Undergraduate students who are not living in halls of residence are given the opportunity to be allocated a student mentor through LSE's Student Mentoring Scheme, which matches new undergraduates with current 'Student Mentors'.
Mentors provide a friendly face for incoming students and information on the wide range of support services available at the School. Student Mentors will contact new students via LSE email in the first instance, and then arrange to meet them in person once they arrive at the School.
Mentors are mainly second and third year undergraduate students. Each prospective mentor attends a training session which includes a workshop on perceptions of mentoring, a guide to support services at the School, and a session on listening skills and referring mentees' problems onto other sources of help.
Mentors are in touch by email in mid-September to answer any questions that come up before arriving, periodically arrange opportunities for their mentoring groups to get together, and offer confidential email advice and support throughout the entire first academic year. Since mentoring groups often include students from the same department, this is a great chance to meet others who may share similar interests.