LSE Accommodation Bursary

Get funding for your accommodation in halls

To help support students financially, we've introduced an accommodation bursary scheme. This page explains what the LSE Accommodation Bursary is and how you can apply for it.

What is the LSE Accommodation Bursary? 

We've introduced the LSE Accommodation Bursary to encourage students from lower-income households to apply for accommodation in halls.

How much can you get?

The amount you'll get depends on the number of students who are awarded the bursary. We confirm the exact amount in early September, when we notify applicants whether they have been successful. In 2017, the amounts awarded ranged from £750 to £2,500 (applicants with lower annual household incomes were awarded larger sums). 

Which halls and room types can the bursary be used for?

To be considered for an accommodation bursary, you must list at least one of these halls as a preference in your accommodation application. The bursary can be used for any room type in these halls.

  • Bankside House 
  • Carr-Saunders Hall
  • High Holborn Residence
  • Northumberland House
  • Passfield Hall
  • Rosebery Hall 
  • Sidney Webb House

How do I apply for an LSE Accommodation Bursary?

There is no separate application process for an LSE Accommodation Bursary. You must apply for a Maintenance Loan from your regional student finance agency and opt to be means tested. They will assess you for a Maintenance Loan and an LSE Accommodation Bursary at the same time. But you also need to apply for accommodation with us and let us know that you'd like to be considered for a bursary. 

Here's a step-by-step guide:

1 - Check if you're eligible

To be eligible for an accommodation bursary, you need:

  • to be a UK national
  • to be a new first year undergraduate in 2019/20
  • be about to register on a full-time LSE course
  • to have a household income below £25,000 (as means tested by Student Finance England, Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland, or Student Awards Agency Scotland)

2 - Apply to your regional student finance agency

Apply for a Maintenance Loan with your regional student finance agency and opt to be means tested. Check with them directly for information about their application process and deadlines. Once you've applied, they will assess you for a Maintenance Loan and an LSE Accommodation Bursary at the same time. 
The regional finance agencies are:

3 - Apply for accommodation at LSE

  • Submit an application for 2019/2020 accommodation via hallpad. We must receive your application by 31 May 2019. 
  • List at least one of the qualifying halls as one of your preferences.
  • Answer “Yes” to the question ‘Have you applied or will you be applying for an LSE Accommodation Bursary for 2019/2020?’. 

By when do I need to apply for accommodation, if I want to be considered for a bursary?

We must receive your accommodation application by 31 May 2019. Also see: Dates and deadlines

By when do I need to apply for a Maintenance Loan? 

Please check this directly with your regional student finance agency.


When will I know if I've been awarded the bursary?

We'll notify you in September.

I won’t know if I can afford my accommodation until my bursary award is confirmed. What should I do?

Accept your offer, pay your deposit and accept your Confirmation of Accommodation Document. Make sure you do this even if you haven't heard from us about the bursary yet. In September, we will be able to confirm your bursary award. If at that point you would like to cancel, please let us know by email. Provided you have applied for an LSE Accommodation Bursary, we will refund your deposit and release you from your contract. 

To receive a refund, you need to let us know before the official moving-in date at your hall.

If you want to cancel after receiving confirmation of your award, please email accommodation@lse.ac.uk

How is the bursary paid?

The bursary will be deducted from your Summer Term accommodation fees. If your bursary is more than the fees that are due, any leftover credit will be deducted from your Lent Term fees. Any remaining credit over this will be deducted from your Michaelmas fees. For payment deadlines, see: How to pay for your accommodation.

For information about other scholarships, bursaries and loans at LSE, visit: Fees and funding