Sidney Webb House is located near Borough Market in the London borough of Southwark and close to the South Bank area of the River Thames. It accommodates up to 454 graduate students in 438 single rooms and eight 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 Unite Students Ltd.
[Please note that individual rooms will not be supplied with a fridge; there will be a fridge in the kitchen. Also note, that kettles and toasters will not be provided.]
For current availability for 2016/17, please visit: Current and upcoming vacancies
Full session (40 and 50 weeks), self-catered
Annual contract: £5,956.65 - £8,077.05 (40 and 50 week contracts)
Single en suite rooms £149.45 to £166.25 per week
Double en suite rooms (per room) £188.30 and £202.65 per week
Common room fee £10 per term
Also see: Fees - how much you need to pay
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.
Sizes are for guidance only, as rooms vary. The price of a room depends on 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 rooms size approximately 12.22m2
Sidney Webb House is situated near Borough Market and the South Bank of the Thames. It is approximately a 35 minute walk away from the School.
Closest tube: Borough
Also see: Life around Sidney Webb House.
How to get to Sidney Webb
Map of the local area
Images and room plan
Sidney Webb image gallery
Sidney Webb room plan [PDF]
Does my rent include meals?
No. 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, microwave and fridge/freezer. Residents must bring their own pans, cutlery and crockery. Also see: What we provide in each hall [PDF]
Does Sidney Webb House have Wi-Fi?
Yes, 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. For 2015/16, the price of a wash is £2.80 and a dry is £1.30. Please note that prices are due to increase marginally in September 2016. Also see: What we provide in each hall [PDF]
Are the halls cleaned?
The communal areas of the hall are cleaned fortnightly 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. Also see: What we provide in each hall [PDF]
When will I find out which room I'm in?
You will find this out only when you arrive at the hall to check-in.
Is there a full-length mirror in the room?
Yes, inside the wardrobe door.
How do I 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 by lottery.
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 I 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 I park a car at SWH?
Only short term parking is permitted at Sidney Webb House. You may park for a short while when loading or unloading your belongings. Sidney Webb House is within the London congestion charge zone, so if you bring a car, please make sure that you've paid. There are public car parks close by which may be worth using if you cannot find a suitable space.
'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.
Nearby 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.'