications are administered/approved by the LSE Students' Union. Contact LSESU directly with any questions.