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Support during your studies

Academic guidance, advice and pastoral care

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We encourage you to make full use of all of the support services and facilities available to ensure you have the best possible experience during your time at the School.

Academic guidance

As well as formal contact time, as part of your studies at LSE you will need to spend a large amount of time studying independently. This could include reading and writing essays, projects and other course work assignments, and research.

To support you with this, we have a range of services to turn to for advice and to help you make the most of your time at the School.

Find out more about what studying your undergraduate degree at LSE involves

Find out more about what studying your graduate degree at LSE involves

Teachers and academic advisers

For guidance about a particular class, you can turn to your class teacher and/or the teacher responsible for each course who guides the class teachers.

You will also have an academic adviser, who receives regular reports from class teachers and meets with you during the course of the year to discuss your academic progress. The academic adviser is also there to help with any academic, administrative or personal questions where the student may not be sure which person or office is responsible.

In addition, each department has a Departmental Tutor responsible for the day to day running of undergraduate studies in the department.

All members of academic staff set aside specified times (office hours) when they are free to see any student to discuss any academic issue.

Find out more about academic support services

Student Services Centre

The Student Services Centre, based in the ground floor of the Old Building, is a useful central point for all queries relating to your studies, including academic and pastoral care. We can signpost and refer to the most appropriate services or teams; as well as talk to you about your options and explain processes if you're having any difficulties.

LSE LIFE: academic, personal and professional development

Your time at LSE will be busy. So it's important that you make the most of it - whether that means discovering your own "best" ways to study, focusing on how you can apply what you are learning, or thinking about where your studies might lead you in the future.

LSE LIFE can help you with this. The LSE LIFE team, together with advisers and specialists from Careers, the Library, the Language Centre, and others can offer you:

  • a space where you can meet students from other programmes and departments
  • one-to-one advice and group workshops where you can get hands-on practice of reading, academic writing, critical thinking and communication skills
  • special events to explore how to make the most of your time at LSE and prepare for the working world

PhD Academy

The PhD Academy has a common room, teaching room and advice hub for PhD students to meet, access specialist centralised services and take part in interdisciplinary events, training and other development activities.

We host weekly surgeries from LSE Careers, the Financial Support Office (FSO), International Student Visa and Advice Team, the Language Centre and Methodology for PhD Students.

Language support

The Language Centre specialises in offering modern language courses targeted to the needs of students and practitioners in the social sciences.

They offer a range of courses and support including English language support during your studies, proofreading and translation, English and modern foreign language courses.

LSE Careers

It’s never too early or too late to think about your career. Whether you have a clear idea of what you want to do after your studies or haven’t started thinking about it yet, LSE Careers can help. 

We cater our services to match the LSE student makeup including undergraduates and graduates, UK and international students, and people with previous job experience or looking to change careers. And no matter where you want to work, we can support you. We also have bespoke services for students with disabilities and PhD students, including dedicated careers consultants.

Our services, events, and resources cover finding part-time work; career planning and deciding on a career; enhancing employability skills; gaining work experience; volunteering; starting a business; researching employers, sectors and roles; strengthening CVs, cover letters, and applications; improving interview and assessment centre technique and more.

Once registered on campus you can book careers events, including fairs and seminars, and one-to-one appointments to discuss career options and review your applications.

Faith and reflection

The Faith Centre is home to LSE's diverse religious activities, transformational interfaith leadership programmes and a space for prayer, worship and reflection for all staff and students.

LSE Students' Union Advice Service

The Students' Union Advice Service offers all LSE students free, independent and confidential advice on academic and housing matters. It also administers a hardship and childcare fund for students who find themselves in unforeseen financial hardship.

Off Campus Support Scheme

The Off Campus Support Scheme helps all new undergraduate and General Course students who are not going to live in LSE halls of residence settle into LSE, get to know each other and the LSE community.

You will be connected with an experienced LSE student to act as a Mentor, as well as with other students in your mentoring group.

Disability and Wellbeing Service

We're committed to enabling all students to achieve their full potential in an environment characterised by dignity and mutual respect, and we aim to ensure that all individuals are treated equitably.

The School's Disability and Wellbeing Service provides a free, confidential service to all students and is a first point of contact for all disabled students, prospective and curent. Specialist advisers are available to see students on a one-off or ongoing basis and cover a range of conditions.

Prospective students are encouraged to make early contact with the DWS and, where possible, to make a preliminary visit to the School. UK students may be eligible for a Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) to fund disablity-related costs of study.

LSE Careers offers tailored services for students with disabilities or neurodiverse conditions including a dedicated careers consultant specialising in disability and employment, and longer, flexible appointments to accommodate individual needs. They also offer advice on recruitment processes, disclosure, reasonable adjustments to recruitment processes and the workplace environment, legal issues and other disability careers topics.

Student Counselling Service

The LSE Student Counselling Service aims to enable students to cope more effectively with any personal or study difficulties that may be affecting them while at LSE.

The service is free of charge, and sessions can be booked in advance with our professionally qualified and experienced counsellors, and there is also a daily drop-in service.