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How to contact us

Many different areas of the school are involved in your first weeks! Most events are co-ordinated by the Welcome Week Team in the Student Services Centre.



Email: welcomeweek@lse.ac.uk

Tel: 020 7955 6337

Pre-Sessional and Early Arrivals

Some MSc students are expected to arrive before Welcome Week (18 to 22 September) to take part in pre-sessional teaching or develop their language skills. Other students choose to come to London to give themselves extra time to settle in, or to find accommodation.

Whatever your reason for arriving at LSE early there will be a range of events and support available to you. 


The Welcome Guide

The first section of the Welcome Guide will be dedicated to things that you can do before Welcome Week.

The guide will be available here in Augsut 2017. 


Early Arrivals Welcome Hub & Events

On specific days in August and September the John Watkins Plaza (outside the library) will be home to our Welcome Hub for Early Arrivals. There will be a help-point staffed by experienced members of the Student Services Centre who can give you advice and directions around LSE. 

We will also be running a dedicated schedule of events for students that have arrived at LSE early. This will include

  • Presentations for international students
  • Talks about wellbeing
  • Information for students living off campus
  • Practically focussed top-tips sessions
  • A showcase of services available to LSE Students

More information about the Early Arrivals Hub and events will be available in the summer. 

Useful things to know


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

Student bank accounts and travel discounts

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.

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