Life at LSE

As a student at LSE you will be studying in the heart of a multicultural city alongside students from around the world: around two thirds of LSE students come from outside the UK, and there are over 140 different nationalities represented on campus. 

Living in London

London is an exciting, vibrant and colourful city. Whatever your interests or appetite you will always find something to suit your palate and your pocket in this truly international centre. Whether you are into art, architecture or artefacts, dance, film, music or theatre, London really does have it all!

Our London Life| pages list just some of the innumerable ways to spend your free time in one of the most dynamic and exciting cities in the world.

Social life

The LSE Students' Union|, of which you will automatically become a member, supports over 200 social, political and cultural clubs and societies. These range from the career-oriented, such as the Hedge Fund and Sustainable Investment societies, through to those of a more light-hearted nature, such as Beekeeping and Salsa Dancing. Our study abroad students are encouraged to get involved in anything that takes their interest!

The LSE Athletics Union| operates a wide range of sports teams, with activities taking place both on the main campus and at our Berrylands Sportground| in South London.

In addition to the activities of the Students' Union, we run a dedicated calendar of social events| exclusively for our General Course students. This includes a Welcome boat party, a visit to Cumberland Lodge (a country house in Windsor Great Park), and subsidised day trips and short breaks to a wide range of UK and European destinations.

Guaranteed housing

All of our study abroad students are guaranteed a place in one of our central London Halls of Residence, provided they apply before the Accommodation deadline (usually 30 June each year).

LSE offers a variety of styles of accommodation|, all of which is within walking distance of the School. There will be a diverse mix of students in your Hall: undergraduates and postgraduates, home and overseas, men and women. All rooms feature high-speed internet access, and the vast majority of rooms are single, although there are a limited number of twin rooms available for those who prefer to share.

Should you wish to live with students from other institutions, the University of London also provides intercollegiate accommodation in seven mixed halls.

You may also live in private housing| if you prefer. There is plenty of rented housing available in London, but you will need to allocate some time to 'shopping around' in order to get a good price and a good location. The LSE Accommodation Office is very happy to help you in your search, and it is usually possible to stay temporarily in LSE Halls before the start of year while you look for private housing.