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I have an offer. What happens next?

Whether you have a conditional or unconditional offer, there will be things that you will need to do, from responding to your offer, meeting conditions and providing documents to confirm your offer, and finding out about accommodation and visas. Use the tabs below, and the links on the right hand side to find the next steps for you.

How to respond to your offer

I wish to accept my offer

The offer reply form is an online form which will become available on your LSE for you account once your offer is processed. Instructions are on the form. You should use the form to:

  • Indicate your acceptance of the offer
  • Inform us if you are disabled or have specific learning needs
  • Provide your passport number (non-EU/EEA nationals)
  • Provide a photograph for your student card
  • Indicate your agreement to the terms and conditions of registration

You should submit this form to let us know whether you intend to accept your offer or not. You should also submit the Financial Undertaking Form as soon as you can.

We must receive the form to officially record your acceptance of our offer. The form is also used to: 

  • Generate your student card with the photo you upload
  • Set up your LSE computer network account

We ask that you submit the form within six weeks of receiving your offer, if possible. If you are not able to submit the form within this time, DO NOT WORRY. You will not lose your offer, nor will we assume that you do not wish to take up your place. You do not need to contact us to inform us that you will be accepting, just submit the form when you can.

Please return the form as soon as you can to enable us to plan for the coming year, and to make the registration process easier for you when you arrive. 

You may receive an email reminding you that the form has not been submitted; these are sent automatically. Once the form is processed, you will see your status updated online.

I wish to decline my offer

We are sorry that you have decided not to take up your place at LSE. We wish you all the best with your alternative plans. Please inform us of your decision

by EITHER

indicating in the relevant box on the offer reply form (accessible from the online status tracker) that you do not wish to take up your offer

OR

using the online decline form if you have been made an alternative offer of a place at LSE and wish to inform us.

I wish to defer my offer to next year

Use the How do I..? form to request a deferral and give your reasons for wishing to defer. We will respond as quickly as possible by email indicating the decision of the selectors regarding your request.

If your deferral is agreed

Please submit the deferral deposit as requested on your deferral letter, using the  eShop to pay. The deposit must be received by the January 31st deadline to secure your new offer for next year.

Your new offer pack will be sent to you once a decision has been made regarding any graduate support scheme decision for the new year of entry. Please make sure that you inform us of any change of address via your LSE for You account.

If your deferral is not agreed

If your request to defer is not agreed, there are other options available to you:

  • Accepting your offer this year - see accept offer section
  • Decline and reinstate your application for next year - see below
  • Decline your offer - use the offer reply form on the online tracker

I wish to decline and reinstate my application for another programme this year

Exceptionally, you may be considered for a further programme for the current session.

If you choose to be considered for a further choice and are successful, we will contact you to ask you which offer you would like to retain; it is not possible to hold more than one offer. If you wish to take up the new offer, you should use the decline form to tell us that you no longer wish to keep your first choice offer.

If you are not successful for your new choice, you may still take up your current offer using the online offer reply form on your LSE for you account .

If you have already been considered for both of your original choices (i.e. your current offer is for your second choice), you must pay a further application fee in order to be considered for a third or subsequent programme.

If your current offer is for your first choice and you wish to be considered for a second choice you do not need to pay a further fee.

Use the How do I add or amend programme choices form to inform us of your new choice and to submit a new personal statement.

I wish to decline and reinstate my application for another programme next year

You must inform us of your intention to reinstate before the deadline in mid November noted on the form at the latest, as all old application files will be destroyed after this date.

Please use the Offer Reply Form linked via the online application tracker to tell us that you won't be taking up your place this year.

Once you have done so, make sure you inform us of your intention to reinstate before the deadline in mid November noted on the form at the latest, as all old application files will be destroyed after this date.

Use the How do I..? form  to inform us of your programme choices, and the LSE eShop payment form to submit your reinstatement fee. Please note that the reinstatement fee is  £65.

Your application will be considered when the new application cycle begins.

Make sure that we are informed of any changes to your contact details via your record on the application tracker.

Other useful links

Accommodation

If you wish to apply for a place in LSE accommodation, you should apply online as soon as possible using the link on your LSE for You account.

If you are not offered a place in LSE accommodation use the other resources offered by the accommodation service and students' union advice service to find a place to live. Do not despair if you don't get a place in a student residence – many students prefer to live outside university halls.

Financial support

If you have been awarded a scholarship from the Graduate Support Scheme, this will be indicated on your offer letter. The information from the same application form will be used in our assessment of other LSE scholarships later in the admissions cycle. If you are made an award from one of these sources you will be informed in due course.  Any award is offset against your tuition fees in the first instance.

The Financial Support Office publishes further information about other external sources of funding.

Other sources of information

  • The offer pack that you receive with your offer is designed to answer the vast majority of your questions
  • The online enquiry system has more information – search or browse for the answer to your question
  • The new arrivals website has a wide variety of information about moving to London and joining  LSE
  • Your departmental contact can help you with information specific to your programme

Planning for your arrival

Visit our Your First Weeks pages for a wealth of useful information

I need to apply for a visa

If you are a non-EU/EEA national and require a visa to gain entry to the UK we will send you a Confirmation of Acceptance of Study (CAS) by email before your programme begins. The CAS is a unique number generated by the UKVI and is specific to your study at LSE. You will also receive a CAS statement, which is a summary of the information used by us to make your offer and supplied to UKVI. You can apply for your visa up to three months before your course begins.

Your CAS will only be issued once your offer is unconditional, you have accepted the offer and you have submitted the financial undertaking form. We start to send CASs from May onwards. 

Registration

Registration information can be found in your Offer Pack.

Other information about reading listsdepartmental inductions and timetables for individual programmes are available from your department – contact details are in your offer pack.

Type of offer

Follow the links below to see what else you need to do, dependent on the type of offer you have:

Conditional / Unconditional