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Residential Services
Accommodation Office
3.02, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE

Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7531

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday 
10:00 am - 4:30 pm




Sidney Webb House 

159 Great Dover Street


Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7531
Fax: +44 (0)20 7955 7717

Who's who at Sidney Webb House| 

Note: There is no administrative office at the hall and all queries should be directed to the Accommodation Office|.


Sidney Webb House

Sidney Webb House accommodates up to 454 graduate students in 438 single rooms and 8 double rooms with small private toilet and shower facilities. Rooms are grouped into flats of between six and eight rooms, sharing a kitchen/dining room. It is independently managed and owned by CRM Student Accommodation Management.

Sidney Webb House view from the street

Sidney Webb House is situated near Borough market and the South Bank of the Thames. It is approximately a 35 minute walk from the School. Find out more about Life around Sidney Webb House|.

Closest tube: Borough

How to get to Sidney Webb|
Map of the local area|

Images and room plan:
Sidney Webb image gallery|
Sidney Webb room plan| [PDF]

Sidney Webb fact sheet| [PDF]

Sidney Webb Common Room

Does my rent include meals?
Sidney Webb House is a self catered hall. Well equipped kitchens are provided.

What is provided in the kitchens?
The hall is divided into groups of rooms around communal kitchens. Each kitchen contains an oven, stove with grill and fridge/freezer. There is also a microwave, electric kettle and toaster. Residents must bring their own pans, cutlery and crockery. However, they can buy a cutlery pack from reception for £20, and this includes plate, bowl, knife, fork, spoons, mug, glass and saucepan. Also see: What we provide in each hall| [PDF]

Does Sidney Webb House have Wi-Fi?
All areas including bedrooms have Wi-Fi. Additionally, there is a high speed LAN socket in your room, that allows you to connect straight to the LSE network and the internet. Also see: What we provide in each hall| [PDF]

What shared areas are there?
There is a communal room (The Atlas) which has a large TV, pool table and table football as well as sofas and tables for studying and relaxing. Sidney Webb also has a self-service laundry and there is a well equipped computer room. Also see: What we provide in each hall| [PDF]

Are the halls cleaned?
The communal areas of the hall are cleaned weekly but residents at Sidney Webb House are responsible for cleaning their own rooms.

What bedding do I need to bring?
Residents must provide and launder their own bed-linen, pillows, duvet and towels. However, bedding packs are available from Reception for £30.00 and include a duvet, duvet cover, pillow, pillow case, fitted bed sheet and a towel. Also see: What we provide in each hall| [PDF]

What time can we arrive at SWH?
The main arrival day for 2014 is Sunday 28 September. Most people will be arriving on this day. Check-in time is officially 2pm, but if you are flying in and arrive early we will do our best to check you in as soon as we can. If this isn't possible we will ask you to wait in the common room until your room is ready. If you arriving before the 28 September, then the check-in time is strictly 2pm.

When will we find out which room we are in?
You will find this out only when you arrive at the hall to check-in. Amendments are constantly being made by the accommodations staff and we at the hall don't get given the room lists until the last minute.

Is there a full-length mirror in the room? 
Yes, inside the wardrobe door.

How do we get a larger room?
There are only a limited amount of larger rooms and these are given to people with specific needs. If there are any left over then they are allocated completely randomly, so if you get one count yourself lucky.

Is there a gym nearby other than the LSE gym?
There is a gym at the top of Tabard St, only 100 metres from SWH. However it is much more expensive than the LSE gym but if you're keen and you want to pay the rates then its good and very close. Student rates are available.

What is the best way to get to school?
Most students get the bus. It takes 15-20 minutes (a bit longer during rush hour) and there are 4 bus routes which go to campus so you're rarely waiting more than 5 minutes for a bus. It takes approximately 50 minutes, to walk to the School. The route along the river is very nice, especially when the weather is good. If its raining (which it often does) - get the bus. Make sure you get your special student discount Oyster card, this will save you a lot of money.

How do I pay my first terms fees and how much are they?
All your fees information will be in your welcome pack you are given on arrival. You have until the end of the second week to pay them so there's no rush.

How safe is the area where Sidney Webb is located?
SWH has good safety statistics and the area where we are located (Southwark, just south of the river) is classified as 'average' for crime (there is nowhere in central London lower than average).

Can we store luggage at SWH?
No. There is just no room in the residence so please ensure shipped belongings arrive at the residence after you do .

Can we park a car at SWH?
We advise residents not to bring a car if at all possible. Central London is not really condusive to driving. Car Parking spaces at SWH are very limited and permits are awarded on a random basis if there are more applicants than spaces. If you are loading and unloading a car while moving in, you will be allowed to park your car in the courtyard for an hour so you can load / unload. Please be aware that most of the areas around SWH are resident permit parking only, and the traffic wardens are prevalent in the area. There are public car parks close by which may be worth using if you cannot find a suitable space.

Sidney Webb House reception 
Vacation periods
Sidney Webb offers a choice between a 40 week contract which covers the Christmas and Easter vacations or a 50 week contract that also includes the summer vacation period.  Also available is a limited number of 49 week contracts, which run from the end of July until the start of July the following year.

How big are the rooms?
The price of a room depends on a number of factors such as location within the building, available natural light, or how close it is to shared facilities. That means that a more expensive room is not necessarily larger, or a smaller room cheaper. 

Room sizes
The price of a room depends on a number of factors such as location within the building, available natural light, or how close it is to shared facilities. That means that a more expensive room is not necessarily larger, or a smaller room cheaper.  

  • Single room size approximately 10.45m2
  • Double room size approximately 

Sizes are for guidance only, as rooms vary.

Fees 2014-15
Full session (40, 49 or 50 weeks)  

  • Single en suite rooms  £139.30 to £155.05 per week
  • Double en suite rooms (per room) £175.35 and £189.00 per week
  • Common room fee £10 per term
  • Also see: LSE accommodation fees 2014-15 [PDF]
Sidney Webb House room

Zoë says:

'The social life at Sidney Webb is great. The committee organised a packed Fresher’s week, and events have continued throughout the year ranging from film nights, to a Brazilian Carnival evening, a pool party, Chinese New Year and "international pot luck" cuisine nights.

As for the surrounding area, Borough High Street offers a wealth of different cuisines for everyone. Transport links are good if you plan on going out. Closer to home, entertainment venues are varied. The Ministry of Sound is a short walk away and "Katzenjammers" on Southwark Street is always good fun.''

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