Will I be offered a place?
First year undergraduate degree and General Course students
Yes. As long as you apply by the deadline of 30 June 2013, if you are a first year undergraduate or General Course student, you are guaranteed an offer of accommodation. If you are holding the School as an insurance place we will not make you an offer of accommodation until your place becomes firm.
New postgraduate students
Our remaining bed spaces (approximately 40 per cent) are allocated to postgraduate students.
The last remaining places (around 5 per cent) are reserved for continuing students in special circumstances or current and recent student hall committee members. In either case, you will still have to go through the regular application process, and places will ultimately be selected by wardens and managers in each hall.
I was invited to join the waiting list. What happens now?
If you miss your deadline, you will be invited to join our waiting list. In this instance, we cannot guarantee that you will receive another offer of accommodation. Once you have joined, we will send you regular updates on the status of the waiting list. Every applicant who joined our waiting list last year was made an offer of accommodation with LSE.
If you need to join but have not already, it is vital that you do so now in order to be considered for a place in LSE residences.
To find out how we prioritise making offers to applicants on the waiting list, download our waiting list offer priority information sheet [PDF]
LSE’s Kings Cross residence is the only residence that is available on a first-come, first-served basis either through a direct application or from the waiting list.
When will I receive an offer?
An instant acknowledgement email is sent to you, once your application has been received.
Depending on when you submitted your application, it will then be placed in a certain batch and processed accordingly. Generally, you should hear back from us via email within 14 days. For an overview of dates on which we are sending our offers out, including the period of time you have to accept and pay your deposit, download our Key application dates [PDF].
Note for students from London
If you are a new undergraduate student and are based within the M25 London orbital motorway, you will not receive an offer of accommodation until after 30 June 2013.
How quickly do I need to accept the offer?
The deadline for acceptance is seven days from the date that we communicated your offer to you. For example, if you received your offer on 6 June 2013 you can accept it straight away, but no later than 13 June 2013.
What happens if I miss the deadline to accept my offer?
If you miss your deadline, you will be invited to join our waiting list. In this instance, we cannot guarantee that you will receive another offer of accommodation.
How do I accept the offer?
To accept your offer and secure your accommodation, log into Hallpad and complete your pre-payment. We will then confirm your place. Also see : Accepting or declining an offer
What do I need to do after I've accepted the offer?
Review your rent level and licence agreement
Once you've accepted, we will write to you and ask you to review your rent level in Hallpad. We always try and match you to the rate band you have stated in your application to us. Sometimes this is not possible.
The reasons for this are either:
the rate you selected in your application is not available in the hall where you have accepted an offer, or
there are too many applications for the rate band that you have selected.
You will also be asked to review your licence agreement, which details everything about your accommodation:
room type and cost
start and end date of your contract
terms and conditions of you living in an LSE hall
Make your final acceptance
Once you have reviewed rent level and licence agreement, you can proceed to make the final acceptance of your accommodation. After that, your Hallpad account status will change to “Ready To Arrive”.
From this point we will start to send you important information to prepare your arrival to the hall.
Offers for non LSE halls
You were made an offer of accommodation with Lilian Knowles House, Kings Cross, Zebra Housing Association or University of London halls? Someone from the respective organisation will be in touch with you directly to confirm your place. They will also give you details about the room type you have been allocated and request a deposit to confirm your accommodation.
Are rooms offered on a 'first come, first served' basis?
No. Instead, we use a lottery system to allocate vacancies. Within each two week batch of applications, applicants are assigned a random number and processed in order of this number. Also see: Are there any exceptions?
Will I get my first choice?
This is not guaranteed. Your application will contain six preferences, three for LSE halls and three for University of London halls. If your first choice is available, it will be offered to you and we remove it from our list of vacancies. If there are no vacancies in your first choice of hall then the second choice is looked at and so on.
If none of your preferences are available, we will continue as follows:
Undergraduate and General Course students: You will be offered the next available room, if none of your preferences is available.
Postgraduate and continuing students: If you have told us that you are ‘flexible’, you will be made an offer of whatever room is available. If you have told us that you are 'inflexible' then the application is rejected and the next applicant is considered.
Can I request a particular room?
No, allocation of specific rooms is not carried out. Only students with special requirements may be placed in rooms with specific features (e.g. disabled access, single sex flats).
Are there any exceptions to the lottery system?
King’s Cross Residence
King’s Cross is the only hall for which we make offers on a first come, first serve basis.
Couples are allocated by lottery, priority being given to new students.
Students with children
Students living with children can be accommodated in a small number of flats and houses. We offer family accommodation on a first come, first served basis, and give priority to families already housed in residences.
Students with disabilities
Special consideration is given to applications supported by the Disability and Well-being Office. For more information see: Application for priority