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Information for Open University staff and students

The campus

The School is located on Houghton Street, centred near the junction of Kingsway and Aldwych, heading back towards Lincoln's Inn Fields. The School has many buildings, and teaching rooms can be in buildings across the Campus. Each room on campus has a number preceded by the letter for the building, the first number denotes the floor (eg NAB.1.09 - New Academic Building, first floor, CLM 2.06 - Clement House, second floor).

The main teaching blocks where Open University classes are held are Old Building on Houghton Street (OLD), St Clements on Clare Market (STC), Clement House on Aldwych (CLM), New Academic Building on Lincolns Inn Fields (NAB) Towers One and  Two on Clements Inn (TW1 and TW2), 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields (32L) and 20 Kingsway (KSW) (Portugal Street). For more information see Finding your way around LSE: room numbering and accessibility|.

Campus maps can be found in the entrances of all main buildings and security staff in main buildings can also offer directions.

Underground, trains and buses

Information on public transport including tube, bus and train lines can be found at Travelling to LSE|.


Main buildings

Old Building - Main Entrance is on Houghton Street

St Clements - Entrance is on Clare Market at the Top of Houghton Street

Clement House - Entrance is on Aldwych, opposite Australia House

New Academic Building - visitors should use the entrance on the Lincolns Inn Fields side of the building - visitors to NAB will be asked to confirm which class they are attending and may be required to sign into the building on arrival.

 32LIF - the entrance doors on Lincoln's Inn Fields and Portugal Street both lead to the same Reception desk for the building. visitors to 32LIF will be asked to confirm which class they are attending and may be required to sign into the building on arrival.

Towers One and Two share a reception desk on Clements Inn (between the Strand and Houghton Street, running down the west side of the Royal Courts of Justice). Visitors to the Towers will be asked to confirm which class they are attending and may be required to sign into the building on arrival

Outlying buildings

20 Kingsway - The doors to this building is open until 8pm - please ensure that you arrive at the building before that time. Once the doors are locked you can leave the building by pressing the button on the inside of the door where indicated, but access into the building is only available via Security. This building is not used for OU classes at weekends

Any problems regarding access to rooms on the night should be addressed to Security on ext 7111.


Clement House (CLM) - is fully wheelchair accessible, with lifts to all floors and accessible toilets on alternate floors.

St Clements Building (STC) - wheelchair access is via a ramp on the front of the building with lifts to all floors and accessible toilets on the ground floor

Old Building (OLD) - wheelchair access is via the ramp at the front of the building with an accessible toilet on the ground floor near the entrance and the fourth floor

NAB - wheelchair accessible on all floors, with lifts to all levels and accessible toilets on all floors

32LIF (32L) is wheelchair accessible on all floors with lifts to all levels and accessible toilets on all floors

20 Kingsway Building (KSW) is reached by two steps and has no ramp. It is not accessible to wheelchair users.

Please see LSE accessibility map| (PDF) for more detailed information.

Open University liaises with LSE Event Services to ensure that access requirements for staff and students can be met.  For details of LSE's policy on disability please go to the Disability and Well-being Service| website.

Teaching rooms and information

To help you find your classroom you can:

  1. Check online before you arrive - go to Open University courses at LSE for listings of the each day's bookings and listings of all the courses being run by Open University at LSE. It also has details of AV equipment that has been booked. This information is updated twice a day and is checked by LSE Event Services and Open University.
  2. Go to the entrance of the Old Building, NAB, St Clements and Clement House - the reception desks have up-to-date listings of the evening's bookings. In the Main Reception of the Old Building there are student stewards who can direct you to the rooms and answer questions about the campus.
  3. Electronic screens around the campus give listings of all the evening's events including Open University classes.
  4. Outside each classroom (during LSE term time) is a sheet with all the days bookings listed. If there are any changes to the room bookings they will be listed on these notice boards outside the appropriate room.

Audio-visual equipment

Use of all the AV equipment by OU tutors must be booked in advance with the Associate Lecturers Office of OU London Region

All rooms are visited by LSE Event Services' student stewards before classes begin to check the rooms are in a teachable state and that any equipment required is working and is ready for use - they will also

In the event of equipment breakdown or technical problems Monday to Thursday evenings a member of AV staff is on duty until 7pm on ext 5300 or 5400. They can only attend to problems arising from the use of equipment that has been booked and do not provide 'last-minute' equipment.

There is no AV or technical support available on Saturdays. There are stewards on duty on Saturday mornings to assist with classes, they can be found in the Old Building Reception between 0900-1115

Room use

All furniture must be returned to the standard layout indicated on the wall after teaching, no food and drink is to be consumed and please place all litter in the bins provided.

Changes to room allocations

LSE allocate rooms according to class size information provided to us by Open University, and following their instruction as to access needs for disabled staff and students. Classes will not be in the same room for each session

In the event of a room change at short notice:

  • Open University will email staff and students informing them of the change.
  • LSE Event Services will produce a sign for the door of the old and new rooms and list the change on the booking sheets in the reception areas.

Trouble-shooting guide

'The classroom booked for my class is in use'

Check with the list of the day's bookings outside the room. Some bookings run right up to the scheduled start time of the booking. Any changes to the LSE timetable or Open University teaching will be listed on the notice board.

'The room is locked'

Contact the Main Reception on ext 7111


In the event of emergency call the Emergency number 666 on any internal phone or go to the Main Reception


Sound the fire alarm at the nearest alarm point - DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TACKLE THE FIRE UNLESS YOU HAVE BEEN TRAINED TO USE FIRE EXTINGUISHERS - DO NOT PUT YOURSELF AT RISK. Do not collect valuables, Do not use lifts. Leave the building by the nearest fire exit and go to the assembly point (as advertised on fire safety notices around the buildings).

Accidents and illness

If an ambulance is required call 9-999 from an internal phone and then inform the Security Control Room  on the emergency number 666 who will direct the ambulance on arrival.


The lifts have alarm systems and emergency phones which you can use to contact Security in an emergency.


LSE has an open campus in central London, please follow any security notices you see about the campus, for your safety and security. If you see anything suspicious please report it to a member of the Security staff.

Do not leave valuables unattended in teaching rooms or anywhere else on campus.