Early arrivals

Welcome Week (previously Orientation Week) will take place from Monday 21 September 2015. 

LSE hosts a limited number of activities for students who plan to arrive in London prior to Welcome Week (previously Orientation Week). These events are intended to help you familiarise yourself with the LSE campus and meet other students who have also chosen to arrive early. Please be aware that if you choose to arrive early you may 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. You may be able to set up a bank account prior to registration, however some tasks, such as securing student discounts on travel cards cannot be done until after you have registered as a student.

Nevertheless, if you do decide to arrive early, this webpage lists a few things you can be working on. 

Student Services Open House

You don't need to wait until Welcome Week (previously 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 Open House for early arrivals on Thursday 17 September, from 11:00am - 2:00pm. No need to book in advance!  Just take a stroll around campus and visit stalls of interest. 

Self-guided LSE campus tours 

If you can’t wait until Welcome Week (previously Orientation Week) to take a student-led tour of campus, you can download the LSExplorer which contains a self-guided tour route.

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 available in the week prior to Welcome Week (previously Orientation Week). Book your place on a tour in advance to guarantee a space. Bookings will open once the Welcome Guide has been published in August. Please check back for updates!

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.

Visit page four of the Welcome Guide 2015 for information about a limited number of events for early arrivals to LSE.


Update your new addresses in LSE for You

You may need to request documentation that proves that you are a student. You won’t be able to get this until after you attend your scheduled registration session but you may be able to get 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 and permanent addresses are correct in LSE for you. These addresses will be printed onto your confirmation of student status, and it is particularly important that they are correct if you will be applying for Council Tax exemption or opening a bank account. 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.

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 student bank account

Please read through the online information about opening a student 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 could beat the Welcome 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.  If you have an unconditional offer, LSE can provide a letter stating that you are “expected to register”. However, some banks may not accept a letter that has been printed before you register.  Find out the requirements for your bank of choice on the "Local bank branches" tab on the student banking webpage.

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.