LSE Open Day (Undergraduate)

Hosted by the Student Marketing and Recruitment team

LSE Campus, London, United Kingdom

An Open Day is a fantastic opportunity to hear from LSE students and academics, explore the campus and gain an insight into what it's like to be an LSE student.

The Open Day has been designed to ensure that you can obtain all the information you need to make a well-informed choice about university.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • attend subject talks to find out more about our degree programmes
  • meet current LSE students
  • see some of our student accommodation
  • speak to staff from departments such as Financial Support and Undergraduate Admissions on a one-to-one basis at our information stands

The next LSE Open Day will be held on Thursday 4 July 2019. For further details and to book a place go to the July Open Day page.


The following podcasts are edited recordings of talks that took place at LSE's Undergraduate Open Days in 2018. Whether you were unable to attend, or just wish to listen to some of the talks again, we hope you find them interesting and informative.

We apologise in advance for poor sound quality and abrupt endings in some of these talks. The views expressed by speakers at LSE events are their own personal views and do not necessarily represent the wider views of the School.

General talks

Applying to LSE audio and applying to LSE presentation slides [PDF]
Parents and financial support - also see Undergraduate funding guide for UK/EU students for entry in 2019 [PDF]
Student life

Subject talks

Economic History
Geography and Environment
International History
International Relations
Psychological and Behavioural Science
Social Policy

Planning your day

Please refer to our programme of events [PDF] for an overview of the activities taking place at the Open Day. Paper copies will also be distributed on the day.

You do not need to make separate bookings to attend any of the talks, but we recommend arriving in good time as the most popular ones do fill up quickly. All talks are repeated twice or more throughout the day to give all students an opportunity to attend.  Please note due to space restrictions on campus, we can only admit prospective students to subject talks. Parents and other guests will be unable to attend.

If you need help deciding where to go or require directions on the day, please ask one of our Student Ambassadors, who will be wearing black or white LSE t-shirts. The Ambassadors are current LSE students so feel free to ask them about their experiences of life at LSE!

We recommend that you use our programme finder to access information about our undergraduate degree programmes, including entry requirements and programme content, in advance of your visit. Alternatively, you can view our prospectus online [PDF] or request that a printed copy is mailed out to you.

We’ve prepared a short video to welcome you to the School, which we recommend you watch before the Open Day to ensure you get the most out of your visit.

Arrival and registration

All visitors are required to check in at the Open Day registration desk before attending any other activities.

Within 24 hours of booking a place at the Open Day you will receive a confirmation email detailing the location of the registration desk. The email will also contain an event QR code.

If you do not receive a confirmation email please check your junk or spam folders. If you require assistance with this, please get in touch through our enquiry form When completing the form please select "none of the above" for the section "I am enquiring about...".

When you arrive at the registration desk you will need to present the QR code at the top of your confirmation email ready for scanning. We can scan your QR code from a phone or tablet – there is no need to print the email. 

At registration you and your guest will receive an LSE wristband, which will act as your visitor passes for the day.

Once you have registered, you are free to attend any of the events taking place during the day.

Travel and accommodation

We recommend you book your Open Day place and refer to the programme of events [PDF] before you arrange travel or accommodation.

Use our maps of LSE and directions to the campus to find your way to us. We strongly recommend you use public transport as car parking in the area is extremely limited. 

The TfL Journey Planner can help you find your way across London by tube, bus and train.

If you’re planning to stay overnight in London, why not enjoy a taste of university life by staying in an LSE hall of residence? Staying in LSE halls is cost effective, and prospective students receive a 20 per cent discount on the standard room rates. 

Please avoid bringing luggage to the Open Day as we have no facilities to store this during the event.

Group bookings

If you are a teacher and would like to make a group booking for your students (10 or more), please email Sarah Mullen

Share your Open Day experience

Share your experience of the Open Day on social media using the hashtag #LSEOpenDay.

Tag or mention us on TwitterInstagram, or on Facebook.


If you have any access requirements, you can indicate this on the booking form at the time of registering for the event. Alternatively, please contact Sarah Mullen to discuss your requirements. 

Accessibility guides for all LSE buildings can be viewed on the AccessAble website.


Please find below some Frequently Asked Questions related to the Open Day:

 Do I need to book to attend?

All visitors should book a place at the Open Day in advance. Please select one of the registration slots from the 'How can I attend?' box above.  

Will I receive confirmation of my booking?

Once you have booked a place at the Open Day, you will be sent a confirmation email containing a QR code which you will be required to present on the day at registration. 

Your email will contain information about the programme of events and details of where you should register on the day.

Do I need to book individual talks?

No, you do not need to book to attend other subject or general talks in advance. Seating is allocated on a first come first served basis, so we would advise arriving in good time as the most popular sessions do fill up quickly. We cannot exceed the legal capacity of the venues so once the venue is full, we will have to turn people away. No standing is permitted for health and safety reasons. Talks are repeated throughout the day to allow all students the opportunity to attend. 

Please note only prospective students will be admitted to the subject talks. Due to space limitations, parents and other guests will be unable to attend.

Recordings of the sessions will be made available online after the event.

 What time does the event start and finish?

The first registration slot opens at 9am and the last subject talk finishes at 4.45pm. You do not need to stay all day; the programme has been designed to allow you to choose which activities you would like to attend. We would recommend that you refer to our programme [PDF] to help plan your day in advance.

Will I receive a programme before the Open Day?

A programme [PDF] is available. A copy will be emailed to you and paper copies will be available on the day at registration.

How do I get to LSE, and where do I go when I arrive?

Holborn and Temple underground stations are a five to ten minute walk away from LSE.  Use our maps of LSE and directions to the campus to find your way to us. 

If you’re staying overnight in London, you may be interested in staying in an LSE hall of residence.

When you arrive at LSE, you should register before attending any other events. At registration we will scan your QR code and issue you and your guest with an LSE wristband. Details of the registration location will be contained in your booking confirmation email. 

What do I do after I've registered?

The programme has been designed to be flexible so you are free to decide which of the Open Day activities you’d like to attend. You may wish to attend one of the many talks taking place, visit the Information Stands, take a self-guided tour or visit one of the halls of residence. A programme [PDF] is available so you can plan your day in advance.

Can I visit student accommodation?

Two of our halls of residence will be open for tours at the Open Day. Please make your own way to Bankside House or Northumberland House between 11am and 4.30pm where LSE students will take you on a guided tour of the accommodation and communal areas.

The Residential Services team will also be on hand on the LSE campus throughout the day to answer any questions you have about the different LSE accommodation available, living in halls of residence or elsewhere in London.

Can I store my luggage?

We do not have storage facilities at LSE so you will be required to keep personal belongings with you at all times. Consequently, we would ask that you avoid bringing luggage with you. Mainline stations, such as London King’s Cross, London Euston and London Waterloo, often offer paid for left luggage facilities. 

What should I bring with me to the Open Day?

Please bring your confirmation email containing the QR code. When you arrive on campus you will need to present the QR code at the registration desk. We can scan your code from a phone or tablet; you do not need to print the email.

You may find it useful to bring a pen and paper with you so you are able to make notes during the talks.

I can't make it to the Open Day. Can I arrange a visit at another time?

If you are unable to attend the Open Day, there are other opportunities to visit LSE, or experience LSE from home, including webinars and videos. 

LSE also runs a series of public lectures throughout the year which are free to attend and open to all. Visit LSE Events for more information about public lectures. 

I still have questions about the Open Day. Who should I contact?

If your questions have not been answered above, please contact the event organiser Alice Else.

Event photography and video

Photographers and videographers may be attending LSE’s Open Day, capturing content that will be used in our promotional materials, such as webpages and prospectuses. Should you or a member of your group not wish to be photographed, please advise the photographer or a member of LSE staff working at the event.


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