Student life


The Students' Union represents LSE students and aims to ensure that your time at the School is not just about studying but is also as enjoyable as possible. The Union organises entertainment and funds over 150 student societies covering a wide range of interests. These societies add a huge amount to students’ experience of LSE and of London. The variety of societies and activities change with the interests and initiative of each new group of students; an A-Z listing of the current student societies can be found on the Students' Union website|.

Welsh Society

A social forum and networking tool for students with an interest in Wales. Join to get information regarding society events and other related events in London!

Northern Society

Missing the banter? Dreaming of pies? Don't be a mardy git... Join the LSE SU Northern Society!

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Darren Duffy Croydon, UK

MSc International Relations

There was little doubt in my mind that LSE was the best place to study international relations. The School has a unique position as one of the first seats of international relations in the world, with a heritage of delivering excellent and pioneering research. Having studied from textbooks written by many of the current staff at the School I knew that LSE was where I needed to be if I was to gain a true understanding. It questions your preconceptions and everything you may have learned before, with tutors and peers alike always bringing fresh perspectives on timeless material.

The teaching style at the School encourages independent thought, calling for you to go beyond the confines of your comfort zone. By challenging you in this way the programme teaches you to grow as a person and an academic.

The international mix of students within the Department has added a further dimension to the programme, enabling the class to break through the traditional Euro-centricity associated with contemporary international relations.

The Library is one of the greatest assets of the School, with a collection of social science materials greater than any in Europe and you are guaranteed to always be able to find at least one relevant text on even the most obscure topic.

There are a large number of societies on campus for you to join, including the Grimshaw Club – the International Relations society. This Club has given me the opportunity to meet likeminded people, and to get involved in activities and trips overseas. This year the Club arranged trips to North Korea, Libya and Egypt among other places.

After graduation I plan to take a few years out to work in higher education and then I’d like to return to pursue a PhD in International Relations.