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.
There will be a number of events held especially for students who arrive early to LSE. Due to their popularity, many will require booking. Find more information about all of these events in the Welcome Guide when it’s published in August.
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.
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.