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Information for Open University staff and students

The campus

The School is located on Houghton Street, near the junction of Kingsway and Aldwych. 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), Connaught House on Aldwych (CON), New Academic Building on Lincolns Inn Fields (NAB) Towers One and  Two on Clements Inn (TW1 and TW3) 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 Lodge is staffed by security 24 hours a day.

St Clements - Front doors open until 8pm (term time). Exit after this time is via the footbridge to the Old Building on the fourth floor.

Clement House - Front doors remain open until the last booking finishes.

New Academic Building - visitors should use the entrance on the Lincolns Inn Fields side of the building

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

Towers One and Two - the reception desk of Tower Three is always staffed if you have any questions about access to these building. You will need to press the button inside the door to open it on your way out,

Connaught House - On weekdays entrance before 6.30pm is from the Aldwych entrance, after which point the front doors are locked. Once front doors are closed use the corridor to the Old Building on the second floor. This route has a lift to allow wheelchair users to access Connaught House.On Saturdays go via the Old Building corridor route as the Aldwych entrance to Connaught House will be closed

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

Disabled access

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

St Clements Building - 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 - wheelchair access is via the ramp at the front of the building with an accessible toilet on the ground floor near the entrance

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

Please see Campus accessibility and 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. Some of the outlying buildings have steps and narrow corridors which make access difficult. 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 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 Main Lodge 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.