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The campus

Welcome to LSE

LSE is based on one campus in the centre of London. Despite the busy feel of the surrounding area, many of the streets around campus are pedestrianised, meaning the campus feels like a real community.

I was attracted to LSE because it provides a 'campus' feel in the centre of London.
Having one of the largest social science libraries in the world means there's ample resources and space to accommodate your learning at LSE
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Follow BSc International Relations student Laura on a tour of our central London campus

LSE looks out over the London skyline, rather than green fields. It is stimulating, cosmopolitan and very much part of the real world.

Next door to campus is the Royal Courts of Justice building, while the financial district, Westminster and the Houses of Parliament are all within easy reach. This makes for an exciting place to study, especially if you're hoping to work in finance, politics or law.

It's not all about study either: around the corner, you'll find Covent Garden, London's heart of theatre, dance and film, while many other London sights, attractions and entertainment are nearby. 

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See campus maps and information on disabled access to LSE buildings

See the facilities guide for details about LSE buildings, sports facilities and more  

Facilities and space for studying

LSE offers all the facilities to support your studies that you would expect from a world-leading institution. Make sure you also read about support during your studies.

LSE Library

Founded in 1896, the British Library of Political and Economic Science is the major international library of the social sciences. The Library offers long opening hours, excellent resources and a superb study environment for students.

Follow first year student Yea Won on a tour around the Library

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First year student Yea Won takes us on a tour of the Library

As an LSE student, the Library will offer you a range of facilities and support:

  • over 4 million printed items, 130,000 ebooks and more than 120,000 ejournals
  • over 2,000 seats, with group and silent study zones
  • over 500 networked PCs, more than 35 iMacs and over 100 MacBook Airs (iRoam)
  • training sessions and Academic Support Librarians for each academic department
  • regular exhibitions showcasing the Library’s unique collections

LSE students also have access to a number of other academic libraries in Greater London and nationwide.

LSE LIFE

LSE LIFE is an academic, personal and professional development centre for undergraduate and taught master's students.

Located on the ground floor of the Library, its team is on hand for one-to-one advice and to help you make the most of your time at LSE. It is also a great place to study, either on your own or with your peers, and to meet students from across the school.

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 Centre

The Language Centre specialises in offering modern language courses targeted to the needs of students and practitioners in the social sciences. Lecturers relate their own expertise in one or more of LSE's subject specialisms to the teaching of languages for specific purposes.

  • pre-course English for Academic Purposes programme
  • English language support during your studies
  • modern foreign language courses (extra-curricular or as part of your degree)
  • proofreading, translation and document authentication
  • one-to-one tuition
  • language learning support

Find out more about study spaces and facilities

IT at LSE

As an LSE student, you can make use of a range of IT resources, facilties and technology, through Information Management and Technology.

Need help? Don't worry - there are people to ask, as well as workshops so you can ensure you're making the most of the technology available.

  • 24 hr phone support, plus email, online and in-person support
  • practical workshops, online training and guidance
  • free anti-virus software and Microsoft Office downloads for the duration ofyour studies
  • specialist facilities, support and assistive technology available for disabled students
  • connect your own computer to the LSE environment and access services and resources off and on campus
  • virtual learning environment, offering a range of resources online
  • lecture capture

Find out more about LSE's IT facilities

Saw Swee Hock Student Centre

Based right in the centre of campus and home to many facilities, the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre is a hub of student life at LSE. 

It is the home of the LSE Students' Union (LSESU); cafés, the student pub and a nightclub; study spaces; a gym and exercise studio; a roof terrace; and student-focused services like the Residential Services Office and LSE Careers.

As well as providing great resources for students, it is an excellent addition to the LSE campus as an award-winning example of architecture and sustainability.

Follow LSE students as they show you around the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre 

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Join LSE student Martha on a tour of the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
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Watch first year student Yea Won's video diary about the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre

Sports clubs and equipment

There are a range of sports clubs and societies to get involved in during your time at LSE, from Athletics, Capoeira and Fustal, to Rowing, Squash, Yoga and more. Whether you’re a beginner or you want to compete in one of LSESU’s teams, the sports societies cater for every level.

There is a state of the art gym on campus which offers exercise equipment and classes. In addition, there is a badminton court in the Old Building, and netball and tennis courts are available nearby in Lincoln's Inn Fields. 

LSE also has its own sportsground in New Malden, just a short train ride away. The Berrylands sportsground provides for a variety of outdoor sports such as football, cricket, netball and rugby.

Find out more on sports facilities on-campus and nearby

Faith and reflection

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

Medical and dental care and childcare

St Philips Medical Centre

The Medical Centre, based in Tower One, provides NHS Primary Care services to registered patients.

Sardinia House Dental Practice

Sardinia House Dental Practice offers discounted private dental services to LSE students.

Nursery

Five minute's walk away from campus, the Nursery offers places for 63 children of students and staff of the School between the ages of three months and five years.

Food and drink

There are plenty of food and drink outlets on campus, from cafés and restaurants to pubs and bars, with all sorts of tastes, dietary needs and budgets being catered for.

Explore LSE's food and drink options

Staying safe on campus

LSE takes its students’ safety very seriously. London carries the risks associated with urban areas, for example pickpocketing in busy crowds - but if sensible precautions are taken, students are likely to have a crime-free time in London.

EducationUK from the British Council has lots of advice about safety, as does the National Union of Students. LSE’s campus security team makes sure that students are aware of ways to stay safe, and how to protect belongings like laptops and bicycles.

Redeveloping our campus

We are always striving to improve the campus environment for our students. In the coming years, two major new building projects will be taking place, and existing facilities are being enhanced to ensure a more accessible campus environment.

While an exciting time to be an LSE student, the project may also cause some disruption in the Houghton Street area, although this will be kept to an absolute minimum for everyone.

Centre Buildings Redevelopment

A bold and beautiful piece of architectural design, the £125 million redevelopment of our Centre Buildings, scheduled for completion in 2019, will significantly enchance LSE's teaching, research and student facilities on Houghton Street.

The building will hold teaching and learning spaces, a new catering facility, and academic departments and institutes.

The Marshall Building

Work is due to begin shortly on the building at 44 Lincoln's Inn Fields to create The Marshall Building, which will house academic departments and institutes, teaching and learning spaces, a sports centre and a café.