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.

Your community in London

LSE and London are home to a large and vibrant American community. The LSESU USA Society exists to foster a sense of community for both American and non-American students at LSE, and hosts US social, cultural, and career oriented events for all interested students. Amongst many other things, the Society has organised NFL viewing parties, Thanksgiving dinners and screenings of the presidential debates. The United States Centre at LSE is a hub for global expertise, analysis and commentary on America.

Off-campus, American newspapers and magazines are readily available across London, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Forbes, Fortune, Newsweek and USA Today. Popular restaurants serving American cuisine include Bodeans, Ed’s Easy Diner and Jackson & Rye.  For those who prefer to do the cooking, there are Wholefoods stores throughout London, Partridges in Chelsea and Kensington and there is Panzer’s deli located in St. John’s Wood. The latter offers a selection of American party platters for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, available to pre-order. 

There are a variety of American sports on offer in London. American football clubs London Blitz and London Olympians operate from Finsbury Park and Crystal Palace respectively, and there are numerous local basketball teams looking for new recruits. Riley’s Sports Bar is a popular spot for those who prefer to enjoy sport as a spectator.

Many different faiths are practised across London and you will find churches, mosques, synagogues and temples in every neighbourhood. The American Church in London, located on Tottenham Court Road, offers inter-denominational services specifically for the American community. 

Student profile:

Katie Pollom

Katie Pollom

Indianapolis, USA

After studying biology at undergraduate level, I worked in education in the US, first as a high school teacher, then training and supporting new teachers in low-income areas of St. Louis. Access to education in the US (and worldwide) is connected to structures of power and privilege, and I wanted to learn more about histories of race and racism and perceptions of gender and sexuality, as well as gain an understanding of how US institutional structures fit into a global, historical context. The MSc Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies programme perfectly fit my interests: it has a specific sociological focus, and the courses encompass a broad range of cross-disciplinary topics.

The programme is quite unique and creates a specific lens through which to explore social theory. We study a significant amount of history, from the Enlightenment through the present, and seek to understand the contemporary world by examining histories of knowledge production, race, gender, colonisation, migration, diaspora, and anti-colonial struggles. I really enjoy being part of such a small programme, as we have opportunities for rich discussions in our core course. The professors are all incredible and accessible, and the programme reflects the multi-disciplinary interests of both the professors and the students.

This has been the most challenging academic year of my life, but I have also felt supported by my professors and classmates, who come from a range of backgrounds, identities and global perspectives. The rigour and expectations are high and we are also given a great deal of freedom to explore research topics that interest us. I have appreciated the balance of independence and faculty support, both throughout the term and now as I work on my master's dissertation. I came in expecting to write a dissertation on race and education, but through this year of study, I've been exposed to new possibilities for research and shifted my focus to intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and class in the US, explored through the experiences of women in same-sex relationships who have created mixed-race families. In addition to the professors in my Department, I've enjoyed interacting with amazing people in other departments, especially BIOS and the Gender Institute. Being at LSE and living in London provides many opportunities to meet and interact with interesting people doing incredibly important work.

As someone interested in educational equity, I have enjoyed being involved in some of the Widening Participation activities at LSE, first as a mentor, then working with the ACE sessions and the Year 11 Summer School. Throughout the year, I was able to work with young people, both within Greater London and on the LSE campus. Additionally, I played with a London volleyball team that I was introduced to through another LSE student.