Apply for summer accommodation

Registered full-time students can apply for a room over the summer

This page explains who can apply for summer accommodation, which halls are available and how to apply. 

Applications for summer 2019 are now closed - all vacant rooms have been sold

Contract dates

Summer accommodation starts on 15 June 2019 and ends on 7 September 2019. 

How to apply

1. Check if you're eligible

Applications for summer 2019 are now closed - all vacant rooms have been sold

  • Every registered full-time LSE student can apply, unless you already live in LSE accommodation on a 50-week contract.

  • Summer vacation rooms are for individual students only. We don't normally provide summer vacation accommodation for couples.

  • Undergraduate students can apply to Sidney Webb House and Butler's Wharf Residence only. 

2. Apply online in hallpad

Applications for summer 2019 are now closed - all vacant rooms have been sold

When applications are open, you can apply online using hallpad.
In hallpad, we'll ask you to:

  • set up an account (if you don't have one already) using your date of birth, LSE ID number and email address.

  • select the link to 'Summer vacation application' for your academic year

  • tell us which hall you would prefer (undergraduate students can only choose Butler's Wharf Residence).

  • tell us whether you would accept another option if your first choice is unavailable (this may increase your chances of receiving an offer)

  • 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: Accommodation for students with disabilities and other support needs.

3. Wait for an offer

We try to make you an offer within 28 days of your application, and we'll continue into the summer vacation, depending on availability. We try to give you a decision as soon as possible, but we rely on term-time students moving out early. 

If we don't have rooms available when you apply, we will keep your application open. Rooms are offered on a first come, first served basis. We can't guarantee you an offer, but we'll keep you up to date. 

When will we make offers?

Offers are always depending on rooms being available, but generally:

  • 25 February to 4 March - we make offers to students who requested to extend their 38-week contract at Lilian Knowles House 

  • 4 March onwards - we make offers to everyone, graduate students are made offers first, right up to the beginning of the summer vacation

If we can make you an offer, we will email you to invite you to review the offer in hallpad. For next steps, visit: Next steps once you received an offer


How much does it cost?

Prices for summer accommodation

  • At Lilian Knowles House and Butler's Wharf Residence, you'll be charged the term time rate for the room that we offer you, see: Table of accommodation fees [PDF].

  • At Sidney Webb House, prices are slightly higher than during term-time, as follows:

Sidney Webb House summer vacation student rates

Sidney Webb House room typePrice per weekTotal cost (15 June to 7 September)

Standard single en suite



Large single en suite



Queen/double en suite



Common application questions

What are the chances of getting a room?

Availability varies because it relies on students moving out early. Graduate students on a 12-month programme have priority because they are most likely to have academic reasons for staying in summer. Undergraduate students will be offered any remaining rooms. For the best chance to get a room, apply as early as possible after applications open. 

I live at Lilian Knowles House on a 38-week contract - can I extend?

Depending on availability, yes. We will invite you to apply for Lilian Knowles House summer accommodation, but we can't guarantee you an offer. Provided you apply straight away, you should receive our decision by 4 March. If we can't make you an offer, we will keep your application open and you will remain on the waiting list. From 4 March onwards, other LSE students will be eligible for rooms at Lilian Knowles House.

Can I change my application after submitting?

Yes, you can amend your application at any time, unless you have already received and accepted an offer.

Continue to:  Next steps once you received an offer