Apply for accommodation in halls

For the academic year 2019/20

A step-by-step guide about applying for LSE student accommodation. Check if you are eligible, view application deadlines, see what's available and find out how to apply. 

Applications for accommodation in 2019/20 are open. 

Accommodation bookings for the 2020/21 academic year are not yet open.To be notified once bookings are open please contact the Residential Services Office and request to be added to our mailing list.

1. Check if you are eligible

You can apply for accommodation if:

  •  you have an offer to study full-time at LSE next year, and
  • you have received your offer letter with your LSE student ID number.

If LSE is your insurance place, you can apply, but we'll only consider your application once your place becomes firm.

You can apply as either:

  • an individual student, or
  • a couple (one of you must be an LSE student).
  • If you are looking for accommodation as a family (parents with up to two children living with you), you can't apply, but you can register your interest, visit: Accommodation for families 

If you have a disability or other support needs, you'll be able to give us details in the application form. 

2. Check your application deadline

The deadline for 2019/20 accommodation applications is: 

Friday 31 May 2019

This deadline applies to all students, including:

  • new undergraduate and new General Course Students, to be guaranteed an offer
  • new graduate students 
  • continuing students (including returning residents who were actively involved in their student community, such as hall committee members and Peer Supporters)

3. Find out more about our halls

Accommodation options

Compare halls, costs and facilities

Types of contracts, halls and rooms

To help you choose, read about Types of contracts, halls and rooms.

Refurbishment in halls

We sometimes have to carry out refurbishment works in halls. To check what's planned in each hall, visit Refurbishment and planned maintenance in halls.

Information for families or couples

If you're bringing a partner or you children, visit Families and couples.

4. Read the instructions and apply online

We use an online application system called hallpad to manage your application. Please allow 24 hours after your course offer from LSE before creating and account in hallpad. 

To create an account, you need:

  • your student ID number (from your offer letter)
  • your date of birth
  • a personal email address (email will be the main method that we use to communicate with you)

On the application form, we'll ask you to:

  • select the single or couple application
  • choose a budget range (we'll show you up to six room options within that range)
  • rank the rooms in order of preference
  • tell us if you will attend a pre-sessional course
  • tell us if you've applied for an accommodation bursary
  • confirm if you would accept a room/residence that isn't one of your preferences
  • tell us what's most important to you (eg contract length, a single room or meals included)
  • tell us if you follow a vegetarian, halal or kosher diet (we'll only need this information if your options include a catered hall)
  • tell us if you are 6’3” (191cm) or taller (we will need to arrange for a longer bed if so)
  • tell us if you want to disclose any disabilities or other support needs (this will give you access to the GP assessment form, see: Students with disabilities or other support needs)
  • confirm your emergency contact details (a close relative or friend whom we could contact in case of emergency)
  • submit your application or save it to continue it later (it has to reach us before the application deadline)

How we process your personal data
There are occasions where we share or use limited personal data in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. See: Data protection statement LSE Residential Services [PDF]

Apply in hallpad now

Already have an offer? See: Next steps once you've received an offer

Application FAQ

What happens if I miss the deadline?

After the deadline has passed, you can still apply. We may be able to make you an offer if we still have rooms. If not, you'll be asked to join the waiting list

When will I get a decision?

It can take up to 28 days until we contact you. If you apply for accommodation before you've accepted your place to study at LSE, it will be 28 days from when you accept your place to study at LSE.

How will I get the offer decision?

By email. If you cannot see it in your inbox, please check your spam or junk email folder.

Can I change my application after I have submitted?

Yes. You can change any part of your application, but only up until we make you an offer.

What are my chances of receiving an offer?

If you're a new undergraduate or General Course student, you are guaranteed an offer of accommodation, as long as you apply by the deadline and have accepted your offer to study on a course at LSE. Any remaining rooms are allocated to new graduates first and then to continuing students. For more details, read our Offer guarantee and accommodation policy

Will you make me more than one accommodation offer?

No, not before the application deadline has passed. Until then, we make only one offer per eligible application. This helps us to make offers to as many students as possible. If you've declined your first offer you can join the waiting list and we may be able to make you another offer.  But only after the application deadline (for your type of application) has passed. 
Related information: Waiting list

How does LSE decide which hall I'm offered?

We make offers in batches every few weeks. In each batch, we process all applications that we've received up to that point.

First, we check your preferences. Then we match them against the rooms that are still available and which you are eligible for. If your first choice is available, we'll offer it to you. If not, we'll offer you your second choice and so on. If we don't have enough rooms of a certain type, we use a lottery system to allocate places fairly. So the earlier your apply, the higher your chances of getting an offer in your preferred room type.

The exceptions: Lilian Knowles House and urbanest halls are offered on a first come, first served basis. That means we process applications in order of receipt. If urbanest is your first preference, you may also receive an offer faster than for other halls. As long as rooms are available, you should receive an automatic offer within a few minutes of submitting your application. Once the urbanest room availability runs low, the process will no longer be automatic and we offer the last remaining spaces as part of the batch system (but still in order of receipt). For more details read our Offer guarantee and accommodation policy 

What if I still haven't heard from you 28 days after I've applied?

Please check

  • Have you firmly accepted your place to study at LSE? We can only make you an offer after you have done that.
  • Have you checked your spam or junk email folder? Sometimes our emails can end up in there.

What happens if you can't make me an offer?

If we cannot offer you a place, we will send you an email to invite you to join the waiting list. This should only happen if you:

  • missed the application deadline
  • didn't accept your place to study on a course at LSE
  • declined your first offer
  • are a graduate or continuing student and we didn't have enough rooms for everyone