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Arriving early at your hall

Stay in London before your accommodation starts

If you have a term-time place in halls, you may be able to book an 'early arrival' for August/September. This page explains how the process works. 

When and if you can arrive early depends on your circumstances

Depending on your hall, follow option A, B or C.

Option A - LSE halls and Sidney Webb House: book in hallpad

Which halls are included in option A?

Bankside House
Butler's Wharf Residence (from 15 September only)
Carr-Saunders Hall
Grosvenor House
High Holborn Residence
Northumberland House
Passfield Hall|
Rosebery Hall
Sidney Webb House 

Can I arrive early into my hall?

Yes, you can book extra nights before your contract starts (subject to availability). If you're in a shared room during term-time, you can only book a single room for early arrival (except in Butler's Wharf Residence). That means you may need to move rooms on the start date of your licence agreement. 

How do I book?

Log into your hallpad account and follow the 'Please let us know when you will be arriving' link.

Book an early arrival in hallpad

What's the earliest date I can move in?

The date depends on your hall and whether you're on a pre-sessional course.

If you're on a pre-sessional course:

  • You can arrive at Bankside House, Grosvenor House, High Holborn Residence, Northumberland House and Sidney Webb House from 20 August.
  • At Butler's Wharf Residence, you can arrive from 15 September. But if you are attending a pre-sessional course, you can temporarily stay at Bankside House instead. You will need to book your early as follows:
    1 - book your arrival from 15 September in hallpad
    2 - follow option C to book the first part of your stay in Bankside House (check-in from 20 August)
    You will have to move from Bankside House to Butler's Wharf Residence on 15 September. 

If you're not on a pre-sessional course:

  • You can arrive at Grosvenor House, High Holborn Residence, Northumberland House, Sidney Webb House, Carr-Saunders Hall, Passfield Hall and Rosebery Hall from 1 September.
  • You can arrive to Butler's Wharf Residence from 15 September. 

Will I get my term-time room?

We will try to offer you your room type. But if that isn't available, the online booking system will offer you an alternative room.

If you can't offer me my term-time room will I have to move rooms?

Yes, if we can't offer you your room for the early arrival part of your stay, you will have to move rooms before term starts. We try to have your term-time room ready for you as early as possible, so you can move in before the check-in weekend, but that's not always possible. For general arrival days of all halls, see: Contract lengths and dates 

Option B - Lilian Knowles House and University of London halls (except Connaught Hall and Nutford House): book directly with your provider

Which halls are included in option B?

College Hall (UoL)
International Hall (except flats) (UoL)
Lilian Knowles House (Sanctuary Students)
Lillian Penson Hall (UoL)
The Garden Halls (UoL)

What's the earliest date I can move in?

  • At University of London (UoL) Hall (except Connaught Hall and Nutford House) you can arrive from 1 September
  • At Lilian Knowles House you can arrive from 15 September (limited availability). 

How do I book?

University of London halls

To book an early arrival in University of London halls (except Connaught Hall and Nutford House), contact info.halls@london.ac.uk

Lilian Knowles House

Around early summer, Sanctuary Students (who operate Lilian Knowles House) will contact you directly to invite you to book your early arrival stay. 

Option C - Butler's Wharf Residence (before 15 September), urbanest halls, Connaught Hall and Nutford House: you can't arrive early, but you may be able to stay in another hall temporarily

Which halls are included in option C? 

urbanest King's Cross
urbanest Westminster Bridge
Connaught Hall (UoL)
Nutford House (UoL)
Butler's Wharf Residence (before 15 September only. After 15 September you CAN arrive early at this hall, see option A)

Can I arrive early into my hall?

  • No. For urbanest Kings Cross and urbanest Westminster Bridge you can't arrive before check-in day on 22 September, and for UoL Connaught Hall and Nutford House you can't arrive before check-in day on 15 September. But if we have rooms available, you can stay in another hall temporarily. Please request your discount code below. 
  • You can arrive at Butler's Wharf Residence from 15 September. If you need accommodation earlier because you are attending a pre-sessional course, you can stay at Bankside House temporarily. You will need to move from Bankside House to Butler's Wharf Residence on 15 September. Book your early arrival in two steps: 
    1 - book your Butler's Wharf Residence arrival from 15 September in hallpad 
    2 - request a discount code using the button on this page
    3 - use the code to book the earlier part of your stay in Bankside House online at www.lsevacations.co.uk. 
Ask for your discount code

Use this form if to request the booking code for temporary accommodation with lsevacations.co.uk in late summer. 

You won't be able to arrive early in your hall, but if we have rooms available, you can stay in an LSE hall temporarily. Submit this form and we'll get back to you with the correct booking code that you can use to book online.

  • Request your booking code
    We'll email the code to the address you'll give us here.
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What do I do once I have the booking code?

Once we've sent you your booking code, check availability and book your early arrival in a temporary hall online at www.lsevacations.co.uk (subject to availability). 

I've booked a temporary room. When can I move to my term-time hall?  

You must move into your term-time hall on the general check-in day for your hall. For urbanest Westminster Bridge and King's Cross, this is the 22 September. For UoL Connaught Hall and Nutford House this is the 15 September. 

Some pre-sessional courses may have exams on Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 September 2019. If you're on a pre-sessional course, please bear this in mind when you make your moving arrangements. 

For general arrival days of all halls, see: Contract lengths and dates 


Key information, prices and terms and conditions

Early arrival accommodation prices

Depending on when you arrive, what you're going to study, and whether you're staying in halls during term-time, you'll pay either the term-time (pre-sessional) rate or our commercial rates minus 20 per cent. Both are really good value for a place to stay in Central London.

In short, the price you pay depends on:

  • whether you're on a pre-sessional course or not (see list below)
  • your arrival date (pre-sessional rates are available from two days before the start of your pre-sessional course)
  • your term-time hall

The term-time (pre-sessional) rate applies from up to two days before the start of your pre-sessional academic course. If you arrive even earlier than two days before your course starts, you will be charged our commercial rate minus 20 per cent. 

Courses that qualify for the pre-sessional rate 2019/20

  • MSc in Finance and Economics
  • MRes in Finance MSc in  Economics  
  • MRes in Economics 
  • MSc in  Econometrics and Mathematical Economics 
  • MSc in  Economics and Philosophy
  • MRes in Quantitative Economic History 
  • MSc in  Economics and Management
  • MSc in  Quantitative Economic History
  • MSc Economics (two year programme) 
  • Atlantic Fellows (Residential)
  • MSc in Quantitative Methods for Risk Management
  • MSc in  Financial Mathematics
  • Atlantic Fellows (Non-residential)
  • MSc in Finance (full-time) 
  • MSc in Finance and Private Equity
  • MSc in Risk and Finance
  • Global Masters in Management (2 year programme)
  • MSc in  Management (12 month programme) 
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA) 
  • MSc in  Accounting, Organisations and Institutions
  • Master of Laws 
  • MSc in Law and Accounting
  • MSc in Media, Communication and Development
  • MSc in Strategic Communications
  • MSc in Management and Strategy 
  • MSc Double Degree in Global Media and Communications (LSE and Fudan)
  • MSc Double Degree in Global Media and Communications (LSE and UCT) 
  • MSc Double Degree in Global Media and Communications (LSE and USC) 
  • MSc in Politics and Communication
  • MSc in Media and Communications
  • MSc in Media and Communications (Research) 
  • MSc in Media and Communications (Data and Society) 
  • MSc in Media and Communications (Media and Communication Governance) 
  • MSc in Global Politics
  • MSc in Comparative Politics 
  • MSc in Political Science and Political Economy
  • MSc in Political Theory
  • MSc in Conflict Studies 
  • MSc Double Degree in Public Administration and Government (LSE and PKU) 
  • MSc in Public Policy and Administration
  • MSc in Regulation
  • MSc in  Marketing 
  • attendees of EC400 or EC451 and the African Leadership Programme will also be eligible

Breakfast charge at High Holborn Residence

At High Holborn Residence, you'll be paying an additional £4.50 per day on top of the pre-sessional (term-time) rate until contract starts. That's because breakfast is included during the early arrival part of your stay.

Discounted commercial rates

If you're not on one of the courses listed, or you're not living in LSE halls during term-time, you  you’ll get a student discount of 20 per cent on our commercial rates. For our current commercial rates, see: www.lsevacations.co.uk. Remember to request your discount code first (see option C). 

What to expect in the hall if you arrive early

If you arrive early, there won't be many other students in your hall, so it may feel a bit quiet at first. 

You may also have to temporarily stay in a room other than you term-time room, as some of our halls will still be occupied by vacation guests. But hall staff will be at hand to provide you with a warm welcome and help you settle in.

A small range of early arrival events will take place on LSE campus to connect you with students who are already here. Keep checking the early arrival Welcome information online

Make sure not to miss the big welcome on the official check-in day of your hall. It's a great opportunity to meet your other hall neighbours, and we'll have lots of students and staff on hand to welcome you properly. 

Terms and conditions of arriving early

Will you be living in privately rented accommodation?

If you won't be living in any of our halls but are looking for somewhere to stay in late summer, visit Short term rooms in halls