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Apply for accommodation in halls

For the academic year 2017/18

Check your eligibility, application deadlines, view what accommodation is available and find out how you can make your application online.This page guides you through the accommodation application process at LSE from start to finish.


1. Check if you are eligible

You can apply for accommodation if:

1. you have an offer to study full-time at LSE next year

2. 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
  • a couple (one of you must be an LSE student)
  • a family (parents with up to two children living with you)

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

  • continuing current students: 20 May 2017
  • LSE Accommodation Bursary applicants: 30 May 2017
  • new undergraduate and General Course students: 30 June 2017
  • new graduate students: 30 July 2017

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

4. Read instructions on how to apply via our online application system

We use an online application system called hallpad to manage your application.

To create an account, you need your:

  1. student ID number (from your offer letter)
  2. date of birth
  3. 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, couple or family application (if you apply for family accommodation, we will only ask you some of the following questions).
  • 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 ask you this if your options include a catered hall).
  • Tell us if you want to disclose any disabilities or other support needs (this will give you access to the GP assessment form, also see: Students with disabilities or other support needs
  • Confirm your next of kin 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 deadline that applies to you).

After submitting your application, there are occasions where we share or use limited personal data in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. See the data protection statement LSE Residential Services [PDF]

5. Application FAQ

Q: What if I miss a deadline? 
After a 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

Q: 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.

Q: How will I receive the offer decision?
By email. If you cannot see it in your inbox, please check your spam or junk email folder.

Q: Can I change my application after I have submitted?
Yes. You can change any part of your application up until we make you an offer.

Q: 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

Q: 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 

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

  • Have you firmly accept 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.

Q: What 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

Apply in hallpad now

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